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Listen to “Under A Rock” from Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com
Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com

Katie Crutchfield started her sincere and sensational indie rock project Waxahatchee back in 2011, and most recently announced in January that the band’s upcoming LP Ivy Tripp will drop April 7 via Merge Records.

Now we’ve got our hands on the album’s most recently-released track, “Under A Rock,” premiered today in a new music roundup by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Bad Suns at Union Transfer, Albert Lee at Sellersville Theater

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Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com
Kensington’s Mumblr plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight with fellow locals Brown Rainbow and Fake Boyfriend. The four piece released Full of Snakes last fall, following up 2014′s Bang Bang EP and 2013′s White Jesus/Black God full-length with their most in-sync record to date. Later this week they’ll release a split with their friends in Clique, Loose Tooth and Ghost Gum (keep an eye on Bandcamp for its release). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here; watch Mumblr perform “Masturbation” for a Space Jam Session below.

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Bold: The Districts Take Charge at Union Transfer

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Even though I’ve seen The Districts five or six times in the past year, Saturday night was something else entirely. Anyone who’s seen them—whether it was at the Church or XPNFest or somebody’s basement or warehouse—knows that they put on one hell of a show. But where The Districts strength has previously seemed to flow from an introspective fount, the very sold-out release show for A Flourish and A Spoil on Saturday night at Union Transfer seemed powered by a limitless well of incredible proportions. Continue reading →

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Watch The Districts perform “4th and Roebling” and “Peaches” on Seth Meyers

The Districts on Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Districts on Late Night with Seth Meyers

In the early hours of this morning, Philly-via-Lititz rock four-piece The Districts took to television screens around the country – and at more than a few viewing parties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, no doubt – to play music from their brand new LP A Flourish and a Spoil, which came out this past Tuesday on Fat Possum Records. Continue reading →

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Father John Misty “I Went to the Store One Day” in a Paris cafe for La Blogothèque

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Accompanied by quiet French conversations from passer-bys, Josh Tillman of Father John Misty recently recorded a Take Away Show with La Blogothèque in Paris. The singer performed “I Went to the Store One Day” from his new album I Love You, Honeybear. It was a romantic setting in the candlelit Parisian cafe and the opening scene features snapshots of historical paintings backed by the dramatic strums of Tillman’s guitar. Continue reading →

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Download Shakey Graves’ Nobody’s Fool, entire discography Name Your Price through Wednesday

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

When you click on an artist’s Bandcamp profile and see the “Name Your Price” detail, a wave of relief comes into the mix. In what appears to be a celebration of his latest release, folk artist Shakey Graves announced via Twitter that his entire Bandcamp discography will be free or name your price until Wednesday. Continue reading →

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Meet Girlpool: LA transplants creating girl-punk duets

Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL
Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL

The reason Cleo Tucker started playing guitar was because she and British multi-genre performer, Joan Armatrading, have the same birthday. She was seven and saw the musician play a concert after she finished school one day.

When Harmony Tividad was a kid, she would sing a lot, so her parents put her into choir and piano lessons.

“My dad is a bass player and played a lot of music when I was a kid,” she said. She was 13 when she started playing bass; she’s 19 now.

Tividad and Tucker were both born and raised in Los Angeles. They are the two halves of the girl-punk duo Girlpool, and started attending shows in the downtown scene when they were sixteen. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live, Napalm Death at Union Transfer

Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com
Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com

New York City singer-songwriter Jacob Snider mixes light and breezy jazz-pop with catchy choruses and his easygoing vocals for a winning sound from the acoustic world. His debut record Carrier is due out this year, and he headlines World Cafe Live tonight. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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NPR Music streams The Districts’ A Flourish and a Spoil

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

With the release of their second full-length, it is fair to say The Districts are comfortable. They signed to Fat Possum Records and went on a tour with Dr. Dog. The Lititz, Pa. band released their folk-y debut Telephone in summer of 2012 and their self-titled EP in January of 2014.

One year later, The Districts have another full-length to add under their belts, this time with more of an indie, experimental-rock approach. A Flourish and a Spoil is set to release on Feb. 10, but is streaming now on NPR’s First Listen. Continue reading →

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Watch Cheerleader play “Sunshine of Your Youth” for Paste, see them on tour with The Wombats

Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

With opening lines like “It’s a Hallmark family photo, circa 1995 but you can’t imagine why,” it’s clear that Cheerleader‘s latest single, “Sunshine of Your Youth” is another emotionally-driven, wistfully nostalgic track jangle pop from Philly jangle-pop band. The five-piece power pop group just released this new track last week, and recently recorded a stripped-down version for Paste Magazine. Continue reading →