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.
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
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.
XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoonand 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 Yorkerand 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.
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.”