On Thursday, Connie’s Ric Rac played host to a quartet of time-traveling indie pop acts. Bringing the past to the present was the recently resurrected 1980s U.K. band The Flatmates. Playing music inspired by the sound fashions of the time, whether it be the dreamy (Tender Vision), jangle-pop (Expert Alterations) or a toned-down Cure (Literature), the rest of the lineup were appropriate complements.
With two original members in tow — Martin Whitehead on guitar and Rocker on keyboards — The Flatmates played classics like “Shimmer” alongside songs from an upcoming release and a cover of Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” With new vocalist Lisa Bouvier leading the charge, the songs were quite infectious and had the compact crowd shaking their hips. Despite playing the second-to-last set of the night, they were certainly the highlight.
But each of the other bands had their shining moments, with Philly bands Tender Vision and Literature bookending the night. The reliably elusive Adrianne Gold, formerly of Catnaps, fronted Tender Vision with her catchy hooks. The six-piece may not always have been tight, but their potential was palpable. Baltimore-based Expert Alterations rocked well, while Literature turned the lights down and got the crowd to dance into early Friday morning.
The Hundred Acre Woods top an all local bill at the Tin Angel with Former Belle and Steady Hands. The West Philly folk-punk band’s frontman, Winthrop Stevens, recently trekked out to the banks of the Schuylkill River to perform a live version of “All I Love” for a new video series. Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.
They’re the epitome of pop-punk. If you combined Saves the Day and The Wonder Years toned down a few notches, you’d get Only On Weekends. And with one album and an EP under their belt, the band is prepared to unleash its newest endeavor.
The new Light Years and Heavy Lifting EP is set to be released on May 30 and is produced by Fred Mascherino, who’s played in Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things. Until, Only On Weekends has given the of new tracks off the EP, including the thrashy, punky and shouty song, “The Prince of East 187th Street,” which showed up on AbsolutePunk last week.
SXSW never really ends. Live footage continues to be released and this week Residuels gift a new live video of “Hurricane” from one of six shows they played during the festival. The song is a full-on-fast-paced punk fest that’s earned a spot on their upcoming debut LP. Watch them shred below and see them live at Connie’s Ric Rac tonight. More details here.
Just when you thought The Shining couldn’t get anymore classically creepy, it does. Tonight at PhilaMOCA as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival, the 1980 horror classic will be projected forwards and backwards simultaneously on one screen creating an even more chilling experience for the audience. This idea originally comes from John Fell Ryan’s work with Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater and later from a 2012 documentary Room 237. To top things off, Philly goth punks Psychic Teens will perform a live score to accompany the film. Watch their video for “LESS” below and get tickets here.
Hinting at a popular style of mid-90s hip-hop groups, Dewey Decibel‘s smooth and laid-back flow is paired with shimmering beats. The Philly rapper (and noted visual artist) most recently released Son of a Beach in fall of 2010; he was also featured last year on Zilla Rocca’s Neo Noir mixtape.
The husband-wife duo that is Rabbit Rabbit have played with so many musicians in so many different styles it will make your head spin. On their own, However; they’ve been creating a unique style of music that mixes rock, electronic and folk, releasing songs one-by-one on their website each month. Tonight, you can catch them in the side chapel at First Unitarian Church along with the Lattimore/Zeigler Duo. Click here for ticket info and check out their most recent Rabbit Rabbit Radio video below.
Sherman show off their skills as a live band in their new video for “Two Side Roads” recorded earlier this year at The Fire. The trio quietly starts up, with an echoing guitar riff, a near silent bass and delicately tapped drums but quickly build in tempo and volume as they reach the chorus. Sounding at times like Bruce Springsteen with a touch of Real Estate, Sherman rock the song for three and a half minutes, closing with a lengthy guitar solo. Tonight, you can watch Sherman go live again at Connie’s Ric-Rac with Rasputin’s Secret Police, We Are in Envelopes and Snoozer. For more information, click here, and if you want some studio action from this Philly band, Sherman recently released their LP Ghosts on Grass, which you can check out on their bandcamp.
Philly five-piece Toy Cannons take a scuzzy, lo-fi approach to 50s style pop. It sounds innocent, but don’t be fooled – the charming harmonies and pretty melodies that open their new EP are actually singing about whips, chains and switchblade knives. Get the EP as a free download here; catch them at Connie’s Ric Rac on January 19 with Drake City, Bite Size Giant, The Sewing Machine War and Spice Hound Music Co. More information on the show is available here.
Wait, what’s that? You thought you were off the hook that easily? Like it’s been so many days of holiday cheer that the plan was just a quiet night at home with board games and DVDs? No no no, my friend – there is fun to be had and live music to be seen. Let’s start with a couple accidental omissions from our New Year’s Eve roundup post from the other week. Johnny Showcase and The Lefty Lucy Cabaret – the funky campy ultra-catchy ensemble of Philly dudes and ladies rallying around one central crooner’s aspirations of Tom Jones (or Midnite Vultures-era Beck) – joins forces with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Connie’s Ric Rac for a New Year’s dancing extravaganza. More information can be found here; below, check out Showcase’s video for the ultra-addictive “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2.”