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21st Century Psych: Temples carry golden age traditions into the digital age

Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial
Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial

We are not experiencing a psychedelic revolution. Psych music, since its inception, has oscillated through pop culture. In the beginning, when love, drugs and the Beatles were free, the Byrds spun their dark web of bad trip/good trip to a lesser audience. The 70’s saw momentum from groups like T.Rex, with their fearlessly tripped-out glitz and glam rock. In the 80’s, I’m sure there were some dark underlords dosing people with anti-disco, and the 90’s had the Brian Jonestown Massacre, keeping the scene very much alive and kicking.

“There have been bands every decade who’ve revived what’s good about that Golden era of music and kind of carried it on to the next generation,” says Thomas Warmsley of the UK-based psych-pop group Temples. It’s a few hours before the group’s set at London’s Latitude Festival, and we’re on the phone discussing the past.

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Tales of the Open Road: Get Real Gang leader Juston Stens on riding his ’72 Triumph cross-country to write and record Share the Road

Juston Stens | Photo by Ellie Tremple | courtesy of the artist
Juston Stens | Photo by Ellie Tremple | courtesy of the artist

About 45 minutes before I’m supposed to meet Philly pop rebel Juston Stens for a poolside cocktail at North Shore Beach Club, I get a text: “Kate, I’m so sorry. My van broke down in South Philly. Should we reschedule?”

I’m headed back to South Philly myself, and his van just so happens to be near my neighborhood. So I tell him no worries, we can do the interview as he waits for a tow. It’s about 90 degrees out and by the time I reach him, he’s already been waiting 4 hours. “They sent a guy out already, but the trailer bed wasn’t big enough,” he quips, gesturing towards his monolith of a vehicle.

Considering how long he’s been waiting, he’s in a surprisingly good mood. He apologizes profusely for ruining our pool plans, then eagerly starts describing his new record. When the tow truck arrives, he chats with the driver, then helps push the van into a parking spot post-tow. “I work as a mover, part-time,” he tells me, unphased by its enormity. “This is nothing.” Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana’s acoustic version of “Dirty Laundry” for Space Jam Sessions

Photo by Mary Ferrigno, courtesy of facebook.com/cayetana
Photo by Mary Ferrigno, courtesy of facebook.com/cayetana

Local punk band Cayetana recently sat down with Space Jam Sessions to perform an acoustic version of its song “Dirty Laundry.” The stripped-down session featured lead singer Augusta Koch and bassist Allegra Anka performing the laundromat / romantic angst song. Although the original is still awesome (check it out below), this raw, less clean-cut version gives the track a little more emotion. Continue reading →

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Listen to 10 Million’s post-punk riot on “Defcon”

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Photo via tenmillionband.tumblr.com

Local electro-dance group Instamatic recently rebranded themselves as 10 Million, and along with the name change came a shift in musical direction. Instrumentally, the band has added guitar and live drums, which you can watch them playing here. There’s also less focus on electronic beats and more emphasis on the instruments and vocals.

The group recently released their first song, “Defcon”. The music has elements of post-punk, with its characteristic clash of guitars and drums. Continue reading →

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Listen to Little Strike’s melancholy debut Forever Always Leaving

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Photo via littlestrikemusic.tumblr.com

Local electro-pop artist Little Strike recently released its first EP Forever Always Leaving. The solo project is the work of local Israeli artist, Tamar Dart, who previously made the trippy, spacey intro music for a local music competition show Alpha Artist. Dart recently played with Jonagold, Warped Forest, Original Sin and Honey Radar at A House Named Virtue. 

Compared to her previous output, the Forever Always Leaving EP is a relaxed indie / pop affair. Continue reading →

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Congrats on selling out Boot and Saddle, Strand of Oaks! Watch their supernatural “Same Emotions” video

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

After playing a fantastic set at this year’s XPoNential Festival and a great Free at Noon a few weeks back, excitement for Philly’s Strand of Oaks and their outstanding new record HEAL is high. Today, we got word that the band’s two homecoming shows at Boot and Saddle on September 19th and 20th are now sold out.

Today, we also saw their newest music video for “Same Emotions.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Lotus revive rock for the Gilded Age

Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Through their extensive discography, Philly jam band Lotus have hit almost every possible genre (and created some unique sounds along the way). They recently released their newest album, Gilded Age. The album is a followup to last year’s hip-hop based Monks, which had a decidedly futuristic feel to it. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Chairman Dances reconstruct The Death of Samuel Miller

The Chairman Dances
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Philly indie-folk outfit The Chairman Dances released their newest album The Death of Samuel Miller last month. It’s a period piece type of album, tracing the life of a fictional character, single-parent Samuel Miller, from 1952 up to 1990. The album is a  follow-up last year’s Michael and the Prophetess. Earlier this year, the group released the video for “Dance to the Neighbor’s Stereo”. Continue reading →

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