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.



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


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.


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.”


Introducing: 100 Years of Solid Dudes

100yearsofdudesAs far as we can tell, the newly launched 100 Years Of Solid Dudes is a project from Jameszilla (of the Broadzilla DJ’s and Phillytronic dance floor wrecking crew Making Time). Head over here to download a 44 minute “car-crash sample symphony” mix that he made that contextualizes Aretha Franklin, the Ides of March, Elvis Costello, Bowie and dozens of more samples into one long funky massive mix, as well as releases from Wooden Email, Universo Paralelo, and Potent Mutant. Dig deeper into 100 Years of Solid Dudes here. Admittedly, we think there’s a little brand confusion going on here, but we like it.


Making Time returns to Voyeur Nightclub and the WXPN airwaves this weekend

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Making Time‘s Dave Pianka has returned from two “very very rad weekends of playing Coachella” and is ready to bring the best of the festival to the WXPN airwaves tomorrow from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  The monthly broadcast will be followed by the monthly Making Time live event at Voyeur Nightclub on Saturday night with Tiger and Woods, Little Boots and Beach Fossils.  Tickets and information for the show can be here.  Before you tune into 88.5 XPN or pop open the live stream tomorrow night at 7PM for Making Time Radio, listen back to last month’s archived broadcast here.  Below, watch a BITBY-filmed video of Autre Ne Veut performing “Counting” during his set in April.


Hyper-ragers swoon to Autre Ne Veut, dance to Delorean at Making Time (photos, review)

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It was billed as a hyper-rager, and it certainly did not disappoint – the March edition of Dave P‘s Making Time was a stacked triple-bill, with noisy Montreal synth rockers Doldrums, expressive R&B crooner Autre Ne Veut and Spanish dance-rock outfit Delorean.

After Doldrums’ colorful set involving puffy knit headwear and trashcan percussion, Autre Ne Veut took the stage to a tightly packed room. The project of Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin played Philadelphia this winter on a reportedly sparsely-attended lineup at Johnny Brenda’s – a drag, since his intense style of performing both requires a crowd to vibe off of and deserves a crowd to take in. The teeming crew on the Voyeur main floor seemed like a just recompense, and Ashin strutted the front row, pumped his fist in the air from off the monitor, fell to his knees, made emotive faces and sang acrobatic vocal riffs. The three-piece band worked wonders on tracks from this year’s Anxiety – particularly “Ego Free Sex Free” and “Play by Play” – and while they didn’t venture particularly far from the album arrangements, Ashin’s stage presence elevated the songs to a whole other level.

While Autre Ne Veut confirmed the live reputation I’d been hearing so much about, Barcelona’s Delorean were a total surprise. The band makes sweetly shimmering synthpop, the sort of thing that typically-speaking sounds great coming out of headphones but falls flat in performance. Not these guys, though. Their onstage energy was massive, carrying hints of torch-bearers New Order and Erasure and contemporaries Hot Chip – artists that can make electronic pop work in a band context – and the riled-up crowd totally fed off of it. Points also for slaying the late 80s club nugget “Ride on Time” by Black Box. Check out photos of the night in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Voyeur for Making Time, Divers at The Fire, Janelle Monae at Penn’s Spring Fling, David Bromberg Quartet at Landis Theater, Netherfriends at Church of the Advocate

ANVAutre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin.  Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French.  Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”

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Making Time with Delorean, Jacques Greene, Autre Ne Veut & Doldrums on April 12

makingtimeautre Here’s a Making Time event you don’t want to miss. On Friday, April 12th, Dave P and the Making Time crew present Montreal DJ Jacques Green, Autre Ne Veut (one of our favorite bands we saw at SXSW), Delorean and the Montreal band Doldