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Sunflower Bean turns the “Crisis Fest” of 2017 into a charged anthem for their fellow youths

Sunflower Bean | photo by Hollie Fernando | courtesy of artist

It’s been a year to say the least, and Sunflower Bean is quite aware. Though the youthful classic rock trio had planned on taking some time off after their debut full length, Human Ceremony, the then twenty-year-olds found themselves right back in the studio, where they turned their frustrations and observations from 2017’s political climate into a more danceable, productive result. Two and a half years later (hint, hint: each member will be twenty-two) Sunflower Bean is releasing their sophomore record, Twentytwo in Blue, on March 23rd via Mom + Pop. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jain at The Foundry, Suburban Living at Johnny Brenda’s , Last Good Tooth at World Cafe Live

Jain | photo via artist’s Facebook page

French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at Ortlieb’s, Tift Merrit at World Cafe Downstairs, and Lily Mae at World Cafe Live upstairs stage

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CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

Local indie-pop favorites Cruisr will headline an ACLU Benefit show tonight at Ortlieb’s. Though the trio’s been taking some time away to work on their new album, their single “Take That” is playfully peppy enough to keep fans jamming until the release. Rounding out the lineup for the night will be local synth-pop extraordinaires, Suburban Living, and beachy-punk outfit, Cold Fronts. Get more info on the 21+ show here, and listen to Cruisr’s infectious track “Take That” below. Continue reading →

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Cruisr, Suburban Living, Cold Fronts team up for ACLU benefit at Ortlieb’s

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CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, March 29th, Cruisr, Suburban Living, and Cold Fronts will host a show at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties with proceeds supporting the American Civil Liberties Union. The trio of indie pop / rock favorites have added their names to a growing list of local bands that are organizing benefit shows and releases in the days since inauguration.

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Batter Up: New Jagwar Ma, Foxygen & Mitski on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtest of Shorefire Media

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight with things for you to enjoy and things for you to look forward to. Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (and whaddya know, that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese! for a full two hour show that features the newly released second album from Australian rave-pop trio Jagwar Ma. Seeing how Jagwar Ma’s 2013 debut, Howlin’, was one of my favorite albums of that year (and continues to sound fresh), Every Now & Then is a much-welcome sequel. We’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix tonight are new tracks from Nashville guitar army Diarrhea Planet and Cleveland’s premier bedroom pop project-turned-punk crew Cloud Nothings, who both recently recorded live sessions in our studio to be shared in the coming weeks! Be on the lookout, too, for new things from Foxygen, Mitski, Nicolas Jaar and more…

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Feel the heat of new Dirty Projectors, Sneaks and Suburban Living on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the "Keep Your Name" video
Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the “Keep Your Name” video

Once again we arrive at the end of another barn-burner of a week. That means it’s time for the Indie Rock Hit Parade to invade your personal space at 11pm ET on WXPN. Listen for a full two-hour show (shortly after the October edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a smattering of new tracks from all over the place. We’ll get to the long-awaited return of experimental pop twisters Dirty Projectors, and speculate as to what their new record will sound like. Also in the mix is a new jam from Philly based sheen-rockers Suburban Living (their new album just came out today), and a few tracks that recently got video clip accompaniment. Preview those (and more) below:

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Relive the golden years you never had on Suburban Living’s Almost Paradise

Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Nostalgia is a dangerous thing, but maybe that’s why we all love it so much. Sometimes, it’s easier to look at the past with rose-tinted glasses than to put on the real glasses your optometrist gave you, especially when there’s work to be done. Other times, though, that nostalgia lights a fire under your ass and fuels you to write a super-sleek indie pop record. This is certainly the case on Suburban Living’s Almost Paradise, which sees the newly christened four-piece taking their sound out of Wesley Bunch’s bedroom and into the big city.

Sometimes the transition from solo project to fully-realized band is a rocky one, but here, the expansion manifests itself in more subtle ways.The drums kick harder, there’s a greater emphasis on guitar, and overall, the songs have a more “in the moment” feel to them. Other than that added sonic muscle, though, the project remains largely unchanged, and that’s a good thing. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living releases “Lovely Times” off of forthcoming album Almost Paradise

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Suburban Living | Photo by: Emily Dubin

Philadelphia-based band Suburban Living recently released “Lovely Times,” a song that will be featured on their forthcoming album Almost Paradise set to be released October 7. The song is a ballad peppered with yearning for the past, a fitting theme when compared to the album’s title. “Lovely Times” is a dream pop track carried by a consistently slow temple. The vocals and instrumentals are worthy rivals to big time boy band the 1975 circa “Somebody Else.” The four-man group is signed with 6131 Records, and listeners can go out to see the band live at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties on September 24. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living announce new LP, share “Come True” single

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Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin via Facebook

Local indie pop outfit Suburban Living have returned with a new album called Almost Paradise, set for release on October 7th via 6131 Records (home to recent releases by Julien Baker and NONA). Today’s announcement came with the LP’s first single in tow, an upbeat jammer called “Come True.” The album follows 2015’s self-titled full band debut. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →