This fall, Philly band Nothing releases its latest EP, Downward Years to Come, on Baltimore label A389 Records. Preorders begin on Halloween (creepy) and the record will be available everywhere on Black Friday. We heard the title track to the EP back in May, and today we’ve got an exclusive premier of a second song called “If Only” – listen to it in the Soundcloud player below. Next week the band is recording a Key Studio Session that we’ll release on Halloween; Bands In the Backyard will be here to film it, there will be a live studio audience, and if you want, you can be a part of it. Just shoot us an email by Tuesday, October 23; space is limited to the first 20 responses. The session takes place on Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m., at WXPN Studios, 3025 Walnut Street in Philly.
The good folks over at Team Coco have premiered guitar virtuoso Kaki King’s latest video for her song “Cargo Cult.” The track is off of her latest record Glow, released on October 9th via Velour Recordings. King, who played our XPoNential Music Festival in July, will return to Philadelphia on November 14th for a show at World Cafe Live. Tickets are $18; more information can be found here. Below, watch the new video for “Cargo Cult” and check out the archive of Kaki King’s XPo Fest performance here.
Part of the Philadelphia delegation heading up to New York City this week for the CMJ Music Marathon, local rock band Thee Idea Men will be playing the TurnStyle showcase at Ella’s Lounge tomorrow night. Following CMJ, Thee Idea Men return to Philadelphia for a show with Lucy Stone at Gunner’s Run; the hometown show is free, and more information can be found here. Thee Idea Men recently recorded a video with Bands In the Backyard for their song “She’s Got the Walk,” which you can watch below.
As seasons change so does the soundtrack, and Auctioneer’s low-lit guitar riffs, cavernous vocals and daze-dream drums are a blistering replacement for the surf rock sounds of summer. Today we’re in the studio with frontman Craig Hendrix (who has played with Aderbat, Mammals of Paradise, Birdie Busch, John Francis and more), and we’re talking about the birth of his four-piece art-rock outfit, its October Shaking Through episode and the sophomore album we’ll be wrapping our mittens around come winter.
The Key: First, can you give me some background on Auctioneer?
Craig Hendrix: Auctioneer started performing a little over a year ago, but I’ve been playing with Todd Erk [bass] since high school. Our high school band was called Tub, it was a pretty bad jam band. Todd Schied [drums] and I played in Aderbat together, which turned into Mammal of Paradise. I think it’s mostly because of Doylestown that we all knew each other and saw each other play. Jesse Moore [keys/ vocals] I met in 2008. He used to work at Rocket Cat Cafe and one day he was playing some music from his high school band and I heard his voice, it was amazing.
TK: What made you decide to move to Philly from Doylestown?
CH: I went to school in Boston and I lived in New York for a while. I moved back to Doylestown kind of waiting for a place like this where I could have a studio in my house and be able to play music where I lived and also to be more involved in a music scene and an arts culture. Doylestown is great but it’s limited.
TK: What was your first thought when you were approached to do this month’s Shaking Through episode?
CH: I was pumped because Miner Street is an amazing studio and we had carte blanche pretty much for this tune. The song (called “Future Faces”) is a larger scale piece, kind of like a production number, so I was excited that we had the facility to do it. Continue reading
The one-woman experimental pop outfit U.S. Girls is releasing its fourth record, Gem, next Tuesday, October 23 via UK label FatCat Records. Today we get a taste of the music with a music video for its single “North on 45″. The nervy clip was filmed and directed by Meghan Remy – the woman behind the band – and evokes bits of Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and the “Karma Police” video as it follows a character backwards and forwards along a dirt road at night, with car headlights providing the only illumination. Check it out below, and preorder Gem from the label here.
British singer-songwriter Matthew Hegarty began recording and performing as Matthew and the Atlas in 2010 with a full five-piece band, releasing a couple of EPs and touring the U.K. and the U.S. with Mumford & Sons before scaling back to an intimate one-man show late last year. Currently on tour with John Fullbright, Matthew and the Atlas will be stopping by Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville on Sunday, October 21st. For tickets and more information, click here. Download three tracks in exchange for your email address here, and watch the animated video for “Within the Rose” below.