Air is Human | Photo via band’s facebook page
Experimental Philly duo Air is Human will take up residency at Ortlieb’s this month and, as music to our ears, the shows will all be free. Every Wednesday night, Air is Human will have a hand-picked opener and jam out for our listening pleasure.
The composed-yet-dissociative two piece – made up of Jeff Lucci (guitar, bass, Rhodes, synth) and Josh Aptner (drums, vibraphone, percussion) – stylistically stretches somewhere between jam band, hard rock and psychedelic, without being reduced to one particular form (“Euclid’s Daydream” off of The Infinity Limit is a perfect example of the whole). Known for ripping it live, Air is Human manage to stray from the wispy free-form of a jam session while also refusing to compromise their music with sampling and electronically backing tracks. To be honest, it’s remarkable there’s only two of them.
The opener’s for the first two weeks have already been announced, with Doylestown’s Heat Thunder opening on 3/5 and Left of Logic taking stage 3/12. The final two shows are under wraps but promise to be worth the wait. Stay tuned for that announcement closer to the date. Get updates on the free shows here and stream “Euclid’s Daydream” below.
Auctioneer | photo by John Vettese
Motley art rock crew Auctioneer - the brain child of Philly’s Craig Hendrix – has a new track available for free via Bandcamp titled “Hard to Believe it,” and it showcases a different side to the Philly multi-instrumentalist.
The band is known for its eclectic range of genres, recalling Talking Heads with more of a brass influence, but this track ventures into pop. The deep sincerity of Hendrix’s vocals remains, but the melody has a feels not unlike a Kings of Leon track, a simple structure that remains ever-engaging. Lyrically Auctioneer is always pretty profound, and “Hard to Believe it” flows and reconciles within the mind without trying too hard.
Hendrix’s collaborators on this recording are Todd Erk on bass (Hoots & Hellmouth), the illustrious Jesse Moore on piano and organ and Tommy Bendel on percussion. You can steam and download the track below for free. Catch Auctioneer with Fenster and Hello Shark this Wednesday, March 5 at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets for the show here.
Yo La Tengo | Photo by John Vettese
Renowned local arts organization FringeArts just announced an exciting addition to its Spring calendar: the “live-documentary” The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, which will be performed at its Waterfront stage, with narration from Oscar-nominated director Sam Green and a score performed by indie rock legends Yo La Tengo.
The film follows the career of the 20th century designer and architect (and inventor of the geodisic dome) from whom the title borrows its name, and uses his story to explore issues of sustainability and conservation. Fuller himself lived in Philadelphia from 1972 until his death in 1983.
Diverting from the more traditional approach to documentary, director Sam Green will narrate each “screening” of R. Buckminster in person while cuing images and video from a laptop, with ever-eclectic indie rock royalty Yo La Tengo providing a live score to the proceedings (watch a 15-second clip of a 2013 performance here).
FringeArts will host two showings on Friday, April 4 at 7 and 9 p.m.; tickets for the general public go on sale March 1, more information can be found here. Watch the video for Yo La Tengo’s “I’ll be Around” off of the 2013 album Fade below.
Matt Pond | photo via artist facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/mattpondpa
It’s hard to believe that an entire decade has gone by since indie alt/rock outfit and formerly-based-in-Philadelphian Matt Pond PA released the beloved LP Emblems; but alas, time flies.
In celebration of this occasion, Matt Pond will reattach the “PA” to his name and play Underground Arts Friday, May 2, joined by act The Lighthouse and the Whaler for the 10 year anniversary. Matt Pond has an armory of albums under his belt, but the acoustically driven, stripped down Emblems manages to strike a sentimental chord that has long withstood the test of time. With ten years of history attached to the record and a whole lot of talent, the show should be one for the books.
Released in 2004, Paste Magazine succinctly called Emblems, “a lush, haunting collection of superbly crafted chamber pop.” His folksie and mopey songs always seemed to touch the right late night chords, both emotionally and musically and to many fans, Emblems is his best work.
Tickets for the Underground Arts show go on sale this Friday, February 21st at Noon. You can purchase tickets here. Listen to the track “New Hampshire” from Emblems below. And in case you missed it, download Matt’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Green Is The Colour” that he recorded with Andrew Kenny and Chris Hansen.
Les Professionnels | Photo via Shadowscene | http://shadowscene.com
Intergalactic Philly DJ collective Les Professionnels has released a free Valentine’s Day download for their remix of Kenna’s “Love is Still Alive” via SoundCloud.
Although Les Prof’s sound can travel within an array of genres, from more bass-infused beats to unearthly cosmic noise, the remix to “Love is Still Alive” lands somewhere in the darkwave-meets-dance/pop realm, and Les Prof’s beats have one goal in mind: to get you up so you get down.
Need more? You can hear Les Prof in action when they DJ on Saturday March 8th at The Trestle Inn. Stream Kenna’s “Love is Still Alive (Les Prof Mix)” and grab a free download below.
Mo Lowda | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/MoLowda
Signed to Temple University’s Bell Tower Music, Bucks County bred alt-rock outfit Mo Lowda and the Humble is no stranger to the Philly scene. They’ve played Underground Arts, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and were a featured performer on SoFAR Philly. But the band’s upcoming gig – opening for The Unlikely Candidates at The TLA next Thursday – has to be one of the biggest the band has seen yet. But for a trio with their talent, it’s no surprise.
Mo Lowda has largely been compared to Kings of Leon, due to the deep, raw yet heartfelt singing of Jordan Caiola. His voice is eerily reminiscent of Leon’s Caleb Followill. But these guys reach far beyond any one genre or sound. Known for their energetic live acts, Mo Lowda’s style can switch from alt-rock to jazz funk, head banging one minute and digging into an all-out DMB groove fest the next. The latter thanks in large part to bassist Nate Matulist’s funk-filled bass playing. Combine that with Caiola’s high powered guitar riffs and Shane Woods’ energetic-drumming on drums and you’ve got quite the explosive experience.
The band is still young, having released their first full length Curse the Weather last September via Bell Tower, so this opening gig at the TLA should be great exposure. Plus, they’ve promised new tunes at the performance. Find tickets and more information on the show here. Listen to the track “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Curse the Weather below.
Moon Bounce | Photo via artist’s facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/moonbouncephilly
Beat virtuoso and Philly native Moon Bounce has released a cosmic track dubbed “Shake” from his much anticipated EP Dress Rehearsal (due out 2/25 on Grind Select).
Moon Bounce (aka Corey Regensburg) draws comparisons to the likes of James Blake and Nicholas Jaar, but he’s much more than that. While “Shake” follows the Blake-Jaar mantra of distorted, looped vocals in every pitch and range, his beats delve deeper, with erratic yet steady percussion and warped electronic inclinations that completely fill the space of the track. Bringing to mind Shlohmo, whom Regensburg has shared the stage with, the track is fast and funky and a great teaser for the EP. What makes Moon Bounce so different from other artists? Well, for starters, his beats are completely cultivated on his own. No sampling necessary.
Prevalent on Dress Rehearsal is Moonbounce’s R&B influence, a signature part of his sound that contributes to his unique productions. The slowed down, laid back percussion on “Ouroboros” is a perfect example of this smooth-as-hell, neck-nodding style that’s so addictive. The EP drops February 25, and it is certainly one to keep on the radar. Listen to the track “Shake” below.