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Just Announced: Philly favorites Modern Baseball to tour with The Front Bottoms and Brand New

Modern Baseball | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Modern Baseball | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Now this is huge. The mega-tour of my dreams was announced this week in the form of Philly punk sensations Modern Baseball heading out on a fall run with Brand New and The Front Bottoms. Speculation about this tour was flying around the internet a few days prior but it just seemed TOO good to be true, and so I brushed it off. Alas, you better believe your eyes because it is in fact happening and you’re not going to want to miss out on it. Although there’s no Philly date this time around, you’ll be able to catch them in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center on November 11th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Modern Baseball at The Fillmore, Good Girl at The Trocadero

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

With the release of her debut LP Out of Love just last month, Rosali is in Philly tonight for a hometown record release show at Ortlieb’s. The folk singer songwriter premiered her music video for the track “Black As Ashes” with us earlier this month and you can check out the kaleidoscopic world she creates below. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this show. Continue reading →

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Broken Beak share new song “Humble” ahead of debut LP

Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn
Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn

Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the conglomerate of uber-talented Philly musicians Broken Beak are streaming another single off their upcoming debut album Some Nerve being released by Near Mint Records on Friday, July 1st. The brainchild of spirited songwriter Beau Brynes has caught fire in the scene with the help of Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball — playing guitar and producing, respectively —who have been riding a wave of success following their latest release Holy Ghost just last month. Drummer Jeff Malt and bassist Evan Moorehead come in to round out the band’s roster, each appearing in multiple other Philly-based musical projects.

“Humble” has a different sound sonically compared to first single “Saint,” yet both tracks work together to tell different parts of a rich story, thanks in part to Brynes’ knack for relatable and engaging lyricism. This new track encapsulates some of the best components of Modern Baseball’s past and present tourmates — think of the zany and electrifying guitar work of Tiny Moving Parts matched with the wailing urgency of Joyce Manor. Continue reading →

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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 →