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PREMIERE: Dream Safari emerges from the night with the jazzy new Cobalt EP

Dream Safari | photo courtesy of the artist
Dream Safari | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s own Dream Safari is back with a new bundle of tunes, the electro-pop outfit’s first since their inaugural Night Howl from 2013. But this time around, Dream Safari mastermind Chris Coulton has moved away from what he describes as the “jungle-y” sounds of the past. On the new three track EP Cobalt, Coulton has produced an assortment of jazz-infused sounds with the smoothest of saxophones.

Coulton says the name Cobalt is meant to induce the feelings of nightlife. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living’s Wesley Bunch talks to us about his April residency at Bourbon & Branch

Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving
Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving

About eight months ago, Wesley Bunch packed his bags in Virginia Beach and headed to Philly, only knowing a handful of people in the area. Performing under the moniker Suburban Living, Bunch left behind his hometown, but quickly connected with prominent local talent, landing him his first Philly show alongside CRUISR and Dream Safari.

“It’s been a total whirlwind,” Bunch said. “I’ve really fallen in love with the city and everything it has to offer.”

Suburban Living’s standout dream pop sound has us feeling lucky to have Bunch around. And with an upcoming residency at Bourbon & Branch, Suburban Living will play alongside local artists throughout April.

“The city is full of awesome musicians,” Bunch said. “I feel super lucky being able to curate all these upcoming shows.”

Here’s a rundown of each week’s lineup, with snippets of Bunch’s commentary on why he picked these openers. Continue reading →

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A night of seasonal cheer from Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s

Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

So it wasn’t explicitly a holiday show. We should make that clear from the get-go; it was mostly just a regular Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s with three like-minded bands playing delightfully danceable indie rock. But Philly’s Cheerleader nevertheless crafted a totally festive vibe for their last show of 2014. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dream Safari’s glittering new track “Panama”

Photo via Dream Safari Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dreamsafarimusic)
Dream Safari | photo via www.facebook.com/dreamsafarimusic

Dream Safari, the electronic pop project of localite Chris Coulton, has just released an upbeat new track called “Panama” and the song is an absolute blast. Filled with bouncing xylophone-esque lines and light, glittering synths, all dancing over Coulton’s smooth, dreamy vocals, the song will keep your head bobbing throughout its entirety. Put on your dancing shoes and give a listen to the new track below.

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Cruisr celebrates All Over by packing Boot and Saddle

Cruisr | Photo by John Vettese
Cruisr | Photo by John Vettese

“This is our best friends show,” Andy States told the Boot and Saddle crowd last night. The Cruisr frontman was referring in part to the openers – shimmering, Duran Duran-esque pop outfit Dream Safari, led by Chris Coulton (who worked closely with Cruisr on much of its early design work), and Suburban Living, the new project featuring old Bucks County buds (and former Night Panther members) Michael Cammarata and Chris Radwanski. But he was also referring to the warm and familial faces packing the house. “I see a lot of my old co-workers in the crowd,” States laughed. Continue reading →

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Photos: Snowmine, Norwegian Arms and Dream Safari at Johnny Brenda’s

Snowmine | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Snowmine | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Shaking Through alums Snowmine from Brooklyn co-headlined Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night with Philly’s Norwegian Arms in tow, making their first local appearance since they were on Pattern Is Movement’s record release show in October. Also on the lineup was local psych / electro outfit Dream Safari. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.

(Hear More – Listen to Snowmine’s new single “Columbus,” get a free download of “Rome”)
(See More – A locals-only show with Pattern Is Movement, The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms and more)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Boot and Saddle, Tony Trischka at Sellersville Theater, and Dream Safari at Kung Fu Necktie

Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Philly folk goddess Birdie Busch will play at Boot and Saddle tonight. Busch released her latest album Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night earlier this year, further illustrating her unique songwriting and dreamy vocals. Watch her new video for “Far From the Tree” below and get tickets here.

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Dream Safari enlists a crew of local DJs and artists to remix Night Howl

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Philadelphia dance-pop artist Dream Safari (the stage name of Chris Coulton) has employed the talents of local Philly artists for a remix album of the recently-released Night Howl. The collection features ten uniquely reworked tracks of the previously mentioned five song EP, all done by some of the most prolific Philly DJs out there right now – Blue Satellite, Pink Skull, Tropes, and TygerStrype to name a few – and its colorful cover art was designed by Andy States of Cruiser. Night Howl: the Remixes  is set to drop December 17th. Download Blue Satellite’s remix of “Emerald” below.

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Stream a Magic Death Sounds mixtape for the label’s block party, featuring Banned Books, Tygerstrype and more (happening in Kensington on 8/10)

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Magic Death Sounds, local purveyors of cassettes and vinyl for bands like Cold Fronts, Banned Books and Rexedog, are throwing the first Magic Death Sounds Block Party this Saturday, August 10th.  The celebration of music, food and art will feature two stages showcasing the MDS roster with performances by the bands just mentioned as well as Meghan’s TV, Phonographiq, Dream Safari and more.  Admission gets you free BBQ and beer, and local craft vendors will be set up on Randolph St. between Cecil B. Moore Ave and Montgomery Ave behind The Sewing Factory in Kensington – visit the Facebook event page for more information.  Stream the block party mixtape below.