Magic Bus: Bowerbird announces open call for Double Decker Music Series 2016

Calling all Philly musicians: Bowerbird Music, the local organization devoted to experimental music in unconventional settings, has announced the open call for the Summer 2016 installment of their Double Decker Music Series.

For those not familiar with Bowerbird’s DDMS, the series showcases an eclectic array of artists performing on the open-air roof of a double decker tour bus to provide a “unique, intimate mobile concert experience” throughout the course of the summer. The performance will also be paired with a guided tour of Philadelphia’s attractions by series curator Sebastian Petsu. Pretty cool, eh? Continue reading →


This Friday: “All Sound is Queer” at the Rotunda

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Curated by filmmaker and sound artist Catherine Pancake, the All Sound is Queer event takes its name from a 2011 article penned by Matmos’ Drew Daniel in The Wire. In that piece, Daniel rebuffed the idea that LGBTQ identity should be tethered to explicitly “queer” music, whether that means Lady Gaga, house music, or pride-sneering punk. Instead, the creation of any sound art, he argues, represents a “queer” sense of creative exploration away from the norm. Make music, he suggests, and you’re automatically disrupting the status quo.

Daniel will be one of the artists on the bill at this free Bowerbird-presented show at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia on Friday June 20th, which was designed as “both a response and continuation” of that essay. The evening will also feature music, readings, and sound works by a host of artists who place experimental music in service of identity politics, including musician and artist Keir Neuringer, Alex Smith, Ex. By. V. (featuring Leah B.), writer and poet Megan McShea, John Eaton, and artist and composer Jules Gimbrone (pictured above).

Go here for more information about the event.

Below, watch a short film by Catherine Pancake, “Effortless Battle.”