Philadelphia native and Girls Rock Philly alum Attia Taylor will return to her hometown for a show at Cha Cha’Razzi on October 4th. After releasing her Luxurious Corners EP in February, Taylor stopped by the studio of Kettle Pot Tracks to record an exceptionally lush and intimate On the Hill Session. You can watch the video for “Wild Forest” below and check out the rest here. Taylor will be joined by Noun (the side project of Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females) and House Red at the Cha Cha’Razzi show; more information can be found on her Facebook page.
On Saturday night, South Philly arts space Cha-Cha’Razzi hosted a benefit concert for Ladyfest Philadelphia, an event taking place at The Rotunda June 7th through June 9th celebrating women in arts, culture and activism. The Galentine’s Day Cover Band benefit raised $1,200 for the organization and featured groups of Philly musicians playing cover sets spotlighting the music of The Breeders, Bikini Kill, Electrelane and more. Check out a video recap of the benefit in the player below.
On deck for Ladyfest Philly is a benefit dance party at Eris Temple on March 8, a Karaoke benefit at Tabu on March 21, and a Little Berlin organized by Girls Rock Philly campers on April 20. The festival is taking artist submissions through February 28th: the lineup will be announced on April 1, and a companion cassette compilation will be released to coincide with it.
XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoonand a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorkerand on NPR. As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here. Watch the video for “What I Love” below.
XPN Welcomes electro-pop/rock band Yeasayer to Union Transfer tonight. The group is currently touring in support of their third album, Fragrant World, which was released in August. The band’s psychedelic sound draws a mix of influences from electronic music, folk, and world rhythms, heard best on the 2010 release of Odd Blood, which skyrocketed their reputation, even earning the title of 2010′s most-blogged artist on The Hype Machine. Go here for more information about tonight’s all-ages performance; doors open at 8. Below, watch Yeasayer’s new video for “Longevity” from Fragrant World.
Philly noisepop duo Gypsy Death and You are preparing to release their latest batch of shoegaze-inspired recordings, EP No. 2. The five-song set is amped, gauzy and infectious, and this week the band gave us a taste of what’s in store with a new track called “Ghosts.” Listen to it below, and get more info on Gypsy Death and You’s September 28 EP release show at South Philly art space Cha Cha’razzi at the show’s Facebook event page.
It was released last November, but Bandname’s Breakfast wasn’t really an autumn album. It’s meant more for this season, a perfect record for road trips to the shore, slamming around in the heat, and backyard cookouts on cool breezy evenings. You’ll get to do at least one of those things in conjunction with Bandname’s feisty garage-punk tomorrow, when it plays Cha Cha Razzi with buzzing local fellows Kite Party and a handful of touring acts. Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into our session archives for a rendition of “Wonder Why” recorded for us right before the album’s release. Bandname plays Cha Cha Razzi, 1918 S. Bancroft St. with Kite Party, The Guru, Hot Mess and High Pop, Fri. July 23 at 7 p.m. Admission to the all ages show is $5.
Did you miss the Tyvek, Moon Women, and Eternal Summers show last Friday night at Cha-cha’razzi? Luckily, YouTube has you covered (as far the local act goes, at least). Thanks to YouTube user “totaleffingdickhead” for posting the following videos. (You’ll always be a total effing class act to us, buddy—don’t let anyone tell you different.)
Can’t make it to Eternal Summers’ show with Tyvek and Moon Women at Cha-cha’razzi later tonight? (Or just want to prime yourself for the performance?) Check out the Roanoke, VA-based duo‘s recent appearance on Y Rock, which features an interview with John Vettese and Eric Schuman as well as a live performance in the Y Rock studio.
If you hadn’t noticed by the header, this weekend is more than packed with good shows. And you can’t attend them all, which means you’ve got some decisions to make.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Philadelphia reverb-rock trio Moon Women opens (alongside Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers) for Detroit’s Tyvek in a No Wavelength show at 8 p.m. at Cha-cha’razzi. Given that the majority of tonight’s other shows feature local headliners (who’ll likely be playing again in the area much sooner than Tyvek or Eternal Summers will), it’s a good night to catch these two out-of-town acts. Also playing: Ladies Auxiliary at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5); Power Animal + Hello Shark, Taco Kitty, Snow Caps at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10); Grimace Federation + Caveman, Somata at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10).
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
Two of The Key’s favorites, Slutever (with Omar + Easter Vomit at Kung Fu Necktie; 7:30 p.m., $21, $5) and Grandchildren (with We Are Hex + Fake Babies, TRTL at The Ox; 8 p.m., $5) perform in relatively close proximity to each other on Saturday night. Meaning, if you plan your night accordingly, you can probably catch both. (Which we’d recommend.)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
Local ’60s-pop-inspired quartet The Armchairs perform with Horse’s Mouth + Virtual Virgin, Paper Masques at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5).
After a slow end to 2010 (and an even slower beginning of 2011), there are a ton of good shows coming up this weekend: Power Animal at Danger Danger (1/14; all ages, $5-$10), Grimace Federation at North Star Bar (1/14; 9 p.m., 21+, $10), Slutever at Kung Fu Necktie (1/15; 7:30 p.m., 21+, $5), Grandchildren at The Ox (1/15; 8 p.m.), and The Armchairs at Kung Fu Necktie (1/16; 8 p.m., 21+, $5). But this is the show we’re most looking forward to this weekend (and where we’ll be Friday night):