Dream pop duo Lockets introduce new vocalist Catie Parker with cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”


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Synth-pop Philly duo Lockets have released a cover of pop mega star Miley Cyrus’ track “Wrecking Ball”. Before there’s any eye rolling, I’m happy to note that Lockets have managed to put their synth heavy dream pop touch on the track, and newest member Catie Parker’s voice is nothing to laugh about.

The vocals follow the melody of the original, but where the song really picks up is in the chorus, with Todd Mendelsohn’s synth sounds taking the song to climax in M83-ish style. It’s clear the newly formed Lockets are trying new things, and Mendelsohn attributes much of that to the addition of Parker: “I’m really excited about working with Catie. She brings a totally different sound to Lockets and I can’t wait to share the new music we have on the horizon.”

Listen to the “Wrecking Ball” cover below.



Lockets will debut new line-up at Boot & Saddle on 1/16

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Philly electro / dream-pop outfit Lockets will present their new line-up on January 16th when they headline Boot & Saddle.  With the departure of Dani Mari, vocalist Catie Parker joins Todd Mendelsohn as the duo gears up to release a split with L.A. artist White Blush.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with local groups W.C. Lindsay and The Downtown Club can be found here.  Check out Lockets latest track “Girl” below.


The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. David Wax Museum, Pill Friends, At Fest)


This week’s show announcements include The Last Bison and David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Hop Along and The Sidekicks at The First Unitarian Church, Man Man at Union Transfer [linklink and link]

Stream and download Laura Stevenson‘s Folkadelphia Session [link]

You gotta hear “Find a Way” by Elastic Bond this week [link]

Get a free download of Wild Ones‘ bubbly “Curse Over Me” from their debut LP [link]

Local dream-poppers Lockets share b-side “Girl” from their upcoming single release [link]

Steady Hands release new video, free download for “I Swear Like a Sailor” [link]

Get inside the studio with Jesse Baker Band in the video for “We’re Gonna Make It” [link]

Stream two new tracks from Pill Friends‘ new LP Blessed Suffering [link]

The Trocadero will screen the world premiere of Philadelphia Folk Festival documentary At Fest on 8/7 [link]

Explore Alex Savoth’s new direction with The New Black [link]


Stream Lockets’ new b-side “Girl” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 7/18)

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Local electro-pop duo Lockets have shared a new song called “Girl,” the b-side to this summer’s “Surrender” single release.  Dani Mari and Todd Mendelsohn have found the sweet spot in dream-pop again and again since their 2012 debut Camera Shy and “Girl” showcases what the team does best – namely, retro 80s production layered with sweetly-sung lyrics about love. It’s an earwarm of the dreamiest kind.  The 10″ single, which includes remixes of “Surrender” and “Girl” by Sun Glitters and Fear Club, will be pressed to transparent orange vinyl in a limited run of 300 and is available for pre-order here.  Lockets plays Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday, July 18th, with Worshyper and Sylvan Esso; tickets and information can be found here.


Listen to “Surrender,” a new single from Lockets (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 5/12)

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Local electro dream / pop duo Lockets are at it again, this time with a new release and a show at Johnny Brenda’s coming up soon.  “Surrender” is Dani Mari and Todd Mendelsohn’s first offering of new material since their 2012 debut LP Camera Shy and will be included on a 7″ being released this summer via London’s Beautiful Strange.  Vibe-ing on some galactic synth sounds and vocals that hint at Dido or Natalie Merchant, “Surrender” is a dreamy, hazy song that could turn any environment into a luxurious rooftop lounge on a warm summer’s night.  Lockets will open for Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s on May 12th alongside Acres of Diamonds.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “Surrender” below and buy it at Bandcamp.


Download Philamixington II, featuring Norwegian Arms, Radiator Hospital, Catnaps and more


Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia.  To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr.  The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater.  From Marchinowski:

Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.

Download the full mixtape for free on Beat the Indie Drum here and stream a sampling of the tracks below.  The first Philamixington set can be downloaded here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Murchant at Puck, Les Professionnels with Telequanta at MilkBoy, Lockets with Turning Violet Violet at Safety Meeting, Sara Watkins with Field Report at the New Hope Winery, Chill Moody at Hard Rock Cafe

MurchantAnnachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight.  Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates.  With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here.  Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.

Murchant – AnnaChristie Sadler from Luciana Botelho on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gracie at Johnny Brenda’s, The Wooden Sky at Kung Fu Necktie, ZZ Ward at World Cafe Live

Electronic chillwave/pop project Gracie plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Snowmine and Lockets.  The moniker of local guy Andrew Balasia, Gracie has been sweeping us up and into its hypnotic beats since the For Summer EP dropped last year.  Earlier this year Balasia took the project in a more experiemental and haunting direction with his Treehouse EP.  For the upcoming Bleeder full-length, however, Balasia returned to the pop vein of For Summer and released the seductively anthematic “Creature Pleaser” this past summer.  The 21+ show begins at at 9:00 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Creature Pleaser” and download the name-your-own-price track from Gracie’s Bandcamp.

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Catch Snowmine at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night; download their new song “Saucer Eyes”

Before Brooklyn’s Snowmine envelope you in their intricate layers of texture and atmosphere at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night, take a listen to their new single “Saucer Eyes” from their now complete forthcoming record. Led by former classical music composer Grayson Sanders, Snowmine are experimental in their song construction, often using found-sounds and layering to achieve a sonic experience similar to that of an orchestra.  Sanders discussed his band’s composition process in detail when they stopped by Philadelphia’s Miner Street Recordings and The Rotunda for a Shaking Through episode last November; you can watch the episode and download the resulting track called “Curfews” here.

If you’ve been to a Snowmine show before you’ll recall their beautiful use of projected images.  For this tour, they are taking the sensory stimulation to another level with a new iPhone app they created.  Called Colorbeast, the app converts sounds from the show into a kaleidoscope of visuals projected behind the band.  To fully experience Snowmine’s lush aesthetic, get your tickets for their show at Johnny Brenda’s with Gracie and Lockets here.  Stream “Saucer Eyes” below and download the name-your-own-price track on Snowmine’s Bandcamp.