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Three Man Cannon blends styles on their LP Pretty Many People, streaming now

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As they prepare to head out on tour with fellow Philadelphians Kite Party, Scranton natives Three Man Cannon are streaming their new album Pretty Many People. The band’s new album has a particularly melodic style of punk mixed with a dab of shoegaze and emo to go along. Highlights include the morose “Bleed,” which contains mournful lyrics such as “I don’t want to see you die/ I just want to see you bleed that’s all” as the song crescendos into a powerful outcry. Listen to the record below, and see Three Man Cannon open for Saintseneca on June 4th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets and information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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A night of vocal powerhouses at Golden Tea House featuring Frances Quinlan, Emperor X, Abi Reimold

Frances Quinlan | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Frances Quinlan | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Frances Quinlan has a voice that can fill a room, and on Wednesday night, it did just that. The Hop Along frontwoman’s evocative singing carries a compelling range of emotion, from playfulness to sorrow to anger and frustration, and its dynamic rise and fall cuts powerfully through the heavy and ambitious art-punk of her bandmates.

But at Golden Tea House, there was no need for it to cut through anything. Quinlan played solo, without loud amplifiers or heavy drums; just a clean electric Gibson and her singing resonating off the tall brick walls, an experience all the more affecting for the listeners. The crowd was exceptionally attentive – it was one of those “you could hear a pin drop” nights, which is rare at house shows, or rock shows of any sort for that matter, and especially so considering Quinlan’s set was mostly made up of unfamiliar material. Aside from two selections from 2012′s Get Disowned (“Some Grace,” “Trouble Found Me”) and a couple covers (a spot-on “Carry the Zero” by Built to Spill into “Barstool Blues” by Neil Young), the songs she played were all works in progress – hopefully to see the light of day on the next Hop Along album.

It’s probably premature to really evaluate the music at this stage – it sounded great, but was definitely in a skeletal state compared to how it will sound in a full band context – but suffice it to say, Quinlan nicely mixed up moody slow burns with riffy uptempo moments, and there’s an absolutely awesome song about the disappearing grave of jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

Joining Quinlan on the bill were two other vocal powerhouses: Abi Reimold (a former Key intern and occasional Key photographer), who performed a stunning and totally PJ Harvey-ish set backed by guitarist Nick Morrison of Mumblr, bassist Zach Kuntz and drummer Alex Giannascoli (of Alex G). Her new EP Forget is a knockout, but most of the songs she played weren’t on it, showing great promise for things to come. Emperor X from Jacksonville has a delivery in the vein of John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats – sorta nasal but supremely confident – and come to think of it, his clever and erudite songwriting was sort of Mountain Goats-esque too, as was his lively banter and command of the crowd. Switching between guitar and keyboard, he sang into a echo-filtered vocal mic on the quiet parts and stepped back to project to the entire room the rest of the time. “At A Rave With Nicolas Sarkozy” was a winning number; I knew nothing about this dude at the beginning of the night, and left a converted fan.

On the opposite extreme was Foot, the solo project of Pat Conaboy of Kite Party. It had a distinctively slowcore sad-rock vibe a la Red House Painters and Low; a lot of minor key progressions interlocking with somber and withdrawn vocals. While some points in Foot’s set were a bit too wandering and introverted to really connect with, its best points were chilling in their own sort of way. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record release show at PhilaMOCA.

The twinkly Philly punkers have waited three years to follow up their popular album, Baseball Season, which features staples like “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum.” However, the band’s fans have been treated to small previews of the upcoming album and it sounds unexpected in the best possible way. Both “Halflife” and “Summery Dream” have a light, atmospheric sound that’s heavy on the psychedelic vibes, less so on the loud guitars and raspy vocals.

Surely, they’ll performance will be a bit different, too, but we’re looking forward to it. Celebrating alongside Kite Party at their record release show will be punkers and/or indie rockers Three Man Cannon, Gunk, Thin Lips and The spirit of the beehive. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7.

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Kite Party releases hazy new single, “Summery Dream”

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Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

 

Nah, you’re not dreaming. Kite Party really did release their latest single yesterday. The five-piece indie rock band’s second full-length album, Come on Wandering, comes out on May 6 via Animal Style Records. But until then, they’ve been giving fans some long-awaited previews. First up was ambiance-induced single “Halflife,” and now it’s “Summery Dream.”

The latter single has less of that in-your-face, twinkly but somehow gritty feel Kite Party manages to show through “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum” off of their first album, Baseball Season, but instead is rather spacey. And the new song is true to its name. Slower-paced than what Kite Party fans are used to, it does have that hazy, nearly hypnotic “summer” feel to it. And through its filtered sound, the band still keeps their signature melodies and harmonies. Think Youth Lagoon meets Real Estate. Prediction: this’ll be a “windows-down required” kind of album.

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Kite Party releases first single off forthcoming full length album, Come On Wandering

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia based five piece Kite Party just released the first single off their forthcoming full length album Come On Wandering, which is due out May 6th on Animal Style Records. The album was recorded at The Headroom with local producers Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Hop Along) and Kyle Pulley (Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips). ”Halflife” is warm and atmospheric, yet seemingly downbeat and moody. Soulful vocals howl amidst slowly churning instrumentals, and a keyboard adds even more texture on top of the three guitars. In this song, vocalist/guitarist Russell Edling focuses on ‘feeling off,’ but that is only one of many dark topics covered lyrically on this album. Preorder Come On Wandering here, and listen to “Halflife” below.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellie Goulding at Liacouras Center, Kite Party at Kung Fu Necktie, and John Byrne Band Pogues tribute at World Cafe Live

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Ellie Goulding | photo via facebook.com/elliegoulding

Shimmery pop goddess Ellie Goulding will light up the Liacouras Center tonight on her US tour. Her signature breathy tone is sensual and alluring as it fills in her illustrious pop tunes. Watch the visual for “Burn” from her 2013 release Halcyon Days below and get tickets here.

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Get amped for The Weaks’ album release with “Dunce Pageant”

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Philly pop punk band The Weaks are celebrating the release of their first EP on Lame-O Records in two big ways. First, The World Is A Terrible Place and I Hate Myself and Want To Die is streaming on BrooklynVegan in advance of its February 11th release date. In addition, The Weaks – featuring Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, formerly of Dangerous Ponies – are holding a record release show this Friday at Golden Tea House for the EP.

The name of the record is a play off of scene-famous Connecticut punkers, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, as well as a Nirvana deep cut from the 1993 compilation The Beavis and Butthead Experience. Celebrating with The Weaks will be Washington-based band Cowardice, Philly natives Kite Party and Thin Lips (other former members of Dangerous Ponies playing their debut show).

(Hear More – Listen to two new songs from Thin Lips)

Lame-O Records, based in Philadelphia, is also home to Ma Jolie, Modern Baseball, Hundred Acre Woods and Steady Hands. Check out the band’s interview with Modern Vinyl here.

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