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Check out new Howlish songs ahead of their appearance at Key Fest

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Local indie rockers Howlish have shared a new single, “Runaway / Inkwell.” According to the band, they’ve been playing these songs for a while but just got the chance to record them for real.

Both “Runaway” and “Inkwell” were recorded with Kyle Pulley at The Headroom and mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Both songs are grounded in both lyrical intensity and melodic guitar riffs. Thematically, both songs chronicle the passage of time in a relationship. It’s a one-two punch from a band that can both break hearts and rock faces. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Groovy Movies at Ortlieb’s, Howlish at Bourbon and Branch

Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

The Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot & Saddle continues tonight with a headlining gig from Three Man Cannon. In many ways, these dudes are the glue that holds the Philly DIY scene together. Not only do these guys rock their own blend of howling and heavy guitar-rock, their Matt Schimelfenig is an ace producer who has worked with a bunch of awesome local folks – Cayetana, The Menzingers, Petal – and even heavy hitters like The War on Drugs. Joining them tonight are Sun Organ and lowercase roses. Listen to last year’s Will I Know You EP below and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to the newest single, “Amy” from Howlish ahead of their album release next week

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Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

Local alt-rock four-piece Howlish are set to release their debut LP, Outer next Tuesday but for those of you need a fix, check out the second single from the record, “Amy” below.

Back in September we premiered their first single “Black Ice”, a pounding, hook-heavy jam focusing on the perils of life after love. “Amy” has a far more ambient sonic landscape, letting the layered instrumentals take the lead over the vocals which focus on a relationship in progress rather than one already doomed. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Howlish at MilkBoy, and the 215 Festival

The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Lone Bellow have played both XPN’s Free at Noon and the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival, so to say that we here at XPN are fans may be an understatement. Their blend of folk, indie rock and gospel all with a focus on beautiful and intricate harmonization is as likeable as it is powerful and their growing popularity is not surprising in the least. Tonight they will be at Union Transfer with singer-songwriters Anderson East and Hugh Masterson beginning at 8 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Howlish at Boot & Saddle, Spirit of the Beehive and Amanda X at First Unitarian Church, Dengue Fever at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

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.

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PREMIERE: Howlish share new single “Black Ice”

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Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

If you think back to the start of 2015, you might remember a video of local band Howlish piled behind a coffee table with a slightly tilted painting hanging behind them. They’re performing a song called “Black Ice” for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, a song that now appears on the band’s new LP 0uter and that we’re premiering today as the record’s first single.

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.

Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.

Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →