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Listen to Summer Fiction cover a Morrissey b-side

Summer Fiction | Photo by Niels Alpert
Summer Fiction | Photo by Niels Alpert | photo courtesy of the artist

He’s nesting up in New York these days, but we still keep tabs on Philly-bred anglophile extraordinaire Bill Ricchini and his band Summer Fiction. They put out a great record last year called Himalaya, and this week are gearing up for a duo show at NY’s Mercury Lounge.

Equally exciting is this song that showed up on Soundcloud this week – “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name,” a cover of a Morrissey b-side from 1988’s “Suedehead” single. Continue reading →

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Summer Fiction releases music video for “By My Side”

Summer Fiction | Photo by Niels Alpert
Summer Fiction | Photo by Niels Alpert | photo courtesy of the artist

Bill Ricchini’s Summer Fiction has released a new music video for “By My Side,” from their most recent album, Himalaya.

The song brings up fond memories of childhood and innocence that sounds like a lost Simon and Garfunkel single. It’s as endearing as it is mournful, like the first day of winter. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Summer Fiction at Boot and Saddle, Arc Divers at World Cafe Live

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Frankie Cosmos | photo via Facebook

As we announced earlier this week, indie faves Frankie Cosmos will be returning to Philadelphia tonight at the First Unitarian Church in support of their new EP Fit Me In. The tracks on this new record are short and punchy, and their show tonight should be just as energetic. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and check out Fit Me In after the jump. Continue reading →

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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 →