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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, Cheerleader at Union Transfer, The Burgeoning at Bourbon and Branch

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

Okay, so Key Fest kicks off tonight, and that’s obviously the concert we’re most pumped about and think you should all go to. But we’ve been telling you about that all week – here are a few other live music options worth your attention, beginning with Creepoid‘s homecoming at Underground Arts. The band is moving back to Philly after spending the past year or so living in Savannah and writing their new record. Their new Cemetery Highrise Slum, is out on June 23rd via Collect Records, and the songs we’ve heard from it slay. Listen to “American Smile” below and get tickets and more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Creepoid is moving back to Philadelphia, headlining Underground Arts on 4/23

Creepoid at SXSW | Photo by John Vettese

When they played SXSW, we noticed that even though Creepoid moved to Savannah a year or so ago, they still introduced their set by saying “We’re Creepoid, we’re from Philly.”

It was telling, then, since the band left the south yesterday to re-settle back home; they’ll play a homecoming show at Underground Arts on Thursday, April 23rd. Continue reading →

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Six Philadelphia artists who crushed it at SXSW 2015

Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese
Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese

This time last week, I was traveling home from Austin after a jam-packed three days of nonstop music at SXSW 2015. Many who make the trek to the annual industry rodeo do it with an eye on discovering new artists. That certainly fits in the mix when I’m down there – and the sets I caught by California rapper Boogie and Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah were impressive – but my primary focus is catching up with Philadelphians at the festival to see how they fared. Continue reading →

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Listen to Creepoid’s new “American Smile,” get pumped for their new LP on Collect Records

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Seems that Philadelphia band Creepoid has found a new home with Collect Records. Their third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, is slated for release on June 23rd and today the band released the album’s first track, “American Smile.”  Falling in that zone between poppy punk headbangers and heavy psychedelic brooders, it hints at an exciting shape and feel for the new album.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Boot and Saddle, The Tressels at The Trophy Tavern, Lotus at the Electric Factory

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

A combination of the holidays and their “on tour forever” mantra bring psych four-piece Creepoid home to Philly this weekend for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled second LP on No Idea Records in March, and in late spring moved to its new home of Savannah, Georgia. It’s been in heavy touring mode since then, though, hitting the road with Against Me!, playing FEST in Gainesville and getting set to go out on an extended run with A Place to Bury Strangers in February. The new record took a more aggressive, punked-up turn, which creates an interesting contrast with the band’s drifting, dream-like early material. Tickets and information on the show tonight – which also features Key faves Amanda X – can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, and Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure and Creepoid make a joint homecoming at the TLA

Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure wrapped up their headlining tour Saturday night at Theater of Living Arts. They released their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing in fall of 2013 and have been on the road ever since. Saturday night they played all the jams from this album, along with some older stuff including songs off Separation. Ending a great set, B&C closed with “Notice Me,” a collective favorite among fans. Keeping with the heavy emo genre, California’s Seahaven was the opener during the whole tour. Vocalist Kyle Soto opened with an acoustic “Honey Bee” before getting down and heavy with the rest of the band for “Black and White.” Starting out the night were Philadelphia-bred noisemakers Creepoid (now based in Savannah) who joined the tour halfway through after a long run with Against Me!. Plenty of family and friends came out for the celebration of the two hometown bands. Check out the photos from the show in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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Watch Creepoid’s mesmerizing “Yellow Wallpaper” video

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych punk band Creepoid just released their latest music video for “Yellow Wallpaper,” a track off of the band’s 2014 self-titled LP. The Philly-bred band recently added Far Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp to their lineup and relocated to Savannah, Georgia – but were only in their new home temporarily as they immediately went out on a run of tour dates with Against Me!. Continue reading →

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Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp announced as newest member of Creepoid

Photo by Adam Wallacavage
Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych-punk crew Creepoid announced yesterday that Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp will join as the newest addition to the band. In the process, it seems the band has lost a member. On Creepoid’s Facebook page, guitarist Pete Joe Urban is now listed as a past member, and he doesn’t appear in the trippy new band photo by Adam Wallacavage (above). Catch Creepoid’s new lineup in action tomorrow night with Walter Schreifels at The Barbary. For tickets and more information about the show, check out XPN’s Concert Calender here.

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Psychedelic rockers Creepoid release dark, dragging track “Truth” from forthcoming Wet EP

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Creepoid | Photo by Alexandra Healey

Heavy psychedelic rock band Creepoid have already announced their forthcoming EP, Wet, set to be released as a 12″ on April 19 – Record Store Day, appropriately – and in anticipation of that release the Philly band has premiered a new track from the EP titled “Truth” over at CMJ.

“Truth” opens up with a punch-in-the-stomach bass line, dragging the track the whole way through under ethereal, dream-like vocals. Anna Troxell’s voice is, in one word, mesmerizing; swaying in a way that evokes feelings of “I want to die and be alive” at the same time. The tempo is a bit slower than the previously released “Wet Bread”, with lugging guitars that creep and linger. I’m completely about it.

Be sure to pick up the 12″ via Graveface April 19. Stream “Truth” below.