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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brazilian Girls at Underground Arts, Eleni Mandell at Union Transfer, Arctic Splash at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo by Michael Weintrob, Courtesy of facebook.com/braziliangirls
Photo by Michael Weintrob, Courtesy of facebook.com/braziliangirls
New York-based electric dance band Brazilian Girls play tonight at Underground Arts. The band’s fans are anxiously awaiting the release of its newest album – it’s acclaimed New York City came out six years ago. After taking a brief hiatus, Brazilian Girls are currently touring the East Coast and making a stop in Montreal. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets here and check out the band’s video for “Don’t Stop” below.

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Philly Music of Christmas Past: Download Arctic Splash’s “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas”

Photo of Joey Sweeney by John Vettese
Photo of Joey Sweeney by John Vettese

In addition to being editor of city blog Philebrity, Joey Sweeney’s current rock and roll curriculum vitae includes the baroque pop influenced Long Hair Arkestra, and the more rocking Arctic Splash. A year ago, the Splash (which features XPN director of engineering Jared Styles on bass) recorded a Key Studio Session during which they debuted their own seasonal single “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas.” In the spirit of the holiday music melee, we revisit the song for you to download below. Arctic Splash play on Sunday, January 12, at the Gold Club in Northern Liberties.

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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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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Caitlin Rose, Arctic Splash, Rev. John Wilkins

Pissed Jeans sure know how to make the most of two and a half minutes.  The first single from the local band’s upcoming Honeys LP is called “Cathouse,” and it’s a relentless punk jam with a killer shred explosion two minutes in.  Honeys will be out on Sub Pop on February 12th, with a record release show at Underground Arts on February 15th.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Download the song via Soundcloud here. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “When You Say My Name” by Arctic Splash (from The Key Studio Sessions, Vol. 6)

Photo of Joey Sweeney by John Vettese

Today’s My Morning Download is by the local rock and roll band Arctic Splash. Fronted by Philebrity editor Joey Sweeney, the Splash recorded a Key Studio Session last month – mid-December, 2012 – and the song “When You Say My Name” is on the recent Key Studio Sessions, Volume 6, featuring performances from 17 bands including Kingsfoil, The Districts, Ape School, and others. You can download the entire collection here. Below, grab the aching, Dylanesque “When You Say My Name” by Arctic Splash.

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Download El Malito’s remix of “Denim Tuxedo” by Arctic Splash (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 2/6)

When Arctic Splash played last month’s Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s, they got a treat from one of the other artists on the bill. Raunchy hip-hop dance-rock dude El Malito (pictured) broke out a bass-heavy remix of the Splash’ signature tune “Denim Tuxedo,” paired with some head-spinning animation. It surfaced as an mp3 a couple weeks later, and you can listen to it and download it below. Arctic Splash plays Kung Fu Necktie with Creem Circus and The Naked Heroes on Saturday, February 16th. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Arctic Splash

You could tell right off the bat that Arctic Splash was serious about this holiday vibe. When the band showed up at WXPN last weekend for its Key Studio Session, guitarist Jeff White broke out his cranberry-red Fender, remarking that it was picked specifically for the occasion. It played nicely off of his pine-green flannel, while frontman Joey Sweeney (also known as editor of Philebrity and resuscitator of the 215 Fest) wore a bright red winter cap with the Spectrum logo emblazoned across it. Sure, he probably would have been wearing the hat anyway, but it all just felt so right. The mission at hand was a Christmas-themed Arctic Splash session, guest engineered by World Cafe’s Chris Williams and the set a ran a gamut of moods and sounds. It went from the biting, twisted and cynical (but insanely poppy) “Don’t Kill Yourself At Christmas,” to the generally wintery rocker “Beware of the Black Ice”, all the way to an absolutely sincere, touching rendition of “Silent Night.” In the mix there as well are a couple other Splash originals, “When You Say My Name” and “Baptized In Vibe.” Stream ‘em and download ‘em below, and get ready to sing along when Arctic Splash performs at tonight’s Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japandroids at Union Transfer, Maxi Priest at The Keswick Theatre, The Best of Joey Sweeney at Johnny Brenda’s, Work Drugs with Shark Tape at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Ra Ra Riot at The Chameleon Club

Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer.  Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here).  The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”

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Photo Recap: Arctic Splash at Johnny Brenda’s


Philly rockers Arctic Splash made their Johnny Brenda’s debut – and, if I heard them correctly, their debut playing a venue with an actual stage – on Friday night, opening for Weird Hot and St. John and the Apostles. The band features Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney on keys and vocals (and WXPN’s Jared Styles on bass), along with a crew of players with psuedonymous “Splash” surnames. Check out a photo recap of their set above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Karaban at Tin Angel, Blayer PointduJour at MilkBoy, Jello Biafra at the Trocadero, and Arctic Splash at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jason Karaban returns home from L.A. tonight to celebrate the release of his new album, Shift, which came out on September 4th. Karaban joined WXPN’s Helen Leicht on her show Leicht Lunch on Wednesday to play a few songs from his new album and his song “Misplaced” was Wednesday’s My Morning Download. Now, WXPN is welcoming Karaban to the Tin Angel tonight for a 21+ CD release party. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10. Below, watch the video for “Misplaced” from Jason Karaban’s new album.

Haitian kompa musician Blayer PointduJour just released his first full-length album this week with his band, the Rockers Galore. To celebrate, PointduJour is playing a record release show at MilkBoy Philly. The 21+ show also features I Yahn I Arkestra, The National Rifle, and Philadelphia Slick. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10. Blayer PointduJour was also this week’s Unlocked band on The Key. Check out The Key’s album review of his new record The Bull here and listen to his song “One Hit” in the player below.

Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra is headed to Philly tonight for an all ages show at the Trocadero with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The show also features performances by The Ray Gradys, Honah Lee, and Thee Nosebleeds. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here for $15.

Finally, Philly bands Arctic Splash, Weird Hot are playing St. James & the Apostles‘s record release show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 here. Vinyl copies of St. James & the Apostles’ new album, Baphomet, will be available at the show.