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Cheerleader team up with Funny or Die for “A Million Ways” video

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Cheerleader | photo courtesy of the artist

Though their hazy pop songs could easily be paired with colorful seascapes or montages of nostalgic flashback photos, Cheerleader chose to do something a little left of center for the music video accompanying “A Million Ways.” Teaming up with the creative minds at Funny or Die, the local band presents a refresher course in love.

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Cheerleader’s Carl Bahner releases remix of Aeroplane Mode’s “Aphrodite”

Carl Bahner | Photo by Nicky Devine | courtesy of the artist
Carl Bahner | Photo by Nicky Devine | courtesy of the artist

Carl Bahner, drummer of Philly indie-rock band Cheerleader, has released his own remix of Areoplane Mode‘s “Aphrodite”.

Released under the name “Bahner,” the mix takes the minimal pop of the original and takes it into the realm of house music while still emphasizing the soaring vocals of singer Jess Carvo. Bahner’s version grows off a steady bass pulse and jumping synths with samples of Carvo’s thrilling oohs and aahs. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Cruisr goes hard on their home turf

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”

Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.

For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →

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Cheerleader remixes their old tourmates The Wombats

Cheerleader | via Facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | via Facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Philly’s Cheerleader just gave the remix treatment to their old tour buddies The Wombats. Drummer Carl Bahner put an 80s dance party spin on “Give Me A Try” from The Wombats’ latest record Glitterbug, dropping in an awesome sax solo courtesy of Korey Riker at the end of the song. It’s a subtle but digable re-imagining of the song; give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Cheerleader revved up the crowd

Cheerleader | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com
Cheerleader | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com

Philadelphia indie pop act Cheerleader delighted the crowd with their high energy set at today’s Free at Noon. Fresh off of XPN Fest, attendees were familiar with their shimmery and fun-spirited sounds. Cheerleader kicked off their set with “Do What You Want” and was met with much applause from the F@N Caravan who biked 521 miles from Boston to attend the event, during the opening line “I feel like driving out of Massachusetts.” Continue reading →

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XPNFest recap: Cheerleader fills the Marina Stage with lustrous indie pop

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Cheerleader | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The sweet indie pop of Philadelphia’s own Cheerleader helped kick off day three of XPN Fest. The five-piece band complimented the sunny afternoon perfectly, with shimmering guitars and catchy keyboard melodies.

Their debut record, Sunshine of Your Youth, helped them gain momentum quickly this year and carried them to places far from Philly. They’ve been featured at numerous festivals, including CMJ, The Great Escape, and SXSW. Their album release was supported by a nationwide tour with The Wombats. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →

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Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds: Cheerleader

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Cheerleader

Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds is our occasional, seasonal foray into summer vibes with our fave local “summertime” bands, in which we meet up, share a drink, and revel in the sunny weather (check out past editions here). Today we catch up with indie pop group Cheerleader; read on for our adventure.

I have very fond memories of summers circa 5th or 6th grade, hanging with my best friend Katie N., pouring over the class yearbook and selecting summer crushes, then planning to casually bump into them at the pool—and taking quizzes in Seventeen magazine with titles like “What kind of a flirt are you?” (not an answer: an awkward one).

Our favorite music back then was Madonna, Celine Dion, and The Crystals, and the soundtrack to Grease—songs about romance and young love, which seemed like the Most Important Thing Ever at the time. Cheerleader weren’t a band yet back then—but if they were, I imagine we would have adored them, their airy melodies and yearning choruses an elegant reinterpretation of our own tween angst. (Also we would have thought they were dreamy).

Cheerleader first caught our attention a little over a year back with carefree single “Perfect Vision” (read our 2014 interview with them here), then proceeded to hold us captive with a burgeoning collection of perfect pop gems. Their new record The Sunshine of Your Youth is a breezy collection of tunes inspired by “the nostalgic gloss you put on the past”; it’s also essential listening for Sunday drives and sunny mornings and anytime you need a pick-me-up. Continue reading →