Photo Recap: The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Union Transfer

Last night The Brian Jonestown Massacre brought their cranked amps and billowing fog machines to Union Transfer on tour in support of their latest album (their 13th!), Aufheben. Check out a photo gallery above, shot by Bands In the Backyard‘s Kyle Costill.


Five new R5 Productions shows coming soon to a venue near you

Even though the summer will soon come to an end, don’t feel down – R5 Productions just announced five brand new shows for this upcoming fall season. And let me tell you, folks, they’re going to be chock full of cozy musical performances.

First up will be OFF! on October 19th at First Unitarian Church. The super troupe of punk rockers is made up of members of Black Flag, Burning Brides and Hot Snakes. Opening bands include The Spits and Double Negative. Gear up your vocal chords and get stoked for one raging performance.

BOO! A super ghouly and ghostly show will be happening on Halloween (Oct. 31st) featuring The Dead Milkmen, MC Lars and Philadelphia’s own Psychic Teens. The show will be happening at Union Transfer; trick-or-treaters are welcome! Psychic Teens filmed Bands in the Backyard episode recently, watch it below.

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Watch a new Bands in the Backyard video of The Silence Kit (playing North Star Bar tonight)

Local post-punk band The Silence Kit play shoe-gaze influenced, moody, lo-fi alt-rock. The band started in 2002 as a solo recording project for singer/guitarist Patrick McCay, but has since evolved into a full band playing live shows. The band recently let Bands in the Backyard join them in their New Jersey studio to film a studio session of “Eight Years.” Check out the video in the player below.

The band is playing a 21+ show at North Star Bar tonight featuring E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart, Kill the Broadcast, The Kiera Plan and Preston Hull. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo Orbiter w/ Break it Up and Trouble Everyday, El-P w/ Killer Mike and Asher Roth, Roger Waters, Hop Along, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Saturdays are for raging, and there are some rockin’ shows happening this evening that you would be wise to attend. But there are so many to choose from! Here’s our list of some awesome ragers:

Echo Orbiter play with Break it Up and Trouble Everyday (reunited!) at Kung Fu Necktie. Bands in the Backyard recently did a short backyard session with Echo Orbiter, which you can view below, and Trouble Everyday was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. Tickets to this 21+ show are $8, doors at 8 PM.

Over at the Troc, El-P plays with special guests, Killer Mike and college boy, Asher Roth. This show is all ages and starts at 9 PM, tickets are 20 smackeroos.

Roger Waters “The Wall” tour makes a stop at Citizens Bank Park tonight. You can purchase tickets to the show here, show starts at 8:45 PM.

Hop Along recently had their CD release show for Get Disowned at First Unitarian Church; they play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Secret Mountains and DRGN KING. Tickets to this 21+ show are $10.

The Saturday free concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues this evening with a performance from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This 21+ show is free and starts at 5 PM.


The Key Studio Sessions: Trouble Everyday

Photo by John Vettese
Before there was Bands in the Backyard, there was Trouble Everyday, the angular indie band from mid-aughts Philadelphia, fronted by present day BITBY honchos Kyle Costill and Dave Kain. When those guys decided last summer to team up again and launch a new video blog that quickly became ubiquitous, it didn’t seem too far of a reach to reunite musically as well. Original Trouble Everyday guitarist Chris Doyle (currently of Sun Airway) hopped onboard, with BITBY collaborator Josh Pannepacker (who also performs as Shorty Boy-Boy) sitting in behind the drumkit to administer those body-moving disco-punk beats. Their rhythmic end had Trouble Everyday lumped into that trendy post-punk dance revivalist craze back in the day, but their tastes always reached broader, something that might become more evident when the band plays its reunion show this weekend. If anything, as we heard in Trouble Everyday’s Key Studio Session – recorded with guest engineer Jeff White – the guys are still tight and feisty, and Costill hasn’t lost one ounce of potency from his signature howl. Download their session below (including one untitled draft of a new song that was kind of pieced together on the spot), and catch Trouble Everyday’s reunion show this Saturday at Kungfu Necktie. Trouble Everyday and Break It Up play Echo Orbiter’s CD Release Show at Kungfu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street, Sat. July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.


Watch a video teaser and download a song from Nothing (playing Johnny Brenda’s this Friday)

Philadelphia psychedelic shoegazers Nothing have a calm, sultry sound that is comforting and hopeful in times of stress and loneliness. Steadily flourishing over the past year, they are set to release their third EP, Downward Years to Come, sometime this summer. They released the title track in April, and you can download it below for free. Bands in the Backyard is currently working on the music video for this song; check out their teaser below as well. Nothing opens for Crocodiles this Friday at Johnny Brenda’s. The 9:30 PM show is 21+ , purchase your tickets here.


Download a song from Faux Slang (playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight)

Photo by John Vettese
A plucky four-piece that’s been kicking around the Philly scene for the past five years, Faux Slang is a group that doesn’t fit neatly into a predetermined package. They play late-90s style indie rock, but the keyboard (not guitar) is the dominant instrument; their bread and butter is slammin’ three-minute punky nuggets (check out the self-titled EP they released last summer), but their best song might just be the soaring, six-minute, krautrock-inspired “Mass Hysteria” that was featured on Bands in the Backyard’s BITBY Tape Club Vol. 1 comp earlier this summer. Download the song below (or grab the entire comp here), and check out Faux Slang tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Faux Slang, Last Tide and Royal Shoals play Johnny Brendas, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., tonight at 9 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.


Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter


Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears