The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack challenge one other on tour split 7″

The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack | photos courtesy of the artists

The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack just released a limited edition 7″ split to celebrate their upcoming tour together. However, this isn’t your conventional split record. Given only the instrumental arrangement and song title, the vocalists of both bands – Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack –  were given the challenge of creating their own lyrics and melody to one of the other band’s songs. The reinventions of these two track blend the styles of the each band. Continue reading →


In Review: Warped Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center

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The Wonder Years | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo


Last Friday, the Vans Warped Tour punk rock music festival invaded the Camden Waterfront. Currently in its eighteenth year, the tour has branched out from their strictly punk lineup to include metal, hardcore, pop, electric and other genres; even with these changes Warped Tour continues the most noted punk music festival in the country.

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The Story So Far | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

Birthed from the South Philadelphia basement scene, The Wonder Years have developed into one of the biggest names in the current pop punk scene. Their main stage performance at this year’s Warped Tour was nothing short of a full circle moment for the band. Lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell was almost tearful as he proclaimed this hometown show as one of the best days of his life. The bands enthusiasm for playing the Warped Tour main stage translated into one of the best, most high energy performances sets of the day. Fans filled the the arena singing each song at the top of their lungs while people who were not familiar with the band had no choice but to be taken by their infectious sound. (If you’re a fan of The Wonder Years you should probably check out The Story So Far, a pop punk band form Walnut Creek, California who put on a great performance at this years Warped Tour. Their music is loud, powerful and unforgiving. Their energetic performance made their Warped Tour debut very promising.)

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The Early November | By: Rachel Del Sordo

Also playing a hometown show was Hammonton, New Jersey’s The Early November. The Early November became popular in the early 2000’s with their emo-influenced sound, and recently broke a four-year hiatus in 2012 with its most recent album In Currents. The new album as well as their live performance shows the bands ability to grow and mature as musicians. Their set was polished and mature as they played tracks old and new. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: Jukebox The Ghost, Motion City Soundtrack, Now Now at The TLA

Last night, Jukebox the Ghost returned to Philadelphia for a co-headlining show with Minneapolis pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack. Opening the show was fellow Minnesotan newcomers Now, Now; check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hop Along and Kite Party at The Fire, RNDM at Union Transfer, Now Now Opening for Motion City Soundtrack at TLA, Milk Carton Kids at Tin Angel

Hop Along and Kite Party will be performing tonight at The Fire. Hop Along released their debut full-length album Get Disowned earlier this year in May, while fellow local band Kite Party have the entirety of their first album Hand Claps Music available as a free download here. The all ages show tonight starts at 6:30; tickets are available here. Below, watch Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs.”

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Hear a new Motion City Soundtrack song, “Severance” (playing TLA on 11/4)

Last week Billboard premiered Motion City Soundtrack’s new track “Severance,” which will be on the group’s two-track 7″ vinyl, scheduled for release November 6th. This limited-edition 7″ is part of the group’s Making Moves 7″ series in partnership with Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records; the series has already featured artists like Brick + Mortar and The Skies Revolt. Motion City Soundtrack will be playing at Theatre of the Living Arts next Sunday, November 4th with I Was Totally Destroying It, Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now. Tickets for that show are available here. You can stream “Severance” here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Fiona Apple, Hezekiah Jones, and Motion City Soundtrack

The second night of the Dave Matthews Band’s‘s residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. After an incredible performance last night along with Brandi Carlile, tonight they do it again but with Head and the Heart opening.

Another show we have been excited about for weeks is Fiona Apple at the Tower Theater. Apple recently released her new album The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do. She plays tonight at 8 PM, you can get tickets here.

The alternative rock group, Motion City Soundtrack who just released their fifth studio album, Go, play tonight at Union Transfer along with The Henry Clay People and the Front Bottoms. Tickets the 7:30 PM show are $18-20.

Finally, WXPN Welcomes Hezekiah Jones to the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s 64th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series. The all ages show is free and begins at 7:30 PM.