Electronic chillwave/pop project Gracie plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Snowmine and Lockets. The moniker of local guy Andrew Balasia, Gracie has been sweeping us up and into its hypnotic beats since the For Summer EP dropped last year. Earlier this year Balasia took the project in a more experiemental and haunting direction with his Treehouse EP. For the upcoming Bleeder full-length, however, Balasia returned to the pop vein of For Summer and released the seductively anthematic “Creature Pleaser” this past summer. The 21+ show begins at at 9:00 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Creature Pleaser” and download the name-your-own-price track from Gracie’s Bandcamp.
You might recognize the above Star Wars-reading fellow as Greg Jehenian, the convivial bassist we met in two of our Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: mewithoutYou‘s and Buried Beds‘. When he’s not busy with either of those acts, Jehenian also makes thoughtful, home-spun indie rock under the name Geology, and just last week released his latest EP, The Neighboring Sea. You can stream the percussive title track below, download the entire thing at Bandcamp, and keep tabs on Geology’s Facebook page for news of one of Jehenian’s irregularly scheduled live appearances.
Geology is the side project of Greg Jehanian, bassist for Philly group mewithoutYou. This indie-folk venture finds him exploring softer (yet not simpler territory). He layers slightly twangy guitar, banjo, and gentle lyrics to create a sound that comforts. It’s reminiscent of Wilco, whom he incidentally graciously covered on his July 2010 EP, Three Birds. Also appearing at tonight’s bill will be Utah indie-folk band Desert Noises and Philly-based brother/sister electro-synth-pop duo She Came Crashing. Geology performs with Desert Noises and She Came Crashing at Kung Fu Necktie at 8 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.
When he’s not playing bass with hard-touring philosopunks mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian indulges his dust-bowl rock leanings in Geology. The project’s recent EP, Three Birds, leads listeners on a tour of rustic American sounds with a fervent modern pulse; banjos and beats, textures reminiscent of early Sufjan Stevens, and a solid cover of Wilco’s “One By One.” Check out “Living Things” below, and catch one of Geology’s irregular appearances at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, October 13th, with Ducarriganigan and Mitch Fiction.
Every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m., Y-Rock On XPN’s John Vettese spotlights the best musicians from the Delaware Valley in the Philly Local Philes. You can listen to Y-Rock On XPN’s live online stream here.