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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheerleader’s deliciously hazy new single “Tomorrow Always Knows”

Cheerleader Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | Photo via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Local Philadelphia indie pop quintet Cheerleader has released a new track “Tomorrow Always Knows” off of their upcoming EP On Your Side. We’ve been living in Cheerleader-land for a while now, especially after they stopped by to treat us to a live Key Studio Session, and much like their performance, their new single does not disappoint. It’s upbeat with lyrics “You can dream, dream, dream, dream,” catchy with frequent melodic “ooooos” and tied together with a perfectly hazy tone. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cheerleader, The Last Bison, Mumblr

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Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Local indie rockers Cheerleader stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  By now we’re familiar with the band’s blend of hazy pop and bright twee, a combination that made them a no-brainer for stand-out summer band status.  In this session, Cheerleader performed a new song called “On Your Side” – check it out below and get the full set here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Cheerleader

Photos by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Philly electronic indie rock outfit Cheerleader has had a swift rise to prominence this year, and it’s easy to understand why. The project of longtime songwriting partners Chris Duran and Joe Haller got its start as two teenagers making music in their parents’ basement in Hartford, CT. A few years of collaboration and a move to Philly later, and the band is dishing out a steady string of hooky, infectious singles. Continue reading →

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Hear Cheerleader’s super-catchy new single “On Your Side”

Cheerleader | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/
Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/

It’s no secret we’ve been falling a little bit in love with indie-pop five-piece Cheerleader the past few months. The band’s summery vibes make for some damn catchy tunes, and the title track for their upcoming EP On Your Side doesn’t stray from this aesthetic we’ve grown so fond of. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader and The Ataris at MilkBoy, Sturgill Simpson at the Ardmore Music Hall, BITBY Summer Sounds Showcase at The TLA and more…

Cheerleader
Cheerleader | photo courtesy of artist.
Local haze-pop group Cheerleader join Kristopher Roe of alt-rock stalwarts The Ataris at MilkBoy tonight for the venue’s 15th anniversary.  Cheerleader released a new video for its crystalline pop single “Perfect Vision” earlier this month, a track that will be on the full-length follow-up to this year’s self-titled debut EP.  The song moves away from the pure haziness of the EP and pulls production influences from radio pop songs, making it a perfect summer anthem alternative.  Meanwhile, Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of the States, performing fan favorites and requests in intimate settings.  Watch Cheerleader’s video for “Perfect Vision” below and get more information about the free show here.
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Watch Cheerleader travel around the world in “Perfect Vision”

Photo courtesy of artist.
Photo courtesy of artist.

Breezy Philly indie pop band Cheerleader just released their newest music video for the single “Perfect Vision”. Earlier this year, the band released their self-titled debut EP, which they played in full at a phenomenal show at Boot and Saddle. They recently released “Waiting, Waiting” as a B-side to “Perfect Vision,” both off of their upcoming full length album.

In an interview with the Key’s Kate Bracaglia, the band explained that the name of the band comes from their unity, as guitarist Chris Duran explained “We’d always cheer each other on.” The camaraderie is definitely present in the video for “Perfect Vision.” Continue reading →

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Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

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Photo courtesy of artist.

Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →

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Cheerleader bring their summery pop to the Boot & Saddle

Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/
Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/

There’s no better way than to close out a Saturday packed with sunshine and BBQs than with some breezy, mellow, summer jams, and Saturday night at Boot & Saddle proved the perfect opportunity to do just that, as Philly pop fivesome Cheerleader made their headlining debut.

Since coming together as a five-piece late last year, Cheerleader have earned international buzz, scoring a spot on the Rachael Ray Feedback party at this year’s SXSW, and opening shows for The Hold Steady in the UK this past May. But they had yet to really make an impression on Philly crowds…until last night. Their breezy, low stakes pop felt as warm as sunshine, and the crowd danced and swayed as they playfully strummed their instruments.

The band’s 40 minute set drew from their self-released EP as well as new songs, which felt decidedly less hazy and more radio-ready. As front man, Joe Haller was boyishly charming, all rosy cheeks and big grins as he admitted he was a pro at the “cheesy pop song.” Standing in the crowd I couldn’t help but feel like this was the conclusion to some classic high school flick—you know, where some band that is actually way too good to play a real high school event is casually jamming out in a gymnasium or a fair somewhere—while the main love interests skip off into the sunset. Cheerleader look the part; they sound tight; and their music makes you feel like a part of some joyous, movie conclusion. For a sunny Saturday night, there are few things less perfect.

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Cheerleader’s new single “Waiting, Waiting” is another sweet psych-pop odyssey

Cheerleader
Cheerleader

Philadelphia newcomers Cheerleader continue with their buzz-building song-at-once route by releasing the new “Waiting, Waiting” to the internet airwaves this week. It’s classically psychedelic and super reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Baby You’re A Rich Man” (or perhaps Cornershop’s “6 A.M. Jullandar Shere”) – a raga-influenced dreamscape on the verses, an exuberant pop anthem on the refrains. The track is the b-side to their new “Perfect Vision” single – check the a-side out in Kate Bracaglia’s interview with the band, and pick up a copy digitally now (it will also be released digitally and on 7″ vinyl on June 16th via Young and Lost / Bright Antenna Records). The band headlines Boot and Saddle on June 7th; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.