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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Olivia Neutron John at PhilaMOCA, The Lawsuits farewell show at Underground Arts, and more

Diane Coffee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

XPN Fest alums Diane Coffee bring their glam-rock sound and theatrical aesthetic to Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, Diane Coffee released a new 7″, Peel, a few weeks ago, and they’ve brought Canadian indie pop act Peach Pit along on this tour, too. Watch their performance of “Everyday” from the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Appel Center, The Dead Milkmen at The Trocadero

T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by John Vettese

If you’re in search of a show to fit the spooky mood of Halloween weekend, Underground Arts is the place to be tonight. T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb are staging their 8th annual Halloween Murdershow, and they’ll surely bring all the creep factor you’re looking for. Bonus: it’s a super-stacked lineup with Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement and OOLALA rounding out the show. The post-apocalyptic blues band released Dancing out the Door earlier this month; listen to “Black Bats” below. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar; tickets are also available as a bundle option with a copy of the new album. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo wowed us as the unapologetically herself beat-maker / spoken-word-style lyricist Sammus, at her recent Folk_KEY-delphia Studio Session. Tonight, she’ll no doubt do the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for tonight’s Afrofuturist Affair Costume Ball, which is organized by Black Quantum Futurism and presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. The night will also feature performances by Moor MotherKing Britt / Fhloston ParadigmMovaKween, and :3LON; along with tarot card reading, body paintings, mask making, a fashion show, and a ton more. Find additional info on the free event here, and watch the Alanis Morissette inspired video for “Mighty Morphing” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: This is the Kit at Johnny Brenda’s, Dane Galloway at Underground Arts, Endless Taile at The Pharmacy

This Is The Kit | photo via thisisthekit.bandcamp.com

UK born, Paris-based Kate Stables works under the moniker, This is the Kit. Whether leading the songs with softly comforting or spritely vocals, lyrical matter isn’t afraid to turn dark corners on her latest release, Moonshine Freeze. Watch the playfully off-kilter video for the groovy recent track, “Hotter Colder,” below. Then, see This Is The Kit tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, with more info on the 21+ show available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Cold Fronts, Dreamswell and more to appear at Good Behavior Records’ Hurricane Relief series of shows at Underground Arts

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Cold Fronts | photo courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing better than heading out for a gig and knowing that it’s all for a good cause. Local non-profit label Good Behavior Records understand this well — they’ve just announced two upcoming shows at Underground Arts, both to support hurricane relief efforts in the US Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. As part of another hurricane fundraiser, Good Behavior also recently released a Hurricane Relief Compilation to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Continue reading →

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Ever-Evolving: In conversation with Rainer Maria about time apart, the new album S/T, and Philly memories

Rainer Maria | photo by Shawn Brackbill | courtesy of the artist

Rainer Maria recently released their first album of new material in over a decade, the propulsive, powerful S/T. Short, sharp, and intense, it finds the trio simultaneously evolving from their signature emo roots while seeming to actively dialogue with them in real time.

They will be bringing those songs, past and present, to Underground Arts in Philly this Friday. Ahead of the show, I got to have a chat with Kaia Fischer, Caithlin De Marrais, and William Kuehn about what it’s like to be back together, how much has changed, and how those changes inform their music and approach to life now… Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Deadfellow plays the lead in a postmodern rock drama

Deadfellow | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Deadfellow’s Hayden Sammak is quite a character. Burgundy velvet-jacketed and long-bearded, the Philly local looked every bit the old-fashioned classic rock n roller this Free at Noon as he drawled sweet verses of love and California livin’ while retro, psychadelic sounds bounced about.

But something just didn’t fit with this picture-perfect 60’s throwback. And if you’ve ever read an interview with the Deadfellow frontman, this disconnect makes perfect sense. Because despite the shiny exterior of Deadfellow’s latest album, Mescalifornia: A California Dream, the intent seems to be more sarcastic and critical in nature; where Hammak harps on a present-day shallow culture towards love. Continue reading →

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The decade-plus wait is over: stream Rainer Maria’s new S/T album via NPR now

Rainer Maria | photo courtesy of artist

Hey, Rainer Maria fans: your eleven year wait comes to a close today. Though the band’s new heftily anticipated, self-titled album won’t be officially released until August 18th via Polyvinyl Records, NPR has secured an early listen for you — you can stream the album in full here.

S/T is able to keep the raw intensity of Rainer Maria’s earlier works, while also carving out enough space for growth. As example, personal favorite track “Suicide and Lazy Eyes” is a fuzzed-out, non-stop live wire of sound and energy, with “Lower Worlds” slowing it down but remaining just as heavy with a buildup to cathartic, muffled shouts. Continue reading →