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Check out Tigers Jaw’s fantastic cover of “In Between Days” by The Cure

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

As part of Kevin Devine‘s Devinyl Splits series, Tigers Jaw have covered an 80s classic by The Cure. “In Between Days” was originally recorded in 1985 and featured on full-length The Head on the Door, but finds new life thanks to the Scranton pop punkers. It’s an impressive rendition, with Ben Walsh’s vocals sounding almost more dynamic compared to Robert Smith’s. We look forward to hearing the other half of the split: Devine’s cover of “Love Song” from 1989′s Disintigration. Listen to “In Between Days” below, and snag Devinyl Splits Vol. 3 on September 11th via Bad Timing Records. Continue reading →

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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sermon! at Summerfest, Tigers Jaw at the First Unitarian Church, Fuel at Sands Bethlehem and more

The Sermon | Photo by John Vettese

The Key’s Waterfront Sessions continue tonight with a free concert at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest by West Chester jazz eight-piece The Sermon!, who we last saw kicking off the day at the Center City Jazz Fest in April. The band moves deftly through classic funk, R&B and soul motifs, anchored by James McLaughlin’s evocative organ playing. Joining them is the Josh Laurence Quintet, comprised of various members of the Fresh Cut Orchestra. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tigers Jaw’s new Studio 4 Acoustic Session

Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook
Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook

Back at the beginning of June, we were stoked to announce Tigers Jaw’s acoustic album. Now, it’s finally available for streaming.

The album will be officially released next week on June 30th via Will Yip’s new label, Memory Music. The album is a live recording of an intimate Tigers Jaw performance held at Studio 4 a year and a half ago. At that show, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins debuted acoustic versions of Tigers Jaw favorites, a few Title Fight covers, and some rarities. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw and Will Yip talk new label and new live acoustic album

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s been a little over two years since three founding members of Tigers Jaw departed. But the remaining dynamic duo of Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh has soldiered on, touring extensively to support their 2014 record CharmerThere was a point when Walsh, guitarist and vocalist, and Collins, keyboardist and vocalist, weren’t sure about the future of the Scranton indie / emo outfit. But they’ve regained serious momentum, especially with news of a new release set for late June.

The release is a live collaborative acoustic album, Tigers Jaw Acoustic: Live at Studio 4. It was recorded and produced by Will Yip, who has made quite a name for himself in recent years producing luminaries of the pop-punk world like Circa Survive, Title Fight, Superheaven and the The Wonder Years.

The album was actually recorded in September of 2013, when Tigers Jaw and Anthony Green of Circa Survive played an intimate acoustic show at Studio 4. The show was one of the first acoustic shows Ben and Brianna did as Tigers Jaw mark two. It was also the first time an acoustic gig was performed at Studio 4.

“I’ve always wanted to do it, just because the room’s so cool to have a sit-down show in,” Yip says. “And at that point, it was to help generate some press and awareness of what was going on at Studio 4.” Continue reading →

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Listen to an acoustic song from Tigers Jaw, hear them on WXPN tonight

Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook
Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook

Scranton pop punk duo Tigers Jaw just announced the release of a new album titled Live at Studio 4 via Memory Music, a new boutique label curated by Conshohocken producer Will Yip of Studio 4. Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh of the band, along with Yip, will be on the WXPN Philly Local Show tonight to discuss the release, the label and their plans for the year – which includes an acoustic show at the First Unitarain Church on Thursday, June 25th (tickets and more information can be found here). Tune in to the show tonight at 5 p.m. on 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or stream it at XPN.org if you’re outside of Philadelphia. Below, check out a version of “Teenage Rocket” from Live at Studio 4. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s, Paper Hearts at Tin Angel, Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer and more

Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

We last heard from Philly noise-punk four-piece Pissed Jeans last summer when their self-released debut Shallow got a reissue on their label, Sub Pop Records. Before that, their last record of new material was the awesomely hard-hitting Honeys, released in 2013, meaning we’re probably due for a new round of ragers from these dudes. Hopefully tonight’s headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s will bring with it some new material; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download a plethora of punk music via Big Footprints’ Big Comp II

Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Earlier this week, Big Footprints Records and Property of Zack released their second compilation, aptly called The Big Comp II. Going up from last year’s 75 artists to 85, the new comp has a mix of new, acoustic and live music from truly great punk bands. All donations collected will go to 1BlueString, a charity supporting men who have survived childhood sexual abuse, and the Nature Conservancy. While we can’t highlight all 85 artists, here are five of our favorites: Menzingers, Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, The Weaks, and PUP.

Legendary Scranton punks, the Menzingers released their fourth full lenghth, Rented World to well-deserved praise in spring this year. Follow the band through a typical concert day through The Key’s Load-In to Load-Out. Listen to “Mexican Guitars” from their Key Studio Session below.

Local favorites Modern Baseball released their second, amazing album You’re Gonna Miss it All this year. The album portrays being a 20 something in perfect, witty detail. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Fans came in droves last Monday to check out pop punk icons Tigers Jaw as they played the Union Transfer. Tigers Jaw is on tour in support of their latest album Charmer which was released on Run for Cover Records last week. In March of 2013 the band announced that three out of five members of Tigers Jaw had parted ways with the band. Many speculated that this would mark the end of Tigers Jaw. However, the two remaining members of the band, Brianna Collins and Ben Welsh, decided to continue the band. The band’s live performance featured many songs from their previous releases as well as Charmer. The crowd went crazy for old staples like “Never Saw it Coming,” “Chemicals,” and “I Saw Water,” which still prove to be fan favorites. Openers included scene favorites Pity Sex who won over the crowd with their fuzzy pop punk sound, Run for Cover Records new comer Petal who charmed the crowd with her indie pop sound, and Detroit punk rockers Loose Planes. Check out the photo recap below.