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Download a World Cafe session version of “Rocking Chair” by The Districts

The Districts' lead singer Rob Grote at XPoNential Music Festival, 2013
The Districts’ lead singer Rob Grote at XPoNential Music Festival, 2013

It’s been a fun rock and roll trip for the Lititz/Philly rock and roll band The Districts since they played the XPoNential Music Festival in July 2013. Barely a blip on the local Philly music scene at the time, things moved pretty quickly for the band. They recently released their debut on Fat Possum Records, A Flourish And A Spoil. This coming Saturday night, the band play a sold out show at Union Transfer. We’re incredibly proud of the band as they set off on a tour in March, and a spot on the lineup at Governors Ball in June in New York. Continue reading →

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NPR Music streams The Districts’ A Flourish and a Spoil

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

With the release of their second full-length, it is fair to say The Districts are comfortable. They signed to Fat Possum Records and went on a tour with Dr. Dog. The Lititz, Pa. band released their folk-y debut Telephone in summer of 2012 and their self-titled EP in January of 2014.

One year later, The Districts have another full-length to add under their belts, this time with more of an indie, experimental-rock approach. A Flourish and a Spoil is set to release on Feb. 10, but is streaming now on NPR’s First Listen. Continue reading →

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Listen to the The Districts’ vibrant new single “Peaches”

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

For indie rock and alternative fans, The Districts‘ newest album A Flourish and A Spoil can’t come soon enough. With yesterday’s release of their single “Peaches,” we get a glimpse of what to expect.  Beginning with a slow guitar strum, it quickly sheds any idea of a somber ballad and jumpstarts into a creative, emotional, and vibrant piece of work.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacqueline Constance at The Fire, Readership at Bourbon and Branch, Goat Mumbles at Golden Tea House

Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic
Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic

Emerging Philly soul queen Jacqueline Constance headlines The Fire tonight with the arty and adventurous Brielle. Last year, the South Philly singer and songwriter released The Jacqueline Show, an imaginative album that blended positive melodies, slice-of-life storytelling and Constance’s voice (which reminds us of a young Jill Scott). Check out the video for “Good Life” (featuring Antwan Davis) below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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They Do Not Exist, We Faithfully Insist: mewithoutYou & The Districts go incognito at the Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

So that’s the end of my 2014 year in shows. Slammed into a bank of monitors, screaming at the top of my lungs, sweat-soaked, sobbing and experiencing more than a little bit of real pain from the crushing. But some band called mewithoutYou once told me that “the cure for pain is the pain itself,” and even a few bruises couldn’t keep me from having an absolute blast at the Church on Tuesday night. I didn’t even really know who was playing, just saw a couple of random bands called “Eight Legged Prawn,” with “Thy Foes Profanely Rage” on a cheap Church bill promised a decent night of entertainment. Continue reading →

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The Districts cover The Kinks’ “Father Christmas” to benefit breast cancer charity CoppaFeel

Photo via instagram.com/thedistrictsband
Photo via instagram.com/thedistrictsband

Lititz rockers The Districts recently tracked a tender cover of the classic “Father Christmas” by The Kinks for It’s Coming On Christmas, a 28-track compilation released by London label Daisy Digital to benefit the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel. Today the band released a music video to go with the cover, which you can check out below; it was filmed and edited by drummer Braden Lawrence and features shots of singer Rob Grote recording at home intercut with footage of trees and suburban Christmas lights. Continue reading →

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The Districts are headlining Union Transfer on Valentine’s Day, Chameleon Club on 2/13

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

Philly rock faves The Districts just announced their winter tour in support of their their latest full-length, A Flourish And A Spoil, and it has them playing a headlining show at Union Transfer on February 14th. It’s something of an adopted hometown show for them; their O.G. hometown show takes place two days earlier, at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on February 13th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, November 21st. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new song by The Districts, “4th and Roebling”

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

The Districts have announced the release of their debut full length album on Fat Possum Records on Febraury 10thm 2015, A Flourish And A Spoil, produced by John Congleton. The Districts have been a touring machine over the last years, including a recent show with Temples at Union Transfer, a set at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, a secret basement show in North Philly, and a performance at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention last May. Continue reading →