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PREMIERE: Spelling Reform meet strange characters in “Tuscaloosa” video

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Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of the artist

Late last year local indie rockers Spelling Reform gave us a stand-out debut LP in No One’s Ever Changed, a record that The Key’s Chad Snyder tagged “optimistic bummer rock for the teenage soul” thanks to its relatable theme of trying to be your best self. “Tuscaloosa” is the third single Dan Wisniewski and co. are highlighting, and today we have the premiere of its Bob Sweeney-directed video.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DIIV at Underground Arts, Spelling Reform at Johnny Brenda’s, Joseph Arthur at Tin Angel

DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso | courtesy of the artist
DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn outfit DIIV have spent 2016 making a resurgence after releasing their sophomore effort Is The Is Are in February, their first album since 2012’s debut. They’ll bring the shoegazy rock songs to Underground Arts tonight for a show with Moon King. Watch “Mire (Grant’s Song)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Spelling Reform’s No One’s Ever Changed is optimistic bummer rock for the teenage soul

Spelling Reform | courtesy of the artist
Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of the artist

Getting down on yourself is easy; it’s the getting back up part that’s tricky. Bettering yourself is often a slow, confusing process, but there’s beauty in that confusion, and that’s precisely what Philly’s Spelling Reform try to capture in their music. Their debut full-length No One’s Ever Changed picks up right where last year’s Diving Bell EP left off with a twelve song set of optimistic bummer rock for the teenage soul. Continue reading →

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Spelling Reform is out of time on new single “Expiration Date”

Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of artist
Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of artist

Philadelphia indie rockers Spelling Reform just released their latest single “Expiration Date,” the first music we’re hearing from the band’s debut LP No One’s Ever Changed.

Kicking off with a sweet dance-able bass line by Tom Howley, singer/songwriter Dan Wisniewski starts to spit Weird-Al twang style vocals, with a continuous insistence that he has “all my numbers in a row” and that it’s “just your expiration date, babe.” The easy-flowing jam created by the rest of band (Andrew Ciampa on guitar, and Mark Rybaltowski on drums) showcases a relatable fall feeling of not knowing anything, but figuring out how to get by (“master of nothing / except learning how to pretend”).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deal Casino at North Star Bar, Spelling Reform at Johnny Brenda’s, Verbatum Jones at The Fire and more…

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Deal Casino | photo via Facebook

Deal Casino continue to celebrate the release of Nika at North Star Bar. The Asbury Park, NJ band released the EP last week, following up last year’s Heck with four classic alt-rock songs (think Gaslight Anthem meets Neon Trees). Listen to Nika below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Spelling Reform (ex-The Quelle Source) announce Diving Bell EP; Johnny Brenda’s release show on 7/18

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Spelling Reform’s “Fake Conversations” Cover Art

On Philly power pop band Spelling Reform’s lead single, “Together Apart”, Dan Wisniewski utters, “Now I realize that there are no rules; I can do whatever I want.” This self-absorbed line permeates the rest of their debut EP Diving Bell, which will be released on July 17 via Hope for the Tape Deck. It’s four songs about discovering identity, the fallacies of love, and dealing with millenial misfortune, with a little bit of nihilism thrown in. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Fake Conversations,” a somber singalong from Spelling Reform

Spelling Reform's "Fake Conversations" Cover Art
Spelling Reform’s “Fake Conversations” Cover Art

Spelling Reform, a four-piece indie rock/power pop group, is clearly ready to make a name for themselves.

After lead vocalist Dan Wisniewski (formerly of longtime Philly favorites The Quelle Source) decided to make moves in forming Spelling Reform this past summer, they released “Together Apart” in June, a feel-good tune and the musical debut for the new band with experienced members.

“Fake Conversations,” their latest release (available for free download via Bandcamp), shows the versatility of what they have to offer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spelling Reform at Ortlieb’s, Ought at Johnny Brenda’s, Com Truise at First Unitarian Church

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Spelling Reform | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie rockers Spelling Reform continue a month-long residency at Ortlieb’s tonight with help from Ashley Cubbler and Luke Pigott.  Stylizing each show as a tribute to a different band, tonight’s event will honor the songs of Wilco.  Spelling Reform sprung up earlier this year out of several other Philadelphia bands, including The Quelle Source and Monday Appreciation Society.  You can listen to their debut single “Together Apart” below.  More information for the free 21+ show can be found here.

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