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Legs Like Tree Trunks try to overcome paranoia on new EP Happenstance

Legs Like Tree Trunks| Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Legs Like Tree Trunks| Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly indie rock group Legs Like Tree Trunks have just released their new EP, Happenstance, featuring two new songs and a re-recording of an older song, “Dick Whitman.” On the title track, the band channels Pavement by creating a loose, guitar-heavy rocker overlayed with singer Matt Holden’s Malkmus inspired-vocals.

The breezy “Goop” places the countryside next to the sea, creating a thick harmonic haze that builds into something much more cathartic. “Dick Whitman” sees the band struggling with identity in ways only a certain Mad Men character could relate to (no spoilers here). Continue reading →

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Listen to a long-awaited new track from garage-punk trio The Chelsea Kills

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

The Chelsea Kills are a local garage-rock trio who got their start back in 2008, first coming together in a basement in Elkins Park. Since that time they have been kicking around the local scene and have gone through many changes since those early days with only front man, Sam Mercurio, remaining from the original trio.

With a new band around him, made up of Max King and Tim McMonigle, Mercurio and The Chelsea Kills are ready to reemerge and just last week released their first single since 2013’s Pulp Culture. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Myrrias at Ortlieb’s, Legs Like Tree Trunks at Kung Fu Necktie, Brianna Cash at Underground Arts and more

Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com
Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com

Philly art-rock four piece Myrrias just finished tracking a record with producer Jeff Zeigler and kicks off tour tonight at Ortlieb’s. It’s a significant run for the band – which draws inspiration from Neu!, Broadcast and Electrelane – since it will be its final batch of shows with founding drummer Casey Bell, who moved to Nevada earlier this year. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; Zeigler and Mary Lattimore open with an ambient set. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf headlines a fantastic all-Philly bill at Johnny Brenda’s

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Johnny Brenda’s was filled with an awesome triple bill of live local music on Thursday night, capped by Vita and the Woolf‘s biggest hometown headlining appearance to date. She just wrapped up production on an EP that she plans to release in the spring, and was kicking off a short fall tour acorss the Northeast. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Legs Like Tree Trunks

Legs Like Tree Trunks | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Legs Like Tree Trunks | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

Legs Like Tree Trunks is a tight, high-energy four-piece that burst onto the Philly scene earlier this year. But it’s also the project of songwriter and frontman Matt Holden, who founded the band back in 2011 when he was living in Pittsburgh. 2012’s Future Reference EP caught our ear with its math rock licks and technical finesse, but there are infectious songs in Holden’s playbook as well, something I saw in an explosive way when the new lineup of the band played this January at Golden Tea House. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Watch Vita and the Woolf wake up ReAnimator Coffee with the new “Springtime Foxes”

 

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography

Vita and the Woolf’s Jennifer Pague has not a voice that can easily be ignored or forgotten. Comparisons to Florence Welch are common, but are not overstated in the least as the lead singer of Vita and the Woolf brings sultry heart to all her songs through a vocal prowess few can lay claim to. She no doubt turned more than a few heads during her stripped down set at Fishtown’s ReAnimator Coffee, and with the help of Philly’s Out of Town Films, we can all feel as if we were their sipping a latte as Vita and the Woolf plays the new song “Springtime Foxes.” Continue reading →

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We don’t know much about Philly band Friendship, but their YouTube EP is a rager

event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/
event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/

We recently came across the quirky debut EP from Philly band Friendship, who were mysteriously added to a show tonight at 3rd & Girard (see the flyer with the giant rubber duck above). The EP is called THE FURTHER YOU KICK IT THE BIGGER IT GETS and on it, the band explores an interesting collection of sounds, ranging from lo-fi home recordings, to freak folk, to ramblings that could rival mewithoutYou or Listener.

You can listen to the EP via the Youtube video below. The track names aren’t listed, and frankly, not much else about the band is listed anywhere, but trust us – you’ll want to listen all the way through. Continue reading →