Listen to Dreambook’s dark Burn the Light Out EP, see them open for Rainer Maria on Saturday

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Local shoegaze four-piece Dreambook just released a new EP called Burn The Light Out, showcasing their captivating melodic rock sound. Twanging guitar riffs work off each other in the six-minute “Machine,” nodding to early 90s British favorites Slowdive with fuzzed-out bass and vocals, while “In My Time” delves into dark riffs and a haunting sound. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Boot and Saddle, Anjuli Josephine at Tin Angel, A Fistful of Sugar at World Cafe Live and more

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Boot and Saddle welcomes local bands Hurry, Dreambook, and Mock Suns to its stage tonight. Hurry just released a new single “Oh Whitney”, which you can stream below, from their upcoming LP Everything/Nothing. The band is the solo product of Matt Scottoline of emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Dreambook released Only Shadows last year which features their signature distorted guitar sounds and layered drum beats. Psych-pop headliners Mock Suns released their debut album Here Nor There back in 2012. All three acts are lo-fi dream pop-oriented with a splash of something unique. Get tickets here and check out tracks from the bands below.

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Mock Suns to headline Boot & Saddle on 1/10 with support from Hurry and Dreambook

Mock Suns

Philly’s sixties-esque psych rock band Mock Suns will be headlining Boot & Saddle on January 10th with supporting bands Hurry and Dreambook. Two extremely fuzzy bands opening for even incredibly spaced out one; this show is sure to be entertaining. Mock Suns’ 2012 release Here Nor There puts strange mechanical effects alongside edgy and loud riffs. Listen to the album below via Bandcamp. The band also recently announced that their second full length album has been mixed, so keep an eye out for a release date. Get your $10 tickets to the 9 p.m. show here.


Float away with Dreambook’s “Ghosts,” see them at Kung Fu Necktie on 10/18


Next Friday, October 18th Kung Fu Necktie will host the dreamy, fuzz-bass sensation Dreambook, an emerging local crew who made a spash on the scene this summer performing with bands like Creepoid and Palma Violets. Droning, distorted guitars and fuzzed out bass are the major markers of the band, with vocals that float overhead, sometimes even sounding Morrissey-esque. The long, drawn out guitar lines are intoxicating, and it’s quite impossible not to be hooked. Listen to their track “Ghost” below, watch their Bands In the Backyard session and get information at the show’s Facebook Event Page.


Watch Dreambook go outside with “Stay Inside” on this month’s BITBY episode (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 7/12)

dreambookThis month’s Bands in the Backyard episode introduces us to emerging Philly band Dreambook, which performs a brand new song called “Stay Inside.”  It’s a hazy piece of shoegaze music, sometimes touching on psychedelic, with multiple guitars vamping along to a steady drum beat and heavy bass line.  Check out the video below, and be sure to catch them at Johnny Brenda’s July 12th along with Creepoid and Amanda X.


Sunday’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren and The Very Best at JB’s, Betty Iron Thumbs at The Fire, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Silk City

If the weekend weather’s got you down, your best call is to head inside and hunker down with some good people and good music. Heading over to Johnny Brenda’s will land you in front of Philly favorites Grandchildren, whose glowing indie-electro-rock will warm your rain-chilled soul and soften your summer heat-hardened heart. They just released a new song, “Where’s the Knife,” from their upcoming album over at Paste Magazine. Grandchildren are opening for the global pop duo The Very Best, who list their influences as “Lil Wayne and Phil Collins” and have a set of head-bopping, hip-shaking afropop tunes in store to get Frankford Ave dancing. The show starts at 9:15 (doors at 8), and admission is 21+; tickets are available for $13 here. Below, watch the video for “Kondaine,” an jubilant track from The Very Best’s forthcoming album, MTMTMK.

Or if you’re in a heavier mood, head over to The Fire for Philly’s own self-proclaimed “twangcore” rockers Betty Iron Thumbs, who’ll be taking that tiny stage along with a whole plethora of rock n’ rollers including South Carolina’s Modern Man, Virgina’s Gunchux, and locals Horace Mann. Tickets are $7 here; the show starts at 8 and is 21+. Below, stream “Under the Night,” the title track from Betty Iron Thumbs’ latest album.

Finally, if none of the aforementioned quite fits your fancy, why not try out local psych-folks Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, playing an early show at Silk City. They’ll be pairing their slow and lilting heady folk-rock jams along with the likes of fuzzed-out locals Dreambook, punk shoe-wave outfit Canary oh Canary, and Brooklyn shoegazers Invisible Days. Admission to the 6 p.m. show is $7 at the door; the show is 21+. Below, stream “O the Sun” from Bells’ first full album, The Sirens, Too, Sang That Way. Their latest album Worried Land is available on their website in vinyl or pay-what-you-want download.