This week’s Key Studio Session comes courtesy of Johnny Showcase. The band has a great backstory (which you can read here) and plays great music (which you can hear below). For this session, they gave us a sneak peek of their new LP The Octopus!, out October 6th. Check out “Night of the Electric Love Phoenix” below and download the full set here.
Philly indie pop five-piece Acres of Diamonds has been making inventive and elegant music in fits and starts since 2008. As they put it succinctly on their Bandcamp page, “we’ve always been in flux, never just one thing or of one mind. We’re busy like you, being inspired, honing riffs, recording, trying out different microphones, taking some photographs, hanging out, tuning our guitars.”
Their last EP, the haunting Animal Trust, dates back to fall of 2012, and the band has always had a bit of an autumnal sound about it – two of it’s cited influences being John Cale and Galaxie 500. So it’s totally fitting that on the first day of fall, Acres of Diamonds returns with new music. Continue reading →
Acres of Diamonds’ sound stems from a variety of influences – from Fleetwood Mac to Sonic Youth, the band somehow mixes and mashes different genres into a sound completely their own. Tonight, they’ll be presenting that very sound at Kung Fu Necktie along with bands Elsinore and Vivre Sa Vie. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. and the $8 tickets can be purchased here.
Plow United will be playing at Atlantic City venue The Boneyard tonight. After looking like they might never come back to the stage, the thrashcore pop-punk band made an unexpected return and proudly released their new album, Marching Band, last April. Can’t make it tonight? Catch Plow United tomorrow at the Mojo Main in Delaware. For more information and tickets for tonight’s show, click here. Watch a video of the band performing a cover of Siouxie and the Banshees’ “Burn-Up” from this week’s Key Studio Session below.
XPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight. Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP. The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories. Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here. Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.
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On their latest Animal Trust EP, Acres of Diamonds follow up 2010’s debut with three dark, post-punky songs recorded at Miner Street Studios. Mixing in a healthy dose of pop catchy-ness, Animal Trust hands out some unexpected twists by-way of an organ on the Sonic Youth-esque “Sweet Believers” and occasional Kate Bush-ian theatrics on the title track. Vocalist
Sarah Davis’ Gwen Rooker’s raspy alto recalls the eeriness of Family Band singer Kim Krans at times, adding a mysterious counter-point to the fully-developed guitar and drum layers. Acres of Diamonds will be performing at PhilaMOCA on January 18th with Univox, Pow Wow! and Lux Perpetua. More information can be found here. Below, stream Acres of Diamond’s Animal Trust EP.
“Our recording process has been somewhat glacial,” jokes Sarah Davis, the singer and keyboardist / glockenspielist for earthy, expressive Philly rock combo Acres of Diamonds. The band’s excellent self-titled EP dropped in summer of 2010, and it has been working on the followup at an extremely measured pace in the time since. But that’s completely fine; if the end result is a collection of songs as rich and inspired as today’s Philly Local Phile, AOD’s brand-new number “Penultimate,” it will be absolutely worth the wait. Stream or download the song below, and catch Acres of Diamonds in concert next weekend when it plays Milkboy Philly on Sat. Feb. 4 with Brown Recluse and recent PHL Bandcamp Hunter stars Instamatic.