Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.
Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.
Twee pop band Catnaps took a permanent rest last spring, but that doesn’t mean the members have stopped playing music altogether. Front ladies of the band Adrienne Gold and Carolyn Haynes are both taking on new, individual projects. Gold’s Tender Vision and Haynes’ Ghost Gum will play together tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Forbidden Rooms, made up of members from Ladies Auxiliary, and Humble Fires from D.C.
Tender Vision and Ghost Gum are new bands to the punk scene, but not collectively. Aside from Gold, Tender Vision is made up of members from punk band Address. But tonight, they’ll play their first Philly show.
Meanwhile, Ghost Gum includes members of indie punk band Glocca Morra. With so many creative minds within each of the projects, any devout listener of the bands can easily pick out the Catnaps/Address/Glocca Morra influences.
Ghost Gum’s bandcamp, currently filled with four demos, features distinctive Glocca guitar slides and punky riffs while keeping Haynes’ twinkling, indiepop sound. Tender Vision currently has two songs on their bandcamp: “Just Kill Me,” an original released just this January, and an experimental, spacey cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” which according to the band’s Facebook page, will be available for free download for just one week.
Hang out with these Philly-famous punkers tonight. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. and costs $7 at the door.
Last night Torrence, California punk band Joyce Manor headlined a killer lineup at the First Unitarian Church. Each band on the bill gave a spectacular performances. Local favorites Radiator Hospital started off the night, and their catchy indie pop sound was well-received by the audience. Next to bat was punk rock two piece Holy Death whose awesome performance got everyone’s attention. A few technical difficulties did not stop second opener Glocca Morra from putting on a great performance; their loud punk rock sound launched the first crowd surfers of the night. Headliners Joyce Manor really stole the show with each fan screaming along to every word of their songs. Check out photos of the intense show in the gallery below.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet. Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work.
With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Almost Endlesswill be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career. With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here. Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.
Local rapper Chill Moody teamed up with Freeway for the grooving new track “Change Coming.” The song is included on Moody’s latest RFM album, which he previewed at his sold-out headlining gig at The TLA this past week. Stream and download the Joe Logic-produced song below, and check out Moody’s plans for 2013 in our interview with him here.
It’s a slightly-delayed record release party for Everyone Everywhere! The Philadelphia four-piece put out their second self-titled album (which we Unlocked) this past August and promptly fled the country for a tour through Europe. The good news is that the band is back in their hometown and will be playing a show at The Barbary on January 19th with a stellar line-up local punk rock openers in Slingshot Dakota, Band Name, and Glocca Morra. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 7th at noon. Head over to our Concert Calendar for more information. Below, watch Everyone Everywhere’s music video for “Queen Mary II.”
Glocca Morra‘s brand new track “See Through Person” has a somewhat mellowed-out sound compared to the band’s previous records. But don’t assume these Philly boys have lost their edge. The new EP An Obscure Moon Lighting an Obscure World comes out this October, and singer Zack Schwartz says “It’s angry without directly proving it. It will take a few minutes to realize how sad or livid each song is because it isn’t being yelled at you (for the most part).” The group, who toured this summer in support of their first full length album Just Married, will be appearing at Fest 11 in Gainesville, Florida, next month. Listen to “See Through Person” below and watch for An Obscure Moon to drop October 16th.