Philly / Brooklyn indie outfit Northern Arms are bringing their beautifully haunting, slightly old-world sound to Ortlieb’s Lounge on June 19th. They opened for local favorites Man Man back in March, and Bands in the Backyard (BITBY) recorded their performance of “Build My Gallows.” It’s very reminiscent of a less gruff Tom Waits style – something Poe probably would’ve jammed out to today. Watch it below (you can find more of their performance on BITBY’s site), and catch them at Ortlieb’s with NYMPH and sami.the.great.
Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name. Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here. Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.
West Philly quartet HighKick are bringing their rockabilly sound to World Cafe Live tonight in preparation for the release of their new demo. The band’s honest lyrics and steady Americana rhythms make their 2010 album, Paints a House, a must-hear for any fan of DIY roots music, and can be streamed here. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show are available on our concert calendar here; doors open at 7 p.m. Below, watch a video profile on HighKick from 6ABC.
More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”
Part of the Philadelphia delegation heading up to New York City this week for the CMJ Music Marathon, local rock band Thee Idea Men will be playing the TurnStyle showcase at Ella’s Lounge tomorrow night. Following CMJ, Thee Idea Men return to Philadelphia for a show with Lucy Stone at Gunner’s Run; the hometown show is free, and more information can be found here. Thee Idea Men recently recorded a video with Bands In the Backyard for their song “She’s Got the Walk,” which you can watch below.
XPN Welcomes Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear to the Electric Factory tonight. In August the band released its fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead, to praise from critics who have said it has been “not so much transforming their sound as transcending it” (The Village Voice). Minus the Bear will be playing tonight with Cursive and Caspian. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 and more information about the show can be found here. Watch Minus the Bear’s new video for “Steel and Blood” below.
The other week we told you about the annual Caravan Tour: a group of Philadelphia bands that hustle up to Maine for a weekend of live music and good times. One of the acts heading north this year is Josh Pannepacker’s project, Shorty Boy Boy. He will be performing a live set tonight at Silk City. And if you’re sad to leave after having such an awesome time, fear not. Shorty’s fun, rockin’ candy-pop music can go home with you; the first 25 people to arrive tonight will receive a free copy of his recent Candy Man 7″. Other performing acts tonight include Sweatheart and Cherokee Red. Also, Bands in the Backyard will be screening their latest monthly episode, featuring Psychic Teens. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9. This 21+ event is only $8, for more info check out the event page. Check out the tunes from Candy Man below.