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New Music: “Mother Nature Fetish” by Far Out Fangtooth

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 10.45.26 AMWe’re used to hearing dark Philly garage rock outfit Far-Out Fangtooth drifting in fuzztone distortion and murky reverb, so the clarity in this new track is unexpected – and pretty darn cool. Premiered over at Pitchfork this morning, “Mother Nature Fetish” is bright and melodic as the same time as it’s dense and assailing; Nick Kulp still sounds like he’s singing from inside a cave, but he’s closer to the world above than ever. The song will be featured on their new LP, Borrowed Time – out on October 29th via Siltbreeze Records – and the band’s Philly release show is set for November 2nd at Boot and Saddle. Though it’s not listed on the venue’s calendar yet, Kulp tells us the bill will also feature LODRO, Harsh Vibes and a solo set from Lantern’s Zachary Devereux Fairbrother. Check out “Mother Nature Fetish” below.

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Far-Out Fangtooth cover Iggy Pop’s “Funtime” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/17)

Philly noise rockers Far-Out Fangtooth channeled their inner seventies punk muses during an appearance on WNYU’s New Afternoon Show recently. During the on-air performance the local scuzz-punks covered Iggy Pop’s “Funtime” from his 1977 album The Idiot. Following the rock-out, Far-Out Fangtooth mentioned finishing up their second record and their plans for an April tour with Psychic Blood.  Listen to the full episode here (the interview occurs in the last quarter of the show) and stream the Iggy Pop cover below.  Tickets and information for their 21+ show with K-Holes, Call of the Wild and Hound at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, February 17th, can be found here.

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Bleeding Rainbow thrash and shred at Johnny Brenda’s (photos, recap, setlist)

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for Philly foursome Bleeding Rainbow, between signing with a label (Kanine Records), prepping a new LP (Yeah Right, out January 29), and scoring a sweet opening spot on tour with A Place to Bury Strangers. There is no doubt that the four-piece are well on their way to becoming one of Philly’s biggest bands. But that doesn’t mean they’ve lost sight of what rock n’ roll is really about: letting loose and having fun. Friday night at Johnny Brenda’s, the band treated fans to a short but energetic set of hazy jams and thrash-y freak-outs, mostly drawn from Yeah Right. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Bleeding Rainbow will tour with A Place to Bury Strangers this fall

Over the last several months, Bleeding Rainbow have gone through the band equivalent of a home renovation.  A name change, the addition of two new band members and signing to a new label precede the punky shoegazers’ upcoming record Yeah Right, out on Kanine Records October 9th.  Today, the Philly quartet announced a fall tour with New York noise rock band A Place to Bury Strangers.  The tour doesn’t hit Philadelphia (though they will get to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 18th), but Bleeding Rainbow have a date with Far-Out Fangtooth and Heavy Medical at Johnny Brenda’s on October 12th (tickets and information here).  Below, watch the band work their punk riffs on “Pink Ruff”, the lead single from their new album.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Far-Out Fangtooth and Mount Eerie at the First Unitarian Church, Amon Tobin at The Electric Factory, Tygerstrype at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly noisemakers Far-Out Fangtooth have a strong affinity for mood and ambiance, crafting dark pop songs with rattling rock underbellies. It’s music can be as dreamy as it is unsettling, making it a perfect fit with Mount Eerie, which a few albums ago released a song that drew heavily from the theme to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Both bands play the First Unitarian Church tonight; the all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $12, tickets and information are available here. Below, listen to The Thorns, a 7″ that Far-Out Fangtooth released earlier this year.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Royal Baths + Far-Out Fangtooth at Kung Fu Necktie

Having celebrated the official release of their sophomore album, Better Luck Next Life, with a show last night in their new hometown of Brooklyn, the members of Royal Baths come to Philadelphia tonight for the first show in a nearly month-long tour. Royal Baths’ brooding, Velvet Underground-influenced garage/psych-rock should pair nicely with local openers Far-Out Fangtooth—a similarly gloomy garage-goth act whose debut LP, Pure And Disinterested, we highlighted last year (and who has a new 7-inch set for release in a few months). Royal Baths performs with Far-Out Fangtooth and Lantern (DJ set) at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.

Royal Baths – “Faster, Harder” from stereogum on Vimeo.

Also Playing: Bob Mould at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., all ages, $22); A$AP Rocky + Grande Marshall at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., all ages, $27); Pete Donnelly + Pawnshop Roses, Gift Horse at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $10)

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Cults at Union Transfer, Pissed Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th
With a Google-proof band name and zero social-networking presence, Cults used to be such a mystery. Then the unassuming New York duo posted a few tracks online in 2010, which immediately set off a hunt for the truth about their backgrounds and catapulted them into the indie spotlight. The single “Go Outside” channels ’60s girl-group pop; it’s a sunny song with Lesley Gore-esque vocals, glockenspiel, and an eerie undercurrent (courtesy of samples of cult leader Jim Jones muttering about death). Though they’re not in any rush to make every autobiographical detail and quirk public, the original pair of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion (both former NYU film students and California natives) have warmed up to the additional attention, growing into a full five-piece group and signing to Columbia for a full-length album, which was released last summer. Cults performs with Dirty Fences at 8:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT—Kiley Bense

Also Playing: Minas at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $20); Adrien Reju And Friends at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The National Rifle + Waking Lights, Blayer Pointdujour at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Swift Technique + Lady, Dr. Ruckus at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th

Pissed Jeans performs with Blues Control and Veiled at 9:15 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10–$12.

