Philadelphia soul-pop favorites Vita and the Woolf have a busy spring ahead of them, leading up to the April release of their next LP, Tunnels. On January 25th, they head out on a tour of the southeast, later teaming up with Irish pop-rock outfit BellX1 for a run of dates in the northeast in late February. Then, after playing the Savannah Stopover festival on March 10, they connect with Philly art-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and will open for them for the rest of the month across the midwest and on the west coast. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in your face tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Be sure to listen after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour show that’s buckling under the weight of so many new songs. We’ll hear from newcomer groups like Cherry Glazerr, The Proper Ornaments and Landlady, along with new releases from established favorites like The Feelies, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Plus the IRHP Album Spotlight is back for another round in the midnight hour, where we’ll hear a few selections from The xx‘s newly released I See You.
Aughties art-rock favorites Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are back in motion this winter, releasing their fifth LP, The Tourist, on February 24nd.
The project of the multi-instrumental Mt. Airy native Alec Ounsworth finds itself in reflective mode on this outing, though that’s certainly reflection with a generous helping of sonic positivity: jangling guitars, spacey ambient stratospheres, and simmering synthesizer pulsations accompany Ounsworth’s ruminations on personal upheaval, blame and mortality.
Today, we’re happy to bring you the second single from the LP, the intricate and progressive “Down (Is Where I Want To Be),” and the song’s very structure mirrors the stages of coping. Continue reading →
Philly band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is back with “Fireproof,” the first single released off their forthcoming record The Tourist. This plucky synth-heavy track details the dangers of being “fireproof,” or overly confident. The song features numerous bass and vocal driven buildups that trail off into instrumental interludes, giving way to introspection on the end of both listeners and singer Alec Ounsworth. Continue reading →
To commemorate such an accomplished release, the Philadelphia-based band has set a release date (June 2) for a remastered reissue of the album. And what’s the best color for a re-release? Gold, of course. The album will be pressed on gold vinyl. Continue reading →
Philadelphia-Brooklyn heritage indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, just announced a show at Ardmore Music Hall on January 30. Discovered a decade ago in the world of music bloggers, the band built a fan base before even signing a record deal. Their fourth and latest full-length, Only Run, was released independently June 3. Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Local punk trio The Pretty Greens play North Star Bar tonight. The self-described feminist art-garage pop-punk outfit released an EP called Jealous Waves earlier this year, reaching out to melodic surf punk to create a Best-Coast-with-a-mission vibe. Watch the band play the title track to the EP live below. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.
What started as a slow trickling of show-goers ended as a packed house at Johnny Brenda’s Friday night. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!’s sold-out, hometown show drew friends both old and new to the Fishtown venue. Despite opening band Stagnant Pools’ tight two-piece post-punk, the crowd remained small and lacked the enthusiasm of a Friday night.
But as soon as Alec Ounsworth and the rest of the band took to the platform stage at JB’s, all the pool players downstairs arrived ready to dance. It was obvious many friends and fellow-Philadelphians showed up to support CYHSY, after the recent release of their new LP, Only Run.
Even with the positive regard of the new tunes, the crowd could not be tamed during favorites off of their self-titled debut album from 2005.
Summer is officially here and we’re welcoming the warm weather with 5 awesome concerts throughout the month of June. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect from each of these bands (and yes, some hail from Philly!)
Streets of Laredo @ Boot & Saddle, 6/4
At first listen, you may not be aware that New Zealand via Brooklyn five-piece Streets of Laredo are newbies to playing music. They come across so experienced and polished! Their 70’s inspired sound is indie, folk, and country pleasantly blended into catchy tunes that will be hard to get out of your head. Last year released two five-track EPs; Streets of Laredo Vol I and Streets of Laredo Vol II, and they have a handful of demo collections in their back catalog. Check out a video for “I’m Living” from Vol II, and get tickets and info on the show here.
Kins w/ Ryley Walker @ Boot & Saddle, 6/16
Australian quartet Kins have a unique vibe. If we had to place them somewhere, they would fall into an alt-electronic category but they maintain a cohesiveness of indie bands like Real Estate or Grizzly Bear. They like to say they “specialize in the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” After playing this year’s Bonnaroo, they will stop by Philly to give us a taste of their self-titled album, Kins. Tickets and info can be found here. Listen to “Mockasins” below, and check out their World Cafe Session recorded live at SXSW.
Stephen Thompson, writing about the album at NPR Music says:
Ironically, the factors that made Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s mid-’00s success seem fleeting — its indifference to the label system, its embrace of the Internet — helped inoculate the group against obsolescence. Rather than get dropped by a label at the first sign of waning public interest, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah took a break and then course-corrected: Singer released an eclectic solo debut (Mo Beauty) in 2009, other members stretched out via intriguing side projects, and the band returned in 2011 with a terrific third album, Hysterical.
Past reference points like still apply, but the new Only Run expands on Hysterical’s simultaneously soaring, jittery and joyful sound in surprising ways. Melancholy electronics seep through some of the new record’s best moments — in “Blameless” and “Beyond Illusion,” Ounsworth is backed by arrangements that recall mid-period — while prominent guests include Kid Koala (“Cover Up”) and, in “Coming Down,” ‘s Matt Berninger. For every briskly grabby, right-up-the-middle rush the band concocts, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah also finds a new way to deepen and vary its approach, in ways that reflect a relentless pursuit of invention and reinvention.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play at Johnny Brenda’s on June 27th. Go here for tickets and more information.