Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gun$ Garcia at Ortlieb’s, Chill Moody and Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Cold Cafe at Underground Arts and more…

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Gun$ Garcia | photo via Facebook

Local DJ Gun$ Garcia headlines a free night of music at Ortlieb’s. The D.C. native honed her record-spinning skills while at art school here in Philadelphia, joining up with the Brick Bandits collective and getting tapped for sets at the Mad Decent Block Party thanks to her dance-centric style of DJing. Stream Garcia’s remix of “A Little More” by Ariana Grande below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Get down with Sharon Van Etten, Parquet Courts and Cold Cave on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez

As it’s another Final Friday, it’s time once again for a ‘Compact,’ one-hour edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in at 11pm (immediately after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a concentrated dose of new tracks from around the globe. We’ll spotlight the newly released record from Sharon Van Etten and hear a number of Land Of The Lost icons who are still making great records to this day. Plus a few of the following:

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Divine Fits rage and wail at Union Transfer (photos, recap, setlist)

There’s always the fear with any supergroup—at least in theory—that because it’s a side project, the members won’t put forth as much effort. However, this affliction did not affect Divine Fits — a collaboration between Spoon’s Britt Daniel, The Handsome Furs’/Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown—last night at Union Transfer. Rather, the band (who Boeckner at least has stated is not a side project, but the main deal) rollicked and raged their way through an hour-and-ten-minute set of tunes, drawn from debut record A Thing Called Divine Fits, with a few covers mixed in. Continue reading →


Listen to “A Little Death to Laugh,” a new song from Cold Cave (playing Union Transfer next month)

Locally-rooted darkwave dance act Cold Cave is headed out on a fall tour opening for The Divine Fits, and it swings through Philly on October 22 for a date at Union Transfer. On this round of dates, frontamn Wes Eisold debuts his new lineup of 90s and aughties punk-rock allstars – Hunter Burgan of AFI, London May of Samhain and Cody Votolato of Blood Brothers – and after tour wraps, the band will head to Los Angeles to record a followup to its excellent 2011 record Cherish the Light Years. The band is bringing a tour-exclusive 7″ on the road with it this fall; you can listen to its pulsing, rocking synthpop a-side “A Little Death to Laugh” below.


This weekend in shows: Death Cab, Cold Cave at Making Time, Archers of Loaf, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and the Mad Decent Block Party

There’s lots of cool shows to check out this weekend. Here’s what we recommend.

– Death Cab For Cutie w/ Frightened Rabbit at the Mann Center at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all ages $29.50-$39.50.
– Hometown heroes Man Man with Grandchidren and the West Philadelphia Orchestra at The Trocadero at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $14.
– PhillyLOVE w/ DJ Queslove at the Electric Factory at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $40.20 (including service charges).
– Atomic Square w/ Ages and Bacio at Johnny Brenda’s. Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.
– Making Time w/ Cold Cave and Austra at Voyeur at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show $12 in advance/$15.00 at the door.

– XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).
– Archers of Loaf w/ By Surprise at The Trocadero. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $10.00.
– Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party w/ Mint Condition and Anthony Hamilton at the Susquehanna Bank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $25.75-$150.75 (additional service fees apply to different ticket levels).
– The Ettes w/ Heavy Cream and Hans Condor at the M! Room at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are

– Mad Decent Block Party at The Piazza at 1 p.m. This event is all ages and free.
– Sir Benjamin Quintet (Ben Vaughn) w/ this Sunday Dixy Blood at the Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St. (at Fitzwater) at 9:00 p.m.


Get ready to hyper-rage with Making Time July 29th and August 5th at Voyeur

Dave P and the folks at Making Time have been going hard all summer, and the next two weekends should prove to be no exception. They’ll serve as the conclusion to their summer of hyper-raging, featuring two extra-special bangers taking place at Voyeur.

Craft Spells

The first event goes down this Friday, July 29th from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Performers include pop-rock four-piece Dom, Seattle indie-poppers Craft Spells, and Cali indie-psych newcomers Gardens & Villa. The entire gang of Making Time residents—including Dave P, Sammy Slice, Dave Pak, Mike Z, Joel Flood, Russ Alexander, Steve Vena, Adam Sparkles, Pink Skull (DJ set), and The Broadzilla DJs—will be in attendance as well. Get there early for complimentary PBR, Sparks, and Sailor Jerry rum drinks from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.; if you miss those you can still chow down on free hot dogs all night long. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance here.

The second hyper-rager will take place on Friday, August 5th, from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m., again at Voyeur. Live guests will include synth-pop project Cold Cave and Canadian new-wave trio Austra. Dave P and the whole Making Time crew will rock the dance floors both on the main floor and in the basement. The same free drink and hot dog deals apply; tickets to this event are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. If you’re looking to rage extra hard and save a few bucks, MT is offering a 2-Day Hyper-Rager Pass for $20, available for purchase online here.

DOM – Living In America from Modular People on Vimeo.

Cold Cave – “Love Comes Close” from Peter Jacobson on Vimeo.


Cold Cave remixes Belle And Sebastian

Earlier today, Cold Cave’s remix of Belle And Sebastian’s “I Didn’t See It Coming” premiered on Stereogum. (The remix will be released on Belle And Sebastian’s upcoming Come On Sister, out July 26th.) Cold Cave—which has roots in Philadelphia—reworks Belle And Sebastian’s sweet pop tune as a dance-synth track. From Stereogum:

“If you didn’t know it before, Wes Eisold’s recent Summer Mix should’ve clued you into the breadth of the Cold Cave leader’s listening habits. His remix of Belle & Sebastian’s “I Didn’t See It Coming” would make sense on the aforementioned, really, planted somewhere amid those sad, pretty tracks by Arthur Russell, Vashti Bunyan, Billy Bragg, the Gun Club, Love And Rockets, Incredible String Band, and the Go-Betweens.”

You can listen to and download the song here; Cold Cave will play Philly on August 5th.


The next Philly band to hop on tumblr is…

Cold Cave photo by Austin Durant 2010

Locally and nationally many bands and musicians are jumping on to tumblr, a “microblogging” site that allows you to post audio, video, text, photos and quotes in a relatively quick and easy manner. It’s sort of like “speed” blogging and the art of “tumbling” has become a remarkable art form since it’s debut 3 & 1/2 years ago. The latest Philly band to launch on tumblr site is Cold Cave, led by Wesley Eisold. To celebrate their new tumblr website they’re giving away a free MP3 of a demo of a cover song by the band Hunkydory called “Tomorrow.” Right below it, you’ll find a studio track from their recent album Love Comes Close.