Haunting indie-folk project Bad Braids is releasing its latest long player, Supreme Parallel, this spring via Haute Magie Records, and this a handful of new songs appeared on the label’s website to tease the full set.
“Clover” begins spare and spacious, very akin to the vibe the band had when it appeared on Folkadelphia last autumn, or when it performed for Out of Town Films in a bathtub at Germantown’s Rigby Mansion. Singer-guitarist Megan Biscieglia plays a minor key guitar line, multi-instrumentalist Mike Bruno creates a humming ambient underbelly. But as the song progresses, new textures are introduced – uplifting vocal harmonies, a chord change into a loosely poppy refrain. The song is at once distant and deeply introverted, yet a warm and expressive spiritual journey – “Hopes make you later, dreams take you farther from the sun, I’ll guide you somewhere.” The intensity builds as the fervent drumming and tambourine comes in, concluding in some nether-realm between Kate Bush and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
Relatively new faces in the Philly DIY scene, Cayetana crafts focused, passionate indie-punk nuggets exploring a broad spectrum of subject matter – from city living to old age. “South Philly” is an incisive, observational look at rowhome life that’s a world away from the trendy Passyunk Ave strip; “Miss Thing,” a nod to singer-guitarist Augusta Koch’s grandmother, is a moving reflection aging (the lyric “at the end of your life all you’ll eat is ice cream” is at once humorous and heartbreaking). The band just signed to Tiny Engines Records and is looking to release its debut full-length later on this year. This weekend, it plays a benefit show for Ladyfest Philly at Little Berlin featuring Bad Braids and the Girls Rock Philly allstars. Information on the all-ages show can be found here; stream and download this week’s Key Session below.
Girls Rock Philly student group Shark Tank will host a show at Little Berlin on Saturday, April 20th with Cayetana, Bad Braids, and more. The event has been organized by Girls Rock Philly after-school program participants, with the group of teenagers handling everything from booking the bands to promoting the show and playing live in two opening acts, Wrong Castle and Barracuda Club House Band. The concert will benefit Ladyfest Philadelphia, a summer event that celebrates women in arts, culture and activism. More information about the show can be found on the Facebook event page here. Below, stream “Mountain Kids” from Cayetana.
Quickly becoming one of Philly’s bands to watch, DRGN KING recently released a cover of “96 Tears,” the Question Mark and the Mysterians hit. The video, which premiered on Spinner, follows singer Dominic Angelella and his DRGN guys embracing city urchin lifestyle, slumming around rooftops and junkyards. DRGN KING, who was recently signed to Bar None Records, is preparing to release their debut full-length Paragraph Nights in January. Check out “96 Tears” on Spinner here, and you can stream their Holy Ghost EP below. DRGN King plays Little Berlin on Sunday, December 16 with Secret Mountains; more information can be found at the Facebook event page.
XPN welcomes Ingrid Michaelson’s continuing tour in support of Human Again, released back in January, to World Cafe Live at The Queen. The New York singer-songwriter will be performing acoustic on this leg of the tour, tickets to the all-ages show range from $31 to $41 and are available here. Below, watch a live video of the song “Ghosts” from Human Again, recorded in Laurel Canyon earlier this year.
Just a few days after 22-year-old guitarist Daniel Bachman returned to the U.S. from a month-long European tour, he’s sitting across from me on a sunny Saturday afternoon at West Philadelphia’s Local 44. Still suffering from jet lag, and nursing a hangover from a wedding in New Jersey he attended the previous night, he’s wearing the same pair of jeans, the only pair of pants, he took with him on tour. He proudly points out that he has since washed them, but there was no time for laundry during his first trip to Europe. Nasty slacks and road dirt, though, aren’t the worst thing that happened to Bachman overseas.
Nothing too terrible went down, but something strange happened in Barcelona. He played a venue below an apartment complex where the residents are notorious for throwing various things down at showgoers, hoping to shut them up. “Someone told me they sometimes throw pieces of metal down,” says Bachman, laughing at the absurd prospect. “The night I played, they were throwing water balloons, and one of them hit me. This dude said sometimes they pee in them, and sometimes they put bleach in the balloons. Whatever was in it, when I woke up the next morning the whole right side of my face was red, swollen and on fire. My eye was throbbing for 10 hours. That really sucked.”
Bachman’s fine now. He’s home. But home’s no longer Philadelphia, where he lived and worked for the past year. Continue reading →
Wednesday, October 24th’s event at Little Berlin will sort of be like a reprise of August’s Kensington Picnic. The show will feature local experimental guitarist Chris Forsyth, acoustic psych-folk player Daniel Bachman and Philly power jam band Birds of Maya (the other project of Purling Hiss’s Mike Polizze). Bachman is currently touring in support of his latest record Seven Pines, which was released on October 9th through Tompkins Square – check back Monday an interview with him. Forsyth also has a new record out, July’s Kenzo Deluxe released through Northern Spy. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music begins at 7:30, admission is $5 to $7, and more information can be found here. Below, watch Daniel Bachman work his magic with “Copperhead” and go here to get a free download of a live session he recorded with Be Nice to Your Kids. You can also stream and download Chris Forsyth’s song “Soft History” and Birds of Maya’s “Ready to Howl” (reissued in September through Testostertunes/Richie Records) below. Continue reading →