Danish chamber dream-pop outfit Efterklang headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Following up their 2010 debut Magic Chairs is 2012′s Piramida, a multi-media artistic endeavor that included a trek to the long-forgotten town of Piramida near the North Pole. Amassing over one-thousand field recordings for use on their latest LP, Efterklang turned their journey into a full-length companion documentary called The Ghost of Piramida. Tickets and information for their 21+ show with Jherek Bishoff can be found here. Watch the video for “The Living Layer” below.
Temple University student and musician Abi Reimold will perform at Fergie’s Pub tonight with John Francis’ Magic Hour Showcase, this week working in conjunction with Temple’s Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association. With a captivating vocal style echoing Angel Olsen and Jessica Pratt, Reimold’s recordings are honest and intimate but still reach an atmospheric depth with the occasional haunting looping sequence. Also participating in the Temple Songwriters Show tonight are Kevin Stairiker (Traffic Nightmare), Brianna Judge, Chet Williams and Brittany Ann Tranbaugh. The 21+ showcase is free and begins at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here. Below, stream and download Abi Reimold’s Wish it Stopped, her half of a recently released split with Maryland’s Infinity Crush.
Lancaster rock quartet The Districts and Philly dreamscape band Edison are playing the weekly Ron Gallo Revue at Fergie’s tonight (as well as Gallo himself). The Districts released their first full-length album earlier this year, but you can also check out their three-track album, While You Were in Honesdale, released in September, here. Edison’s ethereal rock sound can be heard on their forthcoming debut album, Living Room, which you can stream here. Living Room is scheduled for release January 1st, 2013. Admission to the 21+ show is free, but be sure to get there before 9 to catch all three acts!
Feelin’ a little country? Catch Philly singer and songwriter Ali Wadsworth as she graces City Hall tonight with her blues-infused ensemble as they perform new music to be released on her upcoming solo album. Wadsworth, who previously sang in Goldiebox and Unlikely Cowboy, is currently competing on this season of NBC’s The Voice . Tonight’s show is free and starts at 5:30. Listen to the new singles ”Where Is Your Love?” and “All Due Respect” below.
Seattle-born musician K Ishibashi, who goes by the stage name Kishi Bashi, is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has toured and recorded as a violinist with Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and Sondre Lerche and started performing as a solo artist in 2011. The experimental indie pop artist put out an EP in 2011, followed by his first full-length solo release, 151a, in 2012. Kishi Bashi (along with bandmates from of Montreal) is playing The Fire tonight with openers Tall Tall Trees and Archer Sounds. The 21+ show is presented by Sunny Day Music and starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to the first track off Kishi Bashi’s new album in the player below.
Pissed Jeans are a hardcore/noise rock band from Allentown, PA who have released two full-length albums on Sub Pop Records. The band is playing a free 21+ show tonight at Morgan’s Pier with Brooklyn band A Place to Bury Strangers. The show starts at 6PM and is the last in the R5 Free Saturday Summer Concert Series. Download tracks from Pissed Jeans on Sub Pop’s website here.
The Sun Ra Arkestra, which formed under the leadership of Sun Ra in 1958 and now lead by Maestro Marshall Allen, is a Philly avant-jazz improvisation collective. They are playing a free show at 40th Street Field as part of the 40th Street Summer Series that starts at 6PM.
Philly rock band Blood Feathers have toured with The Walkmen and AA Bondy, now the group is playing a 21+ show at Milkboy tonight with Quiet Corral and St. James & the Apostles. Doors open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30PM. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. The band’s album, Goodness Gracious is available for purchase here.
Finally, local indie two-piece group Safari Dudes are playing at Fergie’s Pub with Austin band Good Field and Philly’s Ghost Craters. The show starts at 7:30PM and there is a recommended $3 to $5 donation for the touring band. Download Ghost Craters’ album for free here. Check out Good Field’s video for their song “When You Walk” below.
Back when their band went by the name Oso, Kensington brothers Mike and Steve Shaller were in more of an exploratory psychedelic groove mode—hitting Butthole Surfers highs, Pernice Brothers middles, and Pink Floyd lows. Cool stuff, but all very focused on the instruments, and how they interact with one another. Since releasing that band’s debut The Bellringer in 2009, the Shallers must have discovered their inner Fleet Foxes; the band’s current incarnation, The Heat Run, is very much about pristine vocal harmonies and warm folk tones (with generous forays into the brothers’ funkier side as well). They’re now calling it “indie groove.” I’m calling it a pretty fun record, and one that celebrates its release tomorrow night at Fergie’s Pub in Center City. The Heat Run performs at 10 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub; tickets to the 21+ show are free.