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Tigers Jaw and Foxing to support Manchester Orchestra in October

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Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

If you were already super pumped for the Manchester Orchestra show this fall after catching its Free At Noon Concert, then you might want to sit down for this news. Not only will the Atlanta five-piece’s soaring sounds echo through The Fillmore in October, but they’ll be joined by Scranton duo, Tigers Jaw, and St. Louis post-rock outfit, Foxing. Holy emotional angst-fest. Continue reading →

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Foxing cover Dido in support of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU

Foxing | via their Facebook page
Foxing | via their Facebook page

If you’re one of millions still struggling with the results of Tuesday’s election, any source of reassurance is a welcome one. For women and minority groups, that solace is an especially scarce commodity. But in their own small way, St. Louis’ Foxing is trying to help. The band has just shared a cover of Dido’s “White Flag,” and while proceeds from the track were initially meant to help them recover from their recent van accident, the majority will now go to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Continue reading →

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Gear up for Halloween with this spooky mix by Mercury Girls

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The members of the Philly indie-pop band Mercury Girls took some time out of their busy tour schedule to create a deliciously spooky 31 song mixtape called The Halloween Party. If you’re as sick as I am of hearing “Monster Mash” at Halloween parties, then this mixtape should be an enthusiastically welcomed alternative. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foxing at Union Transfer, Le Butcherettes at Underground Arts, Up The Chain at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis emo five piece Foxing are back at Union Transfer tonight after tearing it apart back in December. The band is touring to support their 2015 album, Dealer. Opening the show will be Tancred, Lymbic Systym, and ADJY. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Foxing

Foxing | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Foxing | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Foxing are a force of nature. Anyone who’s seen the St. Louis post-emo six-piece in the past year-and-a-half of relentless touring can attest to that fact. Frontman Conor Murphy brings a fearsome energy to the stage, roaring his unbelievably personal lyrics over an oceanic soundscape spooled out drop by drop, each twinkling guitar note and choir sample weaving together as fluidly and surely as tidal erosion.

The combination of blistering passion and ace talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the band being hand-selected to support emo titans Brand New, and later joining Philly friends Modern Baseball and mewithoutYou for tours as well, stealing shows and hearts all the while.

But Foxing is at its best with emotions running high, and this isn’t limited to a room full of screaming, sobbing fans—like the one they tore apart at Union Transfer early in December. Some of Foxing’s most visceral moments come not in the raging choruses of songs like “Rory” and “the Medic,” but in the layered introspection and lightly wafting lyrics from Murphy. Continue reading →

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10 concerts you don’t want to miss in December

The Arcs | Photo credit: Richard Swift
The Arcs | Photo by Richard Swift | via facebook.com/TheArcsMusic

December may the busiest month of the year so we apologize ahead of time for adding to the already packed schedule. We suggest you maybe skip that 12th family party or perhaps wait for that blockbuster movie to come on demand and instead make time for these ten shows that you are just not going to want to miss. Tickets and information on all of these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download Foxing’s appearance on the World Cafe: Next podcast, see them at Union Transfer

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis indie rock five-piece Foxing recently released its second studio album, Dealer, and was featured this week as a World Cafe: Next artist. You can stream and download the segment below in this week’s podcast from NPR, which features two tracks from the album.

First is the calm and intricate “Night Channels,” a heart-wrenching tune that features a somber hook begging “future love, don’t fall apart.” The second song, “Weave,” was written as a response – or better yet a closure – to the five-piece’s debut record The Albatross. “Weave” creates beautiful imagery on top of layered atmospheric guitars. Continue reading →

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All Grown Up: Modern Baseball comes of age at the TLA

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Well, they finally went and did the damn thing. Modern Baseball sold out. Sold out The TLA, that is. On Thursday night, the loveable West Philly punks headlined an absolutely stacked lineup of bands and defended pop punk, hard. The evening was marked with smiles, tears and even some special guests, and the homeboys clearly enjoyed working their largest hometown crowd to date.

The evening kicked off with several quick sets from four up-and-coming bands who share the scene with Modern Baseball, and know how to rock the stage almost as well. First up was Boston’s Somos, whipping through a quick set of tunes from their debut LP Temple of Plenty. While their set was solid, it also didn’t have much in the way of memorable moments, and was quickly overshadowed—for me, at least—by the bands who followed them up on the bill. Continue reading →