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The Key Studio Sessions: Weekender

It’s no surprise that Philly four-piece Weekender is appearing on this Saturday’s Making Time $2 Bill show. When you look at the roots of DJ Dave P’s long-running futuristic sounds party, you’ll find they actually lie in fuzzed-out psychedelic Britpop of a couple decades ago. During the early days of Making Time (its tenure at Transit or The Troc), it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses or Slowdive blaring out of the speakers in the dancefloor mix, and those are exactly some of the artists that the Sheehan brothers draw inspiration from. After making noise in The Tweeds for a number of years, singer-guitarist-older-bro Derek and drummer-younger-bro Nic recruited scene friends from Gypsy Death and You (bassist Emily Cahill) and Bleeding Fractals (Tom Anthony) to refocus with a sound rooted in new nostalgia for the tripped-out 90s. The driving single “No Help from Jesus” was in regular rotation on XPN for a while, and the band got picked up by Brooklyn label Paper Cup Music; the Spanish Peaks EP was reissued in November, and a followup is being finished with producer Kyle Johnson for an early 2014 release. On the heels of Weekender’s appearance at Tri State Indie’s Lou Reed Tribute and in advance of its Making Time set, they stopped by our studio to record a feisty live set; listen to it below, and download three songs – including one unreleased cut, “Beautiful System.” In addition, check out a stream of the band’s very pretty and drifting take on “I’ll Be Your Mirror” as a streaming-only track. Get info on Weekender’s Making Time appearance on December 14th here, and look for more from the band in 2014.

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Tune in to Making Time RADio with Dave P, tonight at 7 p.m. on XPN

1377147_10201113724105059_352098423_n The legendary Dave P is back on the air tonight for the November edition of Making Time Radio.  On the heels of Making Time is Rad’s Pure Halloween event last night, the party continues with “futuristic treats” at 7:00 p.m. on 88.5 XPN and streaming at xpn.org.  Be sure to follow Dave P on Twitter for a live feed of the playlist, and listen back to the October episode here.  Below, watch a video for Jagwar Ma‘s “Come Save Me” – the Australian dance rock duo will play Making Time’s November 30th event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Get more info via the Facebook event page.

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Jagwar Ma playing Making Time on November 30th

Jagwar Ma photo by Laura Coulson
Jagwar Ma photo by Laura Coulson
This just in: Australia rockers-with-dance-moves Jagwar Ma are playing Making Time on November 30th. Leave it to Making Time’s Dave P to bring to Philly some perfect dance floor provocateurs. If the hypnotic, swirling Madchester influenced grooves on Jagwar Ma’s debut album, Howlin, are any indication, there will be no parking on Voyeur nightclub’s dance floor. Jagwar Ma have got the psychedelic rock/dance floor vibe of Primal Scream, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays down to a science, with their own shiny twist on the sound. Watch their new video for “Come Save Me,” and listen to “The Throw” below.

PS – don’t forget to listen to Making Time RADio with Dave P on XPN this Friday night at 7PM.

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Recap: Chromatics and Glass Candy light up Making Time

Chromatics | Photo by John Vettese
Chromatics | Photo by John Vettese

The September edition of DJ Dave P’s Making Time party brought dreamy electropop outfit Chromatics to the Voyeur nightclub in Philly, along with their Portland neighbors Glass Candy. The former’s set got off to rousing start with the bright pulse of “Lady” from their 2012 double LP Kill For Love. The performance was focused and fierce, despite the intrusion of one enthused fan who got onstage and all up in singer Ruth Radelet’s business (she was removed by security and the show went on). Their set drew mostly from Love - the title track sounded magnificent – but dipped back to 2007′s Night Drive for the band’s cover of “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush. Glass Candy took the stage not long after midnight, and was a formidable wake-up blast for the crowd; the long running collaboration of producer Johnny Jewel (who pulled double duty with Chromatics as well) and singer Ida No felt like something between a friendlier Crystal Castles and a more aggressive Robyn. No’s vocals rushed from bright shouts to abrasive screeches, and the set plowed through one rapid-fire track after the next. While Glass Candy didn’t connect on a songwriting level as strongly as Chromatics – the cuts all kind of ran together – their energy was infectious, as was their evident bond with the crowd. No made it a point to clasp every outstretched hand within arms reach throughout the set, and even returning after the last song faded down for a few final hi-fives. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Mann Center, Chromatics at Making Time, Kate Faust at MilkBoy, The Last Bison / David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Kat Edmonson at Prince Music Theater

avettbros File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of  Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.

FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3: The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83′s “Midnight City” below.

Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.

Also Tonight:

The Dead Milkmen come to The Note - 8 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

WXPN welcomes Poco to the Carlisle Theater – 7:30 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

North Mississippi Allstars play at Union Transfer – 10:30 p.m., all ages, tickets and info here.

 

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Get ready for Making Time this Saturday with a new mixtape from the Hypercage guys, featuring tracks by Little Boots, Pink Skull and The Avalanches

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Creeping Blobs from Neptune is the latest mind-melting mixtape from Hypercage‘s Thomzilla, released as a free download in anticipation of this Saturday’s Making Time party at Voyeur Nightclub.  It’s a funky and eclectic mashup up of remixes, samples and high energy electronic tracks:

“Creeping Blobs From Neptune” is a nightmare warp jump that starts in Chicago and ends in Space Hell. Climb aboard–to your left you’ll see Mu and Annie adjusting the Avalanches’ oxygen masks; on your right, a perverted zero-grav poker game with Larry Gus, the Glimmers, and Ultramagnetic MCs holding all the cards. And with Pink Skull and Den Haan taking charge of the Captain’s Log, you know you’re in safe hands.

Tickets and information for Saturday’s 21+ event featuring Glass Candy and Chromatics can be found here.  Stream and download Creeping Blobs from Neptune below and view the full track list here.

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Just Announced: Chromatics and Glass Candy co-headlining Making Time on 9/14

Photo by David Pianka
Photo by David Pianka

Architects of perhaps the most ambitious double-LP of the Futuristic Sounds era, Chromatics will headline the September 14th installment of Making Time, according to an Instagram post from party honcho Dave P. The breathtaking downbeat outfit’s 2012 epic Kill For Love still cuts deep a year-plus later, so this show will doubtless be a treat. Joining them are fellow Portlandians Glass Candy; the show takes place Saturday, September 14th at Voyeur in the Gayborhood; and tickets are available here. Below, watch the Chromatics video for “Kill For Love.”