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Full Grown PUP: Toronto rockers to headline Union Transfer in November

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
PUP | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Toronto’s PUP is coming through Philly again, this time graduating to Union Transfer. The four-piece punk outfit played PhilaMOCA back in June, and the November 5th show will be about two years after they played The Barbary.

The Philly date falls smack dab in the middle of a North American tour announced Tuesday. It comes after PUP toured this past spring in support of their sophomore LP The Dream Is Over, an album that’s been a big hit. It was a glorious second go-around for the band, especially considering they’re almost one year removed from receiving the frightening news that vocalist/guitarist Stefan Babcock had potentially career-ending cyst on his vocal cords. Continue reading →

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High Notes: La Sera plays LIVE! Plus new PUP, Unknown Mortal Orchestra & The Kills on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

It’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on 88.5 XPN! Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, ya know!) for a full two-hour show that’s overloaded with brand new stuff.

First up, we’ll share our newest IRHP Live Studio Session with La Sera! The LA-based band is the long-running solo venture for ex-Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman. La Sera plays songs from their new, Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, live in the studio! Also in store tonight, a spotlight on the new second album from the Canadian punk band PUP, and a few of these fresh tracks:

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Just Announced: Toronto’s PUP will headline PhilaMOCA in June

PUP | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
PUP | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Toronto punk rock four-piece PUP are the real freaking deal – high energy guitar rock, catchy screamalong hooks, no bullshit. The band is releasing its second LP, The Dream is Over, this spring via SideOneDummy, and just announced a headlining tour that brings it to Philly for an all ages show at PhilaMOCA on June 22nd. Continue reading →

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Warped Tour Camden Orientation: 10 bands you need to see

The Kenneths from the UK will appear at the Philadelphia stop of the Warped Tour this year | via facebook.com/WarpedTour

‘Tis the Warped Tour season once more, where alternative acts from all across the world converge and kids wear all black in 90-degree weather. As always, the lineup is massive, and it includes bands from as far as the UK and Australia to as close as right here in Philadelphia.

For those of you who are new to Warped Tour, you might have no clue who to make time to see. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of standout performers that will be at the Philly-area stop this year this Friday. And even if you’re a seasoned Warped Tour-goer, you might want to pay attention – you don’t want to miss these artists. Continue reading →

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Download a plethora of punk music via Big Footprints’ Big Comp II

Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Earlier this week, Big Footprints Records and Property of Zack released their second compilation, aptly called The Big Comp II. Going up from last year’s 75 artists to 85, the new comp has a mix of new, acoustic and live music from truly great punk bands. All donations collected will go to 1BlueString, a charity supporting men who have survived childhood sexual abuse, and the Nature Conservancy. While we can’t highlight all 85 artists, here are five of our favorites: Menzingers, Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, The Weaks, and PUP.

Legendary Scranton punks, the Menzingers released their fourth full lenghth, Rented World to well-deserved praise in spring this year. Follow the band through a typical concert day through The Key’s Load-In to Load-Out. Listen to “Mexican Guitars” from their Key Studio Session below.

Local favorites Modern Baseball released their second, amazing album You’re Gonna Miss it All this year. The album portrays being a 20 something in perfect, witty detail. Continue reading →

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The Front Bottoms play live, The Antlers get expansive and La Sera goes wild on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo by Mark Jaworski
The Front Bottoms | Photo by Mark Jaworski

If ever there was an Indie Rock Hit Parade that was not to be missed, it would be all of them (naturally). But tonight’s show, starting at 10pm on XPN, is particularly exciting. We’ve got a brand new Studio Session with our longtime Jersey pals The Front Bottoms, featuring songs from their newly released EP, Rose. We’ll spotlight the impressively moody new album from The Antlers, and hear a smattering of new and emerging artists, including a few of the following:


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Get messed up with PUP, Caribou, The New Pornographers and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko
Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko

Don’t miss an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! We’ll welcome the Toronto-based punk band PUP to the studio for a live performance, and spotlight the new album from one of their Canadian hardcore peers, the mighty Fucked Up! There have been countless new tracks surfacing in the last week, and we’ll hear just about all of them! Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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Load-In to Load-Out: The Menzingers’ Rented World tour takes on Union Transfer

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The Menzingers at Union Transfer | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The MenzingersRented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]