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PREMIERE: Left & Right wrestle with heavy things on The Yips

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Left & Right | Illustration by Jess Cavaluzzi | courtesy of the band

After teasing it with singles for the last several months, Left & Right are finally letting us hear the The Yips in all of its angular and heavy glory. The LP follows 2014’s Five Year Plan release with a collection of songs that dig even deeper into the psyche of its songwriters, tackling the things that weigh heavily on their minds. It’ll be out September 16th via WarHen Records (a preorder is up now).

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Listen to three new songs from Left & Right, preorder their new LP The Yips

Left and Right | illustration by Jess Cavaluzzi | via facebook.com/leftandrightva

Hard-touring, distortion-pedal-loving Philly rockers Left & Right releases its latest LP, The Yips, on Charlottesville label War Hen Records on September 16th. It follows up their 2014 Infinity Cat LP Five Year Plan and several runs around the country with Diarrhea Planet and more.

Over the past month, the band has teased the new record with a string of tracks, most recently the strolling “Mouse Drum,” which has a totally sweet “Only In Dreams” Weezer thing going on. Continue reading →

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Left and Right calm things down on new EP Pivot Foot; catch them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Left and Right | Photo by John Vettese
Left and Right | Photo by John Vettese

Philly punk four-piece Left and Right are good at multi-tasking. Instead of taking the traditional approach of releasing new music and then going on tour, the group just released their newest offering, Pivot Foot, today, while on tour. The timing does make sense, though, as the band is coming home tonight to play Johnny Brenda’s and celebrate their EP release.

Pivot Foot is the first release since the group’s acclaimed, communism-referencing 2014 record Five Year Plan. Over the course of the five-track EP, Left and Right demonstrate a considerable amount of versatility. There are still moments of loud, adrenaline-heavy shredding, but on tracks like “Next Winter” they often suddenly dissipate in favor of calmer guitar riffs that tiptoe into moody emo territory. That cool, reflective quality is the norm on Pivot Foot. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zydeco Crossroads Weekend at World Cafe Live, Left & Right at Everybody Hits, Laura Palmer at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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Buckwheat Zydeco | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

If you missed Zydeco Crossroads last night at World Cafe Live, you have another chance to catch it tonight! The festivities – which celebrate Creole music, Cajun food, and Zydeco dancing – will begin this afternoon with a film screening of Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities by filmmaker Robert Mugge, which will be followed by a panel discussion upstairs. Then after dinner, the entertainment will resume with music from Corey Ledet and His Zydeco BandWayne Singleton and Same Ol 2 Step, and Rosie Ledet. You won’t want to miss out on this night! Get tickets and information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band perform “Boudin Man” for KRVS below. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, Left & Right and more

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Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | http://laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com/

Guitarist and singer Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The Philadelphia native performed songs from last year’s Way Out Weather, a record that put his boundary-pushing guitar playing in the spotlight. Check out “Milly’s Garden” below and get the full session here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Left & Right at The Pharmacy, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, The Devil Makes Three at The TLA

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Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-to-Philly transplants Left & Right hit The Pharmacy tonight with The Cloth, Soul Glo and Combine. The show brings the band’s first tour (as well as the second week) of 2015 to a close, which shows just how road-focused this band is. 2014 saw the released of 5 Year Plan, which was featured in a year-long cassette series curated by Casey Wessbuch of Diarrhea Planet. Watch the video for “Low Expectations” below and get more info on tonight’s show here.

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Left and Right’s “Low Expectations” video features pizza, chainsaws

Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-bred, Philadelphia-based punk four-piece Left and Right just released a new video for “Low Expectations” from their latest album 5 Year Plan. It’s a comedic portrayal of a group of friends baking and selling pizza on their street corner, lemonade-style. The guys grow aggravated when the local food critic doesn’t love it and they go about new, shall-we-say creative, ways to make something fresh and original out of an old favorite. Watch the video below; 5 Year Plan is out now on Infinity Cat Records. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Left & Right share “Low Expectations” from new Infinity Cat tape release

Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva
Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-bred, Philadelphia-based four-piece Left & Right have a new tape coming out on Infinity Cat Recordings this September, and we’ve got an early premiere of “Low Expectations” right here.  Five Year Plan, the Virginia natives’ third effort, will be released in conjunction with a year-long cassette series that was curated by Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Wessbuch.

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Join Philly’s Come On Homewreckers, Polar Ice Cap and more for a night of fuzzy, grunge-inspired rock at Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow

Photo via facebook.com/comeonhomewreckers
Photo via facebook.com/comeonhomewreckers

No need to sit around on a Saturday night with nothing to jam to. Come on Homewreckers has some grunge-y instrumental bliss for you to indulge in. Or, if you’d prefer something more lyrical and perhaps a little reminiscent of Weezer’s debut (Blue) album from ’94, fear no more – Polar Ice Cap will also be taking the stage. The band released their debut album State Lines last spring. As heard on their 93 EP, alt-rock four-piece Left & Right offer similar vibes in the spirit of the legendary decade. To round out the bill, Rhode Island punk outfit Gym Shorts will also perform in support of their latest self-titled EP. Tickets are $5 at the door. Show time is 8:00 pm.

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