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Tigers Jaw announce new record spin and US tour with the popping power of “Guardian”

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scrantonites Tigers Jaw are freaking back, and man are they better than ever. The duo announced their fifth full-length spin, due out on May 13th through producer Will Yip’s new Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement Records. The announcement also came with a behind-the-scenes music video for the record’s first single “Guardian” and plans for a full US tour set to hit Union Transfer on June 23rd.

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Watch Balance and Composure cover the Tigers Jaw deep cut “Coil/Recoil”

Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Balance and Composure are spreading some Scranton love, performing a stripped-down cover of Tigers Jaw’s “Coil/Recoil” from the 2010 record Two Worlds for Z100 New York. Rocking just enough flannel in front of a caffeinated backdrop, the Doylestown quintet clapped their way to an intimate version of a TJ deep cut (and boy, do they nail it). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sheer Mag, Tigers Jaw and more come to Boot and Saddle for charity “Peace and Noise” series in January

Boot and Saddle can always be counted on to host killer shows and bring together good people for good causes whenever the chance comes their way.

This January is no different: the South Philly music venue just announced a three- series in January called “Peace and Noise.” Each show will benefit a charity of the headliners choice. Tom May and Greg Barnett of The Menzingers open it up on January 11th, Sheer Mag continues on the 18th and an acoustic set by Tigers Jaw on the 25th. Continue reading →

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Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw is selling prints of her photography

It’s great when musicians share photos they’ve taken on tour with fans – it’s like you’re one step closer to being out on the road with them, seeing what they’re seeing and getting a glimpse into how they unwind between shows. Brianna Collins of Scranton’s Tigers Jaw recently shared a few new prints in her Big Cartel store from past tours and trips, including a breathtaking foggy snap of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State (made famous in the opening credits of Twin Peaks), some resting wildlife in Japan’s Nara Park and the original photo used for the band’s 2013 Hum 7″. The prints come with a handwritten note and are numbered. Check them out here and listen to Tigers Jaw cover The Cure’s “In Between Days” below.

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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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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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