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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at PhilaMOCA, Weaves at Boot and Saddle, The Courtneys at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

The Retinas
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie scene fixtures and garage rock masters The Retinas headline The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash tonight at PhilaMOCA. Fellow locals Them Jones and So Totally also perform. The Deli will donate all proceeds from the gig to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Listen to The Retinas’ most recent EP chaba below, and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Celebrate The Deli Philly’s 9th anniversary with a stacked PhilaMOCA gig

The Retinas | photo via facebook.com/retinasband

Philadelphia’s edition of The Deli Magazine has been around for nine years now, and as they do each fall, they’ve enlisted some of Philly’s finest bands to help celebrate. On Saturday, Oct. 14, our friends at the magazine will fill the walls of local artspace PhilaMOCA with the sounds of The Retinas, Them Jones, and So Totally for The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash. Continue reading →

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Celebrate 9 years of The Deli at PhilaMOCA next month with local music and lots of fun

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The Retinas | photo by Ashley Cordoba | courtesy of the artist

Our friends over at The Deli are celebrating nine years of supporting local bands next month, and of course they’re doing it in style. An anniversary bash has been scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at PhilaMOCA with live music, free snacks and an open bar for 21+ partygoers. The all-local line-up includes indie pop act LOUDS and garage rockers The Retinas, with more fun to be announced as we get closer to the big date. In the past, The Deli’s birthday parties have included costume contests and live DJ sets so who knows what else they have up their sleeves for this milestone.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eliza Hardy Jones at Boot & Saddle, Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, The Retinas at Ortlieb’s

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Eliza Hardy Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Eliza Hardy Jones has been a key part of many local bands (Buried Beds, Nightlands, Teen Men and Strand of Oaks, etc.) but now she’s going solo with a forthcoming record and tour slot opening for Grace Potter (whose band she also plays in). Tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle will be a preview of Because Become, which is out later this month and features lead single “Criminal.” Listen to that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Jesse Hale Moore here.

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PREMIERE: The Retinas share new single “Feel Alright”

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The Retinas | photo by Ashley Cordoba

When we asked them for some background information on their new song “Feel Alright,” The Retinas told us their goal is to record and release as much new music as possible, as often as they can. They’re off to a good start, as this single comes just a week after their Got Smokes EP, which came just a month after their “Love Is Ridicule” single, which… you get the picture.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at MilkBoy, Trans Am at Boot and Saddle, Suzanne Vega at Levoy Theater

The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

A rock four-piece made up of childhood friends, The Retinas busted onto the Philly scene last year with their debut LP Hello…My Name Is The Retinas. Like a slew of similar-minded Philly up-and-comers, the band has a fuzzy lo-fi garage rock sound a la Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, and this winter released the new single “Take Me By the Hand,” which you can check out below. They play MilkBoy tonight opening for Lee Baines III and The Glory Fires; tickets and more information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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Talking growth and friendship with Philly four-piece The Retinas

The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

The four early twentysomethings behind The Retinas consider each record they release “stepping stones” to bigger projects, bassist John Brennan said.

Jake Joseph and Tom McHugh were childhood friends in Cheltenham. “We were always in bands together growing up,” said McHugh, vocalist of the Philadelphia-based indie punk band. Tom found John Brennan and Anthony Fulginitti on Craigslist and formed a band with them. In November 2011, the four formed the Retinas.

Hello…My Name is the Retinas is their biggest and latest project they have released. In comparison to their first two EP’s, Life At Work and Ha Ha Nostalgia, the post-punk group said they have changed a lot musically.“Going from recording 5 songs to recording 10 songs is a different context for us,” said Joseph, lead guitar for the Retinas. Continue reading →