Free Download: the Shuteye EP by Catnaps (playing Glitoria on 3/2)

Call it the bridge between Catnaps old and new. The Shuteye EP is out today as a free download, and it mixes both the band’s effervescent indiepop hooks and lofty harmonies – the stuff we heard on 2010’s Why Don’t You Whisper? – with the gritty, DIY-minded aesthetic of the Boys Drool EP from last Valentine’s Day. Listen to the EP below, grab a download from Bandcamp and watch out the sci-fi themed music video for “Cherry Lips” here. The band is playing at the West Philly show space Glitoria on March 2.


Photo Recap: Catnaps, Roof Doctor, OhBree and more at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs

Last night, the new-ish upstairs show space at Kung Fu Necktie hosted a mostly local bill with punky indiepoppers Catnaps, alt-folk group Roof Doctor, quirky ensemble OhBree, lo-fi rockers Traffic Nightmare, and New York City noisemakers Incorporated Village of Ghost. Check out photos from the show in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The A’s to Underground Arts, Nightlands at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), Catnaps at Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs), Ladyfest Philly Benefit at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), XPN Welcomes Garland Jeffery’s to The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes new wave outfit The A’s to Underground Arts tonight.  Led by charismatic front-man Richard Bush (currently of The Peace Creeps), the Philadelphia band became a fixture in the east coast club scene with their energetic power pop.  1981’s “A Woman’s Got the Power” gave the band its first hit outside of Philly and though the The A’s never broke through to a national audience, their dedicated hometown following remains intact three decades after they parted ways.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch a video of the band performing “A Woman’s Got the Power” live below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key

Birdie Busch‘s latest LP, Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night, gets profiled in Unlocked [link]

World Cafe‘s Sense of Place series explores the musical heritage of Memphis [link]

Philly synth-poppers Vacationer announce a monthly music showcase at Underground Arts [link]

Gracie releases a free download and EP details [link]

Emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere records a Key Studio Session [link]

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James announces a solo appearance at Johnny Brenda’s [link]

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic gives Bleeding Rainbow a shoutout via Twitter [link]

Catnaps premier a playful new music video for “Cherry Lips” [link]

Shorty Boy-Boy also premiers a video for the ultra-catchy “Closer” [link]

Download a song from Kurt Vile‘s reissued Hunchback EP [link]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release a lyric video for “Jubilee Street” [link]

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jason Myles Gross appears in a Folkadelphia session [link]


PREMIERE: Catnaps’ new music video “Cherry Lips” (playing Golden Tea House on 1/17, Kung Fu Necktie on 1/26)

It’s been a minute since we heard from Philly indie four-piece Catnaps. Last Valentine’s Day they released Boys Drool, a fuzzed-out punk departure form the synth-based pop of their first album, Why Don’t You Whisper. Their new song “Cherry Lips” continues in that direction, fleshes it out with a singalong hook, and pairs it with a great music video. Ever the romantics, Catnaps here chose to follow a nervous young astronomer / awkward sci-fi dude who falls for a girl from outer space in 30th Street Station – totally adorbs. Watch the video below, look for it on the three-song Shuteye EP that Catnaps is releasing on January 29th, and catch the band in concert this Thursday, January 17th, at Golden Tea House, or at Kung Fu Necktie on January 26.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Catnaps at The Fire, Lindsey Stirling at World Cafe Live, Laetitia Sadier at Johnny Brenda’s

Taking a cue from surf pop bands like Best Coast and Beach House, Philly four-piece Catnaps has been enjoying local success since the release of their 2011 album Why Don’t You Whisper?, which was followed up with an EP titled Boys Drool in February. Catnaps, who previously went by the name When I Was 12, performed a Key Studio Session in June 2011. Their show tonight at The Fire begins at 8 PM and is an all ages event. More information can be found here. Listen to their track “Stick and Stones” from Why Don’t You Whisper? below.

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Free Download: Faux Pas, the new solo project of Catnaps’ Adrianne Gold

Kick off your weekend with a delightful set of breezy indiepop from Adrianne Gold, singer-guitarist of Catnaps. Her main band has been somewhat quiet lately, what with bassist / glockenspiel-ist Carolyn Haynes spending the summer rocking out in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood (seriously), so Gold took the downtime to record an LP of solo material under the name Faux Pas. Neighbors was released this morning, and it’s got the raw fuzz-punk edge of the last Catnaps EP, Boys Drool, but spread out over an entire set this time. It also features one especially catchy tune called “Fleetwood Mac” early on. Listen to it below, and grab a free download of it here. Oh, and don’t believe what Bandcamp tells you – Gold is not playing a show in Manchester, England tonight. This Faux Pas is. Keep a ear out for the next Catnaps release this fall.


Catch some jazz, funk, and more at the Magic Gardens’ July Music & Mosaic Concert Series

South Philly’s Magic Gardens‘ ongoing summer music series is back for its July installment with a full day of jammin’ tunes and jammin’ vibes. Check out funk n’ jazz acts like Hot Bijouxx, Ollin Yolizti Calmecac, and The Really Cooks during the daytime street fair today, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Later, starting at 5 p.m., swing by for more music from the likes of Brooklyn avant-pop outfit Cuddle Magic, indie poppers Catnaps, and the infectiously energetic 20Somethings, among others. Check out the full line-up and get more information here. Admission to the evening show is $12 at the door, Magic Gardens is located at 1020 South Street. Below, stream “Jason,” from Cuddle Magic’s latest album, Info Nympho.


Download the new Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 2 for free

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 2—which you can download for free here —features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Arc In Round, Dutch, The National Rifle, Denison Witmer, Hop Along, Matt Duke, Catnaps, Penrose, Arches, Lantern, Nicos Gun, Restorations, Ages, Sisters 3, The War On Drugs, Sonni Shine And The Underwater Sounds, and Work Drugs.

Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download the previous edition The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume 1, in its entirety as a .zip file here.


Philly Local Philes: Catnaps’ “Why Don’t You Whisper?”

Their summer tour took them to the west coast and back, playing at coffee shops, in living rooms and for one Nervous Energies Session in Southern California. Now that they’re snugly ensconced back in their home town, Catnaps is set to play Phila MOCA and show off a set of music from their full-length, debut Why Don’t You Whisper (released on the eve of their departure in late June). Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into the synthesizer-happy title cut that’s vaguely reminiscent of another indiepop band with feline fixations: The Cat’s Miaow. Catnaps plays PhilaMOCA on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. with Netherfriends and Burberry Possums. Tickets to the all-ages show are $8.