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Multiply and divide with The Spinto Band’s new “Shake It Off” video

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Delaware indie rock favorites The Spinto Band just released a video for “Shake It Off,” the single from its 2013 album Cool Cocoon.  The footage for the video isn’t anything special, but it’s how the footage was used that makes this such a cool video.  The screen is divided into several different sections, which sometimes multiply or divide, creating a constant shifting of images, which at times look like an old film strip help under a light.  The song itself is incredibly catchy, featuring smooth vocals backed by an upbeat piano, sparse guitars and a snappy drumbeat.  Check it out below; the band is currently on tour with mewithoutYou; check out the remaining dates at their website.

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Ape School update: opening for Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy, randomly playing Brandywine Folk Fest

At the end of August, indie oddball Mac DeMarco is playing Milkboy Philly, and joining him will be Philly’s own Michael Johnson, better known as Ape School.  As far as lineups go, there couldn’t be a more perfect pair.  Ape School creates experimental psychedelic soundscapes, with Johnson’s quirky lyrics accompanied by anything from electronic drones to soaring harmonies to rough basement rock.  The two one-man-bands will make for a great show.

In addition, Ape School is one of many great acts to play the Brandywine Folk Festival on August 25h.  Why he was chosen for a folk fest, neither I nor Michael Johnson know, but he claims via Ape School’s Facebook that “people’s hippie parents seem to like us” so maybe there’s something to it after all.  Click here for ticket information and check out Ape School’s recent single “Idiot’s Grin, President’s Chin” below.

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Built to Spill’s fall tour will bring them to Union Transfer on 11/2 and Chameleon Club on 11/3

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Built to Spill, the Boise indie rock band that’s been going strong since the 90s, just announced a fall tour which includes a stop in Philly at Union Transfer as well as The Chameleon Club this November.  Built to Spill released their latest album, There is No Enemy, way back in 2009, an incredible gem of indie rock showing that even after twenty years this group hasn’t lost its touch at all.  In preparation of this awesome concert, check out the sizzling blues-tinged “Things Fall Apart” from the groups most recent album below, and watch them perform their awesome classic track “Carry the Zero” at Union Transfer last June.

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Cult fave experimental punks The Dismemberment Plan will play Union Transfer 11/3 (watch video of them at Roots Picnic in 2011)

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The Dismemberment Plan have been around on-and-off since the early 90s.  The group broke up in 2003 after releasing four solid albums, but it reunited back in 2011 and announced plans to release its first album in ten years, Uncanny Valley, on October 15th.  Known for their high-energy shows and their punk-tinged experimental rock sound, their latest single, “Waiting” shows that they haven’t lost any of that energy in the past decade.  The single is an upbeat danceable rock song, spattered with electronic bleeps.  Check out the single below, watch video of them performing at the Roots Picnic in 2011 and be sure to catch them at Union Transfer November 3rd.

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Philly’s Wild Rompit celebrating Spirit Moves at Kung Fu Nectie on 8/29

Wild RompitPhilly band Wild Rompit already have a couple of EPs to their name, but on August 27th, the group is releasing its very first full-length album.  The upcoming Spirit Moves, self-produced by guitarist Brandon Bost, is a long time in the making.  The band took six months in the studio to painstakingly record the moments of their young lives, where they are and from where they’ve come.  Sounding a bit like an edgier Dave Matthews band, or an amped-up Mumford & Sons, Wild Rompit make glistening riffs around rowdy choruses and powerful drumbeats.  The group will play a release show at Kung Fu Necktie on August 29th.  Below, you can hear a song of their last release, Brotherhood, and click here for more concert information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Commonwealth Choir at North Star Bar, Ben Folds Five at Mann Center, Pete Donnelly at Ortlieb’s, Philadelphia Maneto release party at Race Street Pier

commonwealth choirTonight at North Star Bar, you can catch Doylestown rock band Commonwealth Choir.  Though the group only has one official song to it’s name, Commonwealth Choir is not a band to mess with.  The single “Rest” is incredibly catchy, featuring a sleek chorus that’ll have you listening to the song over and over again.  The group has already played several shows in Philly this summer, but this is the last for a while.  Check out their single below and click here for concert information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wire at Union Transfer, Mac Miller at Festival Pier, Bosnian Rainbows at Underground Arts, Jucifer and Fantasy Panther at Kung Fu Necktie, Rosu Lup at The Fire

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Wire have been around since the 70s, expanding the genre of punk since their landmark first album, Pink Flag.  Releasing albums and touring consistently since their formation, Wire are legends not only of the punk world, but to countless other musicians and genres from R.E.M to The Cure.  Back in March, the group released their thirteenth studio album, Change Becomes Us, and are currently on tour in support of the album.  Tonight you can catch the post-punk group at Union Transfer along with Bear in Heaven.  Click here for more info. and check out one of their newer songs below.

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Get theatrical with Julia Holter’s new video “In The Green Wild” (playing World Cafe Live on Saturday)

Julia HolterExperimental pop artist Julia Holter has released two albums to date and is gearing up to release her third, Loud City Song, on August 20th.  Her latest LP is a bit of a concept album, built around the adventures of a main character.  This week she released the a video for a song off the album called “In The Green Wild” which features this character leaving the big city for some nature in a sort of bizarre theater performance.  The song slowly builds from a quiet and smokey jazz number into a bright almost-pop song.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch Holter this saturday at World Cafe Live with Jessica Pratt.

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Just Announced: Kurt Vile returns to Union Transfer on 10/26

Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Today Union Transfer announced Kurt Vile will make an encore performance there this fall. He’s currently toast of the Philly indie rock scene, but Vile began as a member of The War on Drugs in 2007, finding huge success as a solo artist especially with the last two albums Smoke Ring for My Halo and this year’s Walkin on a Pretty Daze. He headlined a sold-out Union Transfer back in May, and tickets for his October show go on sale this Friday.  In the meantime, check out his Wawa-eating video “KV Crimes” off his latest LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at The Depot, Vietnam at Milkboy, Marc Broussard at Sellersville Theater

mwYUpper Darby-bred art-rock five piece mewithoutYou released their latest album, Ten Stories, last year, blending their heavier early sound with the orchestrations of their later albums.  The record features quirky tales of life and death mostly told through tales of anthropomorphic animals surrounding the wreck of a circus train.  The band is still on tour in support of the album, and will play at The Depot in York tonight with Philly’s Auctioneer.  Check out the Space Odyssey-inspired video for their song “All Circles” below and click here for ticket information.

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