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The ladies of Catnaps reunite tonight at KungFu Necktie with solo projects

Photo by Becca Green
Photo by Becca Green

Twee pop band Catnaps took a permanent rest last spring, but that doesn’t mean the members have stopped playing music altogether. Front ladies of the band Adrienne Gold and Carolyn Haynes are both taking on new, individual projects. Gold’s Tender Vision and Haynes’ Ghost Gum will play together tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Forbidden Rooms, made up of members from Ladies Auxiliary, and Humble Fires from D.C.

Tender Vision and Ghost Gum are new bands to the punk scene, but not collectively. Aside from Gold, Tender Vision is made up of members from punk band Address. But tonight, they’ll play their first Philly show.

Meanwhile, Ghost Gum includes members of indie punk band Glocca Morra. With so many creative minds within each of the projects, any devout listener of the bands can easily pick out the Catnaps/Address/Glocca Morra influences.

Ghost Gum’s bandcamp, currently filled with four demos, features distinctive Glocca guitar slides and punky riffs while keeping Haynes’ twinkling, indiepop sound. Tender Vision currently has two songs on their bandcamp: “Just Kill Me,” an original released just this January, and an experimental, spacey cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” which according to the band’s Facebook page, will be available for free download for just one week.

Hang out with these Philly-famous punkers tonight. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. and costs $7 at the door.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tame Impala at The Electric Factory, Catnaps at PhilaMOCA, Peter Yarrow at Haddon Lake Park, Northern Arms at Ortlieb’s Longue

Tame-ImpalaThis Wednesday is chalked full of amazing music.  First up, the Austrian psych-rock group Tame Impala.  Out of the brilliant mind of group leader Kevin Parker, Tame Impala have released two amazing albums, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, both dealing with isolation in a trippy combination of 60s rock and modern electronic music.  Tonight, the band plays Electric Factory with Philly’s own Light Heat as the openers.  Check out the video for Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” below and click here for more concert information.

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Download a farewell album from Philly indie-poppers Catnaps (final show 6/19 at PhilaMOCA)

Photo by Becca Green
Photo by Becca Green

After four years traversing the worlds of twee, to twee-punk to straightahead punk, Philly’s Catnaps is calling it a day. As previously reported, the band’s show this Wednesday at PhilaMOCA will be their last, but they’re not going away without leaving us with a final collection of new music to remember them by. The Forget About It EP, released as a free download to Bandcamp today, has a nice, uber-catchy Go-Gos thing going on, perhaps hinting at what might have been, or more accurately what will continue to be – since we totally expect all the Catnaps mates will remain active in the Philadelphia music scene in different forms for a while. Listen to Forget About It below, and download it here, for more information on the show, visit the Facebook event page here.

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Catnaps announce break-up, final show will be 6/19 at PhilaMOCA

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Philly fuzz / pop band Catnaps announced on their Facebook last night that they’ll be parting ways at end of the month.  Since their 2011 debut as Why Don’t You Whisper? Catnaps (formerly known as When I Was 12) have won over the hearts of fans with their sugary, love-filled pop songs that are given a dose of grunge reality every now and then over the course of three releases.  Though they will no longer be wooing us with songs like “Alphabet Soup” or sticking it to love on “Valentimes Day” the members of Catnaps will be far from inactive in local music projects.  Hang out with them at their last show on June 19th at PhilaMOCA with Imaginary Pants (Pet Milk, currently booked for the show, have also apparently called it quits).  Tickets and information can be found here.  Revisit the history of Catnaps here and watch their video for “Novelty” below.

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Catnaps, Literature and more playing a pop-up show tonight at Hausu

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Catnaps, Literature and Sam Cook of Radiator Hospital are joining Florida’s Cassolette for a pop-heavy house show at Hausu tonight.  It’s a last-minute, semi-secret show that’s got some of the best in Philly indie pop that will range from heartfelt confessions to fuzz-filled twee.  Check out videos of the bands below and get more information at the event page here.

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Download Philamixington II, featuring Norwegian Arms, Radiator Hospital, Catnaps and more

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Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia.  To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr.  The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater.  From Marchinowski:

Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.

Download the full mixtape for free on Beat the Indie Drum here and stream a sampling of the tracks below.  The first Philamixington set can be downloaded here.

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Watch a prom-themed video for Catnaps’ “Novelty” (featuring a cameo by Fred Knittel of Folkadelphia)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Philly indie-pop crew Catnaps released a prom-themed music video for their song “Novelty” from their new Shuteye EP (available as a free download here). Watch the video below and look for a cameo from Fred Knittel (pictured), host of Folkadelphia on Singer-Songwriter Radio; he joins a crowd of couples as they dance to the song and Adrianne Gold sings into a fancy microphone. The band has a show coming up on March 8th at West Philly DIY space Glitoria.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Nightlands, Catnaps and Thao)

Nightlands | Photo by Matthew Davis

Prairie Empire stops by to record a Folkadelphia session [link]

Philly’s Nightlands celebrates the release of Oak Island at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James streams his new album, announces a Union Transfer show [link]

Philly rockers Free Energy get interviewed by a couple sixth graders [link]

Remembering versatile guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, who passed away at age 54 this week [link]

Indiepop five-piece Catnaps releases a new EP for free downloading [link]

Shoegazers Nothing will make the First Friday crowd wish they packed earplugs [link]

Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds records a Key Studio Session, comes to World Cafe Live [link]

Philly rapper Chill Moody releases a mini-documentary of his December TLA show [link]

Thao Nguyen plays “We The Common” on a banjo, through a microphone, at a rally [link]

All week the Unlocked series features Almost Endless, the new LP from The National Rifle [link]

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Free Download: the Shuteye EP by Catnaps (playing Glitoria on 3/2)

Call it the bridge between Catnaps old and new. The Shuteye EP is out today as a free download, and it mixes both the band’s effervescent indiepop hooks and lofty harmonies – the stuff we heard on 2010’s Why Don’t You Whisper? – with the gritty, DIY-minded aesthetic of the Boys Drool EP from last Valentine’s Day. Listen to the EP below, grab a download from Bandcamp and watch out the sci-fi themed music video for “Cherry Lips” here. The band is playing at the West Philly show space Glitoria on March 2.

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Photo Recap: Catnaps, Roof Doctor, OhBree and more at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs

Last night, the new-ish upstairs show space at Kung Fu Necktie hosted a mostly local bill with punky indiepoppers Catnaps, alt-folk group Roof Doctor, quirky ensemble OhBree, lo-fi rockers Traffic Nightmare, and New York City noisemakers Incorporated Village of Ghost. Check out photos from the show in the gallery above.