Philly power pop singer/songwriter Cliff Hillis just released a new video for his song “Keep the Blue Skies” with the help of his wife, Beth Lennon. The video is a compilation of home movie clips from abandoned film reels from the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s that Lennon rescued from a trash bin. After converting the film to digital, Lennon edited the long-forgotten footage of this unknown family to go along with the opening track on her husband’s latest album, Dream Good. The video depicts heartwarming images of children playing and family gatherings in a simpler time, without the Internet and smart phones. These images, combined with Hillis’ melodic voice and the song’s catchy tune, make for a unique and refreshing music video. “Keep the Blue Skies” will also be featured as today’s Philly Local Pick on WXPN’s midday show with Helen Leicht. You can watch the entire video in the player below and check out Cliff Hillis’ album, Dream Good here.
Next month, reunited Philly power pop four-piece The Bigger Lovers celebrates the 10th anniversary of its album Honey in the Hive with an appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, Sept. 8. Preparing for the show, the band found itself digging through the Lovers’ archives and dug out an unreleased nugget titled “Barely 5:30.” Says songwriter Bret Tobias:
I used to be hungover a lot. “Barely 5:30” is about that. Ya know, waking up mid-morning, sunlight glaring through the blinds, and feeling like, “Shit, swear I just went to bed an hour ago.” I occasionally get nostalgic for that stuff, and then I accidentally reacquaint myself with that kind of hangover and realize how incompatible it is with my current life. Not a bad song though.
Help yourself to a pay-what-you-wish download of “Barely 5:30″ below. The Bigger Lovers play with Echo Orbiter and Cliff Hillis at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Tonight singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis celebrates the release of his latest album, Dream Good, with an official Philly record release show upstairs at World Cafe Live. The album is Hillis’ first release in three years and the show includes a performance by the Philly indie rock band Modern Inventors (who recently recorded with WXPN’s Helen Leicht on Leicht Lunch). The all-ages show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase here. Listen to Cliff Hillis’ new album in the player below.
French electronic band M83 are bringing their ambient vibes to the Electric Factory before they head to Lollapalooza and then continue their extensive three month-long U.S. tour. The all-ages show starts at 8PM and features support from Big Black Delta. Tickets are $40.40 and can be purchased here. Watch the official music video for the band’s infectious single “Midnight City” from their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in the player below.
Toronto band Zeus are headlining a show at the North Star Bar tonight along with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang (featuring Juston Stens formerly of Dr. Dog) and Megan Reilly. The 21+ show starts at 8PM and tickets are available here for $10.
Finally, Philadelphia natives/married couple/musical duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon (AKA Kindred the Family Soul) are bringing their soulful sound to World Cafe at the Queen in Wilmington tonight at 8PM. Reserved seats for are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $29 here.
The hits keep on coming from re-energized Philly power-popsters The Bigger Lovers. After re-emerging last year with a brand new EP, a reunion show a gig supporting The Baseball Project and a small handful of other appearances, the band is back again this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Honey in the Hive, their popular 2002 album that garnered them a four-star review by Rolling Stone scribe David Fricke and a Live at the World Cafe session. The Lovers will play Honey in its entirety at Johnny Brenda’s on Sept. 8. Continue reading