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Free Cake For Every Creature play beautiful farewell show with Amy O and Remember Sports

Free Cake for Every Creature | photo by Benjamin Lovell | courtesy of the artist

In March, Free Cake For Every Creature announced they would disband after two final shows in May, at Trans-Pecos in Queens on the 30th and at Everybody Hits in Philadelphia on the 31st. Singer-songwriter Katie Bennett began the project independently while she was a college student and released her first tape in 2013. Since then, Bennett and several bandmates have recorded six more full-length releases as Free Cake For Every Creature, all of them intimate and captivating. They have been based in Philadelphia for the last four years.

After releasing The Bluest Star in 2018, Free Cake toured internationally for the first time ever in 2019. When this tour concluded a few months ago, Bennett announced online, “my pride in ‘The Bluest Star’ & our recent European tour have beyond exceeded any hope or expectations I had for the band & it just feels right to end now, on a high note. […] I’m eager to move on to other projects, but playing with free cake was the best way I could have spent half my 20’s. I’ve learned so much about how I want to be as an artist and person, gotten to see a lot of our country and the world, and found my community among the smartest and weirdest creatures in the universe.” Bennett and the band bid farewell in a beautiful show last Friday night, with help from Amy O and Remember Sports.

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Remember Sports goes to the museum in “The 1 Bad Man” video

Remember Sports | photo by Carly Hoskins | courtesy of the artist

Remember Sports‘ first release under their new name, this year’s Slow Buzz, gave the band a chance to redefine themselves. Now that the band (previously known as just “Sports”) has spent several months touring the new record and getting accustomed to their new identity, they’re back with a brand new video for Slow Buzz track “The 1 Bad Man.” Continue reading →

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Listen to the slow burn of Remember Sports’ Slow Buzz single, “Pull Through”

Remember Sports | photo by Carly Hoskins | via facebook.com/remembersportsband

Philly-via-Ohio band Remember Sports (fka. SPORTS) recently released the second single off their upcoming album, Slow Buzz, out May 18 on Father/Daughter Records. While lead single “Up From Below” is an anthemic punky track, “Pull Through” is more of a slowly-developing tune, exploding at the final turn of the track. The thumping bass line and quick hi-hats guide the listener along up until the final burst, where a fuzzed out guitar takes over, aiding lead singer Carmen Perry’s vocals. Continue reading →

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Remember Sports transforms personal loss in their new single “Up From Below”

Remember Sports | photo by Carly Hoskins | via facebook.com/remembersportsband

Local indie rockers Remember Sports just announced their new album Slow Buzz, dropping May 18th on Father/Daughter Records. The four-piece formed back in Ohio in 2012, where they just called went by Sports and only saw themselves as a college band with “a meaningless, haphazardly chosen name” and “no expectations of continuing to make music together after graduation.” Their 2015 album All of Something was basically a farewell to that life; now, they’re in Philadelphia and thriving. Continue reading →

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Remember Sports as they vanquish confusion from their so-simple-its-confusing-as-heck name

Remember Sports | photo via twitter.com/remembersportsb

Attention all Sports fans: ehr no — I mean, not like the “football” kind of sports. No, not basketball either, or any other form of recreational sporting team activity. Sports, like the band. But not that band, the other one. You know, the Philly one.

My goodness, who could’ve known how exhausting an uberly simple band name could be. Probably not Sports, the four-piece band of Kenyon College pals. Or maybe they did, and these wholesome punks wanted to be ironic like me with my beloved, context-less COLLEGE tee I found at a thrift store (no, middle-aged frat dad, this is not a nod to John Belushi in Animal House, I’m trying to be ~ironic~ here.)

A google search to find the band’s crunchy tunes or social media sites more often that not quickly free-falls into an enigmatic online quest, where you must pass through a forest of sweat arm bands and athletic watches before dueling a “band of wizards from Oklahoma” — eventually feeling small and confused as you find yourself shouting “no you’re not!” at your inanimate laptop while “You Are the Right One” streams in blissful ignorance at your weird and unexpected journey.

Well, friends, please stop screaming. First, because that song is a jam. Second, because Sports hears your calls for help and is taking action. This valiant move comes in the form of smacking on a permanent qualifier to their name. Without further ado, world, meet the new and improved, Remember Sports. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you caught Angel Olsen‘s mesmerizing set at XPN Fest this summer, or even if you didn’t, chances are you’ll want to snag a last-minute ticket to the singer-songwriter’s headlining show at Union Transfer tonight. Olsen’s playing two nights in Philly, but tomorrow’s show is already sold out. White Magic opens both shows. Olsen’s 2016 release My Woman was voted one of The Key’s top albums last year, and she followed it up this year with Phases, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Watch Angel Olsen’s video for “Special” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Man Man returns to play Philly Music Fest 2019 alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Vacationer, Restorations, Arnetta Johnson and more

clockwise from left: Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | Arnetta Johnson | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Vacationer | photo by Joe Bloss for WXPN | Sun Ra Arkestra | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly avant-garde rockers Man Man have risen from hibernation this year, and will headline the 2019 edition of the Philly Music Fest, just announced today.

The project of songwriter Ryan “Honus Honus” Kattner and drummer Chris “Pow Pow” Powell was a highlight of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival, but has since gone bicostal, with Kattner releasing solo music. Along with some previously-announced west coast tour dates, this gig marks their formal return to action, and their first time playing the city where they got started in four years. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Erykah Badu, Rico Nasty, Restorations, Anthony Green and more

Rico Nasty | via facebook.com/officialriconasty

Can it be? A week with fewer than ten concert options? Are we slowing down as the summer wears on? Nah — it’s just a breather, and you should enjoy it, Philly. Here are eight concerts you can see in the next seven days, beginning Thursday with a queen of neo-soul at the Dell and going though Saturday and an acoustic modern rock bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. Continue reading →