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From outsider rock to pure pop, Honey Radar are experts at harvesting jams

Honey Radar | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

There are a few things that catch your eye right away upon walking into Jason Henn’s Kensington home where he lives with his wife. Some might be drawn to the shelf holding a variety of books, CDs and records along the wall to the right of the front door. It’s hard to miss the dinner table-sized textile loom just behind the couch, right next to the actual dinner table, which fills the living room as if it were any other ordinary piece of furniture.

Henn, guitarist and singer of Philly lo-fi rock band Honey Radar, walks into the living room where the other four members of the group are sitting. They’ve gotten together tonight to discuss their new album Ruby Puff of Dust. Fast forward to an hour later when wiry and exuberant guitarist Jess Stober makes an observation of something on Henn’s shelf.

“Jason, I just noticed all of your Jandek CDs on your shelf,” he says half excitedly, half amazed. “Man, I thought I had a lot.”

Everyone turns toward the shelf where there are stacks of jewel cases with white labels on their spines. “Yeah, they’re there because I wanted to protect my Monkees box sets,” Henn replies without a moment’s hesitation.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at Long’s Park, Laura Mvula at Union Transfer, Honey Radar at Ortlieb’s

Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

The four-part harmonies and folksy pop songs of Darlingside return to the area this evening; the band plays a free concert tonight at Long’s Park in Lancaster, and if their recent appearances at Philadelphia Folk Fest and XPoNential Fest are any indication, all of Central PA better turn out. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen to their World Cafe session below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honey Radar at Kung Fu Necktie, Dewey Decibel at Boot & Saddle

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Honey Radar | photo courtesy of the email

Honey Radar celebrate the release of Blank Cartoon at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, the latest album in an extensive catalog of psych rock recordings. LP cut “Caterpillar” was the first sampling of the new songs, shared back in March as a follow-up to 2015’s The Cop’s Dream cassette. It’s a low-fi, classic sounding nugget of psychedelia with vocals that mirror Donovan at points. Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ release show here.

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Prolific psych quintet Honey Radar releases new single “Bird Bath Math”

Honey Radar | The Cop's Dream
Honey Radar | via honeyradar.bandcamp.com

The band Honey Radar are back with a psychedelic single off of their latest EP The Cop’s Dream.  The single “Bird Bath Math” includes remote vocals from lead singer Jason Henn and a catchy, clangy guitar riff. The second track off of the six track EP, this one’s a pretty good listen. Honey Radar will be playing at PhilaMOCA on the 28th of August, more information can be found at the venue’s website. Below, give a listen to “Bird Bath Math,” and check out the band’s extensive back-catalog at Bandcamp; they play a Folkadelphia-presents show at Bourbon and Branch on September 24th, more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Honey Radar: Get Mary Plum Musket on casette and digital!

honeyradar Honey Radar, fronted by Jason Henn, has a six song collection, Mary Plum Musket that is available digitally here, or on a limited edition cassette here from the fine folks at Treetop Sorbet. You can’t help but notice the Guided By Voices-meets-Byrds-meets-Velvet Underground-meets-Them lo-fi influences which, probably, make the cassette version more appropriate to own. Listen below. Buy here.

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The Skeleton Key: From Harrisburg synth punk history to West Philly porch pics to jazz gigs and more, we’ve got you covered this June.

Clark Park Fest Flyer | art by Justin Duerr

Say what you will about the thrill of the hunt but the fact that I can listen to just about any music out there whenever I want is a great feeling. Case in point: the other day I was reading about an old Harrisburg punk who had recently passed away, Mike Rage from the band Late Teens, and went down the rabbit hole of early 80s central Pennsylvania punk and hardcore. What a treasure trove of bands! It’s truly remarkable stuff.

Of the bunch the one that really, really stood out was Billy Synth & The Turn Ups, a synth punk act that existed in various iterations from the late 70s to the mid-80s. I’m going to swing back around to talk about them but first you should put on the Billy Synth album Disorderly Conduct – originally released in 1983 on the band’s own Tragik Records and with some tracks appearing on a compilation called “We Have Got To Make It On Our Own” that Mind Cure put out a few years ago – that some nerd was kind enough to upload to YouTube. Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: April is for Balkan big bands, hanging guitars, cult movies, so much jazz, and Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag | photo by Yoni Kroll

Wake up, Philadelphia! I know last month was a long one but here we are in April and I have a full plate of shows for you. So full, in fact, that it’s rare there’s a day without two or three can’t miss events. How wild is that? Even if you never even wanted to leave the house once this month – I don’t know, maybe you just broke your leg or something terrible like that – there’s enough new music from Philly bands to keep you occupied for a long time. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that too. Continue reading →