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PREMIERE: A master class in songwriting on Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties’ “Green Like The G Train”

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Many moons ago, punk scene vet Dan Campbell was playing a festival gig in Florida when a chance encounter with another artist on the bill planted the seeds for his next project.

It was 2010, and Campbell recalls bouncing from stage to stage around the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, taking in the eclectic lineup of the Harvest of Hope Festival, when he found himself simply bowled over by a solo performance from The Mountain Goats. Intending to just check out a couple songs and move on, he was immediately hooked, and an hour later, he’d watched frontman John Darnielle play his entire set.

“He was so unbelievably human, without ego or pretense,” Campbell recalls. “Just a person with a guitar playing songs that meant a lot to him.

“His ability to craft stories,” he continues, “was what made me want to do Aaron West in the first place.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Dr. Dog at The Fillmore, Sonnder at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | photo by Maria Kanevskaya | courtesy of the artist

Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Ortlieb’s, Chairlift at Underground Arts

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Creepoid | photo by Jammi York

Creepoid is celebrating Taco Tuesday (and drummer Pat Troxell’s birthday) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The grungy psych rock outfit just returned home from a two week tour with Restorations in support of last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP. Check out “American Smile” below. Tickets for the 21+ show will be available at the door; more information can be found here.

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will bring Bittersweet EP to Underground Arts in June

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo courtesy of the artist.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the folk-punk band fronted by The Wonder Years‘ Dan Campbell, has announced a summer tour with Allison Weiss, Can’t Swim, and Cold Collective. This includes a stop at Underground Arts in Philly on Thursday, June 2nd.

Campbell also recently announced the Bittersweet EP, which will be out on May 20th. Continue reading →

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Times To Die: Car Seat Headrest playing Underground Arts in May

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Car Seat Headrest | Photo courtesy of the artist

This Just In: Will Toledo’s indie rock fever dream Car Seat Headrest will be bringing their new album Teens Of Denial to Underground Arts just two days after the album’s release on May 22nd.

Toledo released his first album on Matador last year (the uncontrollable Teens Of Style) and its sister album and first of all new material will be out May 20th. He previously shared two singles from Denial, the sporadic “Vincent” and the plaintive “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Underground Arts, Port St. Willow at Johnny Brenda’s, Galactic at Electric Factory, and more…

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Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese

Philly punks Mannequin Pussy will be performing at Underground Arts tonight with Guerilla Toss and Banned Books. Their most recent album, Gypsy Pervert, was released back in 2014 on Tiny Engines, and they’re recording the follow up this spring. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Chairlift release video for “Crying In Public”, playing Underground Arts in April

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Chairlift | photo courtesy of the artist

Synth-pop duo Chairlift have expanded the tour for their newest album Moth, which will include a stop at Underground Arts, and they have also released a music video for their song “Crying In Public.”

In the video for “Crying In Public”, the Brooklyn band is shown performing in the studio in black and white. The video also cuts to shots of vocalist Caroline Polachek dancing in her city and riding the subway while the rain and snow drive her down, reflecting the melancholy nature of the song through the raindrops on her face. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foxing at Union Transfer, Le Butcherettes at Underground Arts, Up The Chain at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis emo five piece Foxing are back at Union Transfer tonight after tearing it apart back in December. The band is touring to support their 2015 album, Dealer. Opening the show will be Tancred, Lymbic Systym, and ADJY. More information can be found here. Continue reading →