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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Long Hots at Eastern State Penitentiary, Dirty Dollhouse at MilkBoy, Caracara at Everybody Hits

Long Hots | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Long Hots | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Eastern State Penitentiary would be a powerful backdrop for a concert any day, but tonight’s show has a special reason for being there. It’s Justice Fest LIVE!, a concert in support of criminal justice reform — hence the historic prison yard setting — and Philly rockers Long Hots are one of the featured performers. The event will also include several guest speakers, including D.A. candidate Larry Krasner, plus more entertainment from DJ Cosmo Baker and a Songs from the Inside performance (music composed at Graterford prison). Revolution Taco and Foolish Waffle will provide the food, Yards will provide the beer. Find tickets and more information on JusticeFest here. Watch a video of Long Hots’ recent Boot & Saddle performance below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Caracara

In a previous life, Will Lindsay and George Legatos played electropop for the basement show punk kids in W.C. Lindsay, a group we dug a lot around here at The Key. In a concurrent life, Carlos Pacheco-Perez and Sean Gill are two-thirds of Square Peg Round Hole, the progressive, percussion-driven instrumental ensemble that we also enjoy, whether they’re onstage or in the studio.

This would lead us to reason that we’d be all about Caracara, the new collaborative project of those various musicians. But we were nevertheless surprised how epic their debut record wound up being.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rockers Caracara hit us with a few teasers from their debut album Summer Megalith last month, and the anticipation has been building ever since. Now, the waiting is over, release day is here, and Summer Megalith is finally out in the world. Not to be mistaken for the bird, Caracara create the kind of spirited, honest, pour-your-soul-into-it music that is so essential to the Philly scene right now. Spattered with fuzzy instrumentals and woven with dense and reflective lyrics, the 12-track album (engineered and mixed by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame) is a must-listen for these early fall, weather-changing days. Continue reading →

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Listen to three songs from Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, Philly indie rock four-piece Caracara dropped a teaser for its debut record Summer Megalith. Today, we have more complete details: the album is out September 22nd via Flower Girl Records — grab a preorder here — and they’ll celebrate on September 27th at Everybody Hits with So Totally and Worlds Greatest Dad (details on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar).

Along with the announcement comes a bevy of music — a video for “Glacier,” shot by Em Dubin, along with three songs streaming on Caracara’s Bandcamp. They run a gamut that would be expected of the band with this sort of background — a collaboration between Carlos Pacheco Perez and Sean Gill of instrumental experimental trio Square Peg Round Hole and William Lindsay and George Legatos of synthpoppers W.C. Lindsay. Continue reading →

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Caracara teases debut album with Flower Girl Records, Summer Megalith

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

I’m quite a sucker for crunchy guitars and ambient soundscapes. On their own, these two stylings are swell. But when combined, the result becomes supremely swell.

New Philly outfit Caracara demonstrated through their debut singles “Revelatory” and “Glacier” that they’ve earned this supremely swell title, so I’ve been pumped for more tunes from the W.C. Lindsay and Square Peg Round Hole brainchild ever since.

Today, the band has at last shared news of an upcoming debut album, Summer Megalith, by ways of a beautifully filmed teaser trailer shot by CJ Harvey. The record will be available on September 22nd via Cam Boucher’s (from Sorority Noise) label, Flower Girl Records.

Watch the teaser video below, and get ready for Caracara’s soon-to-be-released Summer Megalith. Continue reading →

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Listen to Caracara’s immersive new single “Glacier”

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

The hiatus announced last March by Philly electro-dance-punk band W.C. Lindsay came with the promise of “neither stopping nor slowing down,” and last month they made good on this with the release of a debut single from a new collaborative project.

The brainchild of W.C. Lindsay’s Will Lindsay and George Legatos and Square Peg Round Hole’s Sean Gill and Carlos Pacheco-Perez, Caracara is Philly’s newest-by-name but by no means newest-to-the-scene indie rock outfit. Last week they dropped another single—the second of what I hope will be many as we wait for the release of a vaguely announced LP to come later in the year. Continue reading →

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Caracara are looking for a sense of relief in “Revelatory”

Caracara | via caracaraphilly.bandcamp.com
Caracara | via caracaraphilly.bandcamp.com

Indie rock kids Caracara are prepping to release a yet-to-be-announced debut record at the end of 2017, but in the meantime, are holding us up with their debut single “Revelatory.” Made up of members of Square Peg Round Hole and W.C. Lindsay, the band’s reverb-filled guitars and swooning synth play huge parts in the debut track, as Caracara searches for a way to express whatever it is they’re feeling.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Joshua Chase Miller

“What do you think of that vocal harmonizer?” asked Joshua Chase Miller during his Key Studio Session. “I turned it down, was it too much?”

I responded that I actually liked hearing it in the mix. It took his songs, which were solid piano-driven pop songs to begin with, and added an otherworldly Bon Iver flare to them.

Miller laughed at this observation. “It’s not like I don’t have three Bon Iver tattoos or anything,” he slyly responded. “My inner fanboy comes out no matter what.”
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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Curtis Cooper headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Major Pursuit and more fill out the bill. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Steady Hands at Slime Time

Steady Hands | Photo courtesy of band’s Facebook

UPDATE: The promoter of this show, Home Outgrown has posted: “Hey y’all! Steady Hands is not able to play anymore bc of a family emergency. Still gonna rock out Monday night. Hit us up if you need an address!” More here

You know Steady Hands even if you don’t – founded by Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber in 2012, the power-folk-rock band is now a septet that includes Modern Baseball and Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Jake Ewald and W.C. Lindsay and Caracara’s William Lindsay, giving anyone who follows Philly’s music scene an idea of the musical ambition behind Steady Hands. The group will be performing tonight at Slime Time Live, one of five bands on the billing with Mike Frazier headlining. For more information, click here. Continue reading →