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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The A’s to Underground Arts, Nightlands at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), Catnaps at Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs), Ladyfest Philly Benefit at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), XPN Welcomes Garland Jeffery’s to The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes new wave outfit The A’s to Underground Arts tonight.  Led by charismatic front-man Richard Bush (currently of The Peace Creeps), the Philadelphia band became a fixture in the east coast club scene with their energetic power pop.  1981’s “A Woman’s Got the Power” gave the band its first hit outside of Philly and though the The A’s never broke through to a national audience, their dedicated hometown following remains intact three decades after they parted ways.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch a video of the band performing “A Woman’s Got the Power” live below.

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PREMIERE: Catnaps’ new music video “Cherry Lips” (playing Golden Tea House on 1/17, Kung Fu Necktie on 1/26)

It’s been a minute since we heard from Philly indie four-piece Catnaps. Last Valentine’s Day they released Boys Drool, a fuzzed-out punk departure form the synth-based pop of their first album, Why Don’t You Whisper. Their new song “Cherry Lips” continues in that direction, fleshes it out with a singalong hook, and pairs it with a great music video. Ever the romantics, Catnaps here chose to follow a nervous young astronomer / awkward sci-fi dude who falls for a girl from outer space in 30th Street Station – totally adorbs. Watch the video below, look for it on the three-song Shuteye EP that Catnaps is releasing on January 29th, and catch the band in concert this Thursday, January 17th, at Golden Tea House, or at Kung Fu Necktie on January 26.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Catnaps at The Fire, Lindsey Stirling at World Cafe Live, Laetitia Sadier at Johnny Brenda’s

Taking a cue from surf pop bands like Best Coast and Beach House, Philly four-piece Catnaps has been enjoying local success since the release of their 2011 album Why Don’t You Whisper?, which was followed up with an EP titled Boys Drool in February. Catnaps, who previously went by the name When I Was 12, performed a Key Studio Session in June 2011. Their show tonight at The Fire begins at 8 PM and is an all ages event. More information can be found here. Listen to their track “Stick and Stones” from Why Don’t You Whisper? below.

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Free Download: Faux Pas, the new solo project of Catnaps’ Adrianne Gold

Kick off your weekend with a delightful set of breezy indiepop from Adrianne Gold, singer-guitarist of Catnaps. Her main band has been somewhat quiet lately, what with bassist / glockenspiel-ist Carolyn Haynes spending the summer rocking out in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood (seriously), so Gold took the downtime to record an LP of solo material under the name Faux Pas. Neighbors was released this morning, and it’s got the raw fuzz-punk edge of the last Catnaps EP, Boys Drool, but spread out over an entire set this time. It also features one especially catchy tune called “Fleetwood Mac” early on. Listen to it below, and grab a free download of it here. Oh, and don’t believe what Bandcamp tells you – Gold is not playing a show in Manchester, England tonight. This Faux Pas is. Keep a ear out for the next Catnaps release this fall.

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Eternal Summers playing Milkboy Philly in June with Bedroom Problems and Catnaps


The Roanoke, Virginia band Eternal Summers are releasing their new album, Correct Behavior on July 24th on Kanine Records. The band are playing at Milkboy Philly on Friday, June 15th with Bedroom Problems and Catnaps. Listen to a new Eternal Summers song, “Millions,” below. The song recently was named Best New Track by Pitchfork. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Philly Local Philes: Catnaps’ “Why Don’t You Whisper?”

Their summer tour took them to the west coast and back, playing at coffee shops, in living rooms and for one Nervous Energies Session in Southern California. Now that they’re snugly ensconced back in their home town, Catnaps is set to play Phila MOCA and show off a set of music from their full-length, debut Why Don’t You Whisper (released on the eve of their departure in late June). Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into the synthesizer-happy title cut that’s vaguely reminiscent of another indiepop band with feline fixations: The Cat’s Miaow. Catnaps plays PhilaMOCA on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. with Netherfriends and Burberry Possums. Tickets to the all-ages show are $8.

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Philly Local Philes: Catnaps’ “Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word”

Kicking off the 4th of July weekend with some sunny indie-pop, Philadelphia foursome Catnaps plays its tour kickoff show tomorrow night at Bookspace. As the recently re-monickered band (they used to go by When I Was 12) revealed to us in its Key Studio Sessions interview, the show will “possibly, maybe, probably” also be the release for their latest record, Why Don’t You Whisper, provided the physical copies arrive back from the pressing plant in time. While we wait with baited breath to see if that’s the case, help yourself to today’s Philly Local Phile, “Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word.” Catnaps plays Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Bookspace with Conversations With Enemies, Us & Us Only and the Front Bottoms. Tickets to the all-ages show are $7.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Catnaps (the band formerly known as When I Was 12)

Generally speaking, people resist change. So when the Philly indie-pop quartet formerly known as When I Was 12 announced earlier this month that it would now go by the name Catnaps, the reaction was predictable. Fans, followers, and friends were incredulous. Some cracked jokes, some griped. But as singer/guitarist Adrianne Gold explained when Catnaps recorded its Key Session last week, exactly one person too many had confused their old name with that of a tween band (as opposed to a twee band). “What, are you going on tour with Justin Bieber?” Something had to give. Despite the new nomenclature, I’m happy to report that everything else that had the four-piece buzzing this past year—the twinkling glockenspiel and biting wit (“Vanilla Vodka”), the K Records gang vocals and breezy acoustic strumming (“Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word”)—remains intact, bright and fun as ever. Next month Catnaps embarks on its first national tour; listen to them talk about their plans (and their name-change rationale) when their session airs tomorrow, June 23, on the XPN2 Local Show (10 p.m. to midnight). Or ask them in person, when Catnaps performs at their tour-kickoff show on July 1 at Bookspace in Fishtown.

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Philly indie songwriter Adrianne Gold is Crying In Public; listen to her debut single

Crying in Public | via Bandcamp

Over the years, we’ve seen Philly singer-songwriter Adrianne Gold in any number of bands with any number of names; the trippy Daisy Glaze / Sad Heaven, the raw and punky Tender Vision, the twee electropop of Catnaps. This week, she unveiled the latest tab on her C.V., a dreampop outfit called Crying In Public that released a two-song demo called SAD NECTAR on Bandcamp.

The vibe of this set is very much like the closing scene of Lost In Translation or the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks; very “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus and Mary Chain, very “Falling” by Julee Cruise. Retro pop beats patter from drum machines, mixing with timeless melodies and a dose of reverb; Gold sings about toxic dudes and toxic hair (or not, I just love the idea that “Untameable Curls” might be about salon challenges) and delivers some of the strongest vocals we’ve heard from her. Continue reading →