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Opera, Dogs, Applause: The new Purples single “Evaporate” has something for everyone

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Purples | photo courtesy of the artist

If you are looking for new music, but aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for, then this new song from Philadelphia quartet Purples is just for you. The five-minute “Evaporate” features samples of opera singing, dogs barking, an accordion, and applause — a little something for everyone. Continue reading →

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Mike Quinn releases new solo material, playing Ortlieb’s this weekend

Mike Quinn | Photo courtesy of the artist
Mike Quinn | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Mike Quinn, known for his work with indie-rock bands Purples and Needle Points, is playing a solo show at Ortlieb’s this weekend to showcase new material.

Quinn originally made a name for himself by playing guitar for now-defunct Scranton folk-rockers And The Moneynotes before helping form Purples and Needle Points down here in Philadelphia. His new EP, Tapiama, is a collection of psychedelically-tinged country rock songs akin to Uncle Tupelo or early Dr. Dog. Continue reading →

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Purples get ghostly in “Small Sister (Work of Art)”

Photo by John Vettese | for WXPN
Purples | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie rockers Purples are back with their latest free single – a hammering and haunting track called “Small Sister (Work of Art),” and it’s got the band’s trademark of jangling pop hooks, funky guitar licks, and airy keyboards.

This time, there seems to be a bit of a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark element, as the lyrics are – near as I can figure – a story about a spectral visit from a deceased sibling: “I’ve got a small sister meaner than sin / and she sticks with me until the bitter end  / I’ve got her back again.” Or maybe it’s just Peter MoDavis’ ghost howls in the opening seconds. Continue reading →

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Pickin’ up the change with Purples: Download “Believe” for free till they play Everybody Hits in 2016

Purples | Photo by Ali Wadsworth | via twitter.com/purplesmusic
Purples | Photo by Ali Wadsworth | via twitter.com/purplesmusic

Philly rockers Purples have a sweet, open-ended singles project going on at the moment. The deal of a lifetime is summed up in this milk carton-style Facebook ad: a new song every few weeks, and each song is free until the next one is released. We last heard from them in October ahead of their Electric Factory show opening for The Districts – a gig where, as you can see above, they were bathed in purple – now that a show at Everybody Hits is on their horizon, another song has emerged. Where the last song was an easy breezy midtempo pop tune for a lazy Sunday, this is a propulsive jammer that – between Peter MoDavis and Brian Ashby’s bright falsetto harmonies and Jonas Osterele’s swift beats – will carry you right into 2016. Continue reading →

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Listen to Purples’ easy, breezy new single, “Saving One For You”

via facebook.com/purplesmusic
via facebook.com/purplesmusic

Philly’s Purples have been particularly prolific as of late, and today they released what amounts to their seventh single since May, and the quality has only increased with each new output.

“Saving One For You” is the newest single from the psychedelic rockers and it takes a slower and more bare approach than last month’s “Get Hurt”, with singer Peter MoDavis giving off a lazy Sunday vibe with every stray observation. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Love is Blind,” the latest single from Purples

Purples | Photo via Facebook
Purples | Photo via Facebook

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 →

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Purples offer latest single “LD” for free download

Purples | Photo via Facebook.com/purplesmusic
Purples | Photo via Facebook.com/purplesmusic

Philadelphia experimental indie rockers Purples have just released their latest single “LD”. Part of a bi-weekly singles project of sorts, the song will be available for free download until the next one is released. Written by the band’s newest addition, vocalist and guitarist Mike Quinn, it is a hazy rock tune. You can listen to it and grab it for yourself below. Continue reading →

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Purples embrace daydreaming in new “On the Clouds” video

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Photo via facebook.com/purplesmusic

More upbeat than “Nancy” but less a lot less physical than “Variations”, Purples’ new video for “On the Clouds” is the middle ground between the two extremes. Its focus is a shaggy-haired teenager who’s got something on his mind as he drinks his beverage in deep thought. Perhaps, he’s daydreaming, hence the song title and the image that keeps appearing above his head. Check it out below and pick up their new album Nancy here.