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Just Announced: Balance and Composure to play 10th anniversary show at the Church in January

Balance & Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer

Somehow, it’s already time to start planning what shows to attend in 2018. Local favorites Balance and Composure make it easy, with the announcement that they’ll be kicking off the new year with a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary. The Doylestown alt-rockers formed in 2007 and have released three full-lengths, including last year’s Light We Made. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at TLA; Slaughter Beach, Dog at the First Unitarian Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

In recent years, Upper Darby art punk favorites mewithoutYou have toured in celebration of every milestone they’ve hit — this time it’s the 15th anniversary of [A–>B] Life, and they’ve hit the road to play the album in its entirety. Tonight’s stop at the TLA also includes a performance from Pianos Become The Teeth. Last time mewithoutYou played a show in town was for the 15th anniversary of Brother, Sister — read The Key’s review here. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie, David Crosby at Scottish Rite Auditorium

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If you’ve been loving XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week, which come in the form of two tracks off a split EP from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants, then deciding which show to attend tonight is easy. Both artists will appear at the First Unitarian Church, and it’s Gallo’s first “homecoming” show since the February release of Heavy Meta (Gallo moved from Philly to Nashville a while back, but we’ll still claim him as our own). Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo wowed us as the unapologetically herself beat-maker / spoken-word-style lyricist Sammus, at her recent Folk_KEY-delphia Studio Session. Tonight, she’ll no doubt do the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for tonight’s Afrofuturist Affair Costume Ball, which is organized by Black Quantum Futurism and presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. The night will also feature performances by Moor MotherKing Britt / Fhloston ParadigmMovaKween, and :3LON; along with tarot card reading, body paintings, mask making, a fashion show, and a ton more. Find additional info on the free event here, and watch the Alanis Morissette inspired video for “Mighty Morphing” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at Union Transfer, Dar Williams at Arden Gild Hall, Moses Sumney at First Unitarian Church, and more

Against Me! | photo via facebook.com/AgainstMe

Against Me! released their latest LP Shape Shift With Me a year ago, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Union Transfer with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil. The gritty folk-punk band are known for emotional, personal tunes penned by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace; their last two albums reflect on her experiences navigating relationships and life as a transgender woman. Listen below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Shamir confronts appropriation of queer identity in the softly anthemic ballad, “Straight Boy”

Shamir | photo by Jason MacDonald | courtesy of artist

Shamir is not one for subtlety. Whether it be through his avant garde disco-pop introduction via 2015’s Ratchet, or the more subdued lo-fi tracks from his upcoming album, Revelations, Shamir remains as refreshingly blunt and expressive as ever.

While flashing a sarcastic, cheeky grin toward older generations in the floaty, dial-up nostalgia of “90’s Kids,” Shamir’s latest track, “Straight Boy,” is even more direct as it strips away any traces of an ironic veneer. Continue reading →

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Watch Harmony Woods perform “Negro Y Azul” at Bad Dad Productions; see her open at the Church this fall

Harmony Woods performs “Negro Y Azul” | Bad Dad Music | still from video

Sophia Verbilla’s Harmony Woods recently stopped by Bad Dad Music Productions and performed one of my favorites from her insane debut album Nothing Special. You can catch that below.

Titled “Negro Y Azul,” this track is loud and quiet and charged and soothing. Add in the narrative storytelling-type lyrics, and that crazy catchy guitar hook, and there’s a whole lot of feelings to go around. Continue reading →

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Listen to Moses Sumney’s heavenly new track, “Quarrel,” see him at the Church

Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

If there is a heaven, or any kind of future otherworld, I’m pretty sure Moses Sumney’s gorgeous and comforting voice is what carries you into this next life. Particularly his new track, “Quarrel,” which you can listen to below.

Every little bit of this song’s epic, lush soundscape is fluid — as a myriad of sounds and textures meld and flow into one another with unbelievable ease. It’s a beautiful sonic journey that embarks with Sumney’s ethereal falsettos as your peaceful guide. Then before you know it, you’re traveling to different musical dimensions at a warp speed that also somehow feels like forever. Just trust me — I have not a clue how — but it does. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ron Gallo returns to Philly at The Church this November

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly-bred,  Nashville-living, sardonic rock ‘n roller Ron Gallo is making his way back home this fall with announcement of a First Unitarian Church show on November 21st.

Since the February release of his incredible record, Heavy Meta, Gallo and crew have been touring extensively — wowing various festivals, Europe (yep, just the collective whole of the continent,) and Non-COMM back in May, with their intense and critically self-aware jams. And soon enough, they’ll be bringing these catchy existential riffs for a hometown show along with support from Seattle’s Naked Giants. Continue reading →