On the heels of a lively Made In America set Sunday, pop/soul-outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, whose sophomore full-length More Than Just a Dream came out earlier this year, have just announced that they’ll be stopping in Philly this fall alongside indie-pop duo Capital Cities. The co-headlining bill is scheduled for November 1st at the Electric Factory with Beat Club opening. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 7th at noon. More info can be found here and check out the More Than Just a Dream track “Out Of My League”, below.
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Brian Walker, the singer and songwriter behind Philly’s A Day Without Love, is more than just a musician. He’s on a mission, and a quite noble one at that, “to bring communities together, and to help them grow” though music. His ideals are taking shape with The Quarterly Project, a digital charity label that aims to “unify the diversity of the Philadelphia music scene while being able to help the youth of the community.” In other words, like several other Philly music musicians of late, Walker wants to support music education for Philly youth, despite state budget cuts.
Walker rounded up 25 local musicians, among them Toy Soldiers, Amanda X, City Rain, and Former Belle, each of whom contributed a song to a compilation called Summer 13. The heavily collaborative effort was released last Thursday, August 2nd via Bandcamp, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the local nonprofit, Rock to the Future – a North Philly-based organization dedicated to providing free music education for undeserved Philadelphia youth.
When discussing the project Walker says that “It is important that musicians from the Philadelphia community do their best to not only network with each other, but also help their own community to keep the music growing.” The Summer 13 compilation became available to purchase via Bandcamp last week, and at the end of this month, on August 29th, there will be a an all-ages listening party/benefit concert held at PhilaMOCA, the lineup of which includes Philly artists such as City Rain, Minka, Song Dogs, and Josh Miller. Stream The Quarterly’s Summer 13 comp below; for more on music education in Philly, read our article about Rock to the Future here, read about the H.O.M.E. project at Andrew Jackson school here, and find out about a rally for music education at Liberty Lands Park starring The Dead Milkmen here.
Allentown-born, Philly-based sludge-punks Pissed Jeans, along with other Philly acts like Waxahatchee, recently paid a visit to Chicago as part of Pitchfork‘s 2013 music festival. Late last week, Pitchfork.tv released two videos of the band’s set. Watch them play “Romanticize Me” and “Bathroom Laughter”, both off their latest LP, Honeys, below, and be sure to catch the band at the end of the month, when they’ll be playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Wednesday, August 28th. More info on the 21+ show can be found here.
Always eccentric singer/songwriter Mac Demarco rarely disappoints when it comes to live shows. Whether he’s stage-diving to a crowd not quite prepared to catch him, or getting himself into some unwanted hijinx while covering U2′s classic “Beautiful Day”, he’s always up to something. For anyone who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to witness his live shenanigans in person, be sure to catch him next month when he’ll be stopping by for a local show at Milkboy Philly on August 29th, alongside Philly-based opener Ape School. Tickets and info can be found here. And what better way to get psyched for that than by checking out Demarco and co.’s newly released live cassette, featuring tracks from both of his previous LP’s, as well as some unique, to say the least, and always fun, covers (among them “Cocaine”, and a ten-minute medley combining The Police, Metallica, Neil Young and more). The whole thing is available to stream via Ad Hoc. Check it below.
Philly-based rapper Dewey Saunders, otherwise known as Dewey Decibel, plays a free show next week (presented by Heineken’s Green Room) at Silk City. He’ll be sharing the stage with Isis the Saviour, Michael Milehigh, and headliner Nitty Scott, MC, and has new material in tow. Get more info on the 21+ show here, and check out Dewey’s new track “Screwface Dub” ft. Drusef & Kuf Knotz below via Soundcloud.
Philly-based singer/songwriter Joshua Thomas, in conjunction with the HotBox Sessions series, recently paid a visit to the legendary Sigma Studios to do a live in-studio performance of his song “Beast.” Performed totally solo, the track was filmed and done in only one take. The tune, featuring beautiful vocals and masterfully played piano by Thomas, is set to appear on the singer’s upcoming album, which he plans to begin recording in the coming months. Keep an eye out for that, look for Joshua performing at a house show in South Philly on August 17th, and check out the performance of “Beast” below.
Local new-wave indie-pop outfit Glitter have just released a 4-track EP, The Midnight Zoo, on their Bandcamp. The Jeff Zeigler-produced, slightly shoegazey EP is the first in of three planned for release over the next year. This one starts the series off by shuffling nicely back and forth between sugary summer pop on songs like “Love Potion” to the occasional bit of lo-fi punk, like on the opening few measures of title track “The Midnight Zoo.” The whole thing is definitely worth a listen, and is available to purchase on Bandcamp for a mere 4 dollars. Check it out below.