Cat Power brings her solo tour to Underground Arts tonight. Chan Marshall is currently supporting last year’s Sun LP, a record that once again reinvented the singer-songwriter’s sound in surprising ways. The last time she was in Philly, Marshall brought her eclectic new style to the Electric Factory with a mixed media backdrop. This time, it’ll be stripped down and simple. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Nico Turner can be found here. Watch her video for “Manhattan” below.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.
Reunited Philadelphia post-punk / new wave band Crash Course in Science performed at the Vox Populi gallery on Friday night. In advance of the show, they recorded a Key Studio Session that we released on Wednesday; check out the snappy “It Costs to Be Austere” below.
Dan Krawiec was a musician, a DJ, a writer, and a friend. Music was his life and he was beloved by many in Philadelphia who knew him as “Dan K”, an inspiration and a big piece of the philly punk and indie scene for years. He also worked at Rustica Pizza in Northern Liberties and would be seen there frequently. Every year on his birthday he would throw some type of party, and tonight the tradition lives on with a memorial fest at Union Transfer in his honor. Anchorfest features The Dead Milkmen, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, and more. The fest is all ages and starts at 5PM, tickets are only $12. Come out and pay tribute to an awesome dude while listening to some great music.
In the fearless late 70s, Michael Zodorozny attended art school in Philadelphia and founded Crash Course in Science, an experimental three-piece that harnessed home-made synthesizers, toy instruments and noisemakers to create records that were both hard-hitting and alluring, not to mention insanely catchy. Moving in step with the era’s post-punk / pre-New Wave elite, the group echoed the dissonant pulse of England’s Throbbing Gristle and the whip-crack beats of Athens, Ga.’s Pylon. It produced a handful of albums into the early 1980s, played nightclubs and art galleries in New York and Philadelphia, was spun with enthusiasm by DJ Lee Paris on his trendsetting WXPN program YNMT, made a great music video for their single “Carboard Lamb,” and quietly disbanded as the decade wore on. The story could have ended there, and the band could have been lost in the annals of regional musical history. But Zodorozny continued working as a producer and remixer, and in 2009 a resurgence in interest in his old band led German label Vinyl-on-Demand to reissue Crash Course in Science’s entire catalog on LP. Performances followed, with Zodorozny now backed by original CCiS producer John Wicks and new vocalist Andrea Beeman, and new material began to emerge. One of those songs was premiered in the band’s Key Studio Session – the snappy, playful “Pantsed” – along with a selection of career highlights, and the band says we can expect a new EP in the fall. In the meantime, Crash Course in Science is playing a Philadelphia date in the midst of a summer of European festival appearances: this Friday, they’ll perform at Vox Populi Gallery headlining a lineup showcasing some of today’s fearless sonic experimentors, from fuzz rockers Psychic Teens to avant-garde noisemakers Normal Love. Crash Course in Science plays with Normal Love, Psychic Teens, Coqui, Young Leaves and Hurry at Vox Populi’s AUX performance space, 319 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Friday July 27 at 7 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $8.