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Suburban Living’s Wesley Bunch talks to us about his April residency at Bourbon & Branch

Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving
Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving

About eight months ago, Wesley Bunch packed his bags in Virginia Beach and headed to Philly, only knowing a handful of people in the area. Performing under the moniker Suburban Living, Bunch left behind his hometown, but quickly connected with prominent local talent, landing him his first Philly show alongside CRUISR and Dream Safari.

“It’s been a total whirlwind,” Bunch said. “I’ve really fallen in love with the city and everything it has to offer.”

Suburban Living’s standout dream pop sound has us feeling lucky to have Bunch around. And with an upcoming residency at Bourbon & Branch, Suburban Living will play alongside local artists throughout April.

“The city is full of awesome musicians,” Bunch said. “I feel super lucky being able to curate all these upcoming shows.”

Here’s a rundown of each week’s lineup, with snippets of Bunch’s commentary on why he picked these openers. Continue reading →

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Teen Men cover “Two Blue Lights” by Songs: Ohia

Teen Men- photo via Facebook.
Teen Men- photo via Facebook.

All week long for our My Morning Downloads, we’re showcasing Philly Local bands who covered songs by Jason Molina, as part of Folkadelphia’s tribute to the songwriter, Unsung: Songs: Ohia. The recent 13th anniversary of the album Didn’t It Rain by Songs: Ohia, was the occasion for a recent feature produced by Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel. Molina came to prominence in the late Nineties performing and recording as Songs: Ohia, solo projects. and as the Magnolia Electric Co. Molina sadly passed away from alcohol abuse-related organ failure in 2013. He was 39 years old. Continue reading →

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Unsung Folkadelphia #1: Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain

Jason Molina, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.
Jason Molina, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.
From the 'Didn't It Rain' session, Jennie Bedford's lyric work sheet to "Steve Albini's Blues"
From the ‘Didn’t It Rain’ session, Jennie Bedford’s lyric work sheet to “Steve Albini’s Blues”

Welcome to the first chapter of Folkadelphia’s new project that we’ve gotten in the habit of calling Unsung.

In the history of music, there are many unsung artists and albums that we firmly clutch close to our hearts. These artists create the kind of music that we wish other people knew more about or cared more deeply for. We wish that we could share with others our exact feelings about how we’ve been touched and affected by some musicians. We want to show them the light. We want to sing these musicians’ unsung song for everyone to hear.

With this series, we hope we can provide a way for people to connect with music that has been influential beyond its commercial impact and, perhaps, appeal. It’s never too late to find a new favorite band and honor their legacy and discography.

For this first part, we focused on what has become one of my favorite albums: Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain, which was recorded in Philadelphia in 2002. Continue reading →

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Get jolly with tonight’s very special Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist

Break out your favorite kind of nog for a very special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tonight at 11pm (remember, that’s our new regular time!), the show becomes the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade: a full two-hour showcase of new and classic holiday sounds from some of your favorite indie artists. We’ll hear a few selections that are brand new for this year’s holiday season, and a very special guest will drop by to pick a retro favorite!

Here are a few of the things that might deck your halls tonight:
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Teen Men

Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese
Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session features the Wilmington-based multimedia supergroup Teen Men! Formed by Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, Teen Meen also features a pair of visual artists, Catherine Maloney and Albert Birns. Though Birns wasn’t able to make it to our session, he was capably filled in for by Strand Of Oaks/Buried Beds keyboardist Eliza Hardy Jones. Teen Men’s music is more than just a soundtrack to their captivating video collages, employing playful synthesizers and jagged electric guitars.

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Stay up late with the Indie Rock Hit Parade at its new time!

Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records
Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, The Fleeting Ends at Milkboy, Thrashgiving at Millcreek Tavern and more

Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Multimedia psych-pop outfit Teen Men are spending Thanksgiving Eve at Boot And Saddle. Though their full length debut is still a work in progress, their EP is a fun and frantic four-song set that you should put your ears to already if you haven’t yet. Learn more about the band – which features Spinto Band alums Nick Krill and Joe Hobson – in their feature interview with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia from last December. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Space out with new music from The Raveonettes, Jungle and Ought on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Raveonettes | Image courtesy of the artist
The Raveonettes | Image courtesy of the artist

Tonight, it’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in starting at 10pm for a jam-packed mix of brand new music a some old favorites. Since we’ll be taking next week off to bring you the broadcast from our festival, there’s an extra amount of new music to try and fit in to tonight two-hour show. We’ll spotlight the debut album from the mysterious UK funk band Jungle, and hear a few of these fresh tracks:

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Embrace the strange with Teen Men’s new video for “The Sea, The Sea”; see them play Boot and Saddle Friday 4/11

Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Electro-pop outfit and visual stimulators Teen Men released a new music video for the track “The Sea, The Sea” and, not surprisingly, it’s wonderfully bizarre and trippy as hell.

The video – directed by Sylvio Bernardi - dances between color and black and white, animate and inanimate, with a balding figurine riding the waves of the drudgery of life before escaping to his dreams, eventually being pulled away by a live person in a guerrilla costume (credited as Herbert Herpels). If this makes absolutely no sense, that’s probably the point. Visual art has a funny way of making sense of things that words simply cannot. This is one of those instances.

(Read More: Spinto side-project features video projections and a lust for life)

Teen Men – comprised of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, and joined by visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney – play Boot & Saddle this Friday, Aprill 11 with Work Drugs. The show kicks off their spring tour. Get tickets and info for the 21+ show here. Watch the video below, and download the entire EP for free on the Teen Men Bandcamp page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Nathanson at Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, Mo Lowda and The Humble at the TLA and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007′s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.

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