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HOUND packs two new tracks with a punky urgency and devilish heaviness

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

Philly hard rockers HOUND are gearing up for a release of their new album BORN UNDER 76, and with the weather at last conjuring its charged, ominous atmosphere of spookiness, there’s no better time for some new HOUND tracks; the entire record is streaming now over at Allmusic, but we’d like to highlight its two new singles to jam to. Continue reading →

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Hound has a few words for he-who-shall-not-be-named in heavy-hitting track, “Aqualamb”

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

With the the world being the world it is right now, it’s nice and fine to take a breather for a sec. But you know what’s also nice? Raging in anger to Philly hardcore rockers, HOUND’s new track, “Aqualamb,” thats what.

The new song blazes in heavy, charged resistance as a blatant middle finger to you-know-who. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Derrick Hodge at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Amanda X at Space 1026, Maze ft Frankie Beverly at Dell Music Center

Derrick Hodge | photo via artist’s Facebook page

This week’s installment of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions features Philly bassist Derrick Hodge. Hodge takes over the two sets of the night, playing tunes in anticipation of his 2016 release The Second. Find info on the event here, and listen to the title track, “The Second” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sigur Ros at Mann Center, Elvis Costello at The Tower Theater, Harmony Woods at Space 1026

Sigur Ros | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Icelandic rock royalty Sigur Ros are gracing us with their presence at the Mann Center tonight. Get swept away in their myriad of hits — whether in Icelandic or the band-created musical language of Hopelandic (like c’mon, how cool is that)– for an atmospheric, open-air performance of dynamic, otherworldly soundscapes. Find more info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Festival,” a.k.a. one of the most beautiful songs to ever exist, below. Continue reading →

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LA’s Hit Bargain bring performance punk to Space 1026 next month

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Hit Bargain | photo courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles punk band Hit Bargain are one of those acts that are great on tape, but for the full experience you really need to see them live. You’ll have a chance to do just that next month when they bring their quick east coast tour to Space 1026 on November 10th, performing alongside Taiwan Housing Project, URSULA, and Brooklyn’s DJ Freddy Nightliker.

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand brings quirky art-pop to Space 1026

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand | photo by Christopher Swane | courtesy of the artist

Don’t get put off by the self-conscious “weirdness” of Brooklyn art-pop sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Their live sets boast oddball outfits, spasmodic choreography, and craft-fair accoutrements – hell, their name was inspired by a hand puppet that frontman Stephe Cooper employed in another (presumably even quirkier) band. But look past the arch theatrics and the band’s delightfully off-kilter songs inhabit the same catchily cerebral terrain as earlier bands that weren’t afraid to bubble-wrap their complexity inside kiddie show trappings – names like DEVO and the Residents come easily to mind.

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Cult pop icons My Favorite bring new songs to Space 1026

My Favorite | photo by Jenny Panic | via Bandcamp

NYC indiepop outfit My Favorite has dwelled in the world of underground cult classics for a while now, but the band just released a 7″ of new singles, their second batch of new material since reuniting in 2014. The quintet will bring the recordings to Space 1026 on May 20th for a show with Philly’s Mercury Girls and and The Snow Fairies – the latter being another reunited band from the pop scene.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiani Victoria at the TLA, Tutlie at Kung Fu Necktie and Rat Fist at Space 1026

Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio
Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio

Philly born and bred Tiani Victoria performs at the Theater of Living Arts tonight, not long after her XPN Studio Session this past week. Her vocal skills have made her an up and coming Philly performer you should look out for; check out some video from the session below, and get ticketing info for the all ages $29 concert here.

The Key Studio Session: Tiani Victoria “Marinate” from Bob Sweeney on Vimeo.

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Randy Randall of No Age starts anew with Pissed Jeans’ Sean McGuinness in Rat Fist

Photo via facebook.com/ratfisted
Photo via facebook.com/ratfisted

Randy Randall was caught up in how good he and Sean McGuinness were feeling about starting their new project, Rat Fist, to the point that while laying the music, they’d looked past a crucial part: vocals.

“Sean and I were driving back to recording one day and we were saying, ‘Well, now all we have left to do is the vocals,’” Randall says. “So I asked him, ‘Do you want to sing?’ and he’s like, ‘No, do you want to sing?’ And then we’re both like, ‘Uh… well, let’s both do it. We can both give it a shot.’”

It’s the first time Randall and McGuinness – best known for being the guitarist in No Age and drummer in Pissed Jeans, respectively – are singing in a band, so it’s taken a little bit of adjusting. They’re splitting lyric writing roles too, another first for them both. And the lines on “Disrupt yr DNA,” “You smile and burp while your insides are rotting/ The stench of your decay is… offensive,” are Randall’s doing.

“But it’s an equal collaboration,” he says. “He came up with some songs, I came up some songs. That song, ‘Disrupt Yr DNA,’ I’m singing on that one and I’m not really a trained singer but it has a punk feel to it so whatever. It doesn’t really matter too much what sounds my mouth makes when I open my mouth.”

Even singing and playing guitar simultaneously is something new for Randall. He says that since his bandmate Dean Spunt writes the lyrics and sings in their experimental punk-leaning two-piece No Age, he generally refrains from it entirely. So the prospect of taking his song, “Disrupt yr DNA” out on the road is exciting. Continue reading →