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Plow United is releasing a new album called Three, listen to the first single “Everything”

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Praise be to PLOW: 90’s Philly/West Chester punk rock icons Plow United have shared the details for their new album Three and have released the album’s first single, “Everything.”

“Everything” is classic old-school punk rock – chunky chords, earworm melodies, exploding drums, middle finger in the air – everything that brought the band to where they are today, hiatus and all. The self-referential single has been released as a 7″ with a cover of Queen‘s “39” as the b-side, which you can purchase here. Plow’s most recent release was the “Delco” single from 2014. Continue reading →

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Philly punk favorites Plow United will play Philamoca in May

Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist
Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia Rock City, take note: regional punk faves Plow United are coming to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, May 21st.

In its late 90s heyday, the band played numerous shows around Philly and the east coast, putting out two records (Plow United and Goodnight Sellout!) before disbanding in 1998. Back by popular demand, the band (consisting of Brian McGee, Sean Rule, and Joel Tannenbaum) got back together in 2011 to play sporadic gigs and release more music here and there. Continue reading →

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Plow United and Spraynard featured on Hope: a compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com
Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com

Lauren Mills describes herself as a “punk rocker, bleeding-heart, secular humanist with Cerebral Palsy.” She puts on benefit compilations to raise money for various charities. This month, she released Hope: a compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an 80-track compilation featuring tracks from various punk, hardcore, and pop-punk bands. A few dozen of the tracks on the comp are previously unreleased. Philadelphia’s Spraynard and Plow United are both featured on this comp with their songs “Trembling” and “These Six Words,” respectively. Listen to the comp below, and consider making a purchase to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Continue reading →

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Plow United members Joel Tannenbaum and Brian McGee discuss their current projects

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

The tale is a common one: a couple of teenagers meet in high school, and bored in a suburban working-class town, decide to start a rock band. More than likely, they will play in a few talent shows, maybe record an EP on an older sibling’s gear in their parents’ garage, and eventually dissolve into the ether that is yellowing show fliers and forgotten websites. However, this worn-out story does not hold true to the legend of Plow United. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spank Rock at Underground Arts, Ceremony at First Unitarian Church, Chelsea Reed and Fairweather Five at Ardmore Music Hall

Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese
Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia via Baltimore hiphop artist Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) will be playing Underground Arts this Saturday. Last year, Spank Rock teamed up with longtime collaborator Amanda Black for their club track “We Can Go All Night”. He also played alongside the Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra and Sharon Van Etten at the Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer. He recently released another single, “Gully” which promptly got remixed by Brodinski. In addition he made a mixtape for Jump Philly with DJ Sylo. Listen to the remix of “Gully” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Plow United brings summertime punk to Asbury Lanes and Boot and Saddle in June

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

Plow United has some pretty exciting news for east coast fans.

Earlier this week, the seminal locally-bred punks announced they’d play two shows in July, the same month they’re releasing two records. The first show will be at Asbury Lanes on July 18th, but the one we’re most excited about will be on July 19th at Boot & Saddle.

The band released its first album in 16 years, Marching Band, last March. Loaded with heavy bass lines, gritty vocals and thrashy drums, the 12-song LP saw the three-piece picking right up where its left up in the late 90s. Along with the shows, Plow announced that it would re-release its first-self-titled LP and put out a new 4-song 7″ called DELCO. Both drop on July 10th.

Join ’em at Boot & Saddle during the dog days of summer with openers The Scandals and Chumped. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $12 tickets can be purchased here. Below, watch their cover of “Burn Up” by Siouxie and the Banshees from their 2013 Key Studio Session.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Khari Mateen, Plow United, Diplo

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Local musician / producer Khari Mateen tossed in a cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” to celebrate the season.  Mateen gives the Porgy & Bess aria a funky make-over with staccato string parts and chunky beats.  Fun fact – the lyrics to “Summertime” were written by DuBose Heyward, a relative of local singer-songwriter Heyward Howkins.  Stream and download the cover below.

Two Folkadelphia Sessions this week – first up, an endearing acoustic performance by Laura Stevenson, followed by a rocking & rolling set from Brooklyn’s Plates of Cake.  The spectrum of music represented by these two sessions is Folkadelphia’s mission in action, i.e. presenting a braod definition of what it means to be “folk music.”  Stream and download two tracks below and dig in to the rest here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Plow United

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

For Philadelphians who grew up on the DIY punk rock scene of the mid-90s – and many more the country around – Plow United was everything. You could lose yourself thrashing at a basement show to minute-and-a-half songs like “Spindle” or “World According to Me,” or by simply sitting down and listening to singer-guitarist Brian McGee’s introspective, dare-I-say philosophical lyrics. Maybe you heard yourself reflected when he sang “I wanna cry, I wanna scream, I don’t wanna do anything”; maybe you were a way-enthusiastic listener (and Plow fans are nothing if not loyal) who drove from record store to record store around the Delaware Valley until you found a copy of that split 7″ they did with Throttle Jockey. Or maybe, like me, you came to them after the fact, discovering them in college a few years after their 1998 breakup (fun fact: bassist Joel Tannenbaum and I are both Temple News alums) and working your way through their catalog in reverse.

There are many entry points into Plow, and with their reemergence on the music scene – with a tremendous appearance at Riot Fest Philly in 2011, and the subsequent recording and release of this year’s excellent Marching Band – they prove to be as vital as ever. They are still high-energy, intense performers (watch Sean Rule destroy his drums in the videos below), and not only is the new material stronger than any other first-album-in-fifteen-years, it downright holds up to the band’s output of yore. Below, we present this week’s Key Studio Session with Plow United – their second appearance in the series, and their first as a full-band – recorded on location at Studio A in South Philadelphia. Stream and download live performances of three songs from Marching Band, watch a video of them covering “Burn-Up” by Siouxie and the Banshees, and check out the bonus video of “Coda.” To see Plow in person, you’ve got two opportunities this weekend – at The Boneyard in Atlantic City on Saturday (tickets and info here) and at Mojo Main in Newark, Delaware, on Sunday (tickets and info here). The Newark show should be a blast – it’s their first visit to their onetime stomping grounds since the late 90s.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Plow United “Coda” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head