Last month, experimental pop Philly trio Lizdelise released their third album, Holy Matrimony, and this past Saturday they celebrated the new record (as well as the end of a two-week tour) with a packed homecoming show at Underground Arts for the second House Key Showcase.
The band’s set was a mix of pop hooks and fierce playing from guitarist and singer Elizabeth De Lise (that’s Lizard King to you), drummer Taylor Cullen, and bassist / keyboardist Mark Watter. Not to mention effusively thankful and contagiously happy banter from De Lise.
In addition to their set, indiepop outfit Strawberry Runners debuted their new Philly lineup with a beautiful set of moving, dynamic, and so so very catchy songs. In addition to band merch, leader Emi Night sold some of her hand-applicated sweater designs in the lobby, along with vendors that included Mamamoon Vintage, visual artist Caitlin Peck, and Build a Bridge, the trauma recovery nonprofit that De Lise works with.
Opening the show was a trippy and fun set from sampler-driven solo artist Snake Boy Gang, the project of Madeline Rafter. (Their 2018 release Spit was recorded with Watter, and Rafter pulled double-duty by also playing drums in Strawberry Runners).
The House Key Showcase was curated by The Key in collaboration with Philly promoters House Cat Presents, and will return for another installment this May. Look for a lineup announcement on that show very soon. Check out photos from Saturday’s show below.
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