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Listen to Grizzly Bear’s new “Mourning Sound,” see them at The Fillmore in November

Grizzly Bear | photo courtesy of the artist

Grizzly Bear has at long last announced a follow up to their 2012 indie-pop masterpiece, Shields. The new LP is called Painted Ruins and is set to be released on August 18th.

Though it’s been a while since new tunes, you can rest assured that Grizzly Bear wasn’t hibernating during this absence of jams. (Note: I am so very sorry for that. My dad would be too proud.) Continue reading →

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The Cranberries revisit classics in Something Else, announce Philly date this September

The Cranberries | photo via the band’s Facebook page

Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries are back. The band just dropped a new album titled Something Else, where they revisit classics through stripped acoustic renditions along with sweeping orchestral additions.

The Cranberries also just announced an upcoming tour, in which they’ll perform these new arrangements alongside a string quartet. And if there’s one thing I know for sure in this life, it’s that adding string quartets is never a bad thing. Only added awesomeness awaits. Continue reading →

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Happiness Is Just A Moment: The Menzingers, in top form, share a night with The Fillmore

The Menzingers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

“Did anybody here go to Temple?” Greg Barnett asked a packed house at The Fillmore last night, and befittingly, a large portion of the Philly crowd screamed. Barnett smirked, and continued “I’m sorry about that.”

In lesser hands, it could have been a diss, some jockish taunting to stoke whatever higher educational rivalries were seemingly in need of being stoked. But that’s not what the co-frontman of The Menzingers was doing here, as he introduced “Midwestern States” — a song he said was about his last semester at college — and the crowd knew it. They laughed loud at his quip, they cheered en masse.

They knew that these four dudes, despite being the center of attention for 2,500 spectators over the course of 90 minutes last night, was no different from them. Adrift in their late 20s and early 30s, feeling overlooked and tossed aside from self-absorbed older generations who won’t step out of the way, unsure of what they wasted their youth on, unsure of what their place was in this world that’s messier and less compassionate by the day.

This is one of the core themes of After the Party, The Menzingers’ excellent fifth LP — their most mature work, and their work most explicitly about maturing — and that restless discontent is the backbone of “Midwestern States.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Phoenix’s first tour in three years swings through The Fillmore in June

Phoenix | Photo by John Vettese

France synthpopers Phoenix announced they’ll be back on the road this summer, spanning the globe on a world tour set to come to this fair city on June 2nd at The Fillmore with support from The Lemon Twigs. We haven’t seen any new full releases from the alt-rockers since 2013’s Bankrupt! — and this is their first tour since 2014 — so we hope this indicates new tunes from the group are on the way as well.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Potty Mouth at Boot & Saddle, Flaming Lips at The Fillmore, Anvil at Johnny Brenda’s

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Potty Mouth | photo by Chris Sullivan | via Facebook

Western Mass-turned-California coast punk trio Potty Mouth return to Philadelphia for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. Since their last gig in town, the band has opened for CHVRCHES and followed up their 2015 self-titled EP with a new single called “Smash Hit.” Watch the video for that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with PARTYBABY here.

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Watch local rapper Joie Kathos take over The Foundry at Fillmore for a powerful set

Joie Kathos | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Boiler Room recently stopped by The Foundry at The Fillmore for an all-local lineup, and footage has recently surfaced of local rapper Joie Kathos‘ extremely energetic set. Her flamboyant style brings a mix of choreography, clever lyricism and solid flow, making Kathos a force to be reckoned with in the scene. All she wants to do is share her thoughts with the world, and the world should seriously listen. Continue reading →

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At The Drive In announce new record in•ter a•li•a and profess the ugly with “Incurably Innocent”

At The Drive-In | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
At The Drive In | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

At The Drive In shocked a very niche part of the world with a gigantic reunion tour was supposed to take them all across this great country — but derailed shortly after an an insane gig at The Fillmore last June. To pick up where they left off and continue giving their fans multiple heart attacks, the band announced in•ter a•li•a, its first record in 17 years, due out on May 5th via Rise Records. With the announcement, the band also released their first single from the record “Incurably Innocent”.

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