20 years is a long time in the music industry. Plenty of popular musicians change bands, change styles, or change mediums. For smaller bands that toured pretty constantly, the threat of growing tired of each other constantly looms, and many crack under the pressure until there is a notice put up on a website informing us that they are splitting up. While the latter did plague Missouri emo stalwarts, The Get Up Kids, it was to be short lived, and so we find ourselves celebrating their platinum anniversary, with much deserved fanfare in a fitting venue. Continue reading →
Philly psych rock favorites Bardo Pond will play their first show of 2015 tonight at Underground Arts. The band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and the band performed songs from it on the Key Studio Sessions this week – along with two brand new songs. Listen to the set here and get more info on the show at the XPN concert calendar. Continue reading →
There are two trends in live music happening now that I am absolutely in love with: the reunion tour, and the album tour. Houston, Texas emo outfit managed to fit (almost) both of them in to a single evening at Union Transfer last week. Continue reading →
Catch La Santa Cecilia tonight when they play at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Like a lot of current musicians, La Santa Cecilia is a musical hybrid — taking bits and pieces of Latin, rock and world music. Hailing from the City of Angels, the band’s high energy, fast-paced music will have the blood dancing through your veins. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a performance of La Santa Cecilia’s Latin Grammy nominated song, “La Negra,” below.
This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.
Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.
Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.
Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.
The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.
Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.
Orlando, Florida emo / punk group You Blew It! recently announced their second full length album Keep Doing What You’re Doing will be released January 14th via Topshelf Records. In recent weeks, the band released two songs off the upcoming album, “Award of the Year Award,” and “House Address,” both which you can stream below. Each song is seemingly more mature than what we heard on their debut album Grow Up, Dude, and “House Address” particularly has awesome guitar riffs and truly heartfelt vocals. In addition to the improved song writing quality, the band had the help of producer Evan Weiss (Into it. Over it.) in the making of the record.
You Blew It! joins The Front Bottoms on a full US tour, which stops in Bethlehem at the Blast Furnace Room on 1/31. After that tour, You Blew It! is staying on the road and plays The Fire on 2/9. Pre order Keep Doing What You’re Doing here. Get tickets to the You Blew It! show in Bethlehem with The Front Bottoms here, and get tickets to stacked show at The Fire with Prawn, Marietta, and Smootherhere.
It’s about 10 degrees in Chicago, but Evan Weiss is glad to be home.
The indie / emo / punk musician is back after a three-week full-band European tour with his solo project Into It. Over It., and coming off a year jam-packed with other tours, releases and other musical endeavors.
For now, it’s time to relax.
“When I’m home, I do some music stuff, but I don’t really have a job or anyone to answer to aside from doing music-related things,” Weiss says. “So I’ve just been hanging out since we got back. … I’ve been kind of relaxing and nesting for the last week.”
Weiss hasn’t always called Chicago home. He moved there five years ago from his hometown of Cherry Hill, and his home music scene of Philadelphia. His participation in past local projects includes The Progress, Damiera and Up Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start.
But it’s Chicago where Weiss was able to collaborate with fellow Windy City punks Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, American Football, Owls and his solo project Owen) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to form punk supergroup There / They’re / Their. The band will stop by First Unitarian Church Friday as part of a short four-day run with Mansions and Birthmark.
With Frank’s intricate guitar parts, Kinsella’s post-punk drum beats and Weiss’ bass playing and distinctive vocals, news about T / T / T came out this past April when they put out a self-titled EP to coincide with Record Store Day. But the band had been formed more than a year prior in late 2011, instigated by Weiss’ desire to play with Frank.
“Matt and I had met through his old band. We hadn’t really been hanging out, but we’d see each other around at shows and I was very familiar with Matt’s guitar playing,” Weiss recalls. “I had this idea about doing a band that was his style of mad-house guitar playing, but kind of making it poppy. Not poppy, maybe catchy? Basically taking his crazy way of guitar and putting something memorable to it so it wasn’t just crazy guitar all of the time.”
Into It. Over It. then played the record release show for Owen’s Ghost Town, when frontman Kinsella told Weiss how much he missed playing drums in a band.
“I kind of mentioned starting a band with him, and how I’d had this idea to start a band with Matt. So I go to Matt and tell him, you know, ‘Hey I’d like to start a band with you. I think I have a drummer in mind,’” Weiss says. “It kind of came together pretty organically.”
After Kinsella’s initial shock at the first practice that Weiss would not be playing guitar (that’s what he’s known for playing with Into It. Over It.), the three musicians successfully ran through the few songs Weiss and Frank had written.
“He doesn’t write guitar the way I think about guitar, ” Weiss said of Frank. “His ideas are really out of the box and crazy for me … [but] I think that the way the vocals are written and the way the bass and drums are written, it kind of fools you into not thinking it’s as complicated as it is. That was the idea, to take something really crazy and make it sound really straightforward, even though it’s totally not. So, that to me is fun.”
Into It. Over It. (aka Evan Weiss) will head out on a US trek this winter in support of its latest album Intersections. The Chicago-based musician, who is also a member of Their/They’re/There, will prepare a full band show with the help of some musician friends. With emo stylings and aggressive undertones, Into It. Over It. delivers regardless of whether it’s just Weiss alone or with a full band in tow. The tour lands in Philly at Union Transfer on Saturday, February 22nd. Get tickets here and stream “The Shaking of Leaves” below.
They’d probably object to us calling them a “supergroup,” of course. But this collaborative project of Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), Matt Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) and Mike Kinsella (Owen, plus virtually every influential emo band and post-emo band from the 90s and aughts) is a slick and lively meeting of the minds. Dubbed Their / They’re / There, the project yesterday announced its debut EP, Analog Weekend, which will be released on December 10th through Polyvinyl and Topshelf Records. The single “New Blood” was premiered on Pitchfork, and it’s got number-crunching complexity and nimble guitar licks – the stuff that, back in the day, used to get called math rock, that today is referred to with the livelier and less nerdio-technical “twinkle” tag – but as the song chugs along, it gives way into a roaring raging refrain. Listen to “New Blood” below; we’re pretty amped to see this performed live when Their / They’re / There plays The First Unitarian Church on December 20th. Tickets and information can be found here.