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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at Chameleon Club, Liz & the Lost Boys at Johnny Brenda’s and Delco Pacers at Bourbon and Branch

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive

Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Delco Pacers rock out in the endzone in the new “Cheap Seats” video

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Delco Pacers | photo via facebook.com/delcopacers

Delco Pacers have a new the music video for “Cheap Seats,” from their debut full-length album, Stereo Streets.  The video switches back and forth between the band performing on a snowy football field, and playing a pickup football game with neighborhood kids during a crisp fall day.  In the daytime shots, two band members wear Philadelphia Eagles jerseys while the other members of the band wears an Indiana Pacers jersey, nodding toward the band’s name. Check out the video below, and catch the band tonight at World Cafe Live when they open for Heat Thunder, or at Ortlieb’s on May 21st when they perform with City Rain.

Delco Pacers :: Cheap Seats from Juice Groove Films on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender / Delco Pacers at Ortlieb’s , Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, Vacationer at Underground Arts and more

Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.

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Go behind the scenes of the new Philly Tapes Philly release with Weekender and Delco Pacers

Photo by Wendy McCardle
Photo by Wendy McCardle

Before their limited cassette release at their show this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, Philly Tapes Philly have shared a sneak peek of their collaboration Weekender and Delco Pacers. Originally conceived by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, Philly Tapes Philly brings local bands together to play each others’ music, record it in the old analog format, release it on cassette tapes, and hopefully gain some new fans.

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2: Weekend in Delco is out this Thursday, April 24th, at the release show at Ortlieb’s. But before you go grab a FREE copy of their joint tape (if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door) at the show, check out this preview of the recording process. Watch a video below via Bob Sweeney, see a gallery of photos by Wendy McCardle and get more details on the show here.

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Philly Tapes Philly returns with new collaboration between Delco Pacers and Weekender

Delco Pacers | photo courtesy of the artist
Delco Pacers | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly Tapes Philly is back with the second installment of its new monthly tape collaboration, this time featuring Delco Pacers and Weekender.  Curated by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, the idea developed out of a desire to work on more collaborations and get bands in the studio together, as Commonwealth Choir’s Nick Cislak explained over email.

“We were able to book a show together last month and we wanted to do something to make it unique,” says Cislak. “Our singer Davis Howley actually came up with the idea to do cassettes. It just so happened that Sam Long (Big Tusk) had a 4-track cassette recorder that he was dying to put to use for something cool.”

Recorded in Commonwealth Choir’s studio, The Gun Shop, the limited run of 50 cassettes includes one song from each participating band.  The process is totally analog and one-of a kind, with members of each band contributing to the other’s contribution.

“[We] figured out a pretty cool process where each band records a live take of a song, and then we used the remaining two tracks on the cassette to overdub some fun collaborative elements (back-up vocals, shakers, tambourines, percussion, even a miniature baby grand piano that the Tusk guys had).”

To keep the results of these sessions exciting, the featured bands will remain a mystery up until the month that their tape gets released at a special joint show.  But you can be sure the match-up will be interesting and maybe even unexpected, due to the unifying nature and mission of the project.  Philly Tapes Philly‘s main focus is to bring bands together that may not meet or play shows together otherwise, thereby breaking down the boundaries between local music niches and expanding the creative nature of the city as a whole.

“Most bands draw inspiration from various styles anyway. The more people in the room with different backgrounds and experience, the cooler/more unique the product becomes. We are definitely looking to pair bands that can learn from each other and make really great music.”

Philly Tapes Philly: Vol. 2 with Delco Pacers and Weekender will be released at a special free show at Ortlieb’s on April 24th.  The first 50 people in the door will get a free copy of the limited edition cassette to enjoy after each band performs.  More information can be found here.  Bands that are interested in participating can message the project on Facebook here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at World Cafe Live, Delco Pacers at MilkBoy, Astronauts Really Fly at The Blockley, and more

Photo by Jan Prunk
Photo by Jan Prunk

Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Jessica Pratt, Northern Arms, Gene Shay)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Get caught up on the week’s shows with reviews and photos from appearances by Miguel, Pearl Jam and more [link]

Congratulations to XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay, who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame today [link]

Read XPN host Mike Vasilikos’s review of Dr. Dog‘s B-Room, this week’s featured album [link]

San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt performed unreleased songs for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

The Wonder Years’ Nick Steinborn will release a solo EP next month; listen to a new song now [link]

Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are throwing a Kompa party at The TLA with T-Vice in December [link]

Delco Pacers will celebrate the release of Stereo Streets at Milkboy on 11/14 [link]

Reef the Lost Cauze has announced a free show at Hard Rock Cafe tonight and a free song called “92 Flow” [link]

Northern Arms stopped by for a mysterious and powerful Key Studio Session [link]

Local rock band Rob, Lately has released a new EP called The Liar [link]

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Delco Pacers release debut LP “Stereo Streets,” perform record release show at Milkboy 11/14

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Suburban Philly natives Delco Pacers will release their debut LP Stereo Streets on Tuesday, November 19, the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Riddlewood EP.

In celebration of the release of their full length Delco Pacers will hold a special record release show at Milkboy on November 14, with special guests Morning River Band (Philadelphia) and The Naked Sun (Philadelphia).

Delco Pacers- comprised of singer/guitarist Jonathan Pitts, bassist Evan Dick, and Philly raised drummer Pavlo Demkiv- have managed to revitalize early to mid 90’s indie pop/rock while adding millennial flare. Pitt’s uncanny vocal resemblance to early REM and Mr. Jones’ era Counting Crows, combined with catchy acoustic melodies and banging, syncopated drumming makes Stereo Streets an immediate upbeat favorite. But what really stands out on the LP are the tracks that digress from the usual, with heavier bass and electric guitar influence. On the track “Rooftops” the bass is palpable the whole way through, adding a darker undertone and balance to the more feel-good Americana style record. Take out the vocals, and you’d swear you heard some Smashing Pumpkins’ riffs.

The final track of the LP, a 6:39 number titled “Walls,” features and electric guitar/bass intro with intermittent drums that is so smooth, and so lulling, it’s like Explosions in the Sky jumped in for a quick opening before easily transitioning into quintessential Delco Pacers sound. The band has clearly grown in their last two years of touring, and it is fully audible in their debut LP Stereo Streets. You won’t want to miss the record release show at Milkboy!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Two Gallants at Union Transfer, Tutlie at Johhny Brenda’s, Delco Pacers at North Star Bar

TwoGallantsFreeDownloadSan Fransisco’s Two Gallants are in town tonight for a show at Union Transfer. The lo-fi folk rockers released their fourth full-length LP, The Bloom and the Blight, in September of 2012, through ATO Recods. Blending a unique mix of indie-folk with a more intense, almost grungey attitude, the west coast two-piece cultivate a sound entirely their own. Garage-rock outfit BRONCHO will be supporting them at Union Transfer. Check out the video for Two Gallants’ track “My Love Won’t Wait” from The Bloom and the Blight below, and find tickets and information for the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mates of State at Underground Arts, Denison WItmer at World Cafe Live, Baths at Union Transfer

mates_of_stateThe last album from Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner dates back a couple years – 2011’s Mountaintops – so hopefully the Mates of State show at Underground Arts tonight will bring with it a helping of new material. The duo headlines, with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing a solo set of CYHSY material. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the music video for “Palomino” off of Mountaintops.

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