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Meet Field Medic, the West Coast freak-folk poet who will capture your heart at Everybody Hits this Thursday

Field Medic | photo courtesy of artist

If the term “field medic” only and immediately conjures a mental image of medical personnel tending to wounded soldiers in combat, you’re probably wondering who this ginger-bearded DIY lad is that’s currently staring at you from the picture above. At least those were my thoughts a couple of months ago when I first soaked in the bill for the now-upcoming gig at Everybody Hits with Kississippi, Field Medic, Shannen Moser (replacing Harmony Woods), and Cherry. Three of these names I knew, of course — they’re the shining scene stars of Philly. ‘Twas the red-headed string bean who stumped me.

So I took to Field Medic’s Bandcamp, where the hardcore metal-esque black and red profile reading “freak folk/bedroom pop/post-country,” began spinning out a bluegrass-level, live-recorded traditional folk singalong called “do a little dope” — complete with whistles and pup-like howls and hollers. Utterly confused but in a happily surprised sort of way, I chuckled through the array of meme aesthetic titles (e.g. “p e  g a s u s t h o t z,” “NEON FLOWERZ,” “me, my gibberish, & the moon,” etc.) and decided on the track “OTL” next. Harmonica-driven with self-aware, goofy lyrics like the line “I’m at the grocery store buying EBT sushi, wasabi soy sauce one true love,” mixed with true hopeless romantic sincerity, I knew I would be hooked on whatever else awaited me from this refreshing project.

But that left me with the question of who in sam heck is this colorful DIY character who crafts sweet love songs in the most authentic folk tradition? It’s Kevin Patrick, the San-Francisco artist who now splits his time halfway between San Fran and LA, that’s who. He’s had a pretty good year, I’d say, as 2017 brought an induction to the Run For Cover family and the resulting release of his first full-length album, Songs from the Sunroom, with them. But this record is really like a compilation of sorts, as Patrick has been making and sharing self-recorded tracks on Bandcamp for years now — those of which past gems make up this record.

Still left with many questions about the project, I was able to speak with Patrick on the phone last Wednesday morning while he was strolling the streets of San Francisco following his fruitless attempts at thrifting for a boom box to use on tour.  Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kississippi brings bedroom pop to the big stage Friday afternoon

Kississippi | photo by Ashley Gellman-LaLima for WXPN

Philadelphia-based indie pop band Kississippi, under the guidance of fearless leader Zoë Reynolds, took the stage for a twinkling midday set Friday ahead of an eventful weekend here in Philadelphia. Most known to pack houses and basements, the band was caught off guard at the size of the WCL midday crowd. Kississippi ripped through their set, nonetheless, and gratefully appreciated the turnout by the mass of Midnight Green-clad fans. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kississippi, Field Medic, and Harmony Woods to hit the Cages this February

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

Hold whatever you’re doing, friends, because there is one mighty fine gig coming up that you must know about. Taking place at Everybody Hits on February 15th, this beautiful bill boasts Kississippi, Field Medic, and Harmony Woods. So yes, just go and knock my hat off, why don’tcha. Continue reading →

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Kississippi comes into their own with “Cut Yr Teeth,” the first single from their SideOneDummy debut Sunset Blush

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

Kississippi is back, and stronger than ever. The recording project of Zoe Reynolds has become such a fixture of the Philly music scene lately that it’s easy to forget it’s been two years since their debut EP, We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed, was released. The XPN Fest alum has certainly kept busy over those last two years, though, and just announced that their first full-length, Sunset Blush, will be released in April 2018 via SideOneDummy Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rapsody at The Foundry, Petunia at Kung Fu Necktie, Kississippi at PhilaMOCA

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Rapsody was last seen in Philly at this year’s Made in America Festival, and the city’s been awaiting her return ever since. The North Carolina MC and hip-hop artist brings her “Wisdom is Power” tour to The Foundry tonight in support of her debut solo album Laila’s Wisdom, released earlier this fall. Watch Rapsody’s video for “Power” below, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kississippi play a bright and bold new song, “Once Good,” at Daytrotter

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly dreampop outfit Kississippi kicked off a February solo tour with Young and Heartless last night in Lancaster; in March, they’re going out on their own full band headlining run. And based on this recent set of recordings from the Daytrotter vaults, frontwoman Zoë Allaire Reynolds and her four bandmates have a bright and bold setlist in store.

Where the band’s wonderful 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed leaned mellow and melancholic, the new song “Once Good” — which Kississippi debuted in its Daytrotter session — steps into a newly energized realm, placing Reynolds’ contemplative songwriting in a world of racing rhythms and soaring guitars. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

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

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Dudes Abide: The Districts shine at Johnny Brenda’s residency

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Well, well, well. If the gosh darn boys aren’t back in town. After what felt like almost whole year, our hometown heroes The Districts returned to a Philadelphia stage for three proper headlining shows at Johnny Brenda’s. And while 2016 wasn’t necessarily a quiet year for them — touring with both Modest Mouse and Dr. Dog is nothing to sneeze at — it definitely felt like a bit of a building year for a band that otherwise seems to have unlimited amounts of energy. It makes sense, with hints of LP3 trickling out at shows, and word coming that the band spent almost a month in LA over the summer, demoing and recording new material. But as summer faded, and the memories of The Districts’ slamming XPNFest set weren’t keeping my heart as warm as they once had, this three-night stand at JB’s came just in the nick of time. Continue reading →