California electronic soundscapers The Album Leaf are gearing up for their Relapse Records debut: Between Waves will be released on August 26th, six years after the band’s last effort. A tour will follow, with leader Jimmy LaValle and his new line-up bringing the LP to Johnny Brenda’s on September 15th.
Champaign-Urbana outfit Poster Children are bringing their reunion tour to Johnny Brenda’s on October 1st. The college rockers, who got their start at the University of Illinois in the late 80s, are celebrating the 25th (or 26th) anniversary of Daisychain Reaction.
Philly psych-pop folksters My Son Bison have finally released the first sampling of their upcoming debut LP Two Faces and a Vase. For five long years they’ve been shaping their sound, and would’ve had this album ready for the masses much sooner if it weren’t for some horrible electronic misfortune. Last year the quintet lost the digital files for the new record and had to start back at square one.
But even disaster such as that can’t stop My Son Bison, as the strange circumstances of recreation helped the band in turn reinvent themselves. The record is entirely acoustic, from upright bass to prepared piano to harp and beyond. As heard on the title track of Two Faces and a Vase, the unplugged vibe brings a genuineness to a record that could have been understandably rushed. Continue reading →
“There but for the grace of God…” Words that could potentially apply to a wide variety of situations, but quite often in music it is the luck of the draw that splits who makes it big time and who never makes it at all. That was the old days at least, these days there is a solid middle ground, a place where working musicians can thrive, make a living, and build a passionate, rabidly loyal fanbase, even if it’s just a stroke of luck that kept them from selling out theaters. Continue reading →
Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.
Oregon sister trio Joseph play the Tin Angel tonight. Family heritage runs deep in the band’s indentity; they borrow the name Joseph from their Grandfather, as well as from a town in their native state where they spent time camping as kids. The group’s debut album will be out this year on ATO; get a taste of their jaw-dropping harmonies in the video for “Honest” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →
The Lawsuits‘ clever take on Americana, country-infused rock has made them one of our favorite local bands of late. The group released their most recent EP, Tumbled, back in 2014, but have recently been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Moon Sun, on Randm Records. The record’s first single, “Romeo,” is Wilco-esque, a calm two of half minutes of understated beautiful music. The Lawsuits play tonight at The Foundry and are likely to feature more tracks from the forthcoming Moon Sun. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Athens GA indie rockers Mothers will be back in Philly tonight to play at Johnny Brenda’s with Palm and Anomie. The band continues to tour to celebrate the release of their debut When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, which came out back in February. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Philly rapper Bahamadia released her debut record Kollage way back in 1996. Tonight, she celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s. Nostalgic fans of 90s hip-hop won’t want to miss out on this. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →