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Listen to Nothing cover Grouper’s “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” from new outtakes compilation

Nothing | photo by Nick Sayers | courtesy of the artist

Longtime listeners of Philly’s Nothing will know that, noisy as this four-piece can be, frontman Domenic Palermo has a serious soft spot for spectral ambient music. So it should surprise no one that, in the process of recording last year’s excellent Dance on the Blacktop, they laid down a smoky, swirling cover of “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” by millennial ambient luminary Grouper — aka Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris — from their 2008 album Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill.   Continue reading →

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Nothing pilots a retro van across the galaxy in the “You Wind Me Up” video

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Nothing | photo by Ryan Lowry | courtesy of the artist

Nothing‘s latest music video veers away from the dark, nightmarish streak that we’ve seen before, instead giving us a glimpse at the band’s softer, more whimsical side. “You Wind Me Up” is a lush and dreamlike track off the Philly shoegazers’ new album Dance On The Blacktop, and the video matches that vibe with its outer space setting; a retro Dodge van with Pennsylvania plates serves as an unlikely spaceship, floating through the stars as Earth grows smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. Continue reading →

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Watch Nothing’s surreal nightmare in “I Hate the Flowers”

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Nothing | photo by Ryan Lowry | courtesy of the artist

Nothing is fueled by nightmares. Their latest effort, “I Hate Flowers,” directed by Matt Newman, is another entry in the series of visually captivating music videos for Dance On The Blacktop. The video follows an agoraphobic man leaving his NYC apartment, thrashing as he’s dragged by some invisible entity in a sort of Fight Club scene. Flickering collages flash between clips of the man shearing his head and lathering his face in gold paint. In this surreal, apocalyptic world, the narrative becomes frayed and disconnected, reflecting the paranoid thoughts and disintegration of the character’s mind. Continue reading →

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Nothing announces new album with a surreal, apocalyptic video for the new “Zero Day”

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Nothing | photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Philly shoegazers Nothing have announced a new album, Dance on the Blacktop to be released August 24th on Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2016’s Tired of Tomorrow, Dance on the Blacktop sees the band collaborating with noted producer John Agnello (Hop Along, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to craft “a brave walk into the absurdity.”

Along with the album announcement, Nothing released a video for lead single “Zero Day.” Surreal and apocalyptic, the video is a fitting counterpoint to the metallic funeral march of the music. Watch the video for “Zero Day” below, and check below for the track list and tour dates. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →

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Nothing share unreleased “Spell” track for Our First 100 Days benefit comp

On day #56 of the current presidential term, Philly shoegaze punk outfit Nothing added their previously-unreleased song “Spell” to the Our First 100 Days comp. The digital benefit collection is a joint effort from Secretly Group, 30 Songs for 30 Days, and Revolutions Per Minute working to minimize the negative effects the new administration will have on some crucial organizations.

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30 Songs, 30 Days and Secretly Group announce Our First 100 Days, featuring Strand of Oaks, Nothing, and more…

Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

In the days leading up to the election, a project called 30 Days, 30 Songs brought together protest songs from high-profile acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Jim James, and Franz Ferdinand. There was so much artist support that the number quickly ballooned to 50 songs, and now, with the help of the Secretly Group, they’re doubling even that. Continue reading →