Bernhardt Family Band performs at Boot & Saddle tonight with local friend Ross Bellenoit and South Dakota / Brooklyn’s Rachel Ries. Brother and sister duo Jerry and Kate have spent time on stage with Levee Drivers, The Get Real Gang and Toy Soldiers over the years, but they’ve recently been cultivating their own harmony-rich material. We first got a taste of their perfectly-balanced collaborations with a Cover Club session of “Tomorrow Today,” originially by Ron Gallo. Check out that video below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.
Catfish and the Bottlemen, a Welsh indie rock band, headline Communion Philly this month. Earlier this year, the group released their first single, “Kathleen and the Other Three.” The band has recently gotten the seal of approval from BBC 1’s Zane Lowe (the same Zane Lowe who first introduced the Arctic Monkeys). Communion is held the first Thursday of every month at Underground Arts and serves to bring international and local artists together. Other bands performing include Philly locals Katie Frank and the Pheromones, Tutlie and XPN’s Communion artist for June, Dirty Dollhouse. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.
Communion has announced the line-up for their June showcase, taking place at Underground Arts on June 5th. Headlining will be UK group Catfish and the Bottlemen, who just released a new single called “Kathleen.” Representing Philadelphia will be Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and the Key-curated artist for the June lineup, Dirty Dollhouse, with more special guests to be announced. Tickets are now available and can be found here; check out the bands below.
Earlier this month at the Communion Showcase, local videographer Bob Sweeney captured footage of The Lawsuits performing “Anybody’s Girl / 25w A19 120v Blues” and Gretchen Lohse singing “Spider at the Gate.” Using both HD digital and Super 8 cameras (with the extra camera assistance of Mike Southerton), Sweeney translated the classic / modern crossover of both acts’ sounds into black and white clips that are alluring and subtly mind-bending. The Lawsuits, who released their debut LP Cool Cool Cool last year, will make an appearance at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival alongside Our Griffins, Diego Garcia, Beck and more. Tickets and three-day passes are now available here. Check out Sweeney’s videos below and get information about May’s showcase here.
Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd. NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books. XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well. Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.
Communion Club Night returns to Underground Arts on March 6th with a stellar line-up of bands representing Philly, Brooklyn, London and Australia. The showcase run-down will feature sets by Vacationer, Bear’s Den, Dustin Tebbut, Pearl and the Beard, Worshyper, Drone Ranger and this month’s XPN Communion Club Night artist, The Ghost in You. Tickets and information can be found here. Check out tracks from the artists below.