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Watch Pattern is Movement record their final song in a church for Shaking Through

Pattern Is Movement | Photos by Peter English | via weathervanemusic.com

It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →

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I Think Like Midnight present an evening of instrumental rock next month

I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight | photo via Facebook

I Think Like Midnight was a project born out of necessity. That is, the necessity for Philadlephia musician Andrew Chalfen to hear another record by Pell Mell, a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997. Instead of waiting for that Portland instrumental outfit to reunite, Chalfen and his collaborator Dean Sabatino hiked up to Ithaca, NY last year and made their own Pell Mell-inspired record, Warm Seclusion Structure.

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Vita and the Woolf will headline Johnny Brenda’s this September

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | via https://www.facebook.com/vitaandthewoolf
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | via https://www.facebook.com/vitaandthewoolf

Philly and The Key favorites Vita and the Woolf will return to Johnny Brenda’s on September 17, this time headlining the Fishtown venue.

Vita and the Woolf’s music comes from the mind of 24-year old Jennifer Pague, from Downingtown, PA. She’s been writing songs under this moniker since 2012.

Though Pague’s voice has continuously been compared to that of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, it’s backed by pounding soulful piano and electronic instrumentation, as well as experimental endeavors with vocal layering and shifting. These elements distinguish the band from their contemporaries. Continue reading →

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Listen to a rare track from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s 10th anniversary reissue

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)  Credit: fanart.tv
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)
Credit: fanart.tv

Remember Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s debut? Well, how could you forget? The 2005 album has received critical acclaim, and was even listed as one of the 50 most important recordings of the decade by NPR’s All Song’s Considered.

To commemorate such an accomplished release, the Philadelphia-based band has set a release date (June 2) for a remastered reissue of the album. And what’s the best color for a re-release? Gold, of course. The album will be pressed on gold vinyl. Continue reading →

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Get details on Creepoid’s Philly album release party, watch their Philly homecoming show

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Heavy psychedelic four-piece Creepoid returned to their hometown of Philly this spring after a year off in Savannah, and they will celebrate the release of their upcoming LP, Cemetery Highrise Slum, next month.

Their Philly album release party comes to Johnny Brenda’s on June 26 with alongside Ecstatic Vision and Sick Feeling); tickets will be on sale starting this Friday, May 15. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s, Hound at Boot and Saddle, Sonnder at Union Transfer

Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Rowdy Brit rockets Palma Violets return to Philly tonight with a new album in tow. Danger in the Club is raw, yet anthemic, and should translate well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Check out the title track below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s, Paper Hearts at Tin Angel, Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer and more

Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

We last heard from Philly noise-punk four-piece Pissed Jeans last summer when their self-released debut Shallow got a reissue on their label, Sub Pop Records. Before that, their last record of new material was the awesomely hard-hitting Honeys, released in 2013, meaning we’re probably due for a new round of ragers from these dudes. Hopefully tonight’s headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s will bring with it some new material; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Vieaux and the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble at World Cafe Live, Oddisee at Johnny Brenda’s, San Fermin at Union Transfer and more…

Jason Vieaux
Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble

LiveConnections completes this season of ClassicAlive with Jason Vieaux and the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble at World Cafe Live. The concert will bridge Western classical and Eastern traditional music with the world premiere of a composition by Philadelphian Kinan Abou-afach. Vieaux is a Grammy Award winning guitarist who received this year’s Best Classical Instrumental Solo nod for his 2014 LP Play. The musicians in Al-Bustan Takht have received the Pew Fellowship in the Arts to support their collaborative, educational programs. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Apache Relay at Johnny Brenda’s, Acid Mothers Temple at Boot and Saddle

The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese
The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese

Nashville country-soul six-piece The Apache Relay returns to Philly tonight to headline Johnny Brenda’s. The band, which built some buzz following a 2013 tour with Mumford and Sons, released its self-titled third LP last April, which drew comparisons to The Head and the Heart and Delta Spirit. Joining them on the bill are Great Peacock and Philly psych outfit Circadian Rhythms; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caroline Rose at World Cafe Live, Cold Roses at Bourbon and Branch, Two Gallants at Johnny Brenda

Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese
Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese

After making a splash in 2013 with her pop-and-country infused album America Religious, New Jersey’s Caroline Rose returned last fall with an album that expanded her sound into realms of gospel and blues with I Will Not Be Afraid. Tonight she plays World Cafe Live opening for Pokey La Farge. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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