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Philly’s Impressionist return with the explosive new Keep Trying EP

Impressionist | photo via impressionist.bandcamp.com

Helmed by local sax player Kyle Press, Philly’s Impressionist channel the fearless spirit of late 70s downtown NYC – the free jazz and no-wave and no-wave adjacent art rock community that spawned Sonic Youth, Swans and more. The band is a fearless swirl of sound and energy, roaring guitars and racing drums and spectral horns and keys — the visual metaphor in their band name is apt, and the sound teeters among states of being from desperation to desire. Continue reading →

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Tutlie share new live video, announce “bon voyage” show at HH Ranch

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Tutlie | Photo by Morgan Smith | courtesy of the artist

Philly folk collective Tutlie took over World Cafe Live back on Tuesday for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Showcase, and this week they’ve shared a live video of themselves performing a new song, “Little Cannon,” at Everybody Hits back in December.

The video, shot by Bob Sweeney, captures the band playing “Little Cannon” for the first time ever live. The song combines heavy hitting drums and horns with the melodic vocals of dual lead singers Jessie Radlow and Rebecca Katz. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Boot & Saddle, Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live and Impressionist at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Michael Buishas via facebook.com/adriannelenkermusic
Photo by Michael Buishas via facebook.com/adriannelenkermusic

Brooklyn’s Big Thief, once the solo outlet for Adrianne Lenker and now a full-fledged band, are on the verge of finishing their first full length and poised to make a splash as they continue to develop their delicate yet powerful sound. Tonight you can catch them at Boot & Saddle as part of the Weathervane Music Residency alongside indie pop quartet Zuli. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tobias Jesso Jr at Boot and Saddle, Impressionist at Bourbon and Branch, The Cloth at Underground Arts

Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com
Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com

Buzzing Vancouver artist Tobias Jesso Jr. headlines Boot and Saddle tonight. The singer-songwriter and pianist writes smooth and sincere pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, and was produced by members of The Black Keys and New Pornographers (and features drumming from Danielle Haim). His album Goon came out last week on True Panther Sounds. Watch the video for “How Could You Babe” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Tin Angel, Impressionist at Boot & Saddle, The Flatmates at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

The Hundred Acre Woods top an all local bill at the Tin Angel with Former Belle and Steady Hands.  The West Philly folk-punk band’s frontman, Winthrop Stevens, recently trekked out to the banks of the Schuylkill River to perform a live version of “All I Love” for a new video series.  Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Philadelphia psychedelic orchestra Impressionist releases its first single, “Everything”

photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300
photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300

“Psychedelic rock orchestra” is the simplest way to describe Philadelphia band Impressionist’s debut single, the aptly-titled “Everything.” The band’s sound is very avant garde; from a dreamy intro to intense guitar jam to dissonant saxophone solo, the single has a little bit of everything. As soon as you get used to one melody, it quickly changes to something entirely different. The track is a melting pot for music. It can’t be defined by one style, it exists in multiple realms of music, meaning the band surely lives up to its name. Check out “Everything” below and look out for the band’s self-titled debut album set for release on May 29th, as well as a its headlining show that same night at Boot & Saddle. For more information about the show, go here.

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Impressionist to play Milkboy Philly with Left of Logic this Friday, July 6th


Local band Impressionist takes many forms and many sounds. Starting as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Kyle Press, the band soon blossomed to include upwards of half a dozen friends and fellow musicians. Press may perform solo in a living room, or with a stage-swelling local band supergroup opening for Sun Ra Arkestra or Akron/Family. The band is an experiment, to say the least, fanning out in an impressive scope of musical stylings. Press alternates between low-key hip-hop style vocals and self-taught throat singing, fingering synthy keyboard lines while the band swims through psychadelia, noise pop, and sax-laden improvisation.

Their sound defies easy comparison but could be best likened to Akron/Family’s more psych-wave tone from Love Is Simple. Impressionist has released two EPs — The Quest for the Golden Synthesizer Pts. 1 & 2 — and plans a future release of parts 3 and 4. The EPs are available for download (name your own price) on their bandcamp.

Impressionist will open for West Chester prog rock group Left of Logic on Friday, July 6th at Milkboy Philly. The show is 21+; tickets are available for $10 here. Stream and download Impressionist’s “You Are Not Alone,” from their debut EP, below.