60-Second Critic: Local Support Podcast


Local Support Podcast
citypaper.net/podcast

Podcasts are the new blog, or something like that. Breaking from the trendy pack is the Philadelphia City Paper’s Local Support, featuring only local bands and hosted by Princeton radio personality Jon Solomon. The 80-minute-long, biweekly “episodes” run from piano pop (BC Camplight) and pop-punk (Armalite) to new


Local Support Podcast
citypaper.net/podcast

Podcasts are the new blog, or something like that. Breaking from the trendy pack is the Philadelphia City Paper’s Local Support, featuring only local bands and hosted by Princeton radio personality Jon Solomon. The 80-minute-long, biweekly “episodes” run from piano pop (BC Camplight) and pop-punk (Armalite) to new wave (Hail Social) and folk (The Twin Atlas). Most of the bands, even those familiar from ’XPN, carry on the knotty spirit of indie rock. Translation: Not every song will jump out at newcomers. But it’s impossible to resist Adam Arcuragi’s stunning “1981,” and tracks by Future Tips and the Swimmers round off any experimental edges. Local Support doesn’t avoid all of radio’s pitfalls — the canned opening is shrill and choppy — but it does highlight bands you won’t hear via the mainstream. And with the push of a button, you can skip what you don’t like and find your favorite.