Dum Dum Girls bring their new Too True to Johnny Brenda’s on 3/23

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Noise pop / dream pop rock four-piece Dum Dum Girls announced an East Coast run that brings them to Philly and Johnny Brenda’s on March 23. Their new Too True is due out January 28 via Sub Pop records. The indie-pop meets garage rock outfit puts on a show that’s both melodic and edgy, angsty and ethereal, and the venue couldn’t be more appropriate. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at noon here. Watch the video for “Lost Boys and Girls Club” from Too True below.


Unlocked: Getting to know Daughn Gibson’s roots in Pearls and Brass

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Before Daughn Gibson was Daughn Gibson, he was Josh Martin, a hardworking musician and drummer for the Bethlehem-based prog-metal band Pearls and Brass. From roughly 2001 to 2009, they explored the expanses of bluesy proto-metal riffs and generous runtimes, often having to contend with the “stoner rock” tag but doing so with general good cheer and maximum volume. In our interview yesterday, Gibson discussed how his time in Pearls and Brass shaped him as a solo artist. To close out our Unlocked spotlight on him and his new album Me Moan today, we’ll take a look (and listen) to Daughn Gibson’s formative band.

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Unlocked: Download “The Sound of Law” from Daughn Gibson’s Me Moan

DaughnWith his scruffy stubble and Stetson hat, it’s easy to equate Daughn Gibson with “cowboy.” Of course, there’s more to the adventurous Central PA songwriter than just that. On his brand new Me Moan, out this week on Sub Pop Records, Gibson works an impressive country drawl, yes, but also an incredible sense of mood and texture. Enter the pulsing electronics and mood-setting strings, the booming echo and evocative layers of voices of “The Sound Of Law” – it’s the opening track on the album and the song we’re starting the week off with. Every day, we’ll feature Me Moan on Unlocked, The Key’s regular spotlight on new and significant releases from Philadelphia-area artists. Tomorrow we’ll have a review, later in the week an interview and a look into Gibson’s metal / prog lineage – a definite source of his knack for vibe. Today, get your free download of “The Sound of Law” below, courtesy of Sub Pop, and check back for more on Daughn Gibson all week long on Unlocked.


Listen to a new song from Daughn Gibson, “The Sound of Law”

DaughnCapital “W” Wow, here, ladies and gents. “The Sound of Law,” the new single from Central Pennsylvania experimental songwriter Daughn Gibson, is frantic, dark and utterly captivating. The pulse is heavier than we heard on his 2012 LP All Hell, and his booming baritone beckons across a spiky path of drumbeats and screeching, eerie, uneasy sounds. Venture in via the YouTube player below; Gibson’s Sub Pop Records debut, Me Moan, is out July 9th; preorders are available here.


Listen to Pissed Jeans’ Honeys streaming via (playing Underground Arts on 2/15)

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It’s a pretty frigid morning here in Philadelphia, but this is bound to warm you up. Pissed Jeans‘ awesome new full-length Honeys, out next Tuesday on Sub Pop Records, is streaming via It’s eleven tracks and forty-ish minutes of the Philly crew do what it does so freaking well- high-energy, cathartic protopunk-styled jams, peppered with social criticism and self-effacing introspection. Listen to it here, and get stoked to thrash out to this in a week and a half when Pissed Jeans headlines Underground Arts on February 15. (Details at the XPN Concert Calendar.)


Daughn Gibson signs to Sub Pop Records; download a new song, “Reach Into the Fire”

So far it’s a been a great year for experimental Carlisle, Pa. songwriter Daughn Gibson. His stunning debut record All Hell, released in a limited vinyl edition on White Denim (the label run by Pissed Jeans honcho Matt Korvette), was met with praise from Pitchfork and Spin, and he’s been on the road extensively since its spring release. Now, the former South Philadelphian (who formerly played drums in Pearls and Brass under his real name, Josh Martin) inked a deal with Sub Pop Records; he will release his debut for the label in 2013. Below, download Gibson’s new single “Reach Into the Fire,” which samples two of his newfound labelmates – Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers.


Sub Pop Art Show at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in Philly this August

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction presents “Sub Pop Art Debt,” an art show featuring over two decades worth of odds and ends from Sub Pop‘s art department archives. The collection includes, but is not limited to, art work, sketches, label ads, press sheets, blue-lines, and cutting room floor scraps from the Seattle indie record label that has represented bands such as Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sunny Day Real Estate, and more in their nearly 25 year career.

There is an opening reception for the exhibit on August 3rd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Afterwards, the exhibit will be open to the public throughout the month of August until the 24th at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction during their store hours, which are listed on their website.