Celebrating their fourth album Reflektor, indie rock heavyweights Arcade Fire will light up the Wells Fargo Center stage tonight. With three years separating each of their LP releases, the band hasn’t rushed to maintain momentum due to success and critical acclaim. They take their time when it comes to new material. After releasing Reflektor and scoring Spike Jonze’s Her, the band is bigger now than ever before. Watch them perform “Afterlife” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below and get tickets here.
Last night the regional hardcore and pop-punk scenes collided in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. Keyboard-led Lehigh Valley pop-punkers Slingshot Dakota co-headlined with Long Island hardcore crew Iron Chic, and both bands whipped the capacity crowd into a frenzy. Check out photos from both sets in the gallery below.
So Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow have a great new record coming out called Interrupt. It’s their rawest outing yet, and in his interview with the band yesterday, our writer Brian Wilensky made reference to a song called “Images.” He refereed to it as “a moment of sheer aggression unleashed from Garcia.”
Today, that song was premiered on Stereogum, which called it “a two-minute rocket-blast” and a “charged-up thumper that should appeal to fans of recent-vintage Cloud Nothings.” Sounds about right, and you can definitely notice the angrier, more intense emotions that Garcia made reference to yesterday. Listen below, and get more information on Bleeding Rainbow’s slot opening for Mission of Burma at The First Unitarian Church this Saturday at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield had her biggest headlining Philly show to date last night, playing to a packed crowd at the First Unitarian Church and mixing in songs from last year’s breakout LP Cerulean Salt and 2012′s American Weekend. Opening the show were two very like-minded punk-rooted acts: Columbus Ohio’s All Dogs, featuring Maryn Jones of Saintseneca, and and Philly power trio Cayetana. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Waxahatchee (aka singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield) will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. Crutchfield began the alt-folk project back in 2011 and has released two albums under the moniker (which was named after Alabama’s Waxahatchee Creek) with the most recent being 2013′s Cerulean Salt. Watch the video for the crunchy-but-catchy “Misery Over Dispute” below and get tickets here.
Philadelphia shoegaze / punk outfit Bleeding Rainbow will support Mission of Burma on their February 8th show at the First Unitarian Church. The Virginia natives have kicked things into high gear this year, releasing Yeah Right on Kanine Records and quickly announcing plans for a follow-up LP in 2014. The new record will feature instrumentation recorded in a live setting at Philly’s Fancy Time Studios with the goal of capturing the raw and unbridled energy of the band’s live shows. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch their video for “Waking Dream” below.
Last Friday, emo super group Their / They’re / There took the stage at the First Unitarian Church. For those who don’t know Their / They’re / There consists of Evan Weiss, better know as Into It. Over It, Matthew Frank of the math rock band Loose Lips, Sink Ships and Mike Kinsella of American Football, Owen, Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz fame.
The show started off with openers Birthmark, another musical endeavor from the Kinsella family. With a Radiohead meets Death Cab For Cutie sound, Birthmark – the solo project of Nate Kinsella - offered a unique openingto the show. Next up to bat was indie rockers Mansions. Cementing themselves as a band to watch in 2014, Mansions put on an insanely fun set that got the crowd excited for the rest of the show.
Their / They’re / There came to the Church in support of their second EP, the three-song Analog Weekend. The trio killed it with an extremely technical performance that the crowd went nuts for; check out photos of the show in the gallery below.
Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.
It’s about 10 degrees in Chicago, but Evan Weiss is glad to be home.
The indie / emo / punk musician is back after a three-week full-band European tour with his solo project Into It. Over It., and coming off a year jam-packed with other tours, releases and other musical endeavors.
For now, it’s time to relax.
“When I’m home, I do some music stuff, but I don’t really have a job or anyone to answer to aside from doing music-related things,” Weiss says. “So I’ve just been hanging out since we got back. … I’ve been kind of relaxing and nesting for the last week.”
Weiss hasn’t always called Chicago home. He moved there five years ago from his hometown of Cherry Hill, and his home music scene of Philadelphia. His participation in past local projects includes The Progress, Damiera and Up Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start.
But it’s Chicago where Weiss was able to collaborate with fellow Windy City punks Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, American Football, Owls and his solo project Owen) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to form punk supergroup There / They’re / Their. The band will stop by First Unitarian Church Friday as part of a short four-day run with Mansions and Birthmark.
With Frank’s intricate guitar parts, Kinsella’s post-punk drum beats and Weiss’ bass playing and distinctive vocals, news about T / T / T came out this past April when they put out a self-titled EP to coincide with Record Store Day. But the band had been formed more than a year prior in late 2011, instigated by Weiss’ desire to play with Frank.
“Matt and I had met through his old band. We hadn’t really been hanging out, but we’d see each other around at shows and I was very familiar with Matt’s guitar playing,” Weiss recalls. “I had this idea about doing a band that was his style of mad-house guitar playing, but kind of making it poppy. Not poppy, maybe catchy? Basically taking his crazy way of guitar and putting something memorable to it so it wasn’t just crazy guitar all of the time.”
Into It. Over It. then played the record release show for Owen’s Ghost Town, when frontman Kinsella told Weiss how much he missed playing drums in a band.
“I kind of mentioned starting a band with him, and how I’d had this idea to start a band with Matt. So I go to Matt and tell him, you know, ‘Hey I’d like to start a band with you. I think I have a drummer in mind,’” Weiss says. “It kind of came together pretty organically.”
After Kinsella’s initial shock at the first practice that Weiss would not be playing guitar (that’s what he’s known for playing with Into It. Over It.), the three musicians successfully ran through the few songs Weiss and Frank had written.
“He doesn’t write guitar the way I think about guitar, ” Weiss said of Frank. “His ideas are really out of the box and crazy for me … [but] I think that the way the vocals are written and the way the bass and drums are written, it kind of fools you into not thinking it’s as complicated as it is. That was the idea, to take something really crazy and make it sound really straightforward, even though it’s totally not. So, that to me is fun.”
Singer-songwriter and celebrated guitarist Nick Waterhouse will release his next full-length Holly on March 4th via Innovative Leisure Records, and with it comes a tour date in Philadelphia. Waterhouse performs at the First Unitarian Church on March 1st, and tickets go on sale Friday here. Waterhouse released a short teaser video for the new album, and while it may not be much in length, what’s there is enough to get us excited. Waterhouse’s R&B/ jazz influence is inescapable (not that you’d want to go anywhere to get away from it), and his knack for old style soul R&B makes him an artist worth paying attention to. Watch the teaser for album below, along with a video of Waterhouse’s October 2012 appearance at Johnny Brenda’s.