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Mercury Girls: A new retro-C86 project featuring Kevin Attics of Literature and Adrianne Gold

Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls
Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls

Philly power poppers Literature picked up some serious steam in 2014 with the release of their jangle-pop LP Chorus. They’re in the process of recording a new records, but in the meantime you can check out guitarist Kevin Attics’ throwback project Mercury Girls, featuring Adrianne Gold (formerly of Catnaps and Tender Vision).
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Watch Literature’s jangley BreakThru Radio session

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

Philadelphia jangle-pop group Literature took some time after playing the CMJ Music Marathon this fall to record a session for BreakThru Radio‘s Live Studio series. The power-pop (featuring Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Seth Whaland, and Chris Schackerman) performed “The English Softhearts” and “Jimmy” off their latest release, Chorus, and sat down with host Maia McDonald to answer questions about future plans, including the release of a split seven-inch in early 2015. Check out the session below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60′s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Literature

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a band who are certainly no strangers to our studios. The Austin-born, Philly-based quartet Literature have stopped by several times over the years, most recently in May 2013 to test out material for their then-in-progress second album. That album, Chorus, was released earlier this summer on Slumberland Records. Continue reading →

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Hear Literature play live, plus new Death From Above 1979 and Ex Hex on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Death From Above 1979 | Photo courtesy of the artist
Death From Above 1979 | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a special one indeed! Tune in to XPN at 10pm for a two-hour mix of brand new tracks and some old favorites, with a special spotlight on the newly released (and highly awaited) new album from Death From Above 1979! We’ll also hear a brand new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Philly quartet Literature! Don’t miss these new tracks, either:
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Double up with The New Pornographers & Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps
The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps

It’s the Final Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for an hour-long ‘Compact’ Edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm (immediately following Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a very special bite-size show. We’ll be spotlighting not one but two newly-released albums: The New PornographersBrill Bruisers and Ty Segall‘s Manipulator! You’ll also hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Get flashy with Beach Day, The New Pornographers & Literature on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake
Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the XPN airwaves tonight at 10pm! Tune in for a colossal assortment of brand new tracks from Beach Day, The New Pornographers, Tennis, Alvvays and more! And don’t miss our album spotlight on the newly released sophomore LP from Philly’s own Literature! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store tonight:

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Stream Literature’s Sixties influenced album, Chorus

Photo via facebook.com/literatureband
Photo via facebook.com/literatureband

Earlier this month, we got a taste of Philly pop band’s  Literature‘s new album when they released “English Softhearts.” Now you can stream the album via Hype Machine, until its August 19th release via Slumberland records. In many ways, the album is a natural progression from Tie Dye and Arab Spring. The band channeled its energy into tighter sounds and an upbeat atmosphere.

The new album can safely be called an ode to the 60s. Continue reading →

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Dance to Literature’s upbeat pop on new(-ish) track “The English Softhearts”

Photo via facebook.com/literatureband
Photo via facebook.com/literatureband

Philly indie-pop quartet Literature released their newest track “The English Softhearts”. The song is off of their upcoming album Chorus out August 19th on Slumberland Records. A few months back, the band did a session with The Cherry Blosom Clininc on WFMU. Recently, they played a great show with the UK group Flatmates in Philly.

“English Softhearts” starts off where their previous albums, Tie Dye and Arab Spring left off.  In the intervening year, the group tightened up their sound, and slowed down from the manic energy of Arab Spring.It’s an carefree, upbeat pop affair. As the song’s title suggests, it’s a bit of a tribute to English pop classics like the Cure and the Smiths. The group actually played a version of the song on their Key Studio Session last year.

Listen to “The English Softhearts” below.