By

The Flatmates, Literature and more showcase past and present indiepop styles at Connie’s Ric Rac

The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

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.

Tags: , , , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Tin Angel, Impressionist at Boot & Saddle, The Flatmates at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

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.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , ,

By

Pop-punkers Only On Weekends are releasing a new EP and celebrating with some Philly shows

Only on Weekends | photo by Meg Hawkey

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.

Check out the track below and catch them as they play two upcoming shows. The first is on 5/18 at Connie’s Ric Rac, and the second marks their album release show at the Barbary.

Tags: , , , ,

By

Residuels share live video of rockin’ new anthem “Hurricane” from SXSW

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

Tags: , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Shining Backwards and Forwards w/ live score by Psychic Teens, Tim Motzer and Bart Miltenberger Duo at Boot and Saddle

Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork
Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

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.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Local hip-hop / visual artist Dewey Decibel preps for two area shows

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

(Read More – Interview: Get to know Dewey Decibel)

Next Tuesday, Dewey will play at World Cafe Live (tickets here) for the first of two local shows. The other show will take place at Connie’s Ric Rac on Saturday, March 8th. Stay tuned to the venue’s website for more details and check out “Surfer” below.
Son of a Beach by Dewey Decibel

Tags: , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rabbit Rabbit at The First Unitarian Chapel, Hoser at Connie’s Ric Rac, TJ Kong and more at PhilaMOCA

Rabbit_Rabbit_by_Elizabeth_Friar

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.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,