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Watch singer-songwriter Gregory Mendez perform in a West Philly staircase, download a new split EP

Singer-songwriter Gregory Mendez – formerly of lo-fi outfit Getting Sick – recently returned home to Philly from New York and is working on a solo EP called Songs From The Stairwell with producers Evan Bernard (from Dangerous Ponies) and Alex Wilson (from Gypsy Death and You).

The title is a reference to a low point in his life where Mendez actually lived in back of a staircase in West Philly, and he recently released a video performance one of the new songs, “Getting Well”, in that very spot. Stuffed in a teal corner, Mendez strums guitar while harmonizing the Nashville-style country ballad with North Carolina singer Jenna Smith at his side. Drawing on his turmoil from that time period,  the EP is much more stripped down than his other works, Mendez tells us. It will feature country instrumentation (lap steel, fingerpicked acoustic guitar). It will also be recorded in the staircase, so expect some nice echo.

Watch the video of “Getting Well” below, check out a recently-released split EP recorded with Smith, and keep an eye out for updates on Songs From A Stairwell here.

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Listen to “Ghosts,” the new single from Gypsy Death and You (record release next week at Cha Cha’razzi)

Philly noisepop duo Gypsy Death and You are preparing to release their latest batch of shoegaze-inspired recordings, EP No. 2. The five-song set is amped, gauzy and infectious, and this week the band gave us a taste of what’s in store with a new track called “Ghosts.” Listen to it below, and get more info on Gypsy Death and You’s September 28 EP release show at South Philly art space Cha Cha’razzi at the show’s Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concerts, June 19th: Gypsy Death And You, Eat Your Birthday Cake, Sade w/John Legend, + more

Philly’s Gypsy Death And You & Eat Your Birthday Cake perform at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)

Ugly Radio Rebellion with Ike Willis: A Tribute To Frank Zappa at The North Star Bar at 8PM. Tickets to the 21 + show are $10-$130.00.

“Do the Evolution”: a 20th Anniversary Tribute Celebration of the music of Pearl Jam at World Cafe Live at 7PM. Tickets are $15–$20. In addition to the ticket price, there is a $10 per person food and beverage minimum for all reserved seating at this show. There is no minimum for General Admission tickets.

Sade with special guest John Legend perform at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30PM. Ticket information here

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Meet Gypsy Death And You

Gypsy Death and You are Alex Wilson and Emily Cahill, an indie-pop duo with a fondness for reverb, catchy choruses, and noisy guitars. They met as students at Drexel University (both are in the music program); the band name comes from a line in The Velvet Underground song “Run Run Run.” (The Kills’ song “Gypsy Death And You” is also inspired by the same line.) The band’s most recent show was a week and a half ago at Danger Danger Gallery; the band has yet to post any information about future shows (but says that some are in the works). You can check out the three-song  EP no. 1 via the duo’s BandCamp page, or give them a listen below.

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