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Vintage Kicks bask in Suburban Sunshine, new EP due March 1st

Photo via facebook.com/vintagekicks
Photo via facebook.com/vintagekicks

With a classic punk edge and Brit-pop appeal, Jersey’s Vintage Kicks are back with a brand new EP Suburban Sunshine. Set to arrive on March 1st, it follows their debut album King Geek which put them on the map back in 2011. Citing The Clash and Arctic Monkeys as influences, the band takes stylistic cues from both to develop a sound that’s new and familiar at the same time. To celebrate the new record, Vintage Kicks will play a release a show at Kung Fu Necktie. Get more details here and check out a new track “Big Ragoli” below.

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Vintage Kicks release live video of “Cherry”

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Philly pop-punk outfit Vintage Kicks have just released a live video session of their song “Cherry.” The track was originally released via The Bloomsbury Coalition back in the winter, but this video arrives just in time for summer, with a surf-rock kind of hook that demands to be blasted in the car with the windows down. The band doesn’t have any upcoming shows, but their most recent full-length, King Geek, is available for a free download at their Bandcamp page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hospitality at Johnny Brenda’s, Heavy Medical at The First Unitarian Church, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

Brooklyn’s Hospitality perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Amber Papini, Hospitality are pure indie fun with math-rock subtleties.  Their head-bop-worthy major label debut came out on Merge Records at the start of 2012 and received praise from notable resources ranging from Pitchfork to The Deli NYC. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Conversations With Enemies and Tinmouth can be found here; below, watch Hospitality’s video for “Friends of Friends.”

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Vintage Kicks releases track “Cherry,” brought to you by The Bloomsbury Coalition

Phily five-piece Vintage Kicks released the song “Cherry” this week on a split alongside the New Jersey indie rock group SCOOBA. “Cherry” is a contagious pop/punk song with a surf inspired intro and a 90′s modern rock hook. Vintage Kicks, who played with the Philadelphia rock band Close To Good at Kung Fu Necktie on November 29th, have crafted a tone that combines virtually everything catchy from 60′s garage rock and 2000′s indie such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, The Libertines and Wavves. In true split fashion, Copycats features one new song from each of the two bands as well as a rerecorded interpretation of one of the other bands songs. The album was released by The Bloomsbury Coalition, a collection of musicians and artists from the Delaware Valley. This album is the first split from the collective, who have previously released a series of five compilations from bands in Delaware Valley area, including Stalin & Friends, Dot Square and 3 J’s in the A.M. The split is available for “name your price” and can be found on their bandcamp; listen to “Cherry” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beth Orton at The Trocadero, Cousin Brian and Vintage Kicks at PhilaMOCA, Bell X1 at World Cafe Live, David Gray at American Music Theatre, Gossip at The TLA

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton will take the stage at The Trocadero tonight.  The English musician’s forthcoming record Sugaring Season is her first in six years and represents a time of self-reflection and transitions in both her personal life and her music career.  Supporting Beth Orton is Vermont-bred folk singer Sam Amidon.  Tickets for this seated all-ages  show are $29.50, available here.   Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and music begins at 8:00.  Below, watch the video for Beth Orton’s single “Magpie”.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda Palmer at the TLA, Bob Weir at The Tower, Sondre Lerche at World Cafe Live, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

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On the eve of her latest album’s release date, Amanda Palmer and her touring band The Grand Theft Orchestra bring their road show to The TLA on South Street tonight. Tickets to the all-ages show are $23, and are available here. Theatre Is Evil is released tomorrow on Palmer’s own label, 8 Ft. Records. Below, watch a performance of the album track “The Bed Song,” filmed for The Boston Herald. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purples at Kung Fu Necktie, The Young Dubliners at World Cafe Live, Close to Good at The Balcony

Philly indie power trio Purples still hasn’t released any proper recordings, but that’s okay – they play live often enough, and their live show rules. Tonight the band hits up Kung Fu Necktie, along with Nashville’s James Wallace & the Naked Light and Shaking Through artist Springs. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. Below, check out a video from Purples’ Key Studio Session shot by our buds at Bands in the Backyard.

[BITBY BKSTG] PURPLES at XPN’s THE KEY STUDIO SESSIONS from BITBY on Vimeo.

Still touring hard in support of their 2009 release Saints and Sinners, Los Angeles celtic rock combo The Young Dubliners plays World Cafe Live tonight with The John Byrne Band. Tickets to the all-ages show are $17 and available in advance at the venue’s website, or at the door. Below, watch a video of The Young Dubs covering the Pogues’ classic “If I Should Fall From Grace With God.”

At the Balcony Bar at the Trocadero, Philly four-piece Close to Good brings its electronic rock stylings for a show with pop-punkers Vintage Kicks. Their music is spins off of the 8-bit techno scene, but also incorporates elements of the macabre – they see themselves as a middle ground in “the clash between Dracula and Megaman.” Kind of bizarre, but we’ll take it. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $8. Below, check out Close to Good’s song “Second Voice” from its Volume 1 EP.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)


The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.

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Marple-Palooza premieres tonight featuring Vintage Kicks, Dugout, and more

Local non-profit record label Painted Ox Records began in late 2011 with a mission to support great music without sticky matters of license agreements or ownership rights. Everything they do is to get their artists’ music heard. Tonight they will be spotlighting their new concert series entitled “Marple-Palooza” to be held at Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA. Featured bands include Vintage Kicks, Dugout, 20 Days In, Finding Westerly, Verse the End, Awake at Last, and The Sketch. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and you can purchase yours here. And check out the Facebook event for more details. Music kicks off in the rink at 6 p.m. Below watch Vintage Kicks perform at Silk City, shot by the dudes from Bands in the Backyard.

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Vintage Kicks release new single for “Bad News Broski” (playing The Level Room on Friday)

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Philly pop-punk five-piece Vintage Kicks just released its latest digital single, “Bad News Broski” – a synth-driven rocker you first heard as a live recording in its recent Key Studio Session. The music was recorded in the band’s home studio, and as the Kicks describe it, “The song is about the band’s ideology and how artistic or intellectual pursuit can damage relationships. The lyrics sneak in references to Devo, Nirvana, and Weezer.” You can download the track below, and catch Vintage Kicks in concert this Friday July 13 at The Level Room with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen – who recently joined MxPx onstage at the Troc for a righteous rendition of “Punk Rock Girl.” Vintage Kicks, Joe Jack Talcum, The Bastards of Fate and Ugh God play The Level Room, 2102 E. Market St., Fri. July 13. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.

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