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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, Seoul Delhi at Bourbon & Branch, Kindred The Family Soul at World Cafe Live and more…

DRGN King
DRGN King | photo by Caitlin McCann | http://caitlinmccannphoto.com/

Local indie rockers DRGN King kick-off a nearly two-month long, cross-country tour at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They also helped to kick-off the 2015 season of Free at Noons, “skipping their day jobs” to rile up the crowd at World Cafe Live back in January. They performed songs from their recent Baltimore Crush LP (which you can learn more about here), as well as tracks taken from their 2013 debut Paragraph Nights. Listen back to the concert here and check out a live-session video for “Undertow” below. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Field Mouse and Teen Men can be found here.

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Lithuania takes on punk rock with “Pieces”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania has been relatively quiet over the past ten years of their existence, but rightfully so. The members of the Philly band have been busy with other projects like Dr. Dog (Eric Slick) and DRGN King (Dominic Angelella). The band is now a four-piece, and recently released a lo-fi 7″ called Domesticated God, which they followed up with a new single, the very grungey ”Pieces.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: DRGN King skips their day jobs to rock the first midday concert of 2015

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

WXPN’s 2015 Free at Noon Series kicked off with DRGN King this afternoon, and boy was it a great way to kick off the new year. The band, including lead singer/guitarist Dom Angelella – who said he had to take off from his day job teaching guitar today just to perform – played a wildly energetic and rambunctious set. Tracks performed included hits from their latest album, Baltimore Crush, such as “Undertow,” “Don’t Trust the Sad Boys,” and “In the Future.” Continue reading →