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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sidekicks at Golden Tea House, Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch, Hamilton Leithauser at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Sidekicks
The Sidekicks | photo via Facebook

Ohio band The Sidekicks headline a stacked bill at Golden Tea House. They’re on tour in support of Runners In the Nerved World, their new LP that was just released through Epitaph Records. The Sidekicks have nearly become honorary Philadelphians through a friendship with Hop Along, who they invited on the road for a handful of tours over the last couple of years. Listen to “Deer” from the new record below and get more info on tonight’s show with Cayetana and All Dogs here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacqueline Constance at The Fire, Readership at Bourbon and Branch, Goat Mumbles at Golden Tea House

Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic
Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic

Emerging Philly soul queen Jacqueline Constance headlines The Fire tonight with the arty and adventurous Brielle. Last year, the South Philly singer and songwriter released The Jacqueline Show, an imaginative album that blended positive melodies, slice-of-life storytelling and Constance’s voice (which reminds us of a young Jill Scott). Check out the video for “Good Life” (featuring Antwan Davis) below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Go through Cave People’s home movies on the new “Brace” video

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

We see flickery VHS footage of cats, puzzles, brick walls and David Tomaine strumming his guitar in the new video from Scranton transplants Cave People. The band released its debut EP on Tuesday via Stereophonodon Records and dropped a video for the single “Brace,” directed by Matt Schimelfenig of Three Man Cannon. It has a look like Tomaine and Schimelfenig went through a box of old home movies to compile source material, feeling at once nostalgic, surreal and DIY, a sweet compliment to Tomaine’s languid and jangling emo / punk.

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Cayetana puts on a brilliant show for a brilliant album

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

The Golden Tea House was packed from wall to wall Sunday night as local favorites Cayetana celebrated the release of their debut full length album Nervous like Me on Tiny Engines Records. The band decked the halls with tons of personal touches, hanging balloons and streamers along with and supplying the show with a keg of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. It was truly a celebration of the scene that brought their record into fruition, and the band even presented trophies to people who help make the Philly punk scene happen. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Golden Tea House, Papercuts at Johnny Brenda’s, Rocco DeLuca at Tin Angel

Photo by Mary Ferrigno | via facebook.com/cayetana
Photo by Mary Ferrigno | via facebook.com/cayetana

Philly-based punk trio Cayetana will celebrate the release of their latest album, Nervous Like Me, tonight at Golden tea House The show will kick off at 7:30 PM with a suggested donation of $7.00.  The ladies have been making big waves in the Philadelphia music scene as of late and have been busy this past year playing shows, producing a music video for “Hot Dad Calendar” (check it out below) and getting picked up by Tiny Engines Records. For tickets and more information, head on over to the XPN Concert Calendar or check out their Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Parquet Courts, White Fence (playing UA 10/21), & Speedy Ortiz (playing OK Fest 8/2) releasing benefit singles

LAMC vh1 save the music artwork

Since 2012, the Famous Class LAMC series has been releasing 7″ splits from “under-recognized artists” to contribute to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. LAMC’s announced their next three hand-picked artists, which include White Fence, Parquet Courts and Speedy Ortiz.

On each split, the selected artist contributes an unreleased track and then handpicks another artist to appear on the B-side. So far, White Fence is first to put out a track, “Nero (Has A Lot To Think About),” which features LA’s Jack Name on the B-side with “Belly Full of Blood.” This split is due out September 2nd.

The second split, out September 16th, has a track from Parquet Courts called “This Is Happening Now,” and the Brooklyn boys have chosen fellow Brooklynites Future Punx to grace the B-side with “Spike Train.”

And last but not least, Speedy Ortiz will release a track called “Doomsday” for their split, which is coming out October 7th. The B-side single, “I Took it Off a Record,” comes from VT singer-songwriter Chris Weisman.

You can see White Fence performing at Underground Arts on October 21st with King Grizzard & The Lizard Wizard (information is on our concert calendar here), and Speedy Ortiz will be performing on Day 2 of OK Fest at Golden Tea House on August 2nd. Go here for the full OK Fest line-up. All the LAMC singles will be available to download on Famous Class’s Bandcamp page here upon release. Below, you can listen to the tracks from the White Fence/Jack Name split.

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A night of vocal powerhouses at Golden Tea House featuring Frances Quinlan, Emperor X, Abi Reimold

Frances Quinlan | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Frances Quinlan | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Frances Quinlan has a voice that can fill a room, and on Wednesday night, it did just that. The Hop Along frontwoman’s evocative singing carries a compelling range of emotion, from playfulness to sorrow to anger and frustration, and its dynamic rise and fall cuts powerfully through the heavy and ambitious art-punk of her bandmates.

But at Golden Tea House, there was no need for it to cut through anything. Quinlan played solo, without loud amplifiers or heavy drums; just a clean electric Gibson and her singing resonating off the tall brick walls, an experience all the more affecting for the listeners. The crowd was exceptionally attentive – it was one of those “you could hear a pin drop” nights, which is rare at house shows, or rock shows of any sort for that matter, and especially so considering Quinlan’s set was mostly made up of unfamiliar material. Aside from two selections from 2012′s Get Disowned (“Some Grace,” “Trouble Found Me”) and a couple covers (a spot-on “Carry the Zero” by Built to Spill into “Barstool Blues” by Neil Young), the songs she played were all works in progress – hopefully to see the light of day on the next Hop Along album.

It’s probably premature to really evaluate the music at this stage – it sounded great, but was definitely in a skeletal state compared to how it will sound in a full band context – but suffice it to say, Quinlan nicely mixed up moody slow burns with riffy uptempo moments, and there’s an absolutely awesome song about the disappearing grave of jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

Joining Quinlan on the bill were two other vocal powerhouses: Abi Reimold (a former Key intern and occasional Key photographer), who performed a stunning and totally PJ Harvey-ish set backed by guitarist Nick Morrison of Mumblr, bassist Zach Kuntz and drummer Alex Giannascoli (of Alex G). Her new EP Forget is a knockout, but most of the songs she played weren’t on it, showing great promise for things to come. Emperor X from Jacksonville has a delivery in the vein of John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats – sorta nasal but supremely confident – and come to think of it, his clever and erudite songwriting was sort of Mountain Goats-esque too, as was his lively banter and command of the crowd. Switching between guitar and keyboard, he sang into a echo-filtered vocal mic on the quiet parts and stepped back to project to the entire room the rest of the time. “At A Rave With Nicolas Sarkozy” was a winning number; I knew nothing about this dude at the beginning of the night, and left a converted fan.

On the opposite extreme was Foot, the solo project of Pat Conaboy of Kite Party. It had a distinctively slowcore sad-rock vibe a la Red House Painters and Low; a lot of minor key progressions interlocking with somber and withdrawn vocals. While some points in Foot’s set were a bit too wandering and introverted to really connect with, its best points were chilling in their own sort of way. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Surprise! The Menzingers threw a secret album release party at Golden Tea House

 

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yesterday, The Menzingers released their fourth full-length album, Rented World. (Read our review here.) The band surprised its hometown fans when it was revealed that they were playing a secret CD release show at the Golden Tea House last night with Nona and Holy Mess opening. With less than a day’s notice, fans flocked to this West Philadelphia venue. Punk rock time was thrown to the side as the show was sold out before doors were scheduled to open. The Menzingers threw a crazy party, and you can check out scenes from the show in the gallery below.