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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bad Braids, Spraynard and more

Bad Braids
Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.

Folkadelphia shared a live session with Bad Braids this week. Megan Biscieglia is moving to other side of the country. soon so this kind of brings her time in Philadelphia full circle (she performed one of the earliest Folkadelphia sessions back in 2012). Check out Bad Braids’ first session here and listen to the new one below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Bad Braids

Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.
Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.

We post up our newest Folkadelphia Session with Philadelphia’s Bad Braids in a bittersweet mood. Over the years, Megan Biscieglia, the constant in the collective, and her rotating cast of bandmates have produced a bounty of spaced-out, psych-tinged, folk-inflected close listening jams. While their music has evolved between three LPs and various releases, Biscieglia and co. have never strayed too far from that hypnotic sound, an audioscape as edgeless, mystical, and mesmerizing as if staring deeper and deeper into a stormy crystal ball. This year, Bad Braids allowed us to peer behind the veil again with an excellent new album EYE OF NIGHT, further fleshing out the full band sound and their untapped sonic potential. The name of the game is dynamics, and Megan and her band have honed their lunar-like powers of ebb & flow over what the listener perceives from second to second. They have created mini-epics, songs that swell up with power and dissapate with a shimmer, along with the occassional whirlpool that pulls you down under now and again. Continue reading →

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Bad Braids releases spacey, ethereal track “Glory, Glory”

Bad Braids' Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox
Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox

This week, Philly singer/songwriter Megan Biscieglia, otherwise known by her moniker Bad Braids, dropped a new song called “Glory, Glory.” It is a collaborative piece with Portland, Maine artist Jacob Augustine. Together, the two take you on a quiet sonic journey with Augustine’s gentle guitar plucking and Biscieglia’s layered, airy vocals. Continue reading →

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Bad Braids kicks off its European travels tonight at Cha-Cha’razzi

Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox
Bad Braids’ Megan Biscieglia / Photo by Elizabeth Lennox

Before beginning a European tour during the month of September, Bad Braids will play a kickoff show at South Philly’s Cha-Cha’razzi tonight at 7:35 pm. The band (in this configuration, just Megan Biscieglia solo, sans her usual rotating cast of collaborators) recorded a Choice/Cuts session at the beginning of the calendar year which showcased their hauntingly beautiful brand of psych/folk. Continue reading →

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

Banned Books | via Facebook

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)

 

Bad Braids | photo by Abi Reimold
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.