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 →
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 →
“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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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”.
Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit announced summer and fall tours for 2017, noting a gig at The Fillmore on June 19th. The ex-Drive-By Truckers singer recently teased a follow-up to his 2015 record Something More Than Free, so this tour is a good indication of new material to come. Continue reading →