Little Big League just released a video for their single “My Very Own You,” produced by local filmmakers Out of Town Films, via the tastemakers at Pitchfork. Watch as the sad-but-loud indie rock outfit enjoy a sunny day in the city while scooting around empty pools and basketball courts on skateboards. If you missed them during their summer tour, Little Big League is playing the Golden Tea House with Porches., SIRS, Ghost Light, and Gunk on September 14th. Find more information for the September show here. Watch the video for “My Very Own You” below.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out film-and-music showcase, and taking the curator’s reins are current heavy hitters in Philly’s DIY promotions scene. Guild Shows have developed quite the roster of ass-kicking concerts in spaces as far-flung as West Philly’s Golden Tea House (site of March’s Waxahatchee album release party), The Barbary (the Frankford Avenue punk refuge) and The Fire (when they host all-ages shows). Their musical tastes are as broad as their locations, though definitely rooted to some degree in in DIY punk rock. We asked Guild’s Nick Vanelli to weigh in on this month’s Tune-Out via our regular Guest VJ spotlight. All shows happen at 8 p.m., are $5 at the door and are all ages.
We strived to create a series that was full of unique shows- bands or concepts you’ll rarely see- that also provided a true taste of what The Guild does. All four shows feature musicians who regularly play on our shows performing in non-traditional formats, and we are really excited for all of our super talented friends to shine in new ways. Continue reading →
West Philly’s long-standing punk rock frat Pi Lam threw its annual Human BBQ celebration (35 years strong!) this weekend with a stacked lineup of Philadelphia favorites like Cold Fronts, Norwegian Arms and Ghost Light as well as out-of-town artists like Delicate Steve. Check out scenes from the day-long musical endurance test in the gallery above.
Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name. Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here. Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.
The Deli Magazine announced yesterday that they will see last year’s Halloween bash at PhilaMOCA and raise it an Halloweeniversary party on Friday, October 26th. That’s right, it’s a Halloween party and an anniversary party in one night. To help out with the party vibes, The Deli Mag is bringing in local experimental pop group Grandchildren to headline (who will be releasing a new album shortly), with Philly-based Ghost Light and Laser Background starting the night off. And because it’s an extra-special event, they’ve called in special guests Sic Alps from San Francisco. Check back for ticket information as it’s released. Below, watch Grandchildren perform their new track “Sunrise” in Florida earlier this year.
Yesterday evening, Andy Molholt of Philadelphia psych-pop group Laser Background and his longtime friend Brendan Mulvihill of the junkyard folk act Norwegian Arms moved into Dreamcastle, a house-show space in South Philadelphia. They’re living there temporarily, leading up to the kickoff show of their house show “tour” tomorrow night. The plan is an imaginative one: the band is performing four DIY spaces in Philly over the next four weeks. They have to live in each house for two days prior to the show, possibly constructing a pillow fort. They must adhere to “a strict food / drug regimen.” And they’ve got to write music, and perform the results. I grabbed drinks with Molholt and Mulvihill last week to talk about the unconventional residency series, its ambitions, and their affinity for Philly’s vibrant DIY scene.
THE KEY: Let’s sum up this mini-tour (that you’re not leaving the city for). You’re playing four house shows, and the rules are you have to stay in the house two days before playing the show, and collaborative preparational activities will take place while you’re staying there…
ANDY MOLHOLT: Collaborative preparational activities, I like that.
BRENDAN MULVIHILL: That’s really good.
AM: Make sure you put that in there.
TK: …and a song may result that you’ll perform at the show?
AM: More like a song must result.
BM: It’s a must?
AM: It’s a must! We’re good enough songwriters.
BM: We’re in this house for three days, we might as well do something.
AM: We didn’t really ever talk about if the song was going to be collaborative or not, we still have to figure that out. I thought we’d each write a song for our respective projects and perform them as our respective projects. But since I play in Norwegian Arms, and Brendan’s going to play in Laser Background for one of these shows where some of the guys can’t make it, maybe we can do that too.
BM: We’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen. It’s kind of just a big experiment. We might get into a fight. Or we might make out, that might be cool.
AM: If any of that factored in, it was definitely unintentional. I used to play with Netherfriends for a little bit, but I didn’t think about that. Residencies are kind of a silly idea to begin with – why would you want to go see a band in the same venue every night for four weeks straight?
BM: Not every night! “Come see us play 31 times…”
AM: [laughs] You know what I mean, though. I get that it’s good for the venue if the band’s popular enough. And you get different crowds each night because there’s different openers playing. But I just think it’s kind of silly. I thought it would funny to self-anoint our own residency at house shows. Then the actual living there idea developed, and Brendan had the idea that we had to write songs too.
BM: I mean, why not, right? Only seems natural.
AM: Brendan and I have known each other since we were 13, so these kinds of ideas come naturally.