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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Kids at Boot & Saddle, Andre Altrez at The Barbary, Mild High Club at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Kids | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Florida indie pop outfit Black Kids released their long-awaited (seriously, it’s their first full-length in nine years) second LP Rookie last month, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Boot & Saddle with support from Surf Rock Is Dead. The genre-bending new album is full of catchy tunes that more than make up for the long hiatus, and given their unpredictable history, Black Kids’ appearance in town is definitely worth catching. Stream Rookie standout “Obligatory Drugs” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Sorority Noise release Alone 7″ ahead of TLA appearance

Sorority Noise | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Sorority Noise have more perfect timing than we could’ve asked for. Just as we were gearing up for their show at the TLA on the 27th, the emo/punk scene faves announced a new two-track 7″, Alone, out now on Triple Crown Records. Their tour with Citizen and Great Grandpa kicks off next week, and the new tunes are perfect for helping fill in that waiting period. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions Doubleheader: Small Circle / Sorority Noise

Really, it’s all rooted in friendship. When Hartford, CT founded emo four-piece Sorority Noise began touring on the regular a few years back, they connected with new people in each city they hit; it’s something all touring bands do to some extent, it builds out out a support network of familiar faces in the crowd and couches to crash on after the gig. As singer-guitarist Cameron Boucher tells it, Marissa D’Elia was “our Philly friend” from early on — watching from the front row, chatting them up at merch as the show was letting out.

Flash forward a few years, when Boucher and a couple of his bandmates relocated to Philly — he and D’Elia would get together when he wasn’t on the road and casually collaborate, fleshing out some of the first songs she’d ever written. By 2016, enough music was amassed that the for-fun project was now a band called Small Circle.
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Small Circle shares soaring and sporadic single, “Spinning;” announces September LP release

Small Circle | via twitter.com/smallcirclephl

Philly outfit Small Circle is the awesome indie result you get when combining songwriter and frontwoman Marissa D’elia’s dreamy vocals and melodies with members of emo-punk faves Sorority Noise. After releasing their debut EP melatonin in the spring, the four-piece have now shared a new single and announced an upcoming album, Cyclical, which will be out on September 8th via Flower Girl Records. Continue reading →

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Small Circle announces remastered edition of melatonin out on Flower Girl Records

Small Circle | via twitter.com/smallcirclephl

Chill Philadelphia four-piece Small Circle (populated by vocalist Marissa D’Elia along with Sorority Noise’s Cam Boucher and Adam Ackerman, Rozwell Kid’s Sean Hallock) released a reissued version of their 2016 EP melatonin on Boucher’s new label Flower Girl Records. Mastered by Boucher as well, the four-track EP includes new track “sameness”, along with crisper versions of past relaxed tunes.

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Just Announced: Sorority Noise heads to Union Transfer in June for massive headliner

Sorority Noise | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

After the saddening news of Modern Baseball’s canceled spring tour, Sorority Noise knew they still had to get out on the road this year. After a couple hectic weeks, the band announced a full US headlining tour with (and get ready for this) Sinai Vessel, Walter Etc., Mat Kerekes, Forth Wanderers, The Obsessives, and Shannen Moser. Lucky for us, Union Transfer will be blessed on June 14th with the latter three opening for the Connecticut-based rockers.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball will kick off its summer tour at The Barbary in June

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Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Modern Baseball may have just wrapped up a tour with The Wonder Years, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down any time soon. The never-wavering Philly based pop-punk band has announced a stacked summer tour with the likes of post-harcore band Tiny Moving Parts, emo/rock band The Hotelier and pop-punk outfit Sorority Noise. And to top it off, the tour kicks off right here in Philly.

Coming off of the release of their highly acclaimed album You’re Gonna Miss it All, MoBo played a sold out show with The Wonder Years at the E Factory April 13, and if you missed it, the Barbary show on June 1 should be at the top of your list. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via TicketWeb. Get tickets when they become available here, and see the full list of tour stops via MoBo’s facebook page. Check out the studio session Modern Baseball did with The Key here.

“Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball: The Key Studio Sessions from WXPN FM on Vimeo.