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On Meaning, Field Mouse transcend doom

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

When Trump was elected in November 2016, it forced a lot of us to take stock of our values. The ongoing and constant-impending doom that characterizes this administration is debilitating at times. For Field Mouse, it definitely was for a while. The band went their separate ways and took a break from making music. Eventually though, they were drawn back to it. On their new album, Meaning, the Philly/Brooklyn indie rockers lay out what’s important to them and find meaning in this dark, troubled world.

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Field Mouse imagines the end of the world in “Black Hole, Son”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Before they release their new album Meaning in a few weeks, Field Mouse shared a third single, “Black Hole, Son.” The infectious pop-driven song is deceptively upbeat — it’s all sunshine and shimmery beats until you realize that vocalist/songwriter Rachel Browne is singing about the end of the world. Continue reading →

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Field Mouse find the light at the end of the tunnel with “In Blue”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse recently announced their new album Meaning, which will be released August 16 via Topshelf Records. Following the lead single “Heart of Gold” is the lush and dreamy “In Blue,” which frontwoman Rachel Browne dedicates to her sister. Amid warm synths and shimmering tambourine, Browne delivers hope and optimism, singing “We stay alive, to see the planets realign a second time.” Continue reading →

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Field Mouse announce new album Meaning with “Heart of Gold”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse will return with a new album this summer, their first in three years. The Brooklyn/Philly indie rockers just shared the lead single from the forthcoming Meaning, which’ll be out August 16 via Topshelf Records. The upbeat “Heart of Gold” introduces the album’s theme of finding a way to cope with the feeling of impending disaster. Despite the fear and uncertainty of what the future may bring, “I still got a heart of gold / I still got a heart,” sings vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 18 (featuring Field Mouse, New Sound Brass, Mannequin Pussy, Ron Gallo and more)

Okay, let’s make this quick — we’ve got places to be and 2016’s to kick to the curb. It’s been another four months, another season of recording amazing Philadelphia artists, and our latest set is available for your streaming and downloading pleasure. Amazing indie rock anthems from Field Mouse and Grayling sit alongside hiphop from Voss, NoLa inspired horn action from New Sound Brass, modern rock / pop from Bel Heir, singer songwriting by Curtis Cooper, Rosali and Bethlehem and Sat Patrick. Punk rockingness by Mannequin Pussy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balance and Composure at Union Transfer, Rosali at Hi5 Studios, Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle and more

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Stone at World Cafe Wilmington and Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie

Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Field Mouse

Rachel Browne and her sister Zoë have called Philadelphia home for the past few years, and in a way, their asskicking indie rock crew Field Mouse has come with them.

Rachel founded the group in Brooklyn back in 2010, and three of her musical companions — guitarist Andrew Futral, bassist Saysha Heinzman and drummer Tim McCoy — still live there. It’s a band of two cities, and as Rachel told Bandcamp Daily earlier this year, both of those cities are equally important to her. Brooklyn is where everything started, it’s got deep nostalgic significance, and it’s also where a lot of her oldest friends reside. But Philly’s DIY music community has opened doors for Field Mouse in a way that they hadn’t previously experienced. Continue reading →

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Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle, Erykah Badu at The Tower Theatre, Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We’ve been loving the new Field Mouse LP Episodic since its full stream became available before its official release this Friday. Hearing the bands rockin’ new material makes tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle an absolute must-see of the week. The band has come a long way since its debut and we’re excited to see how that evolution translates on stage. Check out songs off the new album below, and find tickets and more information about the show over on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →