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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 →

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Download Modern Baseball’s biting new single, “The Thrash Particle”

Photo by Jessica Flynn
Modern Baseball | Photo by Jessica Flynn | via modernbaseballpa.bandcamp.com

Be careful what you wish for. I know that I’ve made the mistake of romantically wishing that someone would one day write a song about me. Little did I realize that songwriters typically find their muse when feelings of sadness, anger, hatred, and jealousy arise. (Needless to say, the song written about me was less than flattering).

Modern Baseball‘s new single, “The Thrash Particle,” brings me back to that moment. Inspired by blinding jealousy, the Philadelphia four-piece’s new track is cynically self-aware, with lines like “You suggested I write a song about the first time we met,/Well I don’t want to remember there or then,” which leads right into “Is this the hook you wanted?/ Is it stuck inside your head?/ Can you sing it with your friends?” Continue reading →