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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jezabels at World Cafe Live, The Menzingers at Sands Bethlehem, Tim Reynolds at Sherman Theater

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The Jezabels | photo by Cybele Malinowski | via Facebook

Australian rockers The Jezabels headline World Cafe Live tonight. The four-piece is touring in support of a new record called Synthia, a buzzing follow-up to 2014’s The Brink. The last time the band trekked through Philly, they played a nearly sold-out set at Johnny Brenda’s so expect big things from the poppy Aussies in this larger space. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; watch “Pleasure Drive” below.

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NEPA Holiday Show returns with The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Petal and more

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The Menzingers | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN | roccopeditto.com

So many big players in the local punk rock community got their start a couple hours north in Scranton. And every holiday, they play a show back home for charity. On December 17th, The Menzingers will headline the Scranton Cultural Center with Tigers JawCaptain We’re SInkingThree Man CannonThe Swims and Petal. Tickets to the all ages show are $25, are available now, and will benefit youth art and music programs at NEPA. Tickets are available now, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar and the show’s website. Below, listen to music and watch videos from everybody on the bill. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Bad Catholics,” the latest introspective rager from The Menzingers

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The Menzingers | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN | roccopeditto.com

Scranton punk rock heroes The Menzingers have historically worked the imagery of religion into their lyrics — the push/pull between what we’re taught growing up, how to be a quote-unquote good person, and how that plays out in the real world. Their latest single (which showed up today on Spotify) addresses that head-on.

“Bad Catholics” finds co-frontman Greg Barnett narrating the story of a young couple who with pious parentage who are, for their part, indifferent towards church. They skipped out of mass before communion to get lit, loiter at the local Turkey Hill and evade the cops. But we all grow up, and later in life, the one runs into the other at a neighborhood picnic with a new husband and a baby on the way. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Spruce Street Harbor Park, A Day Without Love + Liz De Lise at W/N W/N, The Menzingers at The Electric Factory and more…

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Queen of Jeans | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s time for the next installment of the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions, and Queen of Jeans will be the headliners this time around. Last we checked in with the local favs, they were wowing us at XPN Fest. And below, you’ll find a recording of “Moody” they shot with local video crew Out of Town Films — a song we dove into on our Time Capsule series. Grubby Little Hands will also be performing tonight, and more info can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Menzingers deliver with delicious beer and an earnest set at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

The Menzingers at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin
The Menzingers at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s taproom was filled with singing punks baring inebriated smiles this past Saturday night.

Local staples The Menzingers teamed up with their friends at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, PA to brew an Imperial Kolsch style beer. They dubbed the hoppy brew “Menzinger,” and tapped a limited release at five o’clock on Saturday to prepare the large crowd for a night of acoustic punk. Along with the the easy-drinking 8% ABV Menzinger, the crowd was treated to performances from New York’s Broadcaster, Philly’s critically acclaimed Beach Slang, and of course, The Menzingers. Continue reading →

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The Menzingers and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. to tap their signature brew and host an intimate acoustic show this Saturday

The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Since releasing On the Impossible Past and Rented World on Epitaph Records, The Menzingers have become one of Philly’s most prominent punk bands. Now, they have joined the growing list of bands in Philly that can say they’ve brewed beer, not just inhaled it. Continue reading →

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The Menzingers to play special holiday show in Scranton, featuring Tigers Jaw, Petal, and more

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Beloved Scranton four-piece group The Menzingers have announced their fifth-annual “Holiday Show,” which is to be performed at the Scranton Cultural Center on December 19th. The concert features a formidable lineup of the region’s best and brightest punk bands, including Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, The Sw!ms, Three Man Cannon, and Petal. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou and The Menzingers had a spellbinding two-night stand at Union Transfer

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

On Friday and Saturday night, Philly area bands mewithoutYou and The Menzingers co-headlined a back-to-back stint to a sold out crowd at Union Transfer. The bands kicked off their fall tour earlier this month along with Pianos Become The Teeth and Restorations. Following the release of their latest album Pale Horses, mewithoutYou delivered an energetic, lively performance that left the audience chanting for more. Frontman Aaron Weiss’s captivating lyrics filled the room as he paraded around the stage, swinging his hands into the air and gripping the neck of his guitar, giving us the type of performance his band has become known for. Continue reading →