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Bellows steps out of the bedroom into the big city with “Thick Skin” video

Bellows | courtesy of the artist
Bellows | courtesy of the artist

Bellows began as the solo, bedroom project of Oliver Kalb. It’s since blossomed to include a full live band, and that change seems to be reflected in the expansive sound of his new record, Fist & Palm. The album has been out for almost a month now, but they’ve just shared a new clip for one its singles, “Thick Skin”. It’s a colorful, quirky little track that harkens back to mid-aughts indie pop like Youth Lagoon and The Postal Service. Continue reading →

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Tiny plants and large windows are the audience of choice for Japanese Breakfast’s Out of Town Films session

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast is hitting us with video after video promoting songs from her new album Psychopomp released via Yellow K Records, and I think it’s safe to say that fans are loving it. Last week, the band shared a performance of “Heft” filmed by Philadelphia collective, Out of Town Films.

The video consists largely of close cropped shots of frontwoman Michelle Zauner and bandmates performing this hazy pop song in a room bedecked with tiny potted plants and vast windows. Continue reading →

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Indie pop queens Eskimeaux and Japanese Breakfast kick off joint solo tour in December

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast and Eskimeaux will team up for a tour starting this fall (and I couldn’t be more excited).

So far their are only five announced tour dates that will begin on December 14th and end on the 18th with a show on the 15th in Philly in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Continue reading →

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Power Animal and Eskimeaux team up on “3 Months And a Week”

Power Animal | photo by Mac Whalen | via facebook.com/pwranml

Power Animal is a project we’ve come to know and love over the years, ever since Keith Hampson and his then-full band released People Songs back in 2010. Things have shifted a bit in the years since and now Hampson works primarily solo, but he still knows when to pull in collaborators that will enhance his textural electronic pop songs. The latest example of this is “3 Months And a Week” featuring Eskimeaux.

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Alex G headlines a sold-out First Unitarian Church for Beach Music album release

Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Alex G and Girlpool made a graceful return to their current residence of Philadelphia on Saturday night at First Unitarian Church, with enthusiastic sets from opening acts Eskimeaux and Brandon Can’t Dance opening the show. Each of these artists are best experienced in their live form, which made for extremely entertaining sets that were matched with visual imagery projected from dual film projectors by Craig Scheihing. 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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Eskimeaux and Raindeer bringing futuristic winter vibes to JR’s Bar on 12/14

Philly’s Gabrielle Smith has the innate ability to immediately exile you to some remote cave on Eskimeaux‘s latest self-titled cassette.  With production by Benjamin Schurr, Eskimeaux is a dark, exquisite, wintery nightmare of an album that is brought to earth with Smith’s sublime vocalsThe Philadelphia duo will perform with Baltimore’s Raindeer alongside Pree and Young Rapids at JR’s Bar in South Philly on Friday, December 14th.  More information can be found on the event page here.  Below, stream “Untitled, Part I” and listen to the full album here.

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Listen to a new Eskimeaux track, “Trinkets” (playing Moviate on 11/13)

Kudos to The Deli for spotting this yesterday: Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr, formerly of Philadelphia’s Br’er, just released a single under their new experimental pop project, Eskimeaux. The haunting track, “Trinkets,” can be heard on the Prefix Magazine website here. “Trinkets” will be part of the duo’s forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled for release November 8th. The album is being released through the label Human Kindness Overflowing and will only cost $5.00, with $2.50 going towards meals for Philabundance while the remaining $2.50 is split between the artist and the label’s future contributions to charities. Eskimeaux will be playing at Moviate in Harrisburg November 13th; ticket and show information can be found here.