Darlingside is set to bring their enchanting folk style to the Ardmore Music Hall for what will surely be an enchanting, cathartic event. Their simple, acoustic arrangements help highlight their gorgeous four part harmonies on their most recent release, Birds Say. In addition, they will be joined by Frances Luke Accord. Find tickets and more information on the 21+ event here. Continue reading →
New Zealand psych rockers The Shifting Sands will bring their down-tempo space excursions to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They’ll be playing songs from Cosmic Radio Station, which they released last yearonAustralian label Spooky Records. Along with Writhing Squares, the band will support Philadelphia mainstays Weekender. A quick skim of Shifting Sands’ Bandcamp gives me the sense that this is a match made in heaven, so get your tickets for 21+ event now. Continue reading →
Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP EREthis past summer, sharing a collection of atmospheric, synth-driven songs that highlight Hetepsa and Nu Ra’s sonic chemistry. Watch a video for the more recent “One Day, My Friend” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.
It’s been a good year for Philadelphia’s Brandon Ayres, who performs under the moniker Brandon Can’t Dance.
He kicks off a tour with fellow Philadelphian Alex G on Halloween that will take him to locales like New Orleans, Chicago and a show in Denver where Australian rocker Courtney Barnett will be playing a set. Earlier this year he was picked up by Lucky Number Records, and is slated to release his album Graveyard of Good Times on January 13th. Continue reading →
Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s welcomes indie-pop duo Strange Parts. They caught our eye at WXPN with the late summer release of their song “Asleep in the Flowers” and we are excited to see them playing more and more shows in Philly. Expect to be mesmerized by the dreamy layered tracks put forth by Strange Parts, as well as the headliner: neo-blues / rock artist Adia Victoria, who was named an artist to watch by WXPN. You can go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show. Take a listen to Strange Parts’ whimsical track “Asleep in the Flowers” below. Continue reading →
If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →
The Cali-based dream poppers of Trails and Ways come to Kung Fu Necktie on October 27th as a part of their twenty-six date tour. The quartet released their sophomore LP, Own It, on October 7th. Their music bears striking resemblances to that of Passion Pit, but with more groove and guitars.
The group spent time together in Brazil and Spain during college, and their music is sprinkled with influences from both countries. Trails and Ways has a significant following in Brazil, and are signed to Brazilian record label Balaclava Records. Their first album Pathology favored dreamy synth guitars and bright lyrics whereas Own It appeals to a more introspective audience: a nod to the evolution of the band’s style, and their enthusiasm to follow this natural progression. Check out some of the tracks from their new album below. Continue reading →
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.
“A lot of music, on a smaller scale.” That’s the idea behind the National Park mini-festival, which brings six bands to the stage at Bourbon and Branch next Saturday.
Coordinators of this event recognize the indifference experienced by many concertgoers when forced to sit through long sets of bands they don’t know in addition to long changeover times while waiting for the act that they came to see. National Park intends to remedy this in a way that encourages listeners to pay attention to new acts in hopes that they’ll discover more local music.
Philly-founded electropop duo Marian Hill returns home tonight for another headlining turn at Union Transfer. The band’s debut LP ACT ONE was released this summer, and it finds them expanding on the captivating combination of Samantha Gongol’s studied vocals, Jeremy Lloyd’s pop production and Steve Davit’s jazzed-up saxophone contributions. Watch them perform “Down” live below, and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →