It’s never a good idea to judge a band by its name — except in the case of Free Cake for Every Creature, the rare instance of a band name whose charming and playful name happens to perfectly mirror their music. With lyrics like “For you I’d steal a 50-cent machine / and we won’t need money or anything / cause we’ll have gumballs,” the Philly-via-Upstate New York four-piece emit a delighful lo-fi pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Double Double Whammy label-mate Frankie Cosmos. They’re gearing up to release their newest record Talking Quietly of Anything With You in April, and tonight you can find them at the First Unitarian Church. Grab tickets to the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Pinegrove just released their great new album Cardinal yesterday, and they are bringing it to The Petting Zoo tonight. Their introspective indie rock is sure to bring fire to the Zoo basement, and it may be one of the last times they will play such an intimate setting (the venues will only get bigger for them). For more information, go here. Continue reading →
The ninth annual Two Piece Fest takes place at the First Unitarian Church today. As we previously reported, the day-long event is “an exercise in mayhem and minimalism that brings the DIY scene together, one duo at a time.” This year’s line-up includes Joint Chiefs of Math, Brown Rainbow, Empty Vessels and a dozen more. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; listen to Joint Chiefs’ “Get Rich or Try Dyin'” below.
Columbus, Ohio punk four piece All Dogs released a great debut record last year – Kicking Every Day, which you can and should listen to here – and they’re taking it out on tour this spring, kicking things off with an appearance at the First Unitarian Church on March 5th.
The band, which recalls contemporaries like Cayetana as easily as 90s greats like The Lemonheads and Velocity Girl, appears alongside locals Pinkwash, Spirit of the Beehive and Loose Tooth. The all ages show is on sale now, more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “That Kind of Girl” from Kicking Every Day and check out the full rundown of tour dates.
Toronto trio METZ headline the First Unitarian Church tonight. The noise rock / punk outfit released its sophomore LP II last May, sharing a boisterous collection of songs that are at once sludgy and cathartic. The band announced a follow-up in the form of a 7″ single for February, and shared a video for a-side “Eraser” last week. Check it out below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Bully and So Pitted here.
Maceo Parker is a one-of-a-kind performer, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to borrow from the best. Playing saxophone in bands with both George Clinton and James Brown provided a pretty solid basis for how to get a crowd going and Parker has used this experience, as well as his own long solo career, to put together one of the most energized and exciting live performances going. Parker will be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight alongside Philly-natives Rugby Road; click here for more info. Continue reading →
Philly’s Spacin’, whose frontman is Jason Killinger of Birds of Maya, are ready to take 2016 by storm with a new album titled Total Freedom. The band will debut the record tonight at Everybody Hits! They have released their first single off the album “Titchy” — which you can listen to below. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Thursday night the First Unitarian Church had a phenomenal four band lineup to support Girls Rock Philly. Headlined by Speedy Ortiz, who was touring in multiple cities to support the Girls Rock Camp Foundation, it was an eclectic and electric celebration of music present and future. Continue reading →