Restorations recently announced their next local headlining show, an intimate set filled with “a ton of new songs” at south Philly’s Boot & Saddle. The post rock band has had a productive year with the release of LP 2, and a plethora of live shows including a performance at Audiotree and their trek down to Gainesville’s Fest. With more new material apparently on the way, it is safe to say Restorations will continue to make a mark on Philadelphia’s punk and post rock scenes for the foreseeable future. Before their February headlining show you can catch them opening for The Early November at Union Transfer (12/21) or for The Bouncing Souls at Asbury Park (12/29). Their set at Boot & Saddle will be supported by local punk band The Holy Mess and Dogs on Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). It’s $12, and you can get your tickets here.
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Placeholder recently released a new song called “I Feel” via PropertyofZack. Taken from their forthcoming split with New York punks Such Gold, Placeholder highlights their own punk colors on this track. It has a nice groove and an awesome flow laid underneath the gritty vocals. Lyrics like “I don’t feel alright right now / but I’ll feel okay some day” are delivered with an angst and frustration that you can hear in the core of Brandon Gepfer’s voice. The guitar riffs are fresh and driving, adding a unique component to the mix of swift bass and drums. Placeholder continues to release well written and original grunge/punk/emo tracks that draw influence from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Nirvana, making them frontrunners of the Philly punk scene.
Listen to “I Feel” on PropertyofZack or Soundcloud. Preorder the Wax Packs split here, and learn more about Wax Packs here. Also, watch the music video for “Above” below. Placeholder plays Philadelphia on December 12th, find information here.
New York based chillwave artist Com Truise recently announced the release of Wave I EP, due out February 18th. Listen to the first single “Declination” below. Mixing retro and futuristic sounds, Com Truise creates music that is straight up funky. His tunes stand out among dubstep or trance as more thoughtful and laid-back; the perfect vibe for chill mood-setting, yet creative in a genre that desperately needs it. Be sure to check out his live performance at Boot & Saddle on March 13th. Pre order the forthcoming EP here, and get tickets to the show at Boot & Saddle here.
San Jose born synth pop / art rock group Xiu Xiu (pronounced “shoe shoe”) recently announced a North American tour to begin this February, bringing them to Boot & Saddle on March 15th. With nine album releases under his belt in the last decade, frontman and songwriter Jamie Stewart continues to be the source of noisy and experimental pop rock. With the latest release of Nina, an album composed entirely of odd takes on Nina Simone covers, Xiu Xiu takes a softer approach while incorporating the jazz style. Their next album of original and rumored heavier material, Angel Guts: Red Classroom is due out February 4th via Polyvinyl Records. Listen to Xiu Xiu’s even darker side in first single from the forthcoming album, “Stupid in the Dark,” below.
DRGN King‘s “Holy Ghost,” a track featured on their full length album Paragraph Nights, was recently remixed by Alex Kimble, a rapper and producer from Oxford, Mississippi. The electronic remix bumps like a pop rager while still maintaining the chill vibe and catchy melodic hooks, making it as intoxicating as the original. A good vibe to zone out to, the Alex Kimble remix offers a unique take on a Philadelphia psychedelic / indie band. However, the original version’s chorus still comes out on top in terms of grandioseness. Listen to both versions of “Holy Ghost” below. Also, be sure to check out DRGN King on December 12th at PhilaMOCA with The Districts and Triathalon. You can pick up the full length album Paragraph Nights here.
Run For Cover Records recently announced the signing of Scranton locals, Petal. Founded by Kiley Lotz in 2012, the band has a rotating lineup that consists of members from Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, and Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. Scout is the debut five song EP from Petal, consisting of songs that fall in right in place with the Scranton scene and the band’s new label. Featuring Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, the EP is somewhat laid back with an undertone of anger and frustration. This is a punk-influenced indie rock band that is worth keeping an eye on. Stream Scout below. Petal performs at The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw sold out holiday show this December 21st in Scranton, PA.
Hip hop supergroup Red Martina, featuring Noesis, Hayley Cass, Stoupe, and Ish Quintero, just released a music video for the slammer “Outside”. The project’s recent release Intransit is full of creative musicianship matched by talented rapping and singing. ”Outside” is composed of fresh beats, a swinging bass line, quick deliveries, and a belting hook, making for an invigorating and well-produced song. Rapper Noesis tells us “I still believe emcees should rep in the flesh,” and Cass begs us to “meet me outside,” presumably for a clash of the minds. Watch the music video below. Check out their debut album Intransit on Bandcamp or BadTape Music.