Get acquainted with the atmospheric indie anthems of Lester

Lester | photo by Georgia Smith | courtesy of the artist

The forces that would produce the Philly indie quartet Lester were set in motion about two years ago when drummer Tim McMonigle invited high school classmate Juli McCue to photograph a performance by his current band, the Chelsea Kills. When McCue and Chelsea Kills bassist Alex Ruane met guitarist Hannah Kolitz at a Creep records show shortly thereafter, the trio joked about having a jam session together. The rest, as they say, is history. With McMonigle on drums, Lester made their live debut in July 2017 and released their debut EP swamp almost exactly a year later. Continue reading →


Listen to a heavier side of mewithoutYou on new track “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”

mewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

One can never quite pin down mewithoutYou. In their nearly two-decade career the esoteric Philly rock band have covered ground from freak-folk to garage rock. Their most consistent feature is the enigmatic spiritual lyrics of vocalist Aaron Weiss. Based on the title of their new track, “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”, listeners can rest assured that quality has not been lost. Musically, however, the song is something of a shift. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Holly Golighty and the Brokeoffs will play PhilaMOCA next month

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Georgia roots players Holly Golighty and the Brokeoffs are bringing their unique take on Americana to PhilaMOCA on September 11. The duo will be promoting their May release, Clipetty Clop, their first in three years. They’ll be accompanied by Philly’s I Think Like Midnight, a quartet of local indie alums and “lovers of the lost art of instrumental rock.” Tickets are on sale now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Watch a new video from UK rockers Delta Sleep, catch them at Johnny Brenda’s

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Described by singer/guitarist Devin Yülceil as “Narnia meets Radiohead’s ‘Daydreaming’ video by Paul Thomas Anderson”, the new video for UK math rockers Delta Sleep‘s song “Sans Soleil” is a surreal narrative that pairs fittingly with the emotional peaks of the song. You can check it out below. Delta Sleep’s new LP is out today via Big Scary Monsters and they’ll be playing Johnny Brenda’s on 8/30; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Listen to Gene Wildest’s genre bending stoner opus Spectral Terrestrial

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It’s not easy to write an introduction for Gene Wildest. The Philadelphia rockers can channel the whole of guitar-rock history in the span of a song, mixing genres as freely as spices. On their new LP, Spectral Terrestrial, GW draw from doom metal, space rock, shoegaze, math rock, and more to sustain an absorbing spaced-out atmosphere. Continue reading →


Listen to “cradle,” the new track from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker

Adrianne Lenker
Adrianne Lenker | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Adrianne Lenker, the vocalist and songwriter for indie trio Big Thief, has announced a new solo album, abyskiss and released the first single, “cradle.”

Capturing Lenker’s rich songwriting in a haunting and intimate folk arrangement, “cradle” is a chilling track that recalls the minimalist dirges of Sun Kil Moon. Talking of the album’s creation, Leneker says she “felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way.” The album, then, is her “document” of the songs she’s written for herself while touring and recording with Big Thief over the last few years. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Sun Ra Arkestra to play Johnny Brenda’s on Halloween

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Sun Ra Arkestra, the eclectic and virtuosic ensemble of the late jazz legend Sun Ra are bringing their cosmic talents back to Johnny Brenda’s for a two-hour Halloween show. The Arkestra performs the visionary, multi-stylistic compositions of Sun Ra under the guidance of longtime alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen. This will be the Arkestra’s third Halloween appearance at Johnny Brenda’s and a rare opportunity to experience one of the truly singular legacies in the music world. Continue reading →


Listen to Qthree channel the dark side of old school on his new EP Pitch Black


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Philadelphia producer and rapper Qthree a.k.a Eardum released a new EP, Pitch Black, on his Baked Recordings label. Featuring a stew of moody self-produced beats that recall the murky productions of Wu Tang and early Three 6 Mafia, the album is unrelenting in its dark atmosphere. Continue reading →