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Alex G, Abi Reimold and more lined up for Philly Underground Fest at Villanova

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

As an end-of-semester-send off, Villanova University’s student-run radio station WXVU and the Campus Activities Team have announced the line-up for their Philly Underground Music Festival. Open to all ID-carrying college students in the Philadelphia area, the December 8th event will take place on Villanova’s campus and feature a solo headlining slot by Alex G, supported by Weekender, Abi Reimold, and Curtis Cooper.

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Watch 360 degrees of Weekender in the new “Floaty Feeling, Blue” video

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Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan | courtesy of the artist

Earlier this year, Philly five-piece Weekender released Floaty Feeling, Blue – their latest EP of atmospheric rock, out now on Paper Cup Records. Today the band released a curious music video for the title track, shot in 360 degree video by Jay Yachetta underneath the Henry Avenue Bridge and other locations around the city, and presented in alluring layers of footage and scenes by editor Ryan Putnam. Watch it below, and see Weekender live on July 9th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender Listening Party at Prohibition Taproom, The Danger O’s at Ortlieb’s

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Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan | courtesy of the artist

Weekender are prepping for this week’s release of Floaty Feeling, Blue with an advance listening party at Prohibition Taproom tonight, complete with EP-themed cocktails. We caught up with frontman Derek Sheehan on Monday to talk about the record, which follows up his Spanish Peaks debut. Read that interview here and get more information about tonight’s event here.

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Stream Weekender’s atmospheric new single “Loving/Hating” via Consequence of Sound

Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan
Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan | via facebook.com/wkndrband

Weekender have been spinning dreamy, reverb-filled pop melodies since their 2013 debut EP Spanish Peaks, but on their upcoming release Floaty Feeling, Blue (PaperCup Music), they’ve stepped it up another notch. Lead singer Derek Sheehan has finally established a solid band lineup behind him, and you can sense this continuity and comfort on the group’s new single “Loving/Hating.” Continue reading →

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Dock Street Brewery and Flightschool team up for unique single release party

Flightschool | Photo via Facebook.com/flightschoolphilly
Flightschool | Photo via Facebook.com/flightschoolphilly

Beer and Philly music? Better yet, new beer and new Philly music? Yeah, you can go ahead and sign us up.

Local West Philly beer connoisseur’s Dock Street Brewery are teaming up with funky Philly rockers Flightschool for what promises to be a unique and awesome show. The folks at Dock Street are brewing up a draft specially made for the event which will serve as a release party for a single off of the band’s debut effort. Continue reading →

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Listen to the airy, buoyant new single from Weekender’s new EP Floaty Feeling, Blue

Photo by  Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com
Photo by Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com

There may be no band better suited to have an EP named Floaty Feeling, Blue than Philly’s Weekender. Led by songwriter Derek Sheehan, the five-piece gives the kind of distinct blue-sky vibe that has brought bands like Real Estate into the limelight in recent years. Today, the band released the first single, and title track, off of Floaty Feeling, Blue — which you can check out below.  Continue reading →

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Suburban Living’s Wesley Bunch talks to us about his April residency at Bourbon & Branch

Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving
Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving

About eight months ago, Wesley Bunch packed his bags in Virginia Beach and headed to Philly, only knowing a handful of people in the area. Performing under the moniker Suburban Living, Bunch left behind his hometown, but quickly connected with prominent local talent, landing him his first Philly show alongside CRUISR and Dream Safari.

“It’s been a total whirlwind,” Bunch said. “I’ve really fallen in love with the city and everything it has to offer.”

Suburban Living’s standout dream pop sound has us feeling lucky to have Bunch around. And with an upcoming residency at Bourbon & Branch, Suburban Living will play alongside local artists throughout April.

“The city is full of awesome musicians,” Bunch said. “I feel super lucky being able to curate all these upcoming shows.”

Here’s a rundown of each week’s lineup, with snippets of Bunch’s commentary on why he picked these openers. Continue reading →

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Commonwealth Choir, Pine Barons, Weekender and more to play at BITBY Summer Sounds

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Photo by Mike Bucher

Bands in the Backyard is bringing together some of Philly’s best for a one-night-only concert at the Theater of the Living Arts. BITBY will host the concert Summer Sounds on August 15. It’s a killer lineup topped by Bucks County rock band Commonwealth Choir as headliner (fresh off their slot at XPoNential Music Festival this weekend). Continue reading →