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You have probably heard of Record Store Day, the event in which numerous artists release new material every April as a way to celebrate independent record stores. What you might not have known is that there is also a similar celebration for tape heads called, you guessed it, Cassette Store Day.
This year Cassette Store Day takes place on October 17 and in honor of the celebration Philly’s Beach Slang will release a cassette of cover songs called Here I Made This For You. Earlier this week the band released their version of Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything” — which you can check out below. Continue reading →
The folks over at Domino Records seem to be as excited as we are for the release of Philly do-it-yourself indie artist Alex G.’s first studio album, Beach Music. Over the weekend, they released the third single off the album, teasing fans even more for the album which will likely make Alex G. a much bigger name in the indie rock universe. Continue reading →
Four young and talented post-punk bands brought their peculiar musical stylings to First Unitarian Church on Wednesday. This show marked the first stop of tour for Boston’s Pile and New York’s Big Ups, and served as a solid homecoming for Amanda X and Spirit of the Beehive, who recently returned home from a month-long tour across the US. Continue reading →
Early last month emerging indie/psych rocker Alex G. released the first track off his much buzzed-about major label debut, Beach Music. Today he gave his growing fan base another hint at what his new release will sound like with the second single, “Salt.”
While “Bug” was largely what we have come to expect from the young indie artist, “Salt” removes the layered and sometimes frantic guitars and substitutes a hushed synth with heavy bass and a more percussive sound. Early in the track, Alex’s vocals also take a much more gentle, sultry approach than in previous recordings – though they eventually slide into the more into the higher-register sound we have some to expect. Check out “Salt” below. Continue reading →
After premiering “Black Ice” with us last week, Howlish bring their new music to Boot & Saddle tonight. The local indie rockers will release ()uter later this fall via Sniffling Indie Kids, following up last year’s Open Bones EP debut with a new collection of atmoshperic songs. Check out “Black Ice” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ with A Valley Son and Owl and Wolf here.
Nobody captures midtwentysomething ennui quite like Philly’s Alex G. The quiet guitar strums and dreamily chiming harmonic leads, the murmured lyrics, the midtempo pace and listless minimalism. It kind of nails that point in everyone’s life where directon is unclear and the only positive use of time is sprawling out under a graffiti-covered bridge, smoking cigarettes and watching the sun set. That’s pretty much the vibe of the new video for Alex G’s “Bug,” directed by Micah van Hove; it almost feels like a slice-of-life short story, a vignette following a squatter couple about their day. Continue reading →
The Key’s Waterfront Sessions continue tonight with a free concert at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest by West Chester jazz eight-piece The Sermon!, who we last saw kicking off the day at the Center City Jazz Fest in April. The band moves deftly through classic funk, R&B and soul motifs, anchored by James McLaughlin’s evocative organ playing. Joining them is the Josh Laurence Quintet, comprised of various members of the Fresh Cut Orchestra. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Experimental Parisian pop duo Ibeyi headline World Cafe Live tonight. The project of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz released its self-titled debut back in February, an alluring set of R&B mixed with Afro-Cuban jazz, anchored by the duo’s harmonies. Their video for “River” is a haunting must-see, so check it out below if you haven’t already. They’re joined on the bill tonight by Philly’s Son Little; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →