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The Key Studio Sessions: Mumblr

There’s a distinct feeling of raw energy on Full of Snakes, the debut LP from Philly fuzz-punk four-piece Mumblr. That’s the sound of a band that doesn’t overthink things when it’s recording, that doesn’t get lost in assembling its songs from pieces of pristine takes; it’s the sound of a band that kicks ass live first, makes great records second. Continue reading →

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This year’s TJ Kong Murdershow is going to be a rager; check out the lineup

Northern Arms will perform at this year's TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow
Northern Arms will perform at this year’s TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow | photo by Max Gaines | thechurchofmax.com

TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb this week announced via Facebook the performers for their 5th annual Halloween Murdershow and its quite the lineup. Featuring a full list of Philly locals and such a large array of genres, from TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb’s folk tunes to Lantern‘s distortion-infused rock to Tutlie‘s imaginative, surreal indie music, the eclectic sounds of this show are sure to attract a crowd. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cheerleader, The Last Bison, Mumblr

Cheerleader
Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Local indie rockers Cheerleader stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  By now we’re familiar with the band’s blend of hazy pop and bright twee, a combination that made them a no-brainer for stand-out summer band status.  In this session, Cheerleader performed a new song called “On Your Side” – check it out below and get the full set here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Gray at Tower Theater, Mumblr at Bourbon and Branch, The Moody Blues at Musikfest

Photo by Rachel Barrish
Photo by Rachel Barrish

David Gray will be playing tonight at the Tower Theater. The British singer songwriter released his newest album, Mutineers in July. The rather happy album is Gray’s first in over four years. in an interview with Boston Globe about the light atmosphere on this album, Gray explained that “There’s a regeneration going on, a rebirth, a plugging back into the moment, not worrying about the past and being right there in the here and now, and that’s what this record has.” Recently, Gray played a stellar Free at Noon and a great performance at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center. Listen to his performance of “Back in the World Again”, the first track off of Mutineers. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Enjoy an eclectic evening with Lil Sean at PhilaMOCA August 30th

Photo via facebook.com/philamoca
Photo via facebook.com/philamoca

The always interesting PhilaMOCA has announced its latest celebration, Lil Sean Day, held August 30th. The event is curated exclusively by its namesake, the Eraserhood venue’s 12-year-old neighbor: a reported connoisseur of art, film and music. Last year, Lil Sean performed at PhilaMOCA’s Mausoleum Pizza Party. He also released his first two songs on Bandcamp in late July.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Steel City Coffeehouse, Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Los Lonely Boys at Keswick Theater and more

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tin Bird Choir describes themselves as “organic, free-range, Pennsylvania barn rock.” And quite frankly, that’s pretty spot on. The folky four-piece is performing tonight at Steel City Coffeehouse, but they won’t be alone. Joining the band will be A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose and Kicking Down Doors who are coming together to perform a benefit show for Phoenixville Area Community Services, or PACS. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the $14 can be purchased here.

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After reading this, you’ll find yourself humming Roof Doctor’s newest album (released today!)

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

Punk Philly band Roof Doctor released their newest album in a way that’s as sweet as the album itself.

This morning, a link to Mobile Freedom Home was accompanied by one line: “Hey guys, here is our album. We love you. We hope you like it. <3”

The band’s fans have been anticipating the release for quite some time. Since November of 2012, in fact, and the album’s intimate sound and intricate instrumentation reflect their hard work laboring in at Fishtown’s Headroom Studio.

Mobile Freedom Home is the kind of album that you listen to once through and can’t quite distinguish track by track (except for “Bottle It Up,” man, give that one a listen), but instead familiarize yourself with the sound, finding yourself humming the tune as you mosey through your apartment. Then, you find yourself wondering, “What the hell is that song called?” only to return back the 10-track album hunting through the tracks discovering additional treasures off of the album. That’s how Roof Doctor gets you.

But upon second and third listen, you’ll start to notice the small jangly, irresistable details that accompany each track’s unmistakable vocals.

Join the band and their fellow punk and/or experimental friends Son Step, Mumblr and Soda Bomb as they celebrate the release of Mobile Freedom Home on Saturday at 8 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. Oh, and of course, take a listen to the album itself below.

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Pi Lam announces line-up for Human BBQ XXXVI, including Slingshot Dakota, Laser Background, Alex G and more

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net

West Philly’s punk frat house Pi Lam has announced the line-up for its 36th annual Human BBQ, taking place Saturday, April 5th.  The 18-band, day-long festival will feature performers from across the genre spectrum, including Haverford fan favorites Alex G, psych-Americana outfit Heat Thunder and “rotten fuzz punk” four-piece Mumblr.  Heading up the meat and music event are upbeat pop punkers Slingshot Dakota, post-hardcore emo outfit Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and indie rockers Cold Fronts.  The mostly-local bill is filled out by Laser Background, Roof Doctor, ScooterJinx, Told Slant, Is and of The, No Stranger, Memorial Gore, The Interest Group, David Phosphor Walrus and Teenage Bigfoot.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out music from some of the acts below.

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