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Hear Far-Out Fangtooth’s unreleased “Concrete Mystic”, see them open for Roky Erickson at Underground Arts

Far Out Fangtooth
Far Out Fangtooth | photo by Adam Wallacavage | courtesy of the artist

Gothic Philly outfit Far-Out Fangtooth split up after their 2013 LP Borrowed Time, but the four-piece reunites this weekend, opening for psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators. As if it couldn’t get any better, the band sent us an exclusive listen to a previously unreleased song. “Concrete Mystic” sees the band at their most doom-and-gloom, howling from the bottom of some forsaken pit. Halloween was only a couple days ago, so the song feels like a fitting conclusion to spooky season. Continue reading →

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Far Out Fangtooth is reuniting to open for Roky Erickson

Far Out Fangtooth
Far Out Fangtooth | photo by Adam Wallacavage | courtesy of the artist

Gloomy Philly rock outfit Far Out Fangtooth spent four years channeling goth, glam, and gritty punk rock before disbanding in the wake of their second LP, 2013’s Borrowed Time.

In the years since, bandmates have been active to varying degrees; Jo Kusy is exceptionally prolific as a solo artist as well as a member of garage rock bruisers The Whips, while Nick Kulp did a stint in Creepoid before founding his coldwave solo project Lunacy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Roky Erickson at Union Transfer, Maserati at Kung Fu Necktie, Rusted Root at The Abbey Bar


Psychedelic rock trailblazer Roky Erickson will be performing tonight at Union Transfer. Erickson recently collaborated with Okkervil River 2010’s True Love Cast Out All Evil, which was Erickson’s first release of fresh material since 1995’s All That May Do My Rhyme. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., for more information go here. Watch Erickson’s 2010 performance of “You’re Gonna Miss Me” at Johnny Brenda’s below.

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Roky Erickson playing Union Transfer in November


The legendary Roky Erickson, former front man for the 13th Floor Elevators, is playing Union Transfer on Monday, November 5th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 7th at Noon. Go here for more information about the show. Erickson was on World Cafe with David Dye in June, 2010, with Okkervil River as his backing band; listen to the interview here. That same year, Erickson released his first new album of all new material in 14 years. Over the years, Erickson’s influence has been felt by a diverse group of musicians including Mogwai, Primal Scream, ZZ Top, REM, and Jesus and Mary Chain. The Austin, Texas psychedelic rocker suffered from years of schizophrenia and after years of not performing, took to the stage in 2005. Below, listen to some of Roky’s best musical moments, including the original version of “Slip Inside This House,” a song covered by Primal Scream on their classic Screamadelica album. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Roky Erickson at Johnny Brenda’s

Roky EricksonIf Roky Erickson, arguably The Father Of Psychedelic Rock, appears a little, uh…”distant” when he performs at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, cut the guy some slack. (Early reports from Erickson’s shows in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD, have been mixed—with Erickson apparently struggling on stage while the backing band alternately carried him through some songs and fumbled their own way through others.) The Texas-born rock icon’s history of drug abuse, mental illness, and legal problems is a well-documented one (see Keven McAlester’s 2005 documentary, You’re Gonna Miss Me), but it only makes his recent return that much more of an accomplishment. True Love Cast Out All Evil, recorded with fellow Texans Okkervil River (and released on Anti- earlier this year), isn’t Erickson’s first comeback attempt, but it is his most impressive. When a figure of Erickson’s stature—if you’re a fan of psych-rock, he’s likely had an influence on all your favorite bands and records in the genre—releases his first album in 14 years, it could probably garner decent reviews based on his name alone. Thankfully, Evil is deserving of all the critical praise it has received—which is as much a statement about Erickson’s survival as a musician as it is his survival of the acid-fueled ’60s. Roky Erickson performs with Brother JT and The Happen-Ins at 9 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: One eskimO + Hugo, Scars On 45 at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $21-$26); Bedouin Soundclash + McRad, DJ King Britt at Silk City (9 p.m., $10); Roger Waters at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., $78-$253).

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The Skeleton Key: The ABCs of November with Adrian and Ali, Bowerbird and bugs, CraftNOW, Daydream Nation, and more

On The Water | photo by L.J. Brubaker | goodolljb.biz | courtesy of the artist

These days it’s so tempting to revel in the awfulness of the world, to throw your hands up and just give in to this feeling that nothing will ever change. Bad news has been coming from all sides and whatever respite we can get is incredibly fleeting. I’m reminded of the song “Another Happy Day” from 90’s Westchester punks 2.5 Children Inc. that has the line, “You said cheer up and I’m trying / But it’s hard when the whole world’s dying.” And that was written almost 25 years ago! Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Full Bush, Josh Ritter, Christine and the Queens, Kaia Kater and more

Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens | photo by Jamie Morgan | courtesy of the artist

While there’s not much doing on Halloween itself, that’s fine — it’ll just give you more time and space to roam your neighborhood as a free agent looking for parties, collecting candy, or collecting candy with your kids if you’re at that point in your life. The rest of the week, though: JAM. PACKED. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next seven days in and around Philadelphia, from tonight’s punk rock mischief night gigs at Johnny Brenda’s and Ortlieb’s, to indie rock, soul and trance all round the region on Sunday. Continue reading →

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No Points For Nostalgia: Austin’s Levitation Festival brought us some muddy surprises

Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli
Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli

One word that would neatly describe this year’s Levitation Festival: muddy. Very very muddy, and the rain that dropped down on Carson Creek Ranch — a usually dusty plane within view of the Austin-Bergstrom airport — called for some set up changes. The Levitation Amphitheatre had to be moved from its spot on the Colorado riverside to higher ground, so that it wouldn’t sink its artists into the currents. Because of this, it lacked the 360 degree visual display that’s usually projected onto the river at the annual gathering – formerly known as Austin Psych Fest – but didn’t lack in any other capacity. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream playing TLA on 5/9

Photo by Piper Ferguson
Photo by Piper Ferguson
In 1991 the Glasgow band Primal Scream released one of the all time groundbreaking dance-influenced rock records, Screamadelica. It was a breakthrough album for lead singer Bobby Gillespie and company, winning the first ever Mercury Prize in the UK. Combining house music and R&B with the band’s indie rock roots, Screamdelica remains to this day one of the best and most acclaimed albums from the 90s, and on songs like “Come Together,” “Movin’ On Up,” and their cover of Roky Erickson’s “Slip Inside This House,” Screamadelica turned rock and roll inside out. While Screamadelica remains their legacy, Primal Scream has since released an impressive body of work, and their 2013 release More Light is perhaps their best release since Screamdelica. Philly fans will get to see the band in action when they play the TLA on Friday, May 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, watch a BBC documentary on Screamadelica, and listen to “It’s Alright, It’s OK,” from their recent album.