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Hit the arcade in The Spinto Band’s new “Amy + Jen” video (playing Firefly Festival)

ThomasAndThomasIt doesn’t seem all that unusual to find Delaware’s The Spinto Band trapped in a world of 80s computer game graphics. With a herky-jerky flair reminiscent of early They Might Be Giants videos, this one for “Amy + Jen” – which premiered on Spin.com last night – sees each of the five Spintos pop on and float around a screen saturated with bright neons and strobing backdrops you might have seen coming out of a Nintendo console or flickering in an arcade 25 years ago. Watch it below; “Amy + Jen” comes from the band’s 2013 release Cool Cocoon, and next Friday it plays Firefly Festival‘s Porch Stage at 2:15; get the details here.

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Watch Gretchen Lohse perform two songs for the On the Hill Series (playing Ortlieb’s on 5/4)

GretchBy now, there are a few places you might know Philly singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse from. Perhaps you caught her at WXPN’s Live from Kelly Writer’s House, or maybe you saw her play Folkadelphia’s Tuesday Tune-Out. Maybe you tuned in for her Key Studio Session, recorded with Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band, or watched her Random Tea Session online. Maybe you know her from fronting the band Yellow Humphrey; performing with National Eye and Summer Fiction; or from the solo album she’s been easing out into the world.

Whichever it is, Lohse is a very active songwriter and longtime fixture in the Philly music world, whether as a backing player / behind-the-scenes type, or the person at center stage with the 60s folk melodies and the haunting voice. This week she appeared on the new On the Hill video session series from Kettle Pot Tracks studio in Lafayette Hill. She performed two songs – “Role of Rabbits” got its first public airing and it sounds great, as does “All Around the River,” which appeared on her Key Session. Watch the videos below, and see Lohse live at Ortlieb’s Lounge on May 4th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band with Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall, Joshua James at The Tin Angel, Acres of Diamonds at Ortlieb’s, St. James & The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s

SpintoXPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight.  Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP.  The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here.  Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.

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Recap: The Spinto Band’s celebratory Cool Cocoon launch (photos, review, setlist)

Returning from an international tour with a new album to launch, The Spinto Band found a homecoming celebration waiting for them at Johnny Brenda’s Saturday night. The Wilmington group, who has been together in some form or another since 1995, packed the venue. It was clear that the show was celebrating more than the new album, Cool Cocoon – particularly when a friend of the band, Pat Finearty, introduced and heckled each band member as they came onstage.

The band’s homecoming aside, its live show reflects the amount of time its members have spent devoted to playing very upbeat music for very happy people. Between their dance moves and their cohesive, explosive presence, the fun that the fellows of The Spinto Band have while playing music is contagious. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s, Arctic Splash at Kung Fu Necktie, Cold Roses at MilkBoy, Parquet Courts at Voyeur for Making Time, Galentine’s Day Cover Band Show at Cha-Cha’Razzi

XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoon and a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorker and on NPR.  As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here.  Watch the video for “What I Love” below.

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Interview: The Spinto Band: buoyant, boisterous, but deeply thoughtful pop, coming to Johnny Brenda’s Saturday

The Spinto Band’s new Cool Cocoon is a raucous good time – not unlike their live show. The Wilmington, Delaware natives have long been veterans of the Philadelphia local music scene, and we’re excited to welcome them back this weekend for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. They come fresh off of an international tour, touting Cool Cocoon, which dropped on February 5th. The new album, the music video for the single “What I Love,” and the band’s intense activity lately have sparked positive coverage all over the world, from The New Yorker to international fan tweets. We wanted to know how all of this attention made the guys feel, so we caught up with The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill and Thomas Hughes over e-mail while they were touring Europe. Continue reading →

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The Spinto Band want to make you happy with their new video for “What I Love” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/16)

NPR premiered a new video from The Spinto Band this morning for “What I Love” off of the Delawareans’ brand new album Cool Cocoon.  As close-up shots of a breakfast table unfold, a dancing, cartwheeling and gracefully-parkouring gymnast shows us that things even as small as sugar cubes in a hot cup of coffee are reason enough to express our happiness.  Watch the video below for the euphoric song below and celebrate the new album with The Spinto Band when XPN welcomes them to Johnny Brenda’s on February 16th.  Tickets and more information can be found here.

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The Spinto Band celebrating Cool Cocoon at Johnny Brenda’s on 02/16

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When Delaware rockers The Spinto Band take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s on February 16th, their new full-length will be just shy of two weeks old.  Cool Cocoon, the indie band’s quick follow-up to this year’s Shy Pursuit, will be released on the indie band’s own Spintonic Recordings label on February 5th while they are on tour in France.  Tickets for The Spinto Band’s 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s will go on sale at noon tomorrow, December 13th; more information can be found here.  Below, stream and download “Shake It Off” from Cool Cocoon.

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Listen to “Shake It Off,” a new song from The Spinto Band

Self-Titled Mag premiered a new song from The Spinto Band today, a deceivingly bouncy track called “Shake It Off.” The Delaware indie outfit is wrapping a European tour right now and will release its Cool Cocoon LP on February 5th through Spintonic Recordings.  Dropping just nine months after this year’s Shy Pursuit, Cool Cocoon is described as “something you’d expect from the Spinto Band: familiar, but also like nothing you’ve ever heard. ere is a keen awareness of their past connected with a look towards the future.  To hear such contrast within a modern pop record is refreshing, and it is even more rewarding when these variations and oppositions work sympathetically with one another.”  Listen to the new song below and learn more about the upcoming album here.