Summer is officially here and we’re welcoming the warm weather with 5 awesome concerts throughout the month of June. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect from each of these bands (and yes, some hail from Philly!)
Streets of Laredo @ Boot & Saddle, 6/4
At first listen, you may not be aware that New Zealand via Brooklyn five-piece Streets of Laredo are newbies to playing music. They come across so experienced and polished! Their 70′s inspired sound is indie, folk, and country pleasantly blended into catchy tunes that will be hard to get out of your head. Last year released two five-track EPs; Streets of Laredo Vol I and Streets of Laredo Vol II, and they have a handful of demo collections in their back catalog. Check out a video for “I’m Living” from Vol II, and get tickets and info on the show here.
Kins w/ Ryley Walker @ Boot & Saddle, 6/16
Australian quartet Kins have a unique vibe. If we had to place them somewhere, they would fall into an alt-electronic category but they maintain a cohesiveness of indie bands like Real Estate or Grizzly Bear. They like to say they “specialize in the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” After playing this year’s Bonnaroo, they will stop by Philly to give us a taste of their self-titled album, Kins. Tickets and info can be found here. Listen to “Mockasins” below, and check out their World Cafe Session recorded live at SXSW.
Young & Sick @ Johnny Brenda’s, 6/18
Young & Sick is the creation of Dutch artist Nick Van Hofwegen. He’s responsible for designing album covers for Maroon 5, Robin Thicke and Foster The People. Young & Sick brings a combination of smooth R&B vocals atop synthy electronic beats. They are apart of an emerging type of R&B (How To Dress Well, Twin Shadow, James Blake) who continually keep popping up on SoundCloud and various music blogs. Young & Sick will both make you want to dance and stop to appreciate the music at the same time. Tickets and info can be found here
Vacationer w/ Joywave @ Johnny Brenda’s, 6/25
Representing Philly, Nu-Hula band Vacationer are gaining more and more attention in the music world. They recently released a single called “The Wild Life” from their sophomore effort, Relief, that will be out June 24. Vacationer’s music is full of upbeat rhythms spearheaded by lively drum patterns that will make you feel like you are in a tropical oasis. Overall, the band exudes a fun energy and you will want to experience them in an intimate environment like Johnny’s Brenda’s. Tickets and info can be found here.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah w/ Stagnant Pools @ Johnny Brenda’s, 6/27
Indie rock vets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return to their hometown to premiere tracks from their forthcoming album Only Run. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have been a staple in the indie world for years, gaining rave reviews from admirable online publications such as Pitchfork. Don’t miss them along with rockers Stagnant Pools at the end of the month. Tickets and info can be found here.Bonnaroo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kins, Streets of Laredo, Vacationer, Young & Sick