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Three Man Cannon takes us behind the scenes of their new self-titled record before this weekend’s release show

Three Man Cannon | photo by Russell Edling

The four members of Three Man Cannon are rarely in the same place at the same time. They’re busy folks — so busy that we could only pin one of them down for this interview. Spenser Colmbs, Matt Schimelfenig, Pat Brier and Dennis Mishko were still teenagers when they formed the band in Scranton, PA, and the decade since has brought countless moves back and forth across the region, not to mention changes in their sound and their approach to songwriting and recording.

Yet while distance can be an issue — 100 mile trips up and down the Pennsylvania Turnpike aren’t exactly conducive to frequent band practices — Three Man Cannon is still going strong. The band braved a snowstorm last winter to convene for ten days in a cozy converted-barn studio in the Poconos, and, day by day, song by song, made what would become their new self-titled LP. Tucked away from the city and their hectic everyday lives, Three Man Cannon brought a new clarity to their music, filling in the pieces that were once missing with a sharp focus and collaborative spirit. The result is their best record yet.

Three Man Cannon is out now. Read our conversation with bassist Spenser Colmbs below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Three Man Cannon’s new self-titled album, catch them at Johnny Brenda’s next month

Three Man Cannon | photo by | via press release

Philly’s own Three Man Cannon have been rocking for so long that by now they sound like they’ve perfected the art of rock, if such a feat is possible. After about 10 years as a band — actually a four-piece, despite their name — Three Man Cannon have just released a new self-titled LP, their third full-length. The new record takes them far from their early days as an anarcho-folk punk high school band that played the basements of Scranton, PA, but their sonic evolution is a welcome one (plus you can still catch them at a Philly basement show from time to time). Continue reading →

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Three Man Cannon venture on an upbeat, bluesy journey in new single, “Building Broken Steps”

Three Man Cannon | photo by Russell Edling | via press release

Philly’s Three Man Cannon is a fairly low-key band. From their relaxed, lo-fi sound to nonexistent showiness, they seem to be some of the most easygoing yet extremely talented dudes in the scene (that, side note, I feel like deserve oodles more attention.) But this understated exposure may just halt here as the longtime four-piece announced an upcoming self-titled album, and have shared a new single to celebrate. Continue reading →

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Lame-O Records announces third annual Rock Residency featuring Cherry, Harmony Woods, Slaughter Beach, Dog and lots more

Cherry | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Lame-O Records‘ annual Rock Residency benefit series at Boot & Saddle returns for its third year next month, and WOW would you look at that lineup. A Lame-O event never disappoints, but this year they’ve put together an exceptionally stacked roster of labelmates and friends to take over Boot & Saddle every Thursday in January. And it’s all for a good cause — the proceeds from each show will benefit several local charity organizations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Katie Jo and The Knobs at Kung Fu Necktie

Katie Jo Knaub | via Bandcamp

Last year, Katie Jo Knaub released her haunting, western-seared album The Widowmaker. Since then, she’s shifted her solo status to the full band, Katie Jo and The Knobs, for some an added dose of twangy kickassery. Catch the band live at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, alongside The Quahogs, Matt Kelly, and Todd Fausnacht. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, and stream The Widowmaker below. Continue reading →

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Weller’s “Point of Personal Privilege” bursts at the seams with contagious optimism

Weller | photo by Emily Dubin | via artist’s Facebook page

With their self-titled album just weeks away from release, Philly scene staples Weller have given us another sneak peek at the upcoming record by ways of their new infectiously optimistic track, “Point of Personal Privilege.”

After Weller warmly welcomes us to the song through a sweet guitar melody introduction, they quickly preview a taste of the track’s upcoming celebration with a jolt of pure, uplifting energy. But just as quickly, the ray of light vanishes — replaced with steady drums; somber, meditative vocals, and some uberly important negative space relief points.

Continuing in this oscillating sonic pattern, a backing choir of literal heavenly angels then submerges the song in a glowing, golden sheen before the track explodes into an exuberant troubadour joyfulness reminiscent of The Oh Hello’s. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Morelings at Bourbon and Branch, Los Lonely Boys at Newtown Theater, Three Man Cannon at Broke Down Palace, plus more

The Morelings | photo by Drew Reynolds

Philly dream poppers The Morelings make ethereal and soothing psych music that also has a bit of edge. These floaty sounds will swirl about Bourbon and Branch when they play the venue tonight. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch their Key Studio Session below. Continue reading →

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Curtis Cooper headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Major Pursuit and more fill out the bill. Continue reading →

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Hear Three Man Cannon’s new song “Forsythia” in their Audiotree Live Session

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

While on their recent tour of the Midwest and Southeast, indie rockers Three Man Cannon stopped by Audiotree to film a live studio session that will make you wish the tour was just a bit longer. The Scranton-turned-Philly band is set to release a new record in the near future, the third record following 2014’s Pretty Many People and Will I Know You Then in 2015. The two previous records each have a distinctly different sound; it is anyone’s guess what the upcoming release will sound like, but it is sure to be just as jam-packed.

During the half-hour-long session, Three Man Cannon performed five songs: three from Will I Know You Then, one from Pretty Many People, and one preview from the new LP, “Forsythia.” In between tracks you can hear all about the wonders of color therapy glasses, guitarist Dennis Mishko’s time as a basketball referee, and how the four members were childhood friends before they were a band. Continue reading →