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Elvis Depressedly and Mitski turned it up at PhilaMOCA. Way up.

Elvis Depressedly | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Elvis Depressedly | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

I’m not saying they’re easygoing on record or anything. Even when an artist’s studio work skews quieter and contemplative, it can have nuance and depth. Sure, their Bandcamp discography is filled with chilled-out and downtempo moments, but Asheville’s Elvis Depressedly is the antithesis of a beachy bro-band; Brooklyn’s Mitski is a singer-guitarist who writes songs, but she’s hardly a naval-gazing singer-songwriter. Both acts boast a reserved intensity, and when you put them in front of a crowd, it turns up and explodes. Which is what made them great tour partners, and made their sold-out show at PhilaMOCA last Wednesday so captivating. Continue reading →

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Mitski is returning to Philly in July to play PhilaMOCA with Elvis Depressedly

Mitski |via facebook.com/MitskiLeaks
Mitski | via facebook.com/MitskiLeaks

Displaying serious songwriting talent, Brooklyn-based Mitski released the critically-acclaimed Bury Me at Makeout Creek last November.

The lyrics proved as intricate and hard-hitting as the sound, with Mitski crooning, “And did you know the liberty bell is a replica/Silently housed in its original walls / And while its dreams played music in the night / Quietly / It was told to believe,” on the haunting closing track, “Last Words of a Shooting Star.” Continue reading →

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Hang out with Alex G and friends at The Fire on August 17th

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie singer-songwriter, Alexander Giannascoli, better known as Alex G, will be playing at the Fire on August 17th to celebrate the release of his new LP, DSU. The album has gotten a lot of attention lately, from Pitchfork and Rolling Stoneand, of course, the Key. In his review, John Vettese pictured Giannascoli as “a creative introvert holed up in some West Philly apartment or Fishtown warehouse, layering guitar drones and drum loops, harnessing the right feedback tones, crafting songs that expunge his ennui to tape.” Continue reading →