Also Playing: Negative Department + The Only Ghost in Town, Pray For Polanski, Sure Juror at The Level Room (8 p.m., 21+, $8); New Sweden + KeN, Lettuce Prey at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10);

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th
Far-Out Fangtooth + Lantern, Harsh Vibes at The Level Room (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Allison Weiss + Mitten, Former Belle, Conversations With Enemies at PhilaMOCA (8 p.m., all ages, $7–$10)

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This Weekend’s Picks: They Might Be Giants at TLA, Far-Out Fangtooth at Kung Fu Necktie, Ray LaMontagne at Mann Center

They Might Be Giants

FRIDAY, SEPT 30
They Might Be Giants finally released its new album, Join Us, after a four-year hiatus from the adult alternative scene. During that time off, the band released two children’s music albums; the genre is fitting for the New York City-based band, whose musical style tends to be unadulterated, feel-good rock. They Might Be Giants’ songs have unambiguous words that get straight to the point with consistently bright instrumentals. The lyrics often have heavy sentiments masked in major keys, causing them to stay sunny even when they’re, at their core, exceptionally cloudy. The band’s most recent album is a good example, with the accusatory song “When Will You Die,” which is an upbeat tune about a sociopath. They Might Be Giants performs at 8 p.m. Friday, September 30th, at Theater Of The Living Arts; tickets for the all-ages show are $27. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Ray LaMontagne + Brandi Carlile, Dawn Landes at The Mann Center (7:30 p.m., all ages, $27.50–$47.50); Blood Feathers + Like A Fox, Matthew O’Neill at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); The Quelle Source (EP-release Show) + Wendy, Shorty Boy Boy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8); Toy Soldiers, Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits, Toddler Kat, Sherman at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Philly-based quartet Far-Out Fangtooth celebrates the release of its debut album, Pure And Disinterested this Saturday night at Kung Fu Necktie. Though the album has been available via Siltbreeze Records (and Far-Out Fangtooth’s Bandcamp) for less than a week, the band has already established itself as one to watch in the area, thanks to its esoteric take on goth-chic and emphasis of better-than-you garage fuzz noise. After the release of its first 7-inch—which featured the droney tracks “Pathways” and “Why Don’t You Cry”—last year, the band has kept busy performing and recording its full-length debut. The result is a slightly more polished 11-track disc, emphasizing clearer percussion and guitar over the vague, foggy delirium that characterized the band’s earlier sound. Far-Out Fangtooth performs with Creepoid, Swimmers Ear, and The Trowels at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1st, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: East Hundred + Jenny Owen Youngs, She Keeps Bees at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); House Bat + Univox, Faux Slang at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $5–$8); Primus at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $47–$69.50); Psychedelic Furs + Tom Tom Club at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $29.50–$35); The Bangles + Antigone Rising at TLA (8 p.m., $32)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
The Horrors + The Stepkids at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $24–$34)

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Listen to Far-Out Fangtooth’s new album, Pure And Disinterested

Photo by Bill Snyder

Today marks the official release of Far-Out Fangtooth’s debut LP, Pure And Disinterested, on Siltbreeze Records. The 11-song LP—which you can stream for free via Bandcamp until the record-release show Saturday, October 1st, at Kung Fu Necktie—follows up on the local rock quartet’s first 7-inch, which came out in August 2010. Back then, we noted:

“They dress in all black. The wear sunglasses at night. And they make a point of telling you how disinterested they are. Yup, the members of local garage-goth quartet Far-Out Fangtooth have that whole detached thing pretty much down pat. Fitting, then, that the two lo-fi tracks on the band’s debut 7-inch (released earlier this year on Ian Records) are dripping with reverb and droning vocals; if the band was trying to impart a sense of distance, it has certainly succeeded.”

Well, as far as titles go, you can’t get much more disinterested than Pure And Disinterested. But the album itself is significantly more compelling than its predecessor. That might have something to do with Far-Out Fangtooth’s decision to dial the reverb down a little bit, allowing the punchy drums and fuzzed-out guitars to shine through the ambient haze the band usually ensconces itself in. You can listen to the album (and watch the video for “Red Hawk Desert”) below. Far-Out Fangtooth performs with Creepoid, Swimmers Ear, and The Trowels at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1st, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Far-Out Fangtooth – Red Hawk Desert from Far-Out Fangtooth on Vimeo.