This weekend, Philly’s action/adventure pop troupe Conversations With Enemies celebrates the release of its latest record, The Good Times, in a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The album references just about every fictional character you might have loved as a kid – werewolves, vampires, cowboys, zombies – and like Enemies’ 2010 debut, Nowhere OK, it comes accompanied by a comic book that mixes them all together. This week, band leader Josh Craft will guest DJ the XPN2 Philly Local Show, previewing tracks from the album, giving us the lowdown the concert, and spinning tunes from some of his favorite Philly peers like Algernon Cadwallader, Dangerous Ponies, Break It Up and more. Listen in this Thursday, July 5, on XPN2, download a song from the album below, and catch the Conversations With Enemies record release show this Saturday July 7 at Johnny Brenda’s.
The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival has rocked the neighborhood at 43rd and Chester Ave for many years. The festival takes place every year right around the Summer Solstice and features live music, vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, crafts, and more. This festival is a chance to celebrate the artistic community that exists in Philadelphia; it is an opportunity for local non profit organizations to come together to discuss various issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the musical acts are brought to you by Cloud Events-Philly , some which include Break it Up, The Really Cooks, City Wide Specials, Power Animal, and more. The event goes from noon to sunset.
Adrien Kanter (left) of Trésors and Dan Morse of Wigwams
Call it the Philly-Paris connection. This weekend, the French indie rock band Trésors plays Kungfu Necktie, opening for local four-piece Wigwams. The friendship between both groups of musicians goes a ways back, though, all the way to a European tour in 2005, and tomorrow night they’ll bring it to the airwaves to guest DJ on XPN2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dan Morse of Wigwams (who you also saw shredding on the North Star stage in our Break it Up photo recap) joined up with Adrien Kanter and Adrien Durand of Trésors to put together a summer music playlist for the 90-whatever degree heat this week. We’ll hear classic jams from Procal Harum and Black Flag, new music from Liars and Arc in Round, and a couple tracks from our guest DJs own bands to get you psyched for the show on Friday night. Listen in tomorrow night, June 21, at 88.5 HD-2 or XPN2.org beginning at 5 p.m.
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
Tonight, the Minnesota band Now, Now (formerly known as Now, Now, Every Children) headlines a show at North Star Bar. Now, Now released their album Threads on Chris Walla’s (of Death Cab For Cutie) label, Trans- Records. Opening acts include Philadelphia locals, Break it Up and The Pretty Greens. Break it Up did a Key Studio Session with us back in October, which you can check out here.Tickets to the 21+ show are $10, set begins at 8PM. Below check out the song “Dead Oaks” off Now, Now’s new album, Threads.