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New band Exmaid shares “Devoted” from forthcoming album Fair Sex

Exmaid | photo courtesy of the artist

You may be familiar with Philly post-punk staples Psychic Teens and their signature brooding and atmospheric sound. If so, you may recognize some of the members of the new band Exmaid — but their sound may surprise you. Gone are the deep and haunting vocals and dark and stormy, fuzzed-out melodies — “Devoted,” the first single from Exmaid’s forthcoming LP, is positively sunny.

That’s all thanks to the influence of songwriter and vocalist Miranda Taylor (formerly of New Jersey bands Hunchback, Black Wine, and Full of Fancy). Taylor approached Psychic Teens with a batch of songs she’d written, looking for inspiration to help make her vision a reality. The result is Exmaid, and their debut album Fair Sex will be released April 6 via Don Giovanni and SRA Records. Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens share dark, introspective single, “SICKO”

Psychic Teens | photo via psychicteensnetwork.com

Moody atmospheric punks, Psychic Teens, just shared a single off their soon-to-be-released record HEX, and it’s some deep, dark stuff. Single, “SICKO,” is an echoey, slowed-building power track that bluntly calls out a narcissistic society.

The band’s gothy, noise-filled shoegaze is matched with the monotone yet biting lyrics: “No one cares about anything other than themselves / I see it everyday, it makes me want to end it all.”  Continuing on the narrative of the disgusted observer, the lines follow: “But I must go on / just to get my sick amusement / watching culture crash and burn.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 at Union Transfer, Pink Slip Daddy at Boot and Saddle and more

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RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | courtesy of the artist

RJD2 moved back to his native Ohio from Philly recently, but with over a decade of local music making under his belt, we will always welcome RJD2 with open arms as an honorary Philadelphian. Tonight he headlines Union Transfer in support of his new album Dame Fortune, which you can listen to in full below. It mixes his trademark slick grooves with proggy surprises and a cavalcade of guest vocalists. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.

Read our interview with RJD2.

Philly goth-punk trio Psychic Teens headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight to celebrate the release of their new record Nerve, which has undeniable hints of Bauhaus and Joy Division and other dark / heave bits of awesome. They recently released a music video for “Everything,” which is depicts a kids’ birthday party with them acting as the entertainment – it’s pretty awesome, and you can watch below. Tickets and more information to the JBs show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens rage for tweens in the “Everything” video

Psychic Teens | photo by Danielle DeCarolis

I don’t know about you, but I wish my birthday parties as a kid had been this awesome. Badass live band, fog machines, Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen serving cake to me and my gothed-up sugared-up friends.

The video for “Everything” from Psychic Teens‘ new LP Nerve depicts the coolest kids’ party ever (at least in a punk rock kind of way) – and in order to do that, the band basically threw the coolest kids’ party ever, inviting their longtime friends who’d reached child-rearing age to bring their families to PhilaMOCA for an afternoon shoot.  Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens share newest NERVE single, “Winter Grey”

Psychic Teens | photo by Danielle DeCarolis

Atmospheric punk band Psychic Teens have shared yet another single from their upcoming album NERVE titled, “Winter Grey.”

“Winter Grey” follows up previous singles “Everything” and “End” with big, heavy guitars and drums laced in a thick reverb that channels both Sonic Youth and Joy Division. NERVE, the band’s follow-up to 2013’s COME, will be released on May 13th through vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital, and can be pre-ordered here. Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens announce NERVE, share first track, “End”

Psychic Teens
Psychic Teens | photo via www.facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

Philly post-punk band Psychic Teens have shared the first track from their upcoming third album, NERVE, which will be released on May 13th through SRA Records.

This first song, “End”, will actually be the last song on the eight song album. “End”, which was shared yesterday via The Fader, creates a climactic and chaotic six-minute burst of shoegaze energy funneled through 80’s metal influenced guitars and reverb laden vocals. The band’s most recent releases were the “Face” single from 2014 and their album COME from 2013. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Primal Scream and Psychic Teens at The TLA

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

UK psych rock legends Primal Scream return to Philly tonight to headline The TLA. The band released its tenth album, More Light, in 2013 and is stateside this year for a run of club and festival dates, including Levitation Fest in Austin last week. Joining them on the show are the dark and atmospheric Philly power trip Psychic Teens, who are recording their third LP at South Jersey’s Gradwell House Studio. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Shining Backwards and Forwards w/ live score by Psychic Teens, Tim Motzer and Bart Miltenberger Duo at Boot and Saddle

Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork
Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

Just when you thought The Shining couldn’t get anymore classically creepy, it does. Tonight at PhilaMOCA as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival, the 1980 horror classic will be projected forwards and backwards simultaneously on one screen creating an even more chilling experience for the audience. This idea originally comes from John Fell Ryan’s work with Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater and later from a 2012 documentary Room 237. To top things off, Philly goth punks Psychic Teens will perform a live score to accompany the film. Watch their video for “LESS” below and get tickets here.

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Catching Up With Creepoid: Listen to their all-vinyl guest DJ set on WXPN, see photos of their album release party, hear their new “Wet Bread”

Photo by Pat Troxell
PeteJoe Urban of Creepoid and Key editor John Vettese in the WXPN studio with vinyl selections | Photo by Pat Troxell

Philly dark psychedelic four-piece Creepoid are having a pretty sweet spring. After releasing their new self-titled LP on No Idea Records on March 4th, the band toured to SXSW and back – evidently impressing Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! somewhere along the way – and are gearing up for their latest record, a Record Store Day 10″ via Graveface Records.

Before all this got underway, I had the Creepoid crew on the air on WXPN for a special all-vinyl, mostly-local guest DJ set featuring the likes of Puerto Rico Flowers, Bardo Pond, Asteroid No. 4, Jack Rose and more. Listen to their DJ set below.

The band also played a sold-out, starkly-lit, drumkit-toppling album-release party with Far-Out Fangtooth at Johnny Brenda’s on the 27th of February; check out a gallery of photos from the performance below.

That Record Store Day 10″ we were telling you about? The a-side “Wet Bread” premiered on Impose Magazine today. Check it out below.