Mellow out with Circadian Rhythms’s new EP, A Passing Thought

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Circadian Rhythms | photo via Facebook

This weekend, Philly indie pop artists Circadian Rhythms have unveiled a new EP called A Passing Thought, a five song flurry of Chicago-meets-The-Shins awesomeness. The EP opens up with “In the Flowers,” a song decorated with horns, shuffling drums and time changes, making you want to dance. “Nice to Be” continues the pop vibe and, the band keeps it up all the way through the EP’s last song, “Lady of the Water.” Continue reading →


Download a cheery new Circadian Rhythms song “Nice To Be” from their upcoming A Passing Thought EP

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Philly-based psych rockers Circadian Rhythms released yet another song off of their upcoming A Passing Thought EP today. Following their recent release of “Easily”, the group has now put out it’s third song from the five track EP called “Nice To Be”, an equally upbeat song with sing-songy piano and accents of xylophone, trumpet and saxophone lines; lead singer Christopher Clark’s soft and easygoing vocals practically dance on top. It makes for a great soundtrack as you stroll through the city on one of these fine fall days we have been having. You can download “Nice To Be” below. Continue reading →


Indie rockers Circadian Rhythms release groovy new single “Easily” off upcoming EP

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Upbeat indie rockers Circadian Rhythms have just released their new single “Easily” off their upcoming EP A Passing Thought via Soundcloud, and it’s not one to miss. The Philly-based seven-piece create a lovely, vintage-pop sound with an array of instruments ranging from organ to clarinet, a groovy bassline and easy breezy vocals. The atmosphere of the song is intoxicating, sort of like stepping outside on the first day of spring. Have a listen to “Easily” below. Continue reading →


Dance to the new Circadian Rhythms single “In The Flowers” see them at Bourbon and Branch next month

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Next month, Philly psych-pop band Circadian Rhythms will release their latest EP, A Passing Thought, and the first single is totally catchy. It’s called “In The Flowers,” and it features a vibrant horn section, a breezy dance tempo and a retro feeling. Check out the song below, and catch the band at Bourbon and Branch on July 25 with Laser Background and Hello Shark. Information for the show can be found here.


Magic Gardens Art/Gage Festival expands for 2013 with more music, more food trucks, more installations

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Tomorrow night, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will be hosting the Art / Gage Festival, an annual arts-music-food street fair event. Now in it’s sixth year, the festival has expanded to cover eight blocks of South Street, from Front to 9th. Magic Gardens events manager Allison Boyle says the festival aims to “bring in local artists, local music, and celebrate the creativity that we have here in Philly.”

For the first time this year, Art / Gage is partnering and collaborating with Night Market Philadelphia to expand the festival, both in size and in offerings; Night Market and The Food Trust will bring over 80 food trucks and local vendors to South Street – it’s supposed to be the largest Night Market Philly has yet seen.

There will be two stages – one on 9th Street and one on Second Street, playing live music all evening. “People love the bands – I think they’ll come out especially to see them,” Boyle says. Many awesome local musicians are set to perform, including Night Panther (who just released their debut LP), Norwegian Arms, Strand of Oaks, and The Late Ancients.

Beyond the music, there are many other artistic outlets to explore. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: DeVotchKa at The Trocadero, Django Django at Union Transfer, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA, Brethren at The Grape Room

devotchkaDenver’s DeVotchKa bring their chamber orchestra project to The Trocadero tonight.  After recording a live album with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Eastern European-influenced quartet hit the road with a chamber orchestra to bring the full and intricate layers of an orchestral performance to smaller stages.  The band is also testing out new material that will be recorded as a follow-up to 2011’s 100 Lovers.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Pearl and the Beard can be found here.  Below, watch DeVotchKa perform “All the Sand in All the Sea” live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony.

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Video: Norwegian Arms performs “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” for Brighton Sound Sessions; playing PhilaMOCA this Friday 3/8

NArmsPhilly folk-freaks Norwegian Arms recently performed a few songs for Brighton Sound Sessions. The first installment is a performance of “Wolf Like a Stray Dog,” the title track from their debut full-length which was just released in January. You can catch them this Friday at PhilaMOCA with Scott Churchman – who is releasing his new tape, Ignore that Noise – Laser Background, and Circadian Rhythms. Find information on the show at the venue’s website.


Norwegian Arms performing an all-ages show at PhilaMOCA on 3/8

Because Philly just can’t enough of their uptempo alt-folk, Norwegian Arms have announced a date at PhilaMOCA with buddies Laser Background and Circadian Rhythms.  The mandolin / drums / synthesizer trio of Brendan Mulvihill, Eric Slick and Andy Molholt released their Siberian-themed debut LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog earlier this year, inspired by Mulvahill’s recent time spent in Russia.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show on March 8th can be found here.  Watch Norwegian Arms perform the album’s title track at their record release show in December below.


Interview: Laser Background’s Andy Molholt and Norwegian Arms’ Brendan Mulvihill on making music in unconventional spaces (house show tour begins tomorrow)

Laser Background
Laser Background

Yesterday evening, Andy Molholt of Philadelphia psych-pop group Laser Background and his longtime friend Brendan Mulvihill of the junkyard folk act Norwegian Arms moved into Dreamcastle, a house-show space in South Philadelphia. They’re living there temporarily, leading up to the kickoff show of their house show “tour” tomorrow night. The plan is an imaginative one: the band is performing four DIY spaces in Philly over the next four weeks. They have to live in each house for two days prior to the show, possibly constructing a pillow fort. They must adhere to “a strict food / drug regimen.” And they’ve got to write music, and perform the results. I grabbed drinks with Molholt and Mulvihill last week to talk about the unconventional residency series, its ambitions, and their affinity for Philly’s vibrant DIY scene.

THE KEY: Let’s sum up this mini-tour (that you’re not leaving the city for). You’re playing four house shows, and the rules are you have to stay in the house two days before playing the show, and collaborative preparational activities will take place while you’re staying there…

ANDY MOLHOLT: Collaborative preparational activities, I like that.

BRENDAN MULVIHILL: That’s really good.

AM: Make sure you put that in there.

TK: …and a song may result that you’ll perform at the show?

AM: More like a song must result.

BM: It’s a must?

AM: It’s a must! We’re good enough songwriters.

BM: We’re in this house for three days, we might as well do something.

AM: We didn’t really ever talk about if the song was going to be collaborative or not, we still have to figure that out. I thought we’d each write a song for our respective projects and perform them as our respective projects. But since I play in Norwegian Arms, and Brendan’s going to play in Laser Background for one of these shows where some of the guys can’t make it, maybe we can do that too.

BM: We’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen. It’s kind of just a big experiment. We might get into a fight. Or we might make out, that might be cool.

TK: It reminds me of the Netherfriends project where he lived in each state, had to write a song in each state. I guess that project is still ongoing. Was at all an influence on this project?

AM: If any of that factored in, it was definitely unintentional. I used to play with Netherfriends for a little bit, but I didn’t think about that. Residencies are kind of a silly idea to begin with – why would you want to go see a band in the same venue every night for four weeks straight?

BM: Not every night! “Come see us play 31 times…”

AM: [laughs] You know what I mean, though. I get that it’s good for the venue if the band’s popular enough. And you get different crowds each night because there’s different openers playing. But I just think it’s kind of silly. I thought it would funny to self-anoint our own residency at house shows. Then the actual living there idea developed, and Brendan had the idea that we had to write songs too.

BM: I mean, why not, right? Only seems natural.

AM: Brendan and I have known each other since we were 13, so these kinds of ideas come naturally.

BM: And we’re used to sleepovers. Continue reading →