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Photos: Modern Baseball preview Holy Ghost at Long in the Tooth

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Modern Baseball In-store Concert | photo by John Vettese

The day before they released Holy Ghost, Modern Baseball played an in-store set at Long in the Tooth for people who pre-ordered the new LP. The set consisted of most of the new record, plus older songs like “Your Graduation” and “Fine, Great.” The Key’s John Vettese was on hand to capture the event on film, snapping shots of the band setting up for the session, fans browsing for records, MoBo frontman Brendan Lukens taking selfies and signing autographs, and of course people singing along. Modern Baseball headline The Fillmore‘s main stage on June 26th; tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Modern Baseball breaks down Holy Ghost track-by-track (plus a Guest DJ set!)

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Modern Baseball | Photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Let’s not mince words here – Modern Baseball‘s new Holy Ghost is out this week and it’s a frickin’ masterpiece.

The record finds the Philly four-piece stepping beyond the punk rock roots of its formative releases and into bigger, bolder sonic territories, armed with some of their most disarmingly honest and personal songwriting to date. Divided down the middle (a la Speakerboxx / The Love Below) with an A-side focusing on singer-guitarist Jacob Ewald’s tracks and a B-side collecting Brendan Lukens’ tracks, Holy Ghost – out Friday on Run For Cover – is a stirring meditation on loss and change.

Ewald’s grandfather passed away at the same time as he was entering a new romantic relationship and, as he describes it, he found himself torn between two types conflicting emotions, both very intense.  Lukens, meanwhile, struggled with mental health issues, and tells us that his half of Holy Ghost focused the things he learned about his illness, his addiction and himself while at an out-patient psychiatric treatment center.

The songwriting duo’s unflinching self-reflection and fearless honesty resulted in their most engaging record to date, and some of their biggest shows as well. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball release first taste of Holy Ghost, announce tour and show at The Fillmore

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philly punk explorers Modern Baseball have shared two new songs from their upcoming Holy Ghost, “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind,” and “Everyday.”

Holy Ghost arrives as a follow-up to 2014’s You’re Gonna Miss It All and last year’s MOBO Presents: The Perfect Cast EP. Where You’re Gonna Miss It All mixed songs from the band’s two core songwriters, Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald, Holy Ghost is split right down the middle, with side A containing songs from Ewald and side B from Lukens.

On these new songs, MOBO follows their punk voyage into a more expansive territory. “Everyday,” which was penned by Ewald, is a slow-build odyssey featuring picked acoustic guitar and a sing a long bridge before breaking into a bursting outro that contains what sounds kind of like a low bass synth drone. Continue reading →

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10 concerts you don’t want to miss in December

The Arcs | Photo credit: Richard Swift
The Arcs | Photo by Richard Swift | via facebook.com/TheArcsMusic

December may the busiest month of the year so we apologize ahead of time for adding to the already packed schedule. We suggest you maybe skip that 12th family party or perhaps wait for that blockbuster movie to come on demand and instead make time for these ten shows that you are just not going to want to miss. Tickets and information on all of these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Meet Philly punk supergroup Vicky Speedboat in the new video for “Passing Through Wales”

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

In what amounts to a Philly punk/emo supergroup, Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber and W.C. Lindsay’s Will Lindsay are teaming up for an EP under the moniker Vicky Speedboat.

The duo will release their debut EP Two Years No Basement later this month and just this week — via nerdist.com — released a video for their first single “Passing Through Wales”. The track contains all the characteristics you would expect from the power duo, including driving punk flavor with anthemic lyrics and a sharp attitude. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball discuss growing up, their new EP, and the Philly music scene with Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

With a new EP out and a fall tour on the books, Philadelphia emo-rock faves Modern Baseball recently sat down for an interview with Brooklyn Vegan. In it, they discuss balancing school and “real life,” the growth of their sound and their upcoming full length Holy Ghost, and they also get a chance to discuss the Philly music scene. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball drop surprise EP MoBo Presents: The Perfect Cast

Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Did Modern Baseball just pull a Beyonce on us? This week, West Philadelphia’s favorite hometown heroes dropped a surprise EP via Lame-O Records. The record, entitled MoBo Presents: The Perfect Cast EP featuring Modern Baseball, features some songs that we’ve heard before. “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux (2 Disc Directors Cut)” was originally released as “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux” on Lame-O’s Strength in Weakness compilation back in February, and the four-piece released “The Thrash Particle” as a single earlier this month. Continue reading →