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The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness

Can we point to The Bigness an example of Philly D.I.Y.? They don’t play emo or punk rock — even though their songs are emotional, and they do rock. Their gigs don’t take place in tallboy-littered basements on the fringes of university campuses — but their sound is so dialed-in, it would feel just as good there as in a club. Hovering in and around their 30s, the bandmates have a solid decade-plus on the average D.I.Y. scene participant — but what is age, anyway, when it comes to art?

Surface similarities may be shaky, true. But as far as their work ethic, their love of hooks and their pure spirit, the common ground is hard to deny: The Bigness makes music by themselves, for themselves, and it’s an inviting and inclusive thing of joy.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Barbary, Northern Arms at Boot and Saddle, & More

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philly band The Bigness headlines tonight at The Barbary in Northern Liberties, supported by local bands The Lemats and The Upticks (only bands with “The” in the name are allowed to perform tonight). The Bigness released their debut LP Time Traveler last year to follow 2011’s Surf + Turf, growing into their solid indie rock sound. More information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Bigness reminisce about the good times in “Beautiful Life”

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The Bigness | photo by Chris Kendig Photography | courtesy of the artist

“Beautiful Life” was the second single from Time Traveler, the debut album from local quartet The Bigness. When we first heard the track last summer it was on the heels of their careening, escapist 70s rocker “Run! Run!,” so the slow burn of “Beautiful Life” offered a glimpse of the band, led by Kristen Bigness, in a more reflective mood. That reflection is carried over into the music video for the track, which we’re premiering today ahead of The Bigness’ headlining slot upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie on May 10th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Ortlieb’s, Black Horse Motel at Boot & Saddle and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local four-piece The Bigness are ready to bring their songs to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Led by Kristen Bigness, the indie rock outfit released its latest LP Time Traveler in the fall, a collection of songs steeped in the lineage of acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Breeders. Watch a video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new slow-burn rocker from The Bigness called “Beautiful Life”

The Bigness | photo courtesy of the artist
The Bigness | photo courtesy of the artist

Local four-piece The Bigness caught our ear earlier this summer with the 70s-flavored “Run! Run!” (which you can listen to here). Their latest single, “Beautiful Life,” seems to make a generational jump, as the dual guitar crunch and slow-burn melodicism is very definitively 90s — think Belly and The Breeders. But so much music of the 90s had its root in the 70s, just like how so much of today’s music had its roots in the 90s. Like Q-Tip said, things are for the looking. Listen to the new jam from The Bigness below, and catch the band’s joint LP release party with Liz De Lise on September 10th at Ortlieb’s. More information on the show can be found at Facebook. Continue reading →

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The Bigness get away with high-speed car chases in “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)”

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local rockers The Bigness have a deep love for all things 70s, from Fleetwood Mac to classic high-speed car chases, and we get a taste of both in their video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem).” The track comes from this summer’s forthcoming Time Traveler record.

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