Cheers Elephant have been some productive cats of late. The band headed out on a spring tour to SXSW, returned home to open for Darwin Deez at the Church, and somewhere in the mix, recorded sessions for HotBox Studios and Daytrotter. Both of those sessions premiered this week; stream Cheers’ Daytrotter set here (Daytrotter members can download) and watch an outstanding performance of “Leaves” for the HotBox cameras below; love that drummer Robert Kingsley gets so worked up (above and beyond his normal worked-up-edness) that he collapses on his drumkit at the end. Watch for some Cheers Elephant concert news later this spring.
Philly art-pop seven-piece Grandchildren is taking it easy a for a bit – their sophomore album Golden Age doesn’t come out until May, and the only shows on their agenda between now and then are two gallery appearances in Brooklyn – but that doesn’t mean there’s not more new music to be heard. Last week we got another taste of the album in this performance of “End Times” from The Deli Magazine and HotBox Studios‘ resurrected Choice/Cuts session series. Check it out below, and watch their performance of “Sunrise” (part one of the Grandchildren feature) here.
The Choice/Cuts collaboration between our friends at The Deli and HotBox Studios fit nicely into the landscape of music / video series stewing in the city last summer, but went on a hiatus after their Norwegian Arms feature in September so the studio could relocate from South Philly to Fishtown. With the move complete, Choice/Cuts returns with a stellar video of Grandchildren performing “Sunrise,” a song from their new album that they premiered last week. Check it out below, and catch Grandchildren at Underground Arts this Friday March 1st for its South By Southwest tour kickoff show.
The Philadelphia folk rock band The Lawsuits just released a new single entitled “Material Things”. They did a HotBox Studio session performing the song which you can check out below. The Lawsuits have a bunch of shows coming up, including a free performance in Doylestown on Saturday at Maxwell’s on Maine for their Craft Culture Series which features new music every Thursday and Saturday night. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.