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Listen to 10 Million’s post-punk riot on “Defcon”

Photo via tenmillionband.tumblr.com
Photo via tenmillionband.tumblr.com

Local electro-dance group Instamatic recently rebranded themselves as 10 Million, and along with the name change came a shift in musical direction. Instrumentally, the band has added guitar and live drums, which you can watch them playing here. There’s also less focus on electronic beats and more emphasis on the instruments and vocals.

The group recently released their first song, “Defcon”. The music has elements of post-punk, with its characteristic clash of guitars and drums. Continue reading →

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Young Robots Records will release limited edition vinyl EP at Creep Records on 3/1 with a performance by The Downtown Club

The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou
The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou

Young Robots Records, home to local acts The Downtown Club, Nicos Gun, Instamatic and others, will release a limited edition vinyl EP on March 1st.  Taking a selection of cuts originally released on the label’s Philadelphia Maneto compilation, the new wax run will includes original songs from the bands mentioned above alongside remixes by label boss DJ Apt One.  A release show and party will be held at Creep Records in the Piazza on March 1st with appearances by The Downtown Club and DJ Apt One.  Admission to the event includes a hand-numbered copy of the EP and can be purchased here.  Check out Philadelphia Maneto below.

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Dynamic electronic beat-makers Instamatic perform at Kung Fu Necktie tonight

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Hometown electro dance-pop group Instamatic bring “brainy beats” and cutting synth hooks to Kung Fu Necktie tonight.

Their recent three-track EP Things Went Black features heavy, beat-centric hooks that manage to merge stylistic elements of new-wave with percussion-infused classic electronic overtones. It’s dark, yet upbeat, and one can imagine dancing into the wee hours of the morning in a window-less club somewhere. Spawned from Philadelphia DJ / production duo Crimp Yr Hair, Instamatic members pride themselves on performing with real (hand-made) instruments in order to produce their high energy, galactic sound.

The band plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight, opening for The Deer Tracks; information on the show can be found here. Listen to Things Went Black below.

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Getting busy with Instamatic; download the Things Went Black EP, watch the “Loss Learning” video

Instamatic Tiberino 2Local synth band Instamatic have been hard at work lately. Their newest, three song EP, Things Went Black is available now at their Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download. In addition to that, they’re also featured (along with a handful of other local groups) on the Philadelphia Maneto compilation released today by the local label Young Robots - which is available to stream right here on The Key. If that alone wasn’t enough for you, then be sure to also check out the new “admittedly lo-fi” video they’ve just released for their track “Loss Learning”, available on Things Went Black. Watch it below. 

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Free Download: Instamatic 3-song EP Wrapped in Wire

Instamatic Tiberino 2Are you having a dance party this weekend? Or do you really like dancing alone in your living room? If yes, do yourself a favor and download this new EP by Philly 5-piece Instamatic (heck, download their old stuff too, it’s all free). Their tunes are a sort of bottomless, layered electronic rock that will keep you dancing till the break of dawn. Not to mention, they use a bunch of homemade instruments and stuff, which is pretty cool. Check out their EP below, download it at their Bandcamp and watch their recent Bands in the Backyard session.

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Watch a new video for Instamatic’s “Invader”

Philly synth band Instamatic just released a video for their single “Invader.”  Playing off of the band’s old school arcade game-soundtrack vibe, the video uses clips from outer-space themed classics including Atari’s1979 game “Asteroids.”  Watch the video below, and grab a few name-your-own-price downloads from Instamatic’s Bandcamp.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Instamatic at North Star Bar, The Tweeds at MilkBoy Philly, Patrick Watson at World Cafe Live, Strawbs w/ John Wesley Harding at Sellersville Theater

Tonight Philly synth pop band Instamatic will be bringing their electronic vibes to the North Star Bar for a melding of contemporary electo music with Chicago indie electronica band Gemini Club and Philly electro band The Bad Doctors. The 21+ show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10. Below, check out Instamatic’s new remix EP.

Philly psychedelic dream pop band The Tweeds are set to play MilkBoy Philly tonight with local bands The Gazettes, We Are Fauna, and Forest Fools. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the show kicks off at 9 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to The Tweeds’ latest release in the player below.

Montreal singer-songwriter Patrick Watson and his eponymous band will be playing a show tonight downstairs at World Cafe Live. The show also features fellow Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16 to $22 and are available for purchase here. Below watch the music video for Patrick Watson’s song “Into Giants” from the band’s latest album Adventures in Your Own Backyard.

Finally, WXPN welcomes English rock band Strawbs, who formed back in 1964, to the Sellersville Theater tonight for a show with English folk singer John Wesley Harding. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $25.

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Philly Local Phile PREMIERE: Acres of Diamonds’ “Penultimate”

“Our recording process has been somewhat glacial,” jokes Sarah Davis, the singer and keyboardist / glockenspielist for earthy, expressive Philly rock combo Acres of Diamonds. The band’s excellent self-titled EP dropped in summer of 2010, and it has been working on the followup at an extremely measured pace in the time since. But that’s completely fine; if the end result is a collection of songs as rich and inspired as today’s Philly Local Phile, AOD’s brand-new number “Penultimate,” it will be absolutely worth the wait. Stream or download the song below, and catch Acres of Diamonds in concert next weekend when it plays Milkboy Philly on Sat. Feb. 4 with Brown Recluse and recent PHL Bandcamp Hunter stars Instamatic.

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Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter: Instamatic


Welcome to another edition of Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter. Instamatic is a electro-synth-pop dance band that includes TJ Adams, Steven Haslam, Rick Mitchell, Philip Schorn and additional vocals by Rose Luardo of Sweetheart. The band has a couple of dates coming up in February including a show at Milkboy on Saturday, February 4th and a show at The Level Room on Saturday, February 18th. Go here for more information. Below, download Instamatic’s three-song EP, which includes “Replacement For Life” (co-written by Dayve Hawke of Memory Tapes). The three songs on the EP are propulsive dance tracks that capture all the best elements of Donna Summer and The Human League. New wave-disco hasn’t sounded this good, since, well, new wave-disco of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Reminder: Don’t miss our first Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter show at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, February 3rd with Philly’s Gracie, Tours, and headliners Snowmine. Go here for tickets and more information.

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Philly Local Philes: Instamatic’s “Architecture”

The guys in Instamatic are longtime advocates for electronic music in Philadelphia, going back to the tenure some of band spent held in the dancefloor-wrecking crew Crimp Yr Hair. Compared to that group’s brand of aural chaos, the latest EP from Instamatic, Turning Into Straight Lines, is ear candy, a set of focused, radio-ready synthpop songs. Download today’s Philly Local Phile, “Architecture,” below, and catch up with the band tomorrow night at Kung Fu Necktie; the band performs with Sweatheart, Robai and Lifeline.

Instamatic “Architecture” by instamatic

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