By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at LAVA Space, Laser Background at Ortlieb’s, Pkew Pkew Pkew at Deep Sea Hideout and more…

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist

After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below.
Continue reading →

By

The Key Studio Sessions: Laser Background

When we last heard from them, Philly’s Laser Background was feeling a lot more confrontational. The project of songwriter-composer Andy Molholt led its psychedelic pop tunes down dark and abrasive corners, exploring harsh realities of life in a candy-coated sheen that was equal parts hooky and demented.

In our interview from 2013, Molholt talked about that process of drawing his listeners in, pushing them over the edge and then pulling them back from the abyss. A few years time has passed, and on the new LP Correct – out on May 13th via La Société Expéditionnaire & Endless Daze – Molholt feels less angry and more focused. The project is still unconventional, to be sure. It might still pose a challenge to listeners who, when they think psychedelic, they think The Monkees.

But it also finds Molholt keeping his pop craft front and center as it assembles lucid lyrical puzzles evoking the clash between nostalgic memory and alternate reality. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
By

Watch Laser Background’s unsettling video for “Jawbreaker”

Laser Background | Photo by Natalie Piserchip | courtesy of the artist
Laser Background | Photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist

Philly sci-fi pop freaks Laser Background have shared the music video for their newest 7″ single, “Jawbreaker”.

The video, which was directed by Ross Brubeck, is a nightmare sequence showing various dark and creepy images set to the band’s ambient and psychedelic song. There are shadow monsters, toothbrushes, bamboo, all mixed together in ways that probably shouldn’t be, but we’re intrigued nonetheless. (It’s also vaguely NSFW for about five seconds, but it’s the weekend so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.) Continue reading →

By

Enter a psychedelic trance with Laser Background’s new song “Jawbreaker”

Laser Background | Photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist
Laser Background | Photo by Natalie Piserchip | courtesy of the artist

Lo-fi psych rocker Laser Background (aka Andy Molholt) has released a new track called “Jawbreaker,” the first single from his new record, which is to be released this spring.

The song is personal for Molholt, as he wrote it about a roommate he witnessed living through a toxic relationship. On the track, Molholt doesn’t mince his words, beginning bluntly, “I can’t tell you how much I feel that you are sleeping with the enemy.” Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Laser Background at Lacuna, Curtis 2021 at World Cafe Live

 

farah siraj
Farah Siraj | photo by Ann Blake | courtesy of the artist

Farah Siraj returns to World Cafe Live, upstairs tonight. The Amman, Jordan native takes a worldly approach to traditional styles of music, blending flamenco, jazz and folk in innovative ways. Tonight she’ll be joined by Indian Carnatic violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar; tickets and information can be found here. Watch her perform live below.

Continue reading →

By

What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, The Silence Kit at The Pharmacy, Patty Larkin at Steel City Coffeehouse and more

Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground
Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background is a psych-pop band from right here in Philly that sound like they belong back in the ’90s toiling away in Athens, Georgia with the Elephant 6 crew (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, ect.). The band fuses ’60s inspired psych-pop with some truly strange arrangements to make something all together fascinating. You can check them out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of TEEN and Ava Luna. For more details on the show click here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Matthew Bauer at Milkboy, Cherokee Red at Ortlieb’s, Laser Background at Boot & Saddle and more…

Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Peter Matthew Bauer headlines the Communion Philly line-up at Milkboy tonight. It’s barely necessary to even mention Bauer’s former affiliation with The Walkmen as the Philadelphia musician created such a great solo presence with his debut Liberation! last year. He brought the record to XPN for a Free at Noon concert in March, which you can listen to here. Watch the video for “Philadelphia Raga” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

Continue reading →

By

Laser Background plays an electrifying track for Random Tea Sessions

Still from Laser Background's Random Tea Session
Still from Laser Background’s Random Tea Session

An unfocused flashing light in the distance resembles creates a sort of “light at the end of the tunnel” vibe, but reveals itself as a party decoration once the camera focuses in on psych rockers Laser Background. The latest Random Tea Sessions video features the psychedelic trio performing “Kelly Wisdom,” the title track of their new EP. The track features breezy chords on a bright lime green guitar that reminds me of Mac Demarco and Dr. Dog. Check it out below;  Laser Background are currently on tour in support of the new EP until the end of the month. Continue reading →

By

The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Folkadelphia, Halfro and more

Folkadelphia
Jason Molina, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.

Folkadelphia premiered a new project called Unsung this week. The radio show / music explorers explain that “In the history of music, there are many unsung artists and albums that we firmly clutch close to our hearts” and they will dig into some of those albums in the coming months. The first chapter features Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain and conversations with the people who were a part of it. Listen to the special here and download a compilation of local artists covering the songs below.

Continue reading →