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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Luz at Underground Arts and A Day Without Love at The Fire

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Seattle-based hazy rock act La Luz will be taking their soundscapes to Underground Arts. Coming to fruition in 2012, they have since released three records, which each one topping the last. Their latest effort, Weirdo Shrine,  teems with summertime surf melodies. Comprised of members Shana Cleaveland on guitar, Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on bass, La Luz does not fall short. You can get tickets and more information on their show here. Continue reading →

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A Day Without Love signs to Sound and Tones Records

Photo by Abi Reimold
A Day Without Love | Photo by Abi Reimold

Brian Walker of the local rock outfit A Day Without Love has made the intimidating, as well as liberating decision to go forth and continue the project as a one-man band. So far, his labor appears to be paying off as he has announced that has signed with the Massachusetts label Sound and Tones Records. His 2013 EP Island, which was produced by Jake Detwiler, will be re-released by the label on cassette. You can pre-order it here and listen to music below. Continue reading →

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Six Philadelphia artists who crushed it at SXSW 2015

Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese
Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese

This time last week, I was traveling home from Austin after a jam-packed three days of nonstop music at SXSW 2015. Many who make the trek to the annual industry rodeo do it with an eye on discovering new artists. That certainly fits in the mix when I’m down there – and the sets I caught by California rapper Boogie and Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah were impressive – but my primary focus is catching up with Philadelphians at the festival to see how they fared. Continue reading →

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A Day Without Love releases acoustic session with new track “Things I Can Tell”

Brian Walker of A Day Without Love
Brian Walker of A Day Without Love

Brian Walker of the modern rock project A Day Without Love sat down with Concertjunkies for an acoustic session. The music blog recorded a stripped down version of an upcoming track by the Philly based artist, who recently went solo. The track is called “Things I Can Tell” and Walker delivers a powerful childhood chant of “It’s not worth it, none of us deserve this” in a brightly-lit living room. Continue reading →

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Watch A Day Without Love’s new “Broken Bridge” video

A Day WIthout Love | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly modern rock outfit A Day Without Love – the rotating cast lineup headed by singer and songwriter Brian Walker – released a playful music video for its single “Broken Bridge” this week. With propulsive drums and guitar guiding Walker’s soaring vocals, the very DIY video follows the course of a house party at Walker’s place that goes awry in a funny-sad way. The song can be found on A Day Without Oscar, a split single with Uncle/Father Oscar, back in August – get it at Bandcamp and check out the video below.
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Listen to A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar’s split EP A Day Without Oscar

A Day Without Love
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Local bands A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar recently released a split EP, fittingly titled A Day Without Oscar. Alt-rock four-piece A Day Without Love, who just released their latest EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind earlier this year, starts out the EP with “Lost Children,” a song with the same apocalyptic feeling the band explored on Innocent Mind. However, during ”Broken Bridge”, the band puts on a more intense rock vibe, a slightly new direction.

Also featured on the bill is Uncle/ Father Oscar, whose band name is an awesome, hopefully intentional reference to Arrested Developement. Continue reading →

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Philly alt-rockers A Day Without Love deliver an introspective new EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind

Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Considering their name, you’d expect A Day Without Love to be a pretty dark band. But darkness is just one facet of their new release Confessions of the Innocent Mind which, in their own words, is “a side A/B single about clarity, darkness, and introspective perspectives of life”. There’s a hard rock edge and urgency to “Expose” which finds the band in full rebellion mode as they sing “remove monopoly and give us our freedom” while “Save” is a quiet number that channels existential angst. Celebrate the new release with the band at their upcoming local shows: April 1st at The Fire (tickets here) and April 17th at World Cafe Live (tickets here).

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The Quarterly releases Holiday compilation, featuring five songs by Philly locals

The Quarterly Project recently released a five song compilation of holiday songs done by Philadelphia bands. Featuring Clipshow, You Do You, Conversations with Enemies, A Day Without Love, and Aphra covering Christmas classics, this release will certainly help any Philadelphian get in the Christmas spirit.

Definitely check out the true-to-orginal cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You” by You Do You, as well as the fuzzed up version of “Jingle Bell Rock” by Clipshow.  Warm up by the fire, watch the snow fall, and turn up your speakers.

Stream the compilation below, or download it for $3 via Bandcamp. Proceeds from the album go to Rock to the Future, a local non profit dedicated to bringing free music education to kids throughout the city.