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The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record release show at PhilaMOCA.

The twinkly Philly punkers have waited three years to follow up their popular album, Baseball Season, which features staples like “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum.” However, the band’s fans have been treated to small previews of the upcoming album and it sounds unexpected in the best possible way. Both “Halflife” and “Summery Dream” have a light, atmospheric sound that’s heavy on the psychedelic vibes, less so on the loud guitars and raspy vocals.

Surely, they’ll performance will be a bit different, too, but we’re looking forward to it. Celebrating alongside Kite Party at their record release show will be punkers and/or indie rockers Three Man Cannon, Gunk, Thin Lips and The spirit of the beehive. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7.

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Kite Party releases hazy new single, “Summery Dream”

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

 

Nah, you’re not dreaming. Kite Party really did release their latest single yesterday. The five-piece indie rock band’s second full-length album, Come on Wandering, comes out on May 6 via Animal Style Records. But until then, they’ve been giving fans some long-awaited previews. First up was ambiance-induced single “Halflife,” and now it’s “Summery Dream.”

The latter single has less of that in-your-face, twinkly but somehow gritty feel Kite Party manages to show through “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum” off of their first album, Baseball Season, but instead is rather spacey. And the new song is true to its name. Slower-paced than what Kite Party fans are used to, it does have that hazy, nearly hypnotic “summer” feel to it. And through its filtered sound, the band still keeps their signature melodies and harmonies. Think Youth Lagoon meets Real Estate. Prediction: this’ll be a “windows-down required” kind of album.

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Kite Party releases first single off forthcoming full length album, Come On Wandering

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia based five piece Kite Party just released the first single off their forthcoming full length album Come On Wandering, which is due out May 6th on Animal Style Records. The album was recorded at The Headroom with local producers Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Hop Along) and Kyle Pulley (Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips). “Halflife” is warm and atmospheric, yet seemingly downbeat and moody. Soulful vocals howl amidst slowly churning instrumentals, and a keyboard adds even more texture on top of the three guitars. In this song, vocalist/guitarist Russell Edling focuses on ‘feeling off,’ but that is only one of many dark topics covered lyrically on this album. Preorder Come On Wandering here, and listen to “Halflife” below.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellie Goulding at Liacouras Center, Kite Party at Kung Fu Necktie, and John Byrne Band Pogues tribute at World Cafe Live

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Ellie Goulding | photo via facebook.com/elliegoulding

Shimmery pop goddess Ellie Goulding will light up the Liacouras Center tonight on her US tour. Her signature breathy tone is sensual and alluring as it fills in her illustrious pop tunes. Watch the visual for “Burn” from her 2013 release Halcyon Days below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at MilkBoy, Alex G at PhilaMOCA, Kite Party at Boot and Saddle

goodnightlightsPhilly alterna-indie mainstays Goodnight Lights must have cranked up the “epic” knob on their amps since we heard from them last. Yesterday, the five-piece band quietly unleashed a new track called “Convinced,” a selection from their recent recording stint with Bill Moriarty over at Waking Studio in East Falls, and it’s thundering drums and soaring guitar licks sound massive in a Siamese Dream via Synthetica kind of way. The song is a teaser for a five-song EP the band plans to release in 2014, but tonight, they open up the show at MilkBoy alongside Born Cages and NGHBRS; tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Convinced” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marijuana Deathsquads at Kung Fu Necktie, Kite Party acoustic show at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Ton Taun at Silk City

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Marijuana Deathsquads play a late show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Ryan Olson of GAYNGS and POLIÇA started the Minneapolis-based noise / hardcore-electronic band in 2009 and released three subsequent records.  Their first proper studio album, however, will be released this summer and is called Oh My Sexy Lord.  Like GAYNGS, Marijuana Deathsquads’ live shows have been known to include appearances by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer and Dirty Projectors’ Brian McOmber.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Crazy Master” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hop Along and Kite Party at The Fire, RNDM at Union Transfer, Now Now Opening for Motion City Soundtrack at TLA, Milk Carton Kids at Tin Angel


Hop Along and Kite Party will be performing tonight at The Fire. Hop Along released their debut full-length album Get Disowned earlier this year in May, while fellow local band Kite Party have the entirety of their first album Hand Claps Music available as a free download here. The all ages show tonight starts at 6:30; tickets are available here. Below, watch Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs.”

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Listen to a Daytrotter Session from Kite Party (playing The Fire on 11/04)

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Local pop/punk quintet Kite Party stopped by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois while on tour with Glocca Morra over the summer.  They recorded five tracks for the session, which Daytrotter members can download for free here.  If you don’t have a Daytrotter membership, Kite Party are not leaving you empty-handed; head over to the band’s Bandcamp page and grab a free download of their first record, Hand Claps Music.  Kite Party will play a show at The Fire on November 4th with Hop Along, The Sidekicks and Johnny Foreigner.  Tickets are $10 for the 21+ show, and more information can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs” off of their latest LP Baseball Season.

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Today’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, Kite Party at Goldilocks Gallery, and Johnny Miles at FDR Park

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It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than with some good old-fashioned live music. First off, local bands Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts are sharing a bill at Johnny Brenda’s for a night of indie vibes. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the bands start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance here. Listen to Work Drugs’ song “Pluto” in the player below.

Philly alt rock band Kite Party is playing an all ages show at Goldilocks Gallery tonight with punk band Captain We’re Sinking! and support by Luther and Cayetano. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit the event page here. Below, listen to Kite Party’s album “Baseball Season.”

Finally, if you’re looking for some free outdoor music, check out Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold playing at FDR Park tonight. The show is part of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series and also features performances by hosts Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey. Check out an interview the Key did with Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey about the FDR Park Summer Concert Series here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses at the Mann, Ape School LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s, MilkBoy Anniversary w/ GANG and Chill Moody at Milkboy, and Algeron Cadwallader w/ Kite Party at First Unitarian

Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.

Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.

Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.

Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.