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.
Former Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, or “Genius,” will be performing with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore at the Trocadero tonight in anticipation of his upcoming album, Dark Matter. The record, which will be his seventh solo album, is scheduled for an undetermined release date this fall. GZA has also been busy with a deluxe re-release of his legendary 1995 album Liquid Swords, which he’ll be performing in its entirety. Philly openers Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore released their debut album, The Bull, in September; it can be streamed here. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, watch GZA perform “Liquid Swords” with Wavves.
Listening to Blayer Pointdujour and The Rockers Galore‘s debut LP The Bull, you can hear a broad range of influences at play. This eclectic taste becomes even more apparent in talking to Blayer, who gets excited about roots rockers like Adam and Dave’s Bloodline as easily as he does for rappers like Voss or alt rockers like The National Rifle. To wrap up this edition of Unlocked, we asked Blayer to give us an idea of the music he’s been vibing to; he hit us back with the 20-song playlist you can listen to below. Check it out, and celebrate the release of The Bull tonight at MilkBoy Philly.
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.
This week on Unlocked, we’re featuring The Bull, the debut full-length from Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore. A revolutionary fusion of dub, reggae, kompa and punk rock, the album’s themes deal equally in struggle, escapism and empowerment. I sat down with Pointdujour over drinks at McGlinchey’s last Thursday, and while the digital jukebox shuffled our background music from Nirvana to Carly Rae Jepsen, Blayer pondered the process of making music of the people, for the people – writing songs that echo frustrations but also uplift.
The Key: This album tackles a lot. For one body of work, it’s three very distinct subjects. Was it a challenge, as a writer, to cover all this territory?
Blayer Pointdujour: I feel like the whole thing is very voyeuristic. I’m picking these moods. I’ll hear a drum beat – it always starts with the drums – and I’ll think ‘this mood fits that.’ And then I’ll write around it, and rewrite it, and rewrite again until it’s firm. It doesn’t feel hard; I’m just picking my moods, and finding the words to fit them.
TK: Seeing what stories fit what moods.
TK: And it’s not just your story. You talk about your family, your uncle. You take a third-person view, talking about history. And there are the guest vocalists. Everybody is weighing in, but all around the same area.
BPDJ: It’s crazy how just the music draws that out of people. Like, I cut this demo with Voss, a rapper – he’s kind of like Rone, like a pop rapper. But I sent him this one track, and he took the opportunity to talk about all this different stuff, all this real stuff. All the singers, all the guests, when they hear the music they’re like oh, now I can talk about something real. Continue reading
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 bitby.tv 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