Tonight’s Concert Pick: You Won’t at Johnny Brenda’s

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Massachusetts indie-folk duo You Won’t is rolling through Philly tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Opening the show will be Philly psych-pop duo Carol Cleveland Sings and The Suitcase Junket. The latter has been touring with them since the April 2016 release of their record Revolutionaries. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out the video for “Ya Ya Ya” off their latest LP below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Tindall Tribute at Underground Arts, Live From The Lot at Ardmore Music Hall, You Won’t at Boot and Saddle, and more…

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T.J. Tindall | Photo by Steve Acito | courtesy of the artist

Legendary Philly funk and soul guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on classic hits such as the O’Jays’ “Backstabbers” and the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” passed away back in January, and tonight Underground Arts will be holding a tribute concert in memory of one of the creators of the “Philadelphia Sound.” Performing at the tribute show will be Duke Williams & The Extremes, Freebo, and many more. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


You Won’t shed the past on new Revolutionaries track “Douchey”

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You Won’t | photo by Patrick Gookin | courtesy of the artist

I’ve sung my praises of the Massachusetts band You Won’t in the past, but it is not without good reason.

Their 2012 debut Skeptic Goodbye completely blew me away because it was one of those records that hit me at just the right time: I was graduating high school and instead of going to the same college that all of my friends were going to, I decided to take a chance, start fresh, and go somewhere else.

I was kind of alone, I was kind of scared, and I was also kind of an asshole. Continue reading →


Indie-folk weirdos You Won’t monkey around in new video for “No Divide”

You Won't | photo by Patrick Gookin | courtesy of the artist
You Won’t | photo by Patrick Gookin | courtesy of the artist

You Won’t, the sporadic indie-folk duo from Massachusetts, are releasing their new album Revolutionaries on April 29th, and they’ve shared the newest video from the album for another song, “No Divide.”

Their last video showed the band dressed up in royal 18th century garb/Santa outfits as they danced to the stomping beat and sleigh bells of “Ya Ya Ya”. This time around, singer/songwriter Josh Arnoudse and collaborator Ewen Wright play kings of rock and pop (Elvis and Michael Jackson) in a bouncing dance battle through alleyways and baseball fields. Continue reading →


Watch You Won’t get theatrical in their “Ya Ya Ya” video before Boot & Saddle gig in May

Yo Won't | still from video
Yo Won’t | still from video

The Massachusetts duo You Won’t, comprised of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, have released a video for “Ya Ya Ya”, the first single from their upcoming second album, Revolutionaries.

The band’s first album, 2012’s stellar Skeptic Goodbye, was a tightly composed odyssey of unhinged folk songs and love ballads, like the deranged “Three Car Garage” and the immortal “Who Knew.” The first taste from Revolutionaries, “Ya Ya Ya,” combines elements of both, a sensitive stomper with an outrageously catchy yodeling hook. Continue reading →


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Nothing, Denison Witmer and The Roots

Space-rocking Philly shoegazers Nothing stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently.  Recorded in front of a live audience and several glowing candles, the resulting four tracks will have an effect on you similar to that of a planetarium; the songs are dreamy, hypnotic and transcendental.  The Bands in the Backyard crew were also on site and captured an atmospheric video of “The Rites of Love and Death”; watch the video below and head over here to download the full session.  Check out Nothing’s upcoming tour dates on their Bandcamp.

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My Morning Download: “Television” by You Won’t (playing Johnny Brenda’s Friday, November 30th)

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You Won’t are the Cambridge, Massachusetts duo of singer/guitarist Josh Arnoudse and drummer Raky Sastri. Making music together for the last couple of years, You Won’t describe themselves as playing “strummy melodic eclectic lyrical folky rock n roll,” which pretty much sums up what they do. They have a penchant for some seriously melodic hooks and they have a commanding sense of dynamics. The songs on their debut album, Skeptic Goodbye – on Old Flame Records – often recall those first few Police albums for their sharpness and their to-the-point quirkiness. At the same time they’re capable of delivering gems like “Television,” (download it below) that would sound perfect at an indie rock hootenanny. You Won’t play at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 30th with Lucius and Pearl and the Beard. Go here for tickets for the show.