Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are releasing a new album on June 3rd, Only Run. The band is also doing a month long of shows with a stop in Philly on Friday, June 27th at Johnny Brenda’s. Below, listen to a new song, “Coming Down.” On it, CYHSY sound inspired and rocking hard. The guitar driven song jumps hard out of the gate with a lot of conviction, sounding a bit like early U2. A little more than half way into the song, The National’s Matt Berninger jumps to duet with Clap Your Hands’ lead singer Alec Ounsworth, their voices co-mingling together as they fade into a soaring guitar solo. Listen to it below.
Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah kicked off an intimate tour of fans’ living rooms last week by playing to an audience gathered in the apartment of Fishtown’s Sarah Myers. She applied to host via the Clap Your Hands website by sending in photos of her living room. Our contributing photographer Kate McCann reports that, in addition to the fifty paying audience members, Ounsworth’s wife and other friends were in attendance, sitting amongst strangers sitting on pillows. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced a special New Year’s Eve show at the North Star Bar. The local rock outfit released a new EP this year calledLittle Moments, following up 2011′s Hysterical LP. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with special guests can be found here. Watch the band play “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” below.
Wesley Stace, better known by his moniker John Wesley Harding, just announced a fall tour to support his anticipated self-titled album coming out September 17th. Swapping the established stage name for his own, Stace mentions in his Wall Street Journal interview that this album portrays a more intimate feeling inspired by autobiographical accounts. Along with his headlining tour dates, Stace will also host a traveling version of his Cabinet of Wonders, featuring artists including John McCrea (from Cake), Alec Ounsworth (from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), and regular Cabinet collaborator Eugene Mirman. The World Cafe Live will welcome the celebrated author, NPR personality, and singer/songwriter October 3rd. Find more information and tickets for the All Ages show here. Listen to Stace’s single “Stare At The Sun,” off of his self-titled album below.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have released a new EP, Little Moments. The songs were recorded in lead singer and songwriter Alec Ounsowrth’s home studio. Two of the “A-sides” are from a forthcoming new album (coming out in January, 2014) and two are B-sides. They are available for streaming and to purchase below. CYHSY are playing the TLA on Thursday, August 1. Go here for tickets.
Still on tour in support of their 2011 release Mountaintops, Mates of State headlined Underground Arts last Thursday. Long known as a poppy indie rock duo, the band has toured as a four-piece since 2010, and backing players Kenji Shinagawa (guitar) and John Panos (trumpet, keys) fleshed out the new songs and embellished older moments dipping back to 2003′s Team Boo and beyond. On the other hand, Alec Ounsworth played an opening set of songs by his band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but arranged as solo synthesizer and sound-loop pieces. Check out a gallery of images from the show below.
This month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA is curated by The Swollen Fox’s Kevin Kennedy, so you know each night will feature some stellar local acts (read an interview with Kennedy previewing the series here). Tonight’s event is a doubleheader with Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo each playing a set, followed by a screening of a film that “may not be directed by (and starring) a legendary silent-film era comedic star.” The event is open to all ages; doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. with the movie screening beginning at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Below, watch Thom McCarthy perform his song “Tiempo” at PhilaMOCA from May 2011.