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From Banned Books to Bad Braids, an eclectic all-local lineup hits Boot and Saddle on 1/24

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An upcoming show at Boot & Saddle on January 24th will leave you wondering how much strangely awesome music can come out of one city. Local hard art rock group Banned Books headlines the eclectic show with support from Son Step, Laser Background, and Bad Braids.

If you are into psychedelia or really any kind of experimental music, this is a must go to show. Bad Braids will be opening the show with some hauntingly powerful acoustic-based songs, followed by the sometimes spacy, sometimes video game soundtrack-sounding tunes of Laser Background.

Son Step will be prepping for this show with the arrival of new band member Joel Gleiser (Modern Inventors), and word on the street is they’ll have some new songs to share. In the meantime, check out their existing collection on Bandcamp. Banned Books closes out the night with their truly unique racket of multiple instruments and sounds. Check out the mayhem they create below and get tickets to the gig here. ($10, 21+)

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Watch Bad Braids’ Choice/Cuts Session for “Mountains” (playing Boot & Saddle on 1/24)

 

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Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia | photo by Abi Reimold

In the latest Choice/Cuts collaboration from The Deli Magazine and HotBox Studios, Bad Braids performed a new song called “Mountains.”  The episode is the second in a two-part feature on singer/songwriter Megan Biscieglia that also includeds November’s “Jackal” recording.  ”Mountains” is representative of Biscieglia’s beautiful folk/psych catalog of work – it starts quietly with repetitive guitar parts before her hypnotizing vocals come in, accented by a soothing flute melody.  Both “Mountains” and “Jackal” will be included on Bad Braids’ next full-length release, which will follow this year’s Supreme Parallel LP.  Catch Biscieglia live at Boot & Saddle on January 24th with Banned Books, Laser Background and Son Step; tickets and infor can be found here.

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The Deli’s Choice / Cuts series returns with Bad Braids’ “Jackal”

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Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

The Deli’s Choice/Cuts series is back and the current episode features Philly psychedelic/folk outfit Bad Braids performing at Hotbox Studios. Bad Braids, which is really comprised of just singer/songwriter/guitarist Megan Biscieglia and a rotating cast of collaborators, premieres a new track called “Jackal” for the series. Biscieglia’s music has also been described as “haunting,” but “Jackal” is especially crooning, with eerily distorted and reverberating vocals mixing with poignant electric guitar riffs. The song moves pensively, beginning slow building into an emotional crescendo. In short, it’s agonizing and biting and totally amazing. Watch the video The Deli recorded of Bad Braids’ performaning “Jackal” at Hotbox below.

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Photos: Angel Olsen, Pillars and Tongues and Bad Braids at Johnny Brenda’s

Angel Olsen | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com All photos by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

Last night Chicago-based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen headlined Johnny Brenda’s, still on tour in support of her 2012 release Half Way Home. Joining her were avant-pop outfit Pillars and Tongues and Philly’s Bad Braids. Check out a gallery of photos from the show below.

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Go on the road with Bad Braids in a new video for “Palace”

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When Nikki Volpicelli spotlighted Bad Braids‘ latest LP Supreme Parallel for an Unlocked feature earlier this year, she connected the music on the album to being in unknown surroundings, solitude and the power of imagination.  These three concepts appear again in the video for “Palace,” a montage of road trip footage paired with the short, gliding track from local singer-guitarist Megan Biscieglia.  It feels like a dream sequence, though the scenes are incontestably real, filmed by Biscieglia’s friend (and NYC film producer) Diana Martinez while on a road trip a decade ago.  Watch the video below and revisit Bad Braids’ Unlocked series here.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Bad Braids, Les Professionnels, Owen, Fort Frances

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Previewing songs from an upcoming album, Mike Kinsella brought his solo project Owen to Folkadelphia recently.  The Chicago native and former member of Cap’n Jazz and American Football performed four intimate songs for the session, including “Love is Not Enough,” which you can stream and download below.  Check out the full session here.

Local remixers Les Professionnels kicked off their inaugural Just Say Yes Party last week with a free download of “Just Say Yes.”  The dance jam features contributions from a number of collaborators including Anna Lunoe and The Dead Rose Music Company.  Stream and download “Just Say Yes” below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key looked at Bad Braids‘ new album Supreme Parallel.  The feature started off on Monday with a free download of “Pennies” from the local project of Megan Biscieglia, a track that shows off the delicate but powerful traits of the multi-instrumentalist’s music.  Take a look back at the ful Unlocked installment here.

South Philly singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis and his nine-piece Clubhouse Band stopped by recently for a Key Studio Session.  Recording four songs that span Tennis’s creative palate, the band worked their numbers to the greatest advantage during the session.  Download “Madeline” below and get the full session here.

Chicago’s Fort Frances were featured on Tuesday’s My Morning Download with their song “I Had Love.”  Melding a rootsy jangle with a singer-songwriter vibe, the new band are instant ear catchers and are now supporting their second studio effort, this week’s Harbour EP.

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Unlocked: Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia’s “Songs I Love at the Moment”

Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox
Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox
Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia has musical tastes that range from 70′s Britfolk, Indonesian and Tamasheq crooners to Black Sabbath and The Everly Brothers. Today, she made a special playlist for The Key, admitting, “I get a little obsessed with songs and will listen to them over and over and over until I can’t listen to them anymore. These are some of the songs that at the moment, are on that constant stream.” Check out her complete video playlist here, as well as her lovely anecdotes about the music. Bad Braids play the Rigby Mansion tomorrow to celebrate the May 1 release of Supreme Parallel and the kick-off to her European tour.

Trees – “Murdoch”
Megan Boscoeglia (MB): This song is beautiful and a little bit scary. I have an urge to fill this playlist with only Trees, Fairport Convention, and The Incredible String Band, but I will refrain from doing so.

Dara Puspita – “To Love Somebody (Bee Gees cover)”
MB: This is a 60′s girl group from Indonesia who played their own instruments  I found this on a blog once and fell in love with it. Their other song “Lonely Street” is also one of my favorites.

Black Sabbath – “Wizard”
MB: If you put this song on [every] morning, first thing when you wake up, it is guaranteed you will grow a little more badass as each day passes.

TwinSisterMoon – “Spells”
MB: I accidentally downloaded this while trying to download something else. I’ve found a lot of really great music that way. I thought while listening that it was for sure from the 60′s, but it is current and they live in France. This song kind of kills me.

Patti Smith – “Lands”
MB: Patti Smith is intense. I have always liked her music, but never really got into it until I read her book a few years ago.
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