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Modern Baseball

Weekend Warrior, April 11-13

Tonight might be the biggest show in Modern Baseball’s short and exciting existence.  The band, which began as collaboration between insert names two young songwriters, has flourished, in just a couple years becoming one of the most talked about bands around.  The quartet recently released their second album You’re Gunna Miss It All, on Run For Cover Records.  The album firmly places itself in the present with references to Instagram and Iphones, but feels timeless in the way it captures the wandering, borderless years of twenty-somethings. The sound can be placed somewhere between the quirk-rock of They Might Be Giants, and the earnest folk-punk of The Front Bottoms, but the inability to firmly position them in a genre is a large part of their appeal. Their run of success landed them on a tour with The Wonder Years, who are rolling into a SOLD OUT Electric Factory.  They probably could have sold out two nights, so this place is sure to be packed to the brim. 

Check out what else is going on this weekend...
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bang, Serpent Throne, The Company Corvette,  SAT Bird Watcher, Vita and The Woolf
The Boot & Saddle(1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Work Drugs, Teen Men SAT Into It. Over It. (Acoustic)
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Address, Podacter SAT Flightschool, The Yuzh; Space Drugs, Baker Man, Alarms & Controls SUN Roof Doctor, Outer Spaces, Olive Drab, Candice Martello
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Levee Drivers
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FR John Francis
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Future Rock, The Beating, The Manhattan Project SAT 8Static 3F
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Bardo Pond
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Tin Horses, Strawman, BE. Godfrey & Co SAT The Shackeltons, Hot Jam Factory, A Deer A Horse SUN Philly Cannons
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Andrew Winter & The Reckless Dodgers, Big Stall, Pulling Punches SAT Barbaric, Wise Guys, Bunny, Savage Doom Whore, Spinechain, Come And Get It
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Jen Hess & Hotch, Roi & The Secret Police SAT Dave Steel Blues Band SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Local Smokes, Andrew Jude, Matt Gauss, Too Hot for Sleeves SAT Somewhere South, The Funky T, Chronic Wolf
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) SAT Johnny Showcase And The Mystic Ticket, Martha Graham Cracker

Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Ambulars, Jason Anderson, Thin Lips

The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Albis, The Fantastic Imagination, Overly Polite Tornadoes, Trifels, Tender Vision

Free Download: Daytrotter Session - Modern Baseball

Daytrotter recently posted their session with Modern Baseball. You can download the session which includes “Tears Over Beers”, “Broken Cash Machine”, “Your Graduation”, and “Charlie Black” for free (w/Membership) HERE (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney) 


New Music Video: "Your Graduation" - Modern Baseball

Here's a great new music video from buzzing Philly emo quartet Modern Baseball for their rocker "Your Graduation," off the band's latest LP You're Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover). It premiered early today via Noisey, and was directed by Kyle Thrash. Modern Baseball is kicking off a massive tour with local pop-punk stalwarts The Wonder Years tonight in Clifton Park, NY, and the tour will be stopping in town for a sold-out show on Saturday, April 12 at the E Factory.


Album Review: You’re Gonna Miss It All - Modern Baseball

After releasing the sleeper hit, Sports, in 2012 via Lame-O Records, which eventually received the re-issue treatment from Run For Cover Records, Modern Baseball are already back with a new full-length album entitled You’re Gonna Miss It All. Like its predecessor, the record possesses the emo trait of personal, confessional lyrics but with a more self-deprecating humor that provides the LPs with their unique charm, while musically, the band demonstrates a wider range of songwriting capabilities beyond what you’d typically find in the genre, which is what could grab the attention of new and many more fans from outside the group’s close-knit DIY circle.
With the opening strums of “Fine, Great,” you get a sense of how the origin of the song and probably many others in the band’s catalogue began to find its identity - on an acoustic guitar. However, once the rest of the group comes in, you can really hear the polished leap forward in production from Sports, which may make obvious sense to some when you learn that the record was mastered by Will Yip (Title Fight, Man Overboard, etc.) and mixed by Jon Low (Restorations, Sharon Van Etten, etc.). The first half of the album certainly has its moments fueled by the group’s impressive sense of wordplay, but it’s the second half of the LP that demonstrates the signs of Modern Baseball’s possibility to reach a broader audience. “Charlie Black” is a power-pop anthem that could accidentally find its way on to modern rock mainstream radio stations (if the band decides to make a radio edit version), but the song’s transition from its ending static noise to one of the more lovelier moments on the album, “Timmy Bowers,” with its laidback guitar picking that accompanies the honest lament of “wait a minute because I’ve been living more like a piece of shit without you…”
Modern Baseball’s ability to capture the feelings of heartbreak in a poetic yet real world vernacular is what I think is the band’s strongest songwriting attribute, well, that and their earworm hooks, which will eventually snag them a larger fan base ready to immerse itself in the group’s music and sing-along to every word - a connection that most artists wish they could make with their audiences. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself doing the same. - H.M. Kauffman


New Modern Baseball LP Available for Streaming

Quirky, emo foursome Modern Baseball just premiered their new LP You're Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover), which officially comes out February 11, via Pitchfork Advance. We were checking out our advance copy last week. We really enjoyed their first full-length album Sports, and there is definitely a noticeable progression forward with their forthcoming record. The band is getting ready to go on a massive North American tour in March and April with pop-punk heavyweights The Wonder Years that will be making a stop on Saturday, April 12 at the E Factory.


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