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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at Everybody Hits, The Go-Gos at The Fillmore, Cheerleader at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash | photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

Pinkwash just released their debut full-length Collective Sigh off of Don Giovanni Records in May and tonight they play Everybody Hits. The event page for the evening suggests, “bang yer head and take out your aggression on some current political situations with a bat and a ball. The world is over and music is all we have left.” Tickets can only be purchased at the door so be sure to get there early to snag yours. More info on the event can be found on its Facebook page. Get familiar with “Longer Now” off Collective Sigh below. Continue reading →

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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 →