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Join Katie Ellen’s “Sad Girls Club” in anthemic new single

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It took a good two seconds into Katie Ellen’s new single, “Sad Girls Club,” for me to be completely hooked. Yes, I would like to join the club, please. Is there a mailing list? I will sign now, thank you.

The personal, lyrically-driven anthem of a song mashes together any kind of insecurity one might feel for being different or straying from the collective normativity that is life (sigh), and effectively stomps it to bits with clattering cymbals and searing guitars. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balance and Composure at Union Transfer, Rosali at Hi5 Studios, Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle and more

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Stone at World Cafe Wilmington and Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie

Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Field Mouse

Rachel Browne and her sister Zoë have called Philadelphia home for the past few years, and in a way, their asskicking indie rock crew Field Mouse has come with them.

Rachel founded the group in Brooklyn back in 2010, and three of her musical companions — guitarist Andrew Futral, bassist Saysha Heinzman and drummer Tim McCoy — still live there. It’s a band of two cities, and as Rachel told Bandcamp Daily earlier this year, both of those cities are equally important to her. Brooklyn is where everything started, it’s got deep nostalgic significance, and it’s also where a lot of her oldest friends reside. But Philly’s DIY music community has opened doors for Field Mouse in a way that they hadn’t previously experienced. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Love & Other Liquids: PILL, Father John Misty and Warpaint on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

PILL | Photo by Peter Senzamici, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with an all-new show that’s sure to tickle you. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full-two hour mess of new tracks, including a spotlight on Convenience, the debut album from NY noise-punks PILL. If you’re a fan of the brash but poetic ‘no wave’ scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll find PILL’s combination of sexually charged, confrontational lyrics and blaring saxophone to be the perfect prescription (boooooo). Also in the mix are new tracks from some familiar faces, some of whom have been out of the spotlight longer than others. Bon Iver announced a mystical new record, Warpaint‘s got a dark and groovy “New Song,” and Father John Misty does what he does best. Check out a preview of those tracks below:

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Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle, Erykah Badu at The Tower Theatre, Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We’ve been loving the new Field Mouse LP Episodic since its full stream became available before its official release this Friday. Hearing the bands rockin’ new material makes tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle an absolute must-see of the week. The band has come a long way since its debut and we’re excited to see how that evolution translates on stage. Check out songs off the new album below, and find tickets and more information about the show over on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Stream Field Mouse’s all-encompassing new LP Episodic in full via Bandcamp

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

What a way to start an album. In an interview with Bandcamp for the premiere of the band’s latest effort Episodic, which is now available to stream before its Friday release, frontwoman Rachel Browne of Field Mouse shines some light on “Mirrors,” a strong album opener that comes in swinging. Co-written by Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral, it was put aside incomplete until Browne added lyrics in to encompass the anger and experience of a recent breakup.

First line “what a way to say fuck off,” seems to pull from the sudden manner in which she found her ex had already moved on before the dust had even settled. This raw, in-the-moment energy is not just felt in this song, but also in the nooks and crannies of the rest of the album, in some songs more tucked away and subtle, others heard in a simple voice crack or passionate yearn. Continue reading →

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Get psyched for Field Mouse’s Episodic with “The Order of Things”

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We are beyond stoked for Episodic, the latest LP from Philly / Brooklyn rockers Field Mouse. Over the past three years, the band has expanded from a dream-poppy duo to an anthemic indie rock five-piece with a punchy drive and hooks for miles. Easy points of comparison range from 90s faves like The Lemonheads and Belly to aughties luminaries Rilo Kiley and Death Cab. But let’s not over-simplify here: this band has a voice of its own, centered around frontwoman / songwriter Rachel Browne.

The new record, recorded with Joe Reinhart of Hop Along at Headroom Studios, comes out on Topshelf Records on August 5th; we’ve already gotten a preview with “The Mirror” and “Out of Context,” and now the band has rolled out a third teaser from the album called “The Order of Things.” It’s a jaunty pop tune about feeling out of place, and the general ennui that comes with it.  Continue reading →

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Declare independence with an All-American PUNK Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dead Kennedys | Photo via MTV

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates the most American art form, PUNK! We’ll hear a nonstop blitz of punk junk, new and old, from all across this great nation of ours. From garage-punk to riot grrrl to noise-punk and hardcore, tonight’s show is sure to get your blood pumping. Be on the lookout for brand new tracks from Summer Cannibals, Field Mouse and VHS, and classics from Black Flag, Mission of Burma and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the newer ragers below…

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