Modern Baseball will kick off its summer tour at The Barbary in June

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold |

Modern Baseball may have just wrapped up a tour with The Wonder Years, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down any time soon. The never-wavering Philly based pop-punk band has announced a stacked summer tour with the likes of post-harcore band Tiny Moving Parts, emo/rock band The Hotelier and pop-punk outfit Sorority Noise. And to top it off, the tour kicks off right here in Philly.

Coming off of the release of their highly acclaimed album You’re Gonna Miss it All, MoBo played a sold out show with The Wonder Years at the E Factory April 13, and if you missed it, the Barbary show on June 1 should be at the top of your list. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via TicketWeb. Get tickets when they become available here, and see the full list of tour stops via MoBo’s facebook page. Check out the studio session Modern Baseball did with The Key here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Modern Baseball

To say that Modern Baseball has transcended the punk scene would be an understatement. The band had already been solidly successful, touring tirelessly, amassing an impressive discography, cultivating a rabid fan base even before they released one of the best records of the year.

You’re Gonna Miss It All is a rare album that spans musical worlds. On the one hand, it stays absolutely true to MoBo’s trademark self-effacing, brutally honest songwriting self-portraiture of life as an awkward and uncertain twentysomething. It’s funny and its sad, it’s silly but lyrically sophisticated, and the hooks are in no shortage. On the other hand, or perhaps because songwriters Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens come from such a sharp and smart perspective, the record is one that will appeal to listeners outside the pop-punk world. There’s a Weakerthens-ish sense of melody and wit for the bookish indie rock types, there is an unbelievable pop-rock production for people who just like good music, every single song is one you’ll sing along to. With righteous jams like “Charlie Black, “here is no reason for MoBo not to be burning up the radio waves. (In my own small way on the XPN Philly Local show, I’m doing my part.)

The record impressed the tastemaking blog world, notably Vice and Pitchfork; the band landed a massive tour with punk scene stars The Wonder Years, who headline a sold out show this Saturday night at The Electric Factory. if you have tickets, get there early – Modern Baseball is not a band whose set you want to miss. Get a taste with the six-song Key Studio Session they recorded below, and check out a video of the band playing “Your Graduation” care of photo-video crew Allison Newbold, Megan Kelly and Rachel Del Sordo.

“Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball: The Key Studio Sessions from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Modern Baseball will release the new You’re Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo

After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re Gonna Miss It All, which is due out February 11 via Run For Cover Records.

Truly a Philadelphia production, the album was produced by Modern Baseball’s own Ian Farmer and Jake Ewald, mixed by Philadelphia’s Jon Low, and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4. Listen to “Your Graduation,” the first single off the album, below. Like most Modern Baseball material, it is instantly catchy and has a great chorus. Unlike Sports, however, the song is less polished, adding a sense of grittiness that and even a bit of yelling. Keep an eye out for the album, and catch up on Sports below while you wait for the new record.

Catch Modern Baseball at the TLA on 12/30 with Man Overboard, Real Friends, Young Statues, and Fireworks or at The Electric Factory on 4/12 with The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, and Real Friends.


Celebrate the holidays with Philly’s Dr. Dog and the Oh My Christmas Tree EP

drdog_epWith their fall tour supporting The Lumineers a wrap, Dr. Dog are back home in Philly for the holidays before embarking on a big 2014 tour in support of this year’s B-Room. Perhaps they’re feeling a bit celebratory about it, since the band is releasing a digital holiday EP tomorrow via their label, Anti- Records. Called Oh My Christmas Tree, it’s a collection of lo-fi Christmas originals songwriter Scott McMicken originally intended for family and friends, but decided to bring to a broader audience. It’s streaming today via Slate, and McMicken writes that while the songs are poppy and playful on the surface, as is the case with Dr. Dog’s best songs, there’s a flipside:

Christmas music can be so playful and fantastical but it can also be very melancholy and foreboding. To me thats the best. The spirit can guide you to balance and the spirit can be found anywhere you choose to look. In the cartoons and in the cold blood. In the wild imagination and in the strictest tradition. These four songs will ultimately live as that reminder for me and hopefully they serve you in some way too.

Listen to Oh My Christmas Tree here. Dr. Dog headlines the Electric Factory on January 31st and February 1st; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paws at The Barbary, Alkaline Trio at The Electric Factory, Hayden / Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle and more

PAWS | Photo via
PAWS | Photo by Kasper Volgelzang

Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.

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Just Announced: MGMT playing one night (maybe two?) at The Electric Factory in December


MGMT release their self-titled new album today and have announced a tour that brings them to the Electric Factory on in December. The psych-pop duo broke through the scene back in 2008 with Oracular Spectacular, an album that landed on many best-of lists.  The December 3rd appearance at the Electric Factory was announced this afternoon; tickets for the show go on sale September 28th and will be available here. The tour dates announced earlier today via Consequence of Sound, however, list two Philly dates – so perhaps a second night will be announced imminently? In any case, watch MGMT’s new music video for “Cool Song No. 2” and below, and check out a video of them performing “Plenty of Girls in the Sea” live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon after the jump.

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Just Announced: OCD Moosh & Twist to join Hoodie Allen on tour (playing Electric Factory 11/23)

ocd-moosh-and-twistLocal hip hop favorites OCD: Moosh & Twist announced yesterday that they will be opening for Hoodie Allen, an independent rapper from New York who begins his “Party With Your Friends” tour this fall. The two young artists from Philadelphia have already built a large fan base by combining the easy flow of Moosh and the sharp and raspy rhymes of Twist. This past March, the duo shared their fourth mixtape, Back to the Basement, which proved another testament to OCD’s extensive enthusiasm and energy. Joined by fellow openers Mod Sun and D-Why, OCD: Moosh & Twist will perform at the Electric Factory on November 23rd. Check out the video for “Top of the World” and find tickets and information here.


Photo Recap: Rx Bandits revisit The Resignation at the Electric Factory

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

California Punk/Ska/Reggae fusion band Rx Bandits preformed an outstanding show at the Electric Factory last Friday night. The band is on tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their album The Resignation, and released an EP of covers earlier this yea. Simply called The Covers EP, it was the first new music they put out since the release of Mandala in 2009. New York alt-rock band Northern Faces opened the concert; check out photos in the gallery below.



Watch Local Natives’ New Video for “You & I” (playing Electric Factory on 9/28)

localnatives970600An XPN favorite indie rock band from Los Angeles, Local Natives just shared a new video for the opening track of their sophomore album, Hummingbird. On this second record — released by Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music in late January — the group offers a contemplative tone and diverse instrumentation. Featuring the falsetto of Taylor Rice and an organ in the background, “You & I” exemplifies the new approach.

But this time around, the track pairs with an unusual cinematic narrative: a world without dogs. Check out the video below, but make sure you watch until the end for a super adorable moment. Find tickets and information for Local Natives’ performance at the Electric Factory on September 29th here.


Watch Wild Nothing perform “This Chain Won’t Break” on Mount San Jacinto (playing The Electric Factory on 9/28)


NPR Music took Virgina’s Wild Nothing out to the desert of California for an acoustic Field Recording of “This Chain Won’t Break” from their latest Nocturne LP.  Perched on the side of Mount San Jacinto near Palm Springs, the dreamy pop band took the song in a very different direction from its Nocturne counterpart, using tree pods as a percussion section and trading in the reverb for a more naturalistic, raw sound that complimented the recording’s surroundings.  XPN will welcome Wild Nothing to the Electric Factory on September 28th when the band opens for Local Natives.  Tickets and information can be found here.