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Watch Nothing’s surreal nightmare in “I Hate the Flowers”

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Nothing | photo by Ryan Lowry | courtesy of the artist

Nothing is fueled by nightmares. Their latest effort, “I Hate Flowers,” directed by Matt Newman, is another entry in the series of visually captivating music videos for Dance On The Blacktop. The video follows an agoraphobic man leaving his NYC apartment, thrashing as he’s dragged by some invisible entity in a sort of Fight Club scene. Flickering collages flash between clips of the man shearing his head and lathering his face in gold paint. In this surreal, apocalyptic world, the narrative becomes frayed and disconnected, reflecting the paranoid thoughts and disintegration of the character’s mind. Continue reading →

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Nothing announces new album with a surreal, apocalyptic video for the new “Zero Day”

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Nothing | photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Philly shoegazers Nothing have announced a new album, Dance on the Blacktop to be released August 24th on Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2016’s Tired of Tomorrow, Dance on the Blacktop sees the band collaborating with noted producer John Agnello (Hop Along, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to craft “a brave walk into the absurdity.”

Along with the album announcement, Nothing released a video for lead single “Zero Day.” Surreal and apocalyptic, the video is a fitting counterpoint to the metallic funeral march of the music. Watch the video for “Zero Day” below, and check below for the track list and tour dates. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →

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Nothing share unreleased “Spell” track for Our First 100 Days benefit comp

On day #56 of the current presidential term, Philly shoegaze punk outfit Nothing added their previously-unreleased song “Spell” to the Our First 100 Days comp. The digital benefit collection is a joint effort from Secretly Group, 30 Songs for 30 Days, and Revolutions Per Minute working to minimize the negative effects the new administration will have on some crucial organizations.

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30 Songs, 30 Days and Secretly Group announce Our First 100 Days, featuring Strand of Oaks, Nothing, and more…

Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

In the days leading up to the election, a project called 30 Days, 30 Songs brought together protest songs from high-profile acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Jim James, and Franz Ferdinand. There was so much artist support that the number quickly ballooned to 50 songs, and now, with the help of the Secretly Group, they’re doubling even that. Continue reading →

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Nothing brings “Tired Of Tomorrow” home with a special record release show

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Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Back in May, the Philly boys in Nothing announced a 30+ day long tour with Culture Abuse and WRONG in support of their second and most recent album, Tired Of Tomorrow. However, the last four days of this tour were something special. Although WRONG wasn’t able to join, Nothing did a small four day run with Culture Abuse, Citizen, and Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler at the end of their tour. On Friday night, July 8th, this tour made its way to Philly, which was definitely monumental for these dudes considering it was the band’s official record release show for Tired Of Tomorrow in their hometown. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: World / Inferno Friendship Society at The Trocadero, Nothing at Union Transfer, Laura Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s

The World/Inferno Friendship Society | photo via www.blowthescene.com
The World/Inferno Friendship Society | photo via www.blowthescene.com

Punks meets cabaret tonight at The Trocadero as The World / Inferno Friendship Society takes the stage. The band’s sound is just as huge as its roster, having anywhere from 7 to 13 members playing horns, piano, bass, guitar, drums and more. Their songs are theatrical in nature and it’ll be a treat to see how the band brings them to life in person. For tickets and more info check out the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to the 2014 track “Dolce Far Niente” below. Continue reading →

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A day too short, Governors Ball still brought the heat

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Gov Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Festivals and I have such a love/hate relationship. Not only as a music lover and someone who works in the industry, but as a general human being. There’s the hot humidity of the early days of summer mixed with the tangled bodies of hippies and hipsters gallivanting across an open field, overpriced food and alcohol, and crowds so large you can hardly see the band you’re there to see. At the same time, you’re completely enthralled with the good vibes, the exciting atmosphere, and the thrill of so much good music.

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