Over the course of two records - 2011's Puros Exitos and 2012's John in Babeland - guitarist, producer, singer and Philadelphia transplant José Díaz turns casual conversations into leftfield anthems that may or may not bear a stylistic debt to "college rock," whatever that was. Neighbors' forthcoming third record, featuring 100% new songs and a 50% new band - drummer Nathan Anderson, bassist Jacob Jaffe (of iji and Younger Shoulder, among others), and guitarist Adriano Santi (of Blooper) - push into noisier, stranger territory, doing away with the established reference points of their past without sacrificing tunes and leading them toward something they can truly call their own.

Philadelphia-based Hurry began less as a band, and more as Matt Scottoline writing songs alone in his bedroom. Joined by a rotating group of friends for performances, early Hurry recordings were written and performed by Scottoline himself. More recently, Scottoline secured Rob and Joe DeCarolis (cousins) to join him on Hurry's debut LP, Everything/Nothing. Inspired by bands like Teenage Fanclub, Guided by Voices, and Yo La Tengo, the songs on Everything/Nothing are instantly familiar and accessible, with power-pop hooks and fuzzed out guitar solos.

Amanda X

Born out of the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where you can't throw a rock without hitting a great band, Amanda X is the three-piece antidote to bumming on grey days and the Sunday night blues. The Philadelphian women—Cat Park on guitar, Tiff Yoon on drums, and Kat Bean on bass—make music to remind you that colorful riffs and lilting oo's are meant to complement post-punk shredding and astute songwriting. Their debut full-length, Amnesia, is sure to rattle you out of your wintertime slumber like a cannonball straight into the pool.
Amanda X self-released their bedroom-cozy EP, Ruin the Moment, in 2012 to great acclaim, taking the sunny-serious vibes with them to venues all over Philadelphia, as well as on a number of tours up and down the East Coast and Canada. Their penchant for playful stage banter, garagey guitar earworms, and dual harmonies that hit just as hard live, made them a perfect opener for the likes of Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Dum Dum Girls, FIDLAR, and more.

After catching wind of their dedicated show schedule and powerful new songs, Philadelphia's own Siltbreeze picked up their first album. The release of the upcoming debut sees the trio taking a new approach in their songwriting—stronger, faster, harder-hitting, but not without the lovely melodies and honey-tinged sing-alongs they've built their sound on. Amanda X's lyrics are about everything from travel to friendships to fear, and they succeed in their revealing, spot-on honesty.

Imagine if Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took a few lessons from The Raincoats, or if the K Records lineup of yesteryear had a little more distortion in their repertoire. Amanda X manages to deliver smarts and sweets in poppy songs so tightly packed that they come with a punch so strong they are really, really hard to forget.



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