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Laser Background covers “Strange Eyes” for Magnetic Fields tribute to benefit No More Dysphoria

Laser Background | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren

A new benefit compilation, You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute to 69 Love Songs, will pay tribute to the classic Magnetic Fields album in honor of its 20th anniversary while also raising money for a good cause. The full, 69-track compilation features a different artist interpreting each song on the album, and proceeds from its sale will benefit No More Dysphoria, a non-profit that helps trans and nonbinary individuals with medical costs. The roster of artists lined up for the comp include Palehound, Sidney Gish, illuminati hotties, and lots more; we previously heard Worriers’ cover of “Grand Canyon.”

Now, there’s another single out before the entire compilation becomes available: Laser Background‘s cover of “Strange Eyes.” The Philly psych pop outfit put their own twist on the song, swapping out the original’s upbeat electronic sound for a more hushed, staticky sound that gives it a haunting feel. Continue reading →

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Laser Background floats through the multiverse in video for “My Song,” plays release show at Jerry’s tomorrow

Laser Background | photo by Natalie Piserchio | via facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background, the mind-bending psych pop project of Andy Molholt, drops a new EP called People Person on November 2 via Endless Daze. It’s the follow up to his 2017 LP Dark Nuclear Bogs, and its single “My Song” is a shifty, mutable track driven by an electronic drum kit and punctuated with otherworldly sound effects. Yesterday, a new music video for the song emerged, directed and animated by Michael Chadwick (Molholt’s onetime bandmate in The Armchairs). The visuals are fittingly strange, moving through flimsy realities that shatter within moments of their creation, Molholt’s body-less head a morphing motif that floats through the multiverse. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below. Continue reading →

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Laser Background shares new trippy single “Climb The Hill”, expands US tour

Laser Background | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Natalie Piserchio
Laser Background | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Natalie Piserchio

Andy Molholt, better known as Laser Background, continues to tease his new record Dark Nuclear Bogs (out April 28th), this time with the anxious drum-machine heavy track of “Climb The Hill.” Molholt floats along the synth-filled track, throwing a sprinkle of tasty guitar licks in for good measure. It’s dad rock for digital natives, bringing Demarco’s cool and collective pop to an electronic-heavy world, and man, is it captivating.

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PREMIERE: Watch Laser Background shapeshift in new visual for “Hymnals”

Laser Background | photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist
Laser Background | photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist

In a little over a month, Andy Molholt’s Laser Background will drop their latest LP, Dark Nuclear Bogs. Considering the sludgy, warped psych pop this project drops year after year, the title’s a natural fit, but it actually began its life as an exercise in finding anagrams of their name. Wherever it came from, though, it’s a excellent primer for what to expect on its first single “Hymnals.” Continue reading →

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Pilam BBQ XXXIX will feature Sad13, Screaming Females, Laser Background and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philly punk rock frat Pilam’s annual BBQ is a day-long musical endurance test, and the stuff of legend.

This year’s installment — the 39th annual, or the XXXIXth in the parlance of the gig poster —  was just announced, and its stacked as ever. Screaming Females and Sad13 co-headline, appearances are made throughout by Laser Background, Clique, Ill Fated Natives, Curtis Cooper, and so many more.

22 bands, 12 hours, noon to midnight, food for carnivores and vegans alike — there’s a lot to love here. More information can be found here. Full lineup, music and more below. Continue reading →

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Lithuania join members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background and more for Steely Dan tribute in Brooklyn

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Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Tis the season of Yacht Rock, and what better way to celebrate than with a Steely Dan tribute show chock full of some of our favorite artists?

Eric Slick and The Talkhouse curated Reelin’ In the Years: a Tribute to Steely Dan as a spin-off of an in-depth piece the Dr. Dog drummer wrote, and they’ve wrangled members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background, The So So Glos, and Ava Luna, along with Ian Sweet, Twiga, Bad Faces and Slick’s own Dan-influenced Lithuania to be a part of it.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at LAVA Space, Laser Background at Ortlieb’s, Pkew Pkew Pkew at Deep Sea Hideout and more…

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist

After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Laser Background at Lacuna, Curtis 2021 at World Cafe Live

 

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Farah Siraj | photo by Ann Blake | courtesy of the artist

Farah Siraj returns to World Cafe Live, upstairs tonight. The Amman, Jordan native takes a worldly approach to traditional styles of music, blending flamenco, jazz and folk in innovative ways. Tonight she’ll be joined by Indian Carnatic violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar; tickets and information can be found here. Watch her perform live below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, The Silence Kit at The Pharmacy, Patty Larkin at Steel City Coffeehouse and more

Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground
Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background is a psych-pop band from right here in Philly that sound like they belong back in the ’90s toiling away in Athens, Georgia with the Elephant 6 crew (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, ect.). The band fuses ’60s inspired psych-pop with some truly strange arrangements to make something all together fascinating. You can check them out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of TEEN and Ava Luna. For more details on the show click here. Continue reading →