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A fond farewell (for now) from DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch

DRGN King | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
DRGN King | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

“It means a lot that you all came out,” Dom Angelella told the crowd at Bourbon and Branch. “Cause this might be the only show we play this year. Okay, I’ll be honest: it’s the only show we’ll play this year. Maybe ever.”

If there was any indecision on the part of the DRGN King frontman on Saturday night, it was clearly a hesitance to call a definitive end to a project that’s evoked so much joy among his friends and fans, longtime followers and newcomers alike. About half the people I chatted with in the audience didn’t seem to even be aware that the band had been talking “hiatus” in their promotion of the show, and though the individual members were all ramping up for a busy year with other pursuits, Angelella still talked about carving out some time to write new material.

But if this was indeed DRGN King’s farewell, it couldn’t have picked a better note to go out on. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →

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DRGN King drops “Ageism Rules” on its Daytrotter Session

DRGN King illustration via daytrotter.com
DRGN King illustration via daytrotter.com

Philly rockers DRGN King went on tour in support of their latest LP, Baltimore Crush, earlier this year, and made that pilgrimage to Rock Island, Illinois, to visit Daytrotter Studios. It was their second visit to the studio (check out 2013’s session here) and the first with the current lineup of Ricardo Lagomasino on drums and Lucy Stone on bass.

The set included a great song called “Ageism Rules” that the band has been playing in live sets and radio sessions for at least half the year; it’s a biting ode to getting oder in a cultural community, and the frustration that we all get when there’s a new crop of cool young kids each passing year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dean Ween Group in Trenton, El Ten Eleven at Johnny Brenda’s, DRGN King at Ortlieb’s and more…

dean ween
Dean Ween Group | photo via Facebook

Yes, the Pope is here. Many people have left town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

Dean Ween is taking his Group out on tour again, hitting Trenton’s Capital Green for the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series. This iternation of the iconic Philly area band features four of the five original Ween members and plays mostly Ween songs, with some Dean originals mixed in. Check out a cover of “Sweet Jane” below and get more info about the free show here.

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Close out your summer the right way: by seeing DRGN King, Aphra and more play a NJ cabin

show flyer | courtesy of the promoter
show flyer | courtesy of the promoter

The end of summer is fast approaching, so now is the time to get your last hurrahs of the season. To help you out, we suggest an awesome, scaled-down music festival called Chronologies.

This Saturday, August 22nd, four bands will be playing throughout the night on a NJ family homestead built in 1923, accompanied by visuals and ambient undertones. The 3+ acre location encourages overnight camping, and includes a hammock station, a fire pit for s’mores, and a creek for swimming and canoeing. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →

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Levee Drivers, DRGN King among performers at Kensington Kinetic Sculpture and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby | photo via  facebook.com/TrentonAveArtsFest
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby | photo via facebook.com/TrentonAveArtsFest

The annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture and Arts Festival is right around the corner and with it comes an exciting array of music and art as well. Along with the festivities of the parade, the Kensington Community Development Corporation and East Kensington Neighbors Association have rounded up exciting performances from Philly musicians to be the backdrop of  the evening.   Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lauryn Hill at The Keswick Theatre, DRGN King at Everybody Hits, Big Terrible at MilkBoy

Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net
Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net

On the heels of her iconic 1998 album The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill being inducted into Library of Congress this week, the singer / songwriter takes the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside tonight. Unlike last fall’s show at the Electric Factory, which was full band and freewheeling, tonight finds Lauryn in acoustic mode, reminiscent of her Unplugged 2.0 album. Get tickets and information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch a performance of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” from last fall below. Continue reading →

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Pi Lam’s Human BBQ lineup is stacked and we’re stoked

Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1448929562064660/)
Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1448929562064660/)

The 37th annual Human BBQ festival fast approaches and the event looks killer. Hosted by Penn fraternity Pi Lambda Phi, the event boasts 21 bands in the lineup, including Philly punk groups Mischief Brew, DRGN KING, and Slow Animal among a slew of others. The event will also have plenty of food for consumption, including your typical barbecue items as well as vegetarian and vegan options. You can check out the full lineup and find more information on their Facebook event page. Give a listen to some of the featured artists below. Continue reading →

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Watch DRGN King’s black-and-white video for “Undertow”

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack

With an opening shout of “Music!”, Philly’s DRGN King launches into the driving bassline of “Undertow” in their new video for the song from their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush. Directed by Dan King, it features black-and-white footage of the band playing under Bokeh lighting. Frontman Dominic Angelella voice is soothing the band performs for a group of what appears to be well-dressed dead (possibly zombie) indie rock fans. Continue reading →