Big-name Philly pop-punk five-piece The Wonder Years announced a Pop Up Shop festival of sorts to debut The Greatest Generation – their fourth studio album due out on May 14th through Hopeless Records. Curated by the band and Glamour Kills Clothing, it will be a literal shop opening on 307 Market Street for fans – or simply passers by in the neighborhood – to be treated to acoustic sets by the band and their friends, as well as food, signings, movies, and merch that The Wonder Year’s tumblr says, “will never be produced again.” So that’s awesome. Shop hours are from 2 to 6:30 p.m., and the event hours are from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Fuel for fun.
In addition to the band’s mercantile plans, tracks from the new album have begun to surface. Today at Alternative Press, a new cut called “Dismantling Summer” premiered. You can check it out here, and watch a lyric video for “Passing Through A Screen Door” below.
Philadelphia band Belgrade has released a sneak peak single off of their debut self titled album via Alternative Press this week, and, with every emphasis on the next two words: it shimmers. The dissonant echo, vulnerable yet resoundingly present, glistens the surface of the released song “Consolation Prize” so it plays as an atmospheric back drop to the rest of the organic sound.
Those of you who love bands like My Morning Jacket and The Appleseed Cast will find it easy to immerse your ears within Belgrade’s warmth. The beginning notes slip into the undercurrents of the consciousness, while the throbbing drums burst what can only be described by saying this band a profound sense how to write a song. “Consolation Prize” as a whole is a complete composition of mature song writing and beautiful emission of sound.
Belgrade’s debut self-titled album will be released digitally April 16th, and their record release show will be at the Kung Fu Necktie on April 26th; listen to “Consolation Prize” via Alternative Press here. While you’re at it, Absolute Punk also has released another song from their full length entitled “Protest” so check that out as well. And below, enjoy a free download of “Venice On A Map.”
South Jersey emo power-popsters By Surprise are back with “Criteria,” the title track to their sophomore full-length album, slated for a January release on Top Shelf Records (get your pre-order on here). The song, streaming over at Alternative Press, rings out with big and bright Built To Spill chords, generous feedback accents, and a singalong refrain, while the lyrics underneath the uplifting arrangements are laced with bitterness and rejection. “If you’re looking for me, you know where I’ll be / beneath the bus you threw me under.” Dang. Stream the song over at AP, and watch for more from By Surprise later this winter.