Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Deliciously Menacing New Album and a Palisades Show from Edgy Postpunks Eula

Source: New York Music Daily

Eula are one of the most individualistic bands in New York. As noisy as they can be onstage, the noise works because throughout their terse, relatively short postpunk songs, there’s always an underlying tune. Frontwoman/guitarist Alyse Lamb knows all the most menacing places on the fretboard and makes it to all of them on the band’s meticulously arranged new cassette album (which isn’t out yet, hence no streaming link, although a couple of tracks are up at Bandcamp and Soundcloud). Although they’ve been lumped in with the indie crowd, Eula are too edgy, purposeful and often downright Lynchian to ...

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Colleen Green’s video for “TV” features cameos from Slutever and Girlpool

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Colleen Green sure has been busy.  Upon finishing and releasing her album I Want To Grow Up she released a music video for the single “TV” which include cameos from Slutever and Girlpool (who happen to play at Union Transfer on … Continued

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Sufjan Stevens holding ‘Carrie & Lowell’ listening parties (NYC today)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens‘ new album, Carrie & Lowell is out 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty, and the folky lead single “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” has us very excited for it. TODAY (2/28) you’ll have a chance to hear the album in full in NYC at the “Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party” at Other Music from 5-7 PM. Here’s the details:

Other Music is excited to be participating in the Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party for his upcoming album, “Carrie & Lowell.” Fans who pre-order the album from us will have the opportunity ...

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Places to Go in the Snow: Philly Edition

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image by Pedro Varela via Flickr

This winter has brought us some serious snow and cold. It is nothing compared to what came in 2010, but it still took a toll on much of Philadelphia. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be a hermit and stay in while the snow blows all around. There are so many places to go to in Philly and stay out of the blistering cold and snow, and what will be listed is only a few of these many wonderful places. You can choose whether to trek in the snow on foot ...

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Feufollet, Agudos Clef and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

FeufolletWe were introduced to Lafayette, LA band Feufollet earlier this week with a free download of “Know What’s Next” from their upcoming record Two Universes. While XPN’s Zydeco Crossroads spotlights the Creole heritage of the Southwest Louisiana city, Feufollet shows us … Continued

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Good Old War, Young Statues, The Early November to play NJ’s Pinelands Music Festival

Source: The Key (WXPN)

The inaugural Pinelands Music Festival brings a collection of Philly indie rock favorites to Millville in South Jersey on August 15. The event, announced this week, features acoustic pop trio Good Old War – who will be re-joined by founding … Continued

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ELEL Performing at Johnny Brenda’s 3/2

Source: Rock On Philly

ELEL from Nashville is bringing their big sound to Philly at Johnny Brenda’s on Monday, March 2nd. The eight member band will be playing at SXSW this year in Austin and are touring to promote their latest signing with Mom + Pop Music and are set to release their debut album this year. Their debut track “40 Watt” is energetic and sure to bring some spring vibes.

ELEL has an intricate setup including many layers of vocals, horns, drums, guitar, bass, and lots of keys. The band members are from all across the US and their video for ...

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Glocca Morra’s farewell tour ends at First Unitarian Church with Clique, Marge and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorrabandGlocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But … Continued

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Drexel University students rejuvenate classic Philly R&B music

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo via "Uncovering the Philly Groove" event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)  Drexel University is heading an exciting initiative to reinvigorate the famous “Philly Groove Records,” an R&B and soul music collection from the renowned Sigma Sounds and Philly Groove Labels that is filled with many unfinished musical works. Students from … Continued

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Good Cover Version #12: CHVRCHES Does Justin Timberlake

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

This one gets filed under “Covers that are WAY better than the version that made them popular.” My favorite Scottish twee synth trio CHVRCHES recently unleashed a cover of pop puppet turned pop star Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River,” and obviously it’s much better. It actually almost sounds like ...

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2:54 at Johnny Brenda’s This Sunday

Source: Rock On Philly

British sister rockers 2:54 will be entertaining Philly on Sunday at Johnny Brenda’s along with Scottish girl duo Honeyblood. 2:54’s latest release, The Other I, is strong and the contrast between the edgy guitar sounds and beautiful harmonies creates a new sound.

While the video for “Crest” is entirely in black and white, the edgy vibrancy of the music is captured by the heavy guitar and bass. The instrumental techniques are immaculate and articulate. “Blindfold” is more colorful visually and in sound. There’s more movement in the video and it plays off well with the sound.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milton at Bourbon and Branch, Dan Wilson at World Cafe Live, Bondage and Discipline at Boot and Saddle and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Milton | Photo by John VetteseIt’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping … Continued

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Review: Jerusalem Quartet handles Debussy, Bártok, and Mozart with artistry

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

The life of a touring ensemble is one in which most essential decisions are made well in advance. What music is played, and where, at the Jerusalem Quartet’s Thursday concert for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the American Philosophical Society, was determined at least a year ago.

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What’s going Saturday? (Screaming Females, Disappears, Behemoth, Gaslight Anthem, Summer Moon & more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Screaming Females at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Screamin Females
photo: Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Psquared)
Disappears

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Disappears, Suuns, Christines @ Rough Trade
Chicago’s Disappears just released Irreal, the band’s darkest, most paranoid/obtuse record yet. That’s not a bad thing and, mind you, it may sound different when they play it tonight as their songs tend to change after they’ve played them live for a while. Armed with an insanely good rhythm section, they’re ...

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Open Source: John Legend Rejects Calls to Cancel Bahrain Show Over Rights Abuses

Source: New York Times » Music

An American known for his outspoken advocacy of civil rights at home plans to perform in Bahrain next week, despite its brutal crackdown on dissent.

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Chrome Sparks keeps New Years Resolution + plays Webster Hall on 04.03

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Chrome Sparks is the moniker of classical percussionist turned synth-and-sample master Jeremy Malvin. Malvin started his career in Ann Arbor, MI and has since toured extensively, drumming for bands such as Miniature Tigers and playing festivals under Chrome Sparks; he now resides in Brooklyn, where he produces lavish and intricately textured soundscapes. More than being good to dance to, Malvin’s soundscapes encourage synesthesia — the beats and fabrics are so clear and tactile it is difficult not to experience sights or even tastes. Every song is a self-sufficient habitat. In 2014 Chrome Sparks released an EP entitled Goddess, toured North ...

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NYC punks Scrapers (mem of Roger Miret & the Disasters) released an LP, playing Aviv on Sat w/ Couch Slut (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Scrapers

The masked four-piece pictured above is NYC’s Scrapers, who feature former Roger Miret and the Disasters bassist Brian Darwas, plus vocalist Bee Wiseman (aka “Mr. Bee,” head barber at Frank’s Chop Shop), Sol Keller, and Dodi Wiemuth. This past January, they released their new album, Dark Party, which is nine songs of early ’80s-style hardcore. None of them pass the two-minute park, a handful don’t even hit the one-minute mark, and all of them rip. Listen below.

Scrapers play their hometown on Saturday (2/28) at Aviv (496 Morgan) with the great Couch Slut (who ...

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltvYou’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. … Continued

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Watch the winning videos from PhilaMOCA’s first-ever Philly Music Video Showcase

Source: The Key (WXPN)

maxresdefaultThe inaugural Philadelphia Video Music Festival kicked off last night at PhilaMOCA with a massively fun night of local music and filmmaking. Songs spotlighted in the Philly Music Video Showcase came in hip-hop, punk, avant garde or electronic; videos were … Continued

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Motor Sister played Saint Vitus, streaming LP, now labelmates with an ex-Megadeth band; Overkill schedule NYC show

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus – 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister — the new band of Mother Superior’s Jim Wilson, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Scott’s wife and Jim’s past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) — are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it’s now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were ...

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