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Philly art-rock four piece Myrrias just finished tracking a record with producer Jeff Zeigler and kicks off tour tonight at Ortlieb’s. It’s a significant run for the band – which draws inspiration from Neu!, Broadcast and Electrelane – since it will be its final batch of shows with founding drummer Casey Bell, who moved to Nevada earlier this year. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; Zeigler and Mary Lattimore open with an ambient set. Continue reading →
Yes, the Pope is here. Many people have left town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.
Dean Ween is taking his Group out on tour again, hitting Trenton’s Capital Green for the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series. This iternation of the iconic Philly area band features four of the five original Ween members and plays mostly Ween songs, with some Dean originals mixed in. Check out a cover of “Sweet Jane” below and get more info about the free show here.
Philly indie pop five-piece Acres of Diamonds has been making inventive and elegant music in fits and starts since 2008. As they put it succinctly on their Bandcamp page, “we’ve always been in flux, never just one thing or of one mind. We’re busy like you, being inspired, honing riffs, recording, trying out different microphones, taking some photographs, hanging out, tuning our guitars.”
Their last EP, the haunting Animal Trust, dates back to fall of 2012, and the band has always had a bit of an autumnal sound about it – two of it’s cited influences being John Cale and Galaxie 500. So it’s totally fitting that on the first day of fall, Acres of Diamonds returns with new music. Continue reading →
Philly punk four-piece Mumblr charges ahead in a few different directions with their latest collection, the Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP, out today. While the band previously sported a raw and hooky post-emo sound, the new collection dabbles in different styles, from early 90s grunge melancholia (“Super!”) to vicious noise pop (“Deluxe!”) and a curious spoken work piece to classic emo interlocking guitar lines (“Premium!”). The EP is bursting with urgency (“We recorded this live in one day thank you thank you” sayeth the Bandcamp liner notes) and is available for a free download here. Give it a listen below, and catch Mumblr when they play Ortlieb’s on September 22nd; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found here. Continue reading →
Philly darkwave three piece Blood Sound have just released their latest LP and are gearing up for the album release party this Friday. The record, Too Much Sun and Not Enough Gloom at the Beach, is the band’s second album this year. They’ve been hard at work putting out plenty of new material and now they’re getting ready to put it on display with a couple shows coming up this month. Continue reading →
We present to you another impressive single from indie rock outfit Purples. ”Love is Blind” weaves through harmonies and softly melodic guitar as singer Peter MoDavis croons “Wake from your sleeping / In the town that you always knew.” It’s a great addition to a hot summer day soundtrack when you just want to kick back, relax, and ponder the struggles of being in love. Listen below, and catch Purples at Ortlieb’s next Wednesday, July 22nd. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
LA’s Holychild play Ortlieb’s tonight. The duo released its debut EP last year after their single “Happy With Me” blew up the Hype Machine Popular Charts. A signing with Glassnote Records followed and produced this year’s full-length The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, a nod to the band’s self-assigned genre. Check out the video for “Money All Around” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.