This afternoon XPN presents the Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station featuring Katie Frank & The Pheromones. Frank released her debut EP of heart-on-her-sleeve country pop / rock called Covered Bridge Road last September. The Temple University graduate and her band are currently working on a new album – stop by The Porch at noon to catch The Pheromones in action and maybe get a sneak peak of some of the new tracks. Below, watch a live performance filmed by Bands In the Backyard.
On their way to SXSW in March, Philly’s Thee, Idea Men stopped by WRVU in Nashville, TN with tourmates Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Dan Orlando and WC Lindsay. The group of local musicians performed a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” live on the Vanderbilt University radio station, with Orlando on keys and Lindsay behind the camera. Check out the footage below and see Thee, Idea Men live at MilkBoy on June 13th. Dan Orlando will be at Kennett Flash on June 1st. Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.
Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name. Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here. Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.
As if Ra Ra Riot isn’t already a solid reason to head to Union Transfer tonight, Richie Follin gives you another in a word: Guards. The younger brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin, Richie is equally talented and just as interested in the retro-pop sound that made his sister’s band so critically successful. Listening to Richie’s Guards EP from 2009 and the singles from his upcoming debut album, In Guards We Trust, it’s not surprising that Richie has played guitar for Cults when the duo toured. His music is distinct from his sister’s band, though, especially on the new album, even if his hair cut is …exactly like hers. Catch his polished, dark-tinged pop project when he opens for Ra Ra Riot. Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here. Below, watch Follin’s band in their new music video for the track “Silver Lining,” via IFC.com.
December’s Tuesday Tune-Out hosts Bands in the Backyard welcome the colorful indie rock of Thee, Idea Men and the folk rock of Katie Frank to PhilaMOCA for this week’s music and film event. Both bands released new music this year – Thee, Idea Men put out Getcho Groo Von in May and Katie Frank shared her debut EP Covered Bridge Road in September. Admission is $5 at the door for the all-ages show, and more information can be found here. Below, stream and download Thee, Idea Men’s “She’s Got the Wand.”
It’s the last month of 2012, meaning one final round of Tuesday Tune-Out showcases at PhilaMOCA. This month’s curators are the venerable Bands In The Backyard crew, who bring some adventurous pairings of music and film for the next three Tuesdays.
I knew that I dug what these guys were up to as soon as I saw their video of Ages playing in the back of Johnny Brenda’s. In the year and a half since then, they’ve faithfully documented the Philly scene in videos that range from lo-fi immediacy to multi-camera productions, showcasing the town’s up-and-coming acts as well as buzzing national bands that make their way through. I’m happy to welcome them to this space to talk about what they have in store for the December Tune-Out. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading
Philadelphia singer-songwriter Katie Frank joins Levee Drivers tonight at Underground Arts for an evening of folk and bluegrass. Frank released her debut Covered Bridge Road EP in September, and she’ll be supporting the release with a couple of more dates coming up this month including a show at The Grape Room in Manayunk on October 19th . Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are $5 at the door, which opens at 8:00 p.m. Stream Covered Bridge Road below through Katie Frank’s Bandcamp.