Premiere: Mock Suns blaze new paths with “As It Is; As It Was”

Mock Suns | Photo courtesy of the artist

This spring Mock Suns will bring their prog-eyeing psych pop back with their upcoming album, Santander/All that I Knew, coming out on April 29. Today we’re premiering the first single from the album, “As It Is; As It Was.”

The song seems to piece together right in front of you; it kicks off with a bouncy guitar line at the head before the drums gather their energy from the phasing synths. Just as the title suggests, there are clearly two parts here, going to one place and back to where it started.

Santander/All That I Knew was mixed by Philly’s Bill Moriarty and mastered by Joe Lambert, who has worked with the likes of Cass McCombs, DeerHunter and Washed Out, just to name a few. We’re seeing Mock Suns continuing to blaze their own path with thought-out structures; keeping their voice just as bright as ever.


Beat guru Moon Bounce releases the galactic “Shake”

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Moon Bounce | Photo via artist’s facebook page |

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.


Meet raspy, thrashy Toronto punks PUP, listen to their Jay Reatard tribute, get amped for their KFN show

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PUP is a pop punk four piece from Toronto, Canada who recently announced a full US tour with Montreal grunge band Solids. With the upcoming release of their self titled album in the states, the band should be met with an ecstatic reaction at these shows. The first single off PUP is “Reservoir,” a gritty and bumpy three minute ride where vocalist Stefan Babcock takes us through everything from smoking to being wasted and broke. His voice is raspy yet coherent, making for singalong punk tunes that sound similar to LA skate punks FIDLAR or the Canadian Single Mothers.

PUP’s two month route across Europe and North America will bring them to Kung Fu Necktie on March 23rd (UPDATE: this show has been canceled, but the band has hinted on Twitter that it is working on a booking with Guild Shows instead.). Get tickets to that show here, PUP and Solids will be joined by Massachusetts fuzz rock four piece Pachangacha.

Watch PUP tear everything, including themselves, to pieces in the video for “Reservoir” below. Stream and download that song on bandcamp, and be on the look out for the album release. Also, head over to the NME to check out a cover of “My Shadow”  by late indie rock icon Jay Reatard, who passed away four years ago last week.


Listen to “Sunday,” the first new Creepoid song since 2012

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Courtesy of the artist

Philly four piece Creepoid recently released the first song off their forthcoming self titled album, which you can listen to via Noisey. A floating-through-space jam entitled “Sunday,” Creepoid takes a slow still through the dark and mysterious, just as they did on some of the more ambient tracks off Horse Heaven. The track builds up sonically with the band’s dreamy mindset and the repeated line “I want to dream.” Creepoid will be released March 4th on No Idea Records, but you can get the record a little early at their record release show on 2/27 at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets to Creepoid’s that show with Far-Out Fangtooth and Ecstatic Vision here. Below, watch the video for “Golden String,” released on a split 7″ with Shores in 2012.

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Listen to a funky new St. Vincent song from her forthcoming album (playing Union Transfer 2/28)

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New York based experimental indie rock musician Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, recently released a “Digital Witness,” a song off her forthcoming self-titled album. A real funky tune filled with horns, some synth, and a chorus that has Clark singing “What’s the point of even sleeping / If I can’t show it, you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything” over a dirty bass line. This is the second single off St. Vincent, and I’d say its gearing up to be one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Check out both of the creatively thumping tracks below, and know there is something a little eye-deceiving about the video for “Digital Witness” Pre-order the forthcoming album from St. Vincent here or on iTunes. Get tickets to her show at Union Transfer here.

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Modern Baseball release “Rock Bottom” off You’re Gonna Miss It All

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo via band’s Facebook

Today, Philly pop-punk four-piece Modern Baseball released “Rock Bottom,” the second song from their new full length album You’re Gonna Miss It All, via BrooklynVegan. Filled with the honest grumblings of any modern day young adult, you’ll find yourself laughing while you sing along to your own misgivings. Lines like  “To hell with class, I’m skipping / let’s order food and sleep in / I’ve got so much to do / but it’s okay ’cause whatever forever” make the song as relevant as ever for the college punks that are such a big part of their fan base and the Philadelphia scene. Pre-order You’re Gonna Miss It All (release 2/11) via Run For Cover Records here, and check out the first single “Your Graduation” here.


Listen to Chromeo and Toro Y Moi make a funk fantasia on “Come Alive” (playing Union Transfer 5/14)

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Photo courtesy of artist

Somewhere between funk, disco, yacht rock and electro boogie sit (or actually, dance) Montreal duo Chromeo (Dave 1 and P-Thugg). Their soon to be released new album, White Women, is their first since 2010′s Business Casual and featured contributions from Solange Knowles, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and on the new song below – “Come Alive” – Toro Y Moi. The band is playing Union Transfer on Wednesday, May 14th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 10th at Noon. “Come Alive” is a funk fantasia with grooves that bring to mind Mayer Hawthorne and Earth, Wind & Fire with a little Seventies styled Fleetwood Mac thrown into the mix.