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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about having names in song titles that lead to great tunes. From “Valerie” and “Come On, Eileen” to “Hey Jude” or “Billie Jean,” these iconic songs all address a specific person — or at least a feeling or memory personified into a specific person. Whether or not a song’s namesake is actually based off a real human is unknown, but what is known is that incorporating names into songs seems to make them incredibly more tangible and relatable, and a lot of times, just produces some really amazing tracks.

Lovable local basement rockers RFA add to this canon of name-in-title greats with their release of single, “Suzie Lee,”  which was recently premiered via Alt Citizen. We became enamored with the catchy croon when the lads previewed it live for their Out of Town Films video series, and so of course we’re psyched as heck about the official recording as well. Continue reading →

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about local rockers RFA that’s just so dang infectious. From their catchy guitar riffs,to their head-bang inducing drums, to the way every single member plays with such energy and joy that you can’t help but smile and jam along, this band’s got the thing.

Closing out their stream of Out of Town Films live video releases, which included renditions of “Teenage Love Song” and “Suzie Lee,” RFA recently shared the final video in the series, in which the band performs a brand new track titled, “Down Your Street.” Mixing sunny licks with a grunge-y garage vibe, the song builds from laid back breeziness into an all-out, crunchy jam fest. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement shine in their new Out of Town Films session

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia’s Hardwork Movement has been living up to its name with a very big, very busy 2016. In January, they released their debut LP, Good Problems, and months later, they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Since then, they have become a mainstay of the Philly music scene, and just before they take to The Foundry stage tomorrow night in support of RJD2 at the XPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select party, the band has seen fit to share a new session with Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf wake up ReAnimator Coffee with the new “Springtime Foxes”

 

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography

Vita and the Woolf’s Jennifer Pague has not a voice that can easily be ignored or forgotten. Comparisons to Florence Welch are common, but are not overstated in the least as the lead singer of Vita and the Woolf brings sultry heart to all her songs through a vocal prowess few can lay claim to. She no doubt turned more than a few heads during her stripped down set at Fishtown’s ReAnimator Coffee, and with the help of Philly’s Out of Town Films, we can all feel as if we were their sipping a latte as Vita and the Woolf plays the new song “Springtime Foxes.” Continue reading →

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Watch The Districts annihilate in live footage of a rowdy First Unitarian basement show

The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The Districts have been catching heaps of attention as they continue to sell out performance venues across the country (and world). Recently, Philly’s Out Of Town Films released footage from the secret hometown show they played in the basement of the First Unitarian Church; the gang storms the stage and rips into its heavy, emotional tracks for a close-knit crowd, and the video captures the passion behind the group’s sound and passion to a tee. Continue reading →

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Watch Marian Hill perform “Lovit” for Out Of Town Films

Photo by Paul Gilmore via facebook.com/marianhillmusic
Photo by Paul Gilmore via facebook.com/marianhillmusic

Rising local electronic pop duo Marian Hill spent some time with local videographers Out of Town Films this winter in the halls of Haverford Middle School, where bandmates Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol met as kids. We saw the video for “One Time” back in February; today, the blog BlahBlahBlahScience premiered the second video the duo filmed that day, a performance of “Lovit” that you can watch below.

(Hear More – The Key Studio Sessions: Marian Hill)

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Watch Dr. Dog perform “The Truth” for Out of Town Films

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

In the new video from Out of Town Films featuring Dr. Dog, the local videographers sat down with Scott McMicken and his bandmates to talk about clip’s featured song.  “The Truth,” taken from the band’s new B Room LP, is one of the more contemplative and slow-paced songs on the record, as well as one of the oldest songs (McMicken says he wrote it about three or four years ago).  Watch the latest collaboration Dr. Dog and OOTF below.  Dr. Dog plays two nights at the Electric Factory this weekend; tickets and information can be found here.

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Watch Cheers Elephant perform “Airliner” for Out of Town Films

Cheers Elephant | photo by Debbie Zak Cohen
Cheers Elephant | photo by Debbie Zak Cohen

Before relocating to sunny California, Cheers Elephant met up with Out of Town Films to film a few songs and bring their time in Philadelphia to a close.  Surrounded by piles of books inside Fishtown’s Bookspace, the locally-born indie pop / rock four-piece played a new song called “Airliner” to start off the set, and you can watch the video of the performance below.  In lieu of upcoming local show dates, listen back to Cheers Elephant’s 2012 Free at Noon performance here.

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Watch Kopecky Family Band perform “Heartbeat” in a hotel pool for Out of Town Films (playing The TLA 11/23)

When the rain hammered down at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band retreated to their hotel pool with the Out of Town Films crew. This summer we saw their reverberant performance of “Are You Listening.” Today, the Out of Town gang released a “b-side” performance of the band’s single “Heartbeat.” Watch it below. XPN Welcomes Kopecky Family Band to The TLA on Saturday with Cheers Elephant; tickets and info here.