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Dried Out: Creepoid, The Front Bottoms and Telekinesis on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Photo by Noel Conrad
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is jam packed with just the stuff you need to make it through your Friday night in one piece. Tune in at 11pm on XPN for, among other fine things, a spotlight on the new album from Philly’s own Creepoid (it’s the next best thing to seeing them at JB’s tonight), plus a few of these fresh tracks in the mix:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Morrissey at the Academy of Music, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Summer Fiction at Boot and Saddle

Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

WXPN is proud to welcome Morrissey to the Academy of Music tonight. After disbanding The Smiths in 1987, Morrissey began a successful solo career for himself and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern rock music. You can watch him perform “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” live at the Hollywood Bowl and purchase tickets here. Continue reading →

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Listen to a Philly Local session with Summer Fiction’s Bill Ricchini and WXPN’s Helen Leicht

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Summer Fiction‘s new album Himalaya is was just released. I invited Summer Fiction a.k.a. Bill Ricchini to bring in an acoustic guitar, sing a few songs and talk about the new music. The new album was recorded at Manchester’s (UK) Eve Studios and they worked with B.C. Camplight. Recorded for Philly Local, Bill recorded an acoustic performance of “Perfume Paper”, “By My Side” and a Morrissey cover! WXPN Welcomes Summer Fiction Saturday night, June 20th to Boot & Saddle for their record release party. Continue reading →

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Stream Summer Fiction’s Beach Boys-loving Himilaya via SPIN

Summer Fiction | via Facebook.com/SummerFiction
Summer Fiction | via Facebook.com/SummerFiction

The Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds is widely regarded as one of the best albums ever recorded. Naturally, there have been and will always be artists who try to emulate that perfection. Bill Ricchini’s project Summer Fiction is the next in line to give it a shot, and let’s just say he has put a new spin on that sun-shining sound on the new Himilaya LP. Continue reading →

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Summer Fiction releases playful new single off upcoming album

Summer Fiction | via Facebook.com/SummerFiction
Summer Fiction | via Facebook.com/SummerFiction

Bill Ricchini, the Philadelphian-bred musician behind NYC’s Summer Fiction,  just released the first single off of the forthcoming album Himalaya, scheduled for release June 16.

The deliciously addictive new track “Lauren Lorraine” feels and sounds like walking through a funhouse. It’s a playful dedication (with various religious references) to the mystical title character, of whom Ricchini croons, “I dreamt of you before I met you / I know heaven sent you my way / God created light out of darkness and decided to call it day.” Continue reading →

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Download a song by Summer Fiction, featured in the tear jerker movie of the Summer, The Fault In Our Stars

Photo by Tanya Dakin
Photo by Tanya Dakin

Singer-songwriter Bill Ricchini, who performs as Summer Fiction, has one of his songs, “Tell Me Once, Tell Me Twice,” featured in the hit movie, The Fault In Our Stars. The movie is based on the best selling novel by John Green, about a 16 year old teenage cancer patient named Hazel, who reluctantly attends a cancer support group and meets and falls in love with a 17 year old young man, Augustus Waters. Summer Fiction’s song – while not on the soundtrack – plays during a support group meeting in the film.

“Tell Me Once, Tell Me Twice,” was originally released as a B-side to Summer Fiction’s “By The Sea” single in 2010 and features the keyboard work of BC Camplight, the Philadelphia musician who now lives in Manchester, England. Download “Tell Me Once, Tell Me Twice” below. Summer Fiction is currently working on a new album.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Download Archives of Oblivion’s debut Psychic Readings (playing MilkBoy on 11/4)

Archives of Oblivion, the latest project from BC Camplight and Summer Fiction vocalist Josh Olmstead, have released their debut album, Psychic Readings. You can download the entire album for free here. The band will be playing with Buffalo Killers this Sunday, November 4th at Milkboy Philly. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Listen to Psychic Readings below, and watch the band’s June performance at Ortlieb’s Lounge.

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Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter

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Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the bitby.tv monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears

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Watch Bands In The Backyard’s February Episode featuring Summer Fiction

Photo by Tanya Dakin

You can check out more BITBY episodes on their website; you can also read our interview with Summer Fiction’s Bill Ricchini, listen to Summer Fiction’s performance during our recent Key Studio Sessions Live concert at Johnny Brenda’s, and download the band’s Key Studio Session. Our interview with BITBY’s Dave Kain and Kyle Costill can be found here.