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Restorations throw a wild hometown party for the release of LP3

Restorations | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Restorations | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

On Saturday night, hard-hitting Philadelphia rock band Restorations throw an enormous party at the First Unitarian Church to celebrate the release of their third full-length album, appropriately titled LP3.  Friends, family and local fans poured into the Church to share in the celebration. Restorations also brought with them some fellow Philadelphia bands to share the stage with them. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Fleeting Ends at MilkBoy, July Talk at the First Unitarian Church, Parker Millsap at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Fleeting Ends
The Fleeting Ends | photo by Emily Morgan | www.emilymorganphotography.com

Philly alt-pop power trio The Fleeting Ends are gearing up to release their first new music since 2013′s Our Eyes are Peeled. Their new Can’t Say No EP is due out November 25th, and its very catchy title track is already in rotation on XPN; you can check out the cover art and read the lyrics over at the band’s Facebook page, and keep your eyes peeled (ba-dum-bum) for a new music video really soon. The band is in residence all month at MilkBoy, and will have physical copies of Can’t Say No available on the final day, November 26th. But you don’t need to wait to hear the new songs; go to tonight’s installment of their residency and you’ll hear a mix of old and new in their setlist. Below, check out “I’m Like That” from their last album and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angus and Julia Stone at Union Transfer, David Bazan at the First Unitarian Church, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theater

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone | photo courtesy of the artists

Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight.  The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010′s critically acclaimed Down the Way.  While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle.  Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Dilworth Park, War on Women at First Unitarian Church, Sugar Tongue Slim at PhilaMOCA and more

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly newcomers Son Little have a fantastic debut EP called Things I Forgot coming out on Anti- Records next month, and they headline a free outdoor show this evening at Dilworth Park at City Hall. Founded by Aaron Livingston, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist who has worked with The Roots and collaborated with RJD2 on the Icebird project, Son Little pushes his creative boundaries even further, dabbling in soul, hard rock, and Radiohead-esque minimal electronica. The band recorded a knockout Key Studio Session this week; download the song “Joy” below and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spelling Reform at Ortlieb’s, Ought at Johnny Brenda’s, Com Truise at First Unitarian Church

Spelling Reform
Spelling Reform | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie rockers Spelling Reform continue a month-long residency at Ortlieb’s tonight with help from Ashley Cubbler and Luke Pigott.  Stylizing each show as a tribute to a different band, tonight’s event will honor the songs of Wilco.  Spelling Reform sprung up earlier this year out of several other Philadelphia bands, including The Quelle Source and Monday Appreciation Society.  You can listen to their debut single “Together Apart” below.  More information for the free 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Imelda May at Union Transfer, and Christopher Willits at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel

Lantern | Photo by John Vettese
Lantern | Photo by John Vettese

Philly blues-punk outfit Lantern will headline Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The three piece rock outfit have proven that rock and roll is most definitely not dead in Philly. With a distortion-induced sound similar to that of Dan Aurbach, the group has an ability to come out with instant hits that will stick in your head. Their most recent album, Rock n’ Roll Rorschach, received much attention locallly and nationally; Tiny Mix Tapes called their sound “a blessing of garage noir”. Check out their music video for “King Of The Jungle” below and find tickets and more information on XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Chiptune Summit: 8static Music Festival

Cheap Dinosaurs will play the 8static music festival
Cheap Dinosaurs

Fresh off an “Event of the Year” nomination in the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards, experimental electronic collective 8static is preparing to host its second 8static Festival from October 16th to 18th at the First Unitarian Chuch. The festival will consist of both and audio and visual art by artists using only technology considered to be old or obsolete, re-purposing and giving new life to old gaming objects such as GameBoys and other 8-bit adventure tools. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler at First Unitarian Church, Glenn Tilbrook at Tin Angel, Reagan Youth at Underground Arts and more…

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist
Locals Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler open for Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The harp / guitar / synth duo released its debut full-length Slant of Light last Tuesday, an LP that was recorded during the city-stopping snowstorm of last winter.  Lattimore and Zeigler have been performing live together for a few years now, but this release expands on the droning, exploratory, freeform pieces they have played in the past to include subtler, more introspective works as well.  Listen to “The White Balloon” below and get information for the show here. Continue reading →
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Listen to Joshua Thomas’ passionate piano-centric single “Beast”

Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic
Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic

Sometimes less is more, and the latest from Joshua Thomas is certainly one of those times. The talented local singer and songwriter has released a track titled “Beast” off his upcoming EP The Harboring. The tune is beautifully and simply composed, with the only pieces being Thomas’ strong voice and his expert tickling of the piano keys. Continue reading →