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Listen to LOUDS’ insanely catchy “Touch My Body With Your Skin”

Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN
Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN

Self-described “analog dance music” five-piece, LOUDS, just released a single called “Touch My Body With Your Skin” on Bandcamp and holy cannoli, it’s a catchy tune. Really — I’ll bet you five dollars that your foot will start tapping the moment you press play. And if you somehow manage to escape bobbing along to the cheery, carefree melodies, then you are a robot and can have my five bucks.

Members (and brothers) Charlie and Petie Brooks say the song stemmed from a “burst of creativity” that led to the making of LOUDS’ upcoming EP, WE ARE NOT MEN WE ARE ANIMALS. If the other songs are as addicting as this one, they should stick with this new process. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Louds

For the past few years, Philly indie rock outfit Louds has craftily fused artful textures and atmospheres with infectious pop/rock sensibilities. Founded by brothers Charlie and Petie Brooks (guitars / vocals and keyboards, respectively) the band is fleshed out by Juston Stens on drums, Dan Henry on bass and Alejandro Giraldo Torres on guitar.

Their 2015 debut EP  If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art was solely a studio project of the Brooks Bros. that friends were brought in to bring to life onstage; since then, Louds’ studio work has turned into a lively full-band collaboration. Petie describes it as a middle ground between synth-pop and more organic 60s and 70s tinged rock and roll — I hear pieces of aughties faves Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Broken Social Scene, and MGMT, and well as flourishes of New Order and The Feelies. Continue reading →

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LOUDS unleash their high-energy single “Takes Two”

LOUDS | photo via facebook.com/loudsmusic
LOUDS | photo via facebook.com/loudsmusic

The new single from Philly indie-dance band LOUDS is feel good music with every intention to make you move. “Takes Two” allows you to do that and then some with energetic arrangements and poppy rhythms. The follow up to the band’s debut track “Waves” will appear on their debut EP, If More People Bought Art, More People Would Buy Art, and LOUDS’ contagious sound implores you to get up, be free and lose yourself in the trance like beats. Give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Louds at Johnny Brenda’s, Jamaican Queens at Milkboy

Dogs on Acid
Dogs on Acid | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Dogs on Acid headline Boot & Saddle tonight, along with Quit and The Spirit of the Beehive. As Dogs wrote on their Facebook page, it’ll be a night of “friends in the same room doing the two things they love the most with the people they love to do it with.” The Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing spin-off is gearing up to release a new 7″ on Asian Man Records and you can hear “flushed” off of the effort below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Purples embrace daydreaming in new “On the Clouds” video

Photo via facebook.com/purplesmusic
Photo via facebook.com/purplesmusic

More upbeat than “Nancy” but less a lot less physical than “Variations”, Purples’ new video for “On the Clouds” is the middle ground between the two extremes. Its focus is a shaggy-haired teenager who’s got something on his mind as he drinks his beverage in deep thought. Perhaps, he’s daydreaming, hence the song title and the image that keeps appearing above his head. Check it out below and pick up their new album Nancy here.

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Adventures in loudspeakers and Stockhausen will introduce composer Nathaniel Bartlett to Philly in a new series at Crane Arts

Nathaniel Bartlett | photo courtesy of the artist
Nathaniel Bartlett | photo courtesy of the artist

Major changes in life are always followed by a period of readjustment and acclimatization. Having recently moved to the Philadelphia area from his native Madison, Wisconsin, composer and percussionist Nathaniel Bartlett has decided to take the initiative and introduce himself to his newfound community via a five-concert series beginning Wednesday night and continuing monthly at the Crane Arts Old School White Space.

“My experience in the past has been that if you go to a new city and give one concert, it just doesn’t make a very big impact,” Bartlett says. “Doing it piecemeal just doesn’t seem to achieve a critical mass. I’m hoping this series will introduce interested people in Philadelphia to what I do.”

The series, dubbed “Sound-Space Audio Lab,” will provide an introduction not just for Bartlett but for his unique, technologically inventive approach to composing and performing. Bartlett’s music augments his five-octave acoustic marimba with high-definition electronic sound, utilizing his 8-channel loudspeaker cube. The system surrounds the audience with eight speakers, allowing for an immersive, highly dimensional sound space.

Bartlett revealed a nascent version of his loudspeaker rig to Philly audiences at a Bowerbird-presented concert in 2006, while he was briefly residing in Bryn Mawr. He’s had several years to tinker with the idea since, and will arrive at Crane Arts with a far more developed set-up this time around. “If you’ve ever listened to a really good, well-made audio recording on a properly set-up stereo system,” Bartlett says, “you’ll notice that the sound exists seamlessly between the loudspeakers. This idea takes that concept, where the sounds can exist anywhere between the speakers, and applies it to a much, much larger and truly 3D space.”

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Stream Sunset Recorder’s album Hot Lava, watch their video for “Mind Clouds” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 6/11)

Back in April, Philadelphia trio Sunset Recorder released their debut LP, Hot Lava.  Featuring the tight combination of mostly bass, guitar, drums and vocals, Sunset Recorder create a lo-fi sound that seamlessly shifts from pop melodies to surf sounds and even touches on minimal techno at times.  What this all amounts to is a group that likes to have fun with their sound and, as a result, we get a upbeat summer album.  Take their video for  the song “Mind Clouds” as an example.  A handheld camera moves from scene to scene, capturing mountains, flowers and tropical paradises.  Meanwhile, the band plays a tune about going on a road trip driven by an upbeat drum and a bouncing bass line.  Check out the video below and stream their whole Hot Lava album on bandcamp.  You can also check out the band June 11th at Kung Fu Necktie or June 29th at The Paper Mill.