Philly’s DRGN King are celebrating the release of Paragraph Nights tonight at PhilaMOCA. The full-length debut from the psychedelic power pop outfit was released through Bar / None Records on January 22nd and runs the gamut of infectiously good songwriting from the slick “Holy Ghost” to the party-ready “Wild Night.” More information for the all-ages show with Dangerous Ponies, Walking Shapes and Idle Idols can be found here. Stream Paragraph Nights here and watch DRGN King’s Dominic Angelella perform a solo, stripped-down version of “Holy Ghost” at Sofar Sounds from last weekend below.
The incredible New Year’s Eve shows keep rolling in, the latest being thrown by The Deli Philly at “the Penn frat house that has been the East Coast punk rock toga party for well over two decades now” (you’ll have to Google that to find out the somewhat-secret location). So far only Dangerous Ponies have been announced to play, with more coming soon. To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below, watch Dangerous Ponies’ video for “Gave Up.”
Two outstanding Philadelphia singer-songwriters are taking up residence in PhilaMOCA tonight. Birdie Busch is gearing up for the release of her latest effort, the earthy / spacy LP Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, which is available on CD in January (and via Bandcamp now). Also on the bill is Heyward Howkins, whose dusty folksy debut The Hale and the Hearty was one of the year’s best slices of Philadelphia-area music. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available at the venue’s website. Below, check out what Howkins has in store for the followup LP he’s getting ready to record – a tune called “Praline County.”
This week’s installment of The Key Studio Sessions featured buzzing Lancaster band The Districts. The blues-rockers are currently promoting their latest record Telephone, which is available as a name-your-own-price download here. Below, check out The Key Studio Session version of their rousing new song “Went to the City” and download the rest of their session here. Check back for information on The Districts’ upcoming show at Fergie’s early next month.
Catch British/Southern rockabilly darlings Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs at The Fire tonight. The duo, Holly Golightly Smith and Lawyer Dave, released their fifth album, Sunday Run Me Over yesterday. The show tonight begins at 9 p.m., and more information about it can be found here. Below, listen to the pair’s single, “Burn Your Fun.”
Carnivalesque Philly pop ensemble Dangerous Ponies have spent most of 2012 hard at work on the followup to their 2010 self-titled debut. As summer slips into fall and the band wraps up both a lengthy tour and production, it shared a live-in-the-studio rendition of a brand new track on its Tumblr this weekend. “Gave Up” has a crunchy, punchy, aggressive rock sound that’s in line with the Dangerous Ponies we’ve seen in concert of late. Download the song below, check out the video after the jump, and catch some more Ponies action this Wendesday when the band opens for Tilly and the Wall at the First Unitarian Church. Tickets to the all-ages show are available for $12 at the R5 Productions website.
For more than 25 years, Kristin Hersh has been a steady source of stunning music, from intensely expressive art-rock with Throwing Muses, the band she founded with her cousin Tanya Donnely in 1985, to haunting songs as a solo singer-songwriter and straight-ahead thrash in 50 Foot Wave. If you’re not familiar, this great Q&A in last Wednesday’s Philadelphia Weekly oughta get you up to speed – it touches on Hersh as a songwriter, guitar wizard and author (her 2010 memoir, Rat Girl, is a fantastic read and highly recommended). Tonight’s show at World Cafe Live is billed as a solo appearance, which for Hersh can mean just about anything – songs from her mid-90s catalog, throwbacks to the early days of the Muses, new pieces she’s workshopping and posting to YouTube for her fans to weigh in on. You can watch a video of one of those below, a number called “Chipping Teeth” that’s tense on the verses, catchy on the refrain and somewhat mysterious on the outro. Kristin Hersh and James Maddock play World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $16 and available at the door.
Newly relocated to Philadelphia, Family Band – singer-guitarists Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin, plus a sea of collaborators – is celebrating the release of their excellent new record Grace and Lies (No Quarter) with an appearance at the First Unitarian Chapel tonight. Labelmate Jennifer Castle opens, and the resonant room ought to serve both artists well, as they make use of dreamy tones and emotive sonic space. Check out an interview with Family Band in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, see a video they shot for Free People below and check back to The Key later today for a download from their Folkadelphia session this past weekend. Family Band and Jennifer Castle perform at the First Unitarian Church Chapel, 2125 Chestnut St., tonight at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $10.
Carnivalesque indie pop ensemble Dangerous Ponies hit up Johnny Brenda’s tonight for their last show until autumn. With a slew of new songs in their setlist, the band plans to take the rest of the summer off for recording and other summer-y things. We can’t wait to hear the new record this results in. Meanwhile, listen to their song “Bumbershoot” below. Dangerous Ponies perform with Green Paper and Ghost Light at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
And finally, tonight is the final night of Herb Shellenberger’s month curating the Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA. Joining him are the band Literature, who recently relocated to Philadelphia from Austin, and filmmaker Shawn Kornhauser, who will screen a series of shorts. Find out more information at Shellenberger’s guest VJ post from earlier this month. Tuesday Tune-Out happens at PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $5.
This weekend, Philly’s action/adventure pop troupe Conversations With Enemies celebrates the release of its latest record, The Good Times, in a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The album references just about every fictional character you might have loved as a kid – werewolves, vampires, cowboys, zombies – and like Enemies’ 2010 debut, Nowhere OK, it comes accompanied by a comic book that mixes them all together. This week, band leader Josh Craft will guest DJ the XPN2 Philly Local Show, previewing tracks from the album, giving us the lowdown the concert, and spinning tunes from some of his favorite Philly peers like Algernon Cadwallader, Dangerous Ponies, Break It Up and more. Listen in this Thursday, July 5, on XPN2, download a song from the album below, and catch the Conversations With Enemies record release show this Saturday July 7 at Johnny Brenda’s.