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Listen to a new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah song, “Coming Down,” featuring Matt Berninger of The National

Photo of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth wearing a big hat courtesy of the artist.
Photo of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth wearing a big hat courtesy of the artist.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are releasing a new album on June 3rd, Only Run. The band is also doing a month long of shows with a stop in Philly on Friday, June 27th at Johnny Brenda’s. Below, listen to a new song, “Coming Down.” On it, CYHSY sound inspired and rocking hard. The guitar driven song jumps hard out of the gate with a lot of conviction, sounding a bit like early U2. A little more than half way into the song, The National’s Matt Berninger jumps to duet with Clap Your Hands’ lead singer Alec Ounsworth, their voices co-mingling together as they fade into a soaring guitar solo. Listen to it below.

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Photos: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah played a Fishtown living room for a few dozen fans

Alec Ounsworth | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Alec Ounsworth | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah kicked off an intimate tour of fans’ living rooms last week by playing to an audience gathered in the apartment of Fishtown’s Sarah Myers. She applied to host via the Clap Your Hands website by sending in photos of her living room. Our contributing photographer Kate McCann reports that, in addition to the fifty paying audience members, Ounsworth’s wife and other friends were in attendance, sitting amongst strangers sitting on pillows. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below

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Photos: Mates of State and Alec Ounsworth played Underground Arts

Mates of State | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Mates of State | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

All photos by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Still on tour in support of their 2011 release Mountaintops, Mates of State headlined Underground Arts last Thursday. Long known as a poppy indie rock duo, the band has toured as a four-piece since 2010, and backing players Kenji Shinagawa (guitar) and John Panos (trumpet, keys) fleshed out the new songs and embellished older moments dipping back to 2003′s Team Boo and beyond. On the other hand, Alec Ounsworth played an opening set of songs by his band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but arranged as solo synthesizer and sound-loop pieces. Check out a gallery of images from the show below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s, Arctic Splash at Kung Fu Necktie, Cold Roses at MilkBoy, Parquet Courts at Voyeur for Making Time, Galentine’s Day Cover Band Show at Cha-Cha’Razzi

XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoon and a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorker and on NPR.  As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here.  Watch the video for “What I Love” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Walkmen at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at The Colonial Theatre

Philly / New York rockers The Walkmen headline tonight at Union Transfer.  Replacing a canceled October show, the local favorites return to Philly in support of 2012′s Heaven.  In an effort to take the album in a new direction, the band brought in producer Phil Ek for a fresh sound.  The ambition paid off, with Heaven being named Magnet’s number one album of 2012 and the title track landing at spot #56 on XPN’s Top 200 Songs Countdown.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah can be found here.  Below, watch The Walkmen’s video for “Heaven.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at 215 Festival, Freelance Whales at Union Transfer, Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey and more

The fantastic spectacle that is John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders hits Underground Arts tonight in conjunction with the 215 Festival.  Bringing in special guests Dean and Britta, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Doogie Horner, Paul Muldoon, Alec Ounsworth, Carla Rhodes and The Spinto Band, the Cabinet is sure to entertain with its quirky, vaudevillian mix of comedy, music and storytelling.  Tickets are $15 here for the 21+ show; doors will open at 9:00 p.m.  Watch a promo video for the Cabinet of Wonders below.

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215 Festival music lineup includes Dean & Britta, The Spinto Band, Lushlife, Light Heat and more

Literary arts showcase The 215 Festival is making its grand return to Philadelphia this year, and the announcement today reveals an all-around exciting lineup, especially in the musical realm. New Eraserhood venue Underground Arts is ground zero, and The West Philadelphia Orchestra throws a “Ladies Night Balkan Dance Party” on opening night, November 1. The following night, John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders performs – this time featuring members of The Spinto Band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Dean & Britta. Lushlife and Light Heat play the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party on Nov. 3, and John Hodgeman closes out the festival on the 4th. No word on whether humorist Hodgeman’s performance will be musical or not, but perhaps one of his TBA guests will bring instruments with them. Check out the entire lineup here.

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The Spinto Band has a free mix tape for you (WXPN Welcomes The Spinto Band residency this month to Kung Fu Necktie)

WXPN Welcomes The Spinto Band May residency at Kung Fu Necktie every Tuesday in May starting next Tuesday, May 8th. Today, The Spinto Band release their new album Shy Pursuit and next week they begin their month long residency celebration with some incredible opening bands for each show. On May 8th Purples and Alec Ounsworth open; Nightlands and Via Audio open on Tuesday, May 15th; The Extraordinaires and Heyward Howkins have the honors on Tuesday, May 22nd and Cheers Elephant and Langor open the final show of the residency on May 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows. The Spinto Band have compiled a free sampler of the bands playing the Kung Fu Necktie shows that you can download here. The band recently stopped by the XPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can download a sneak preview of it here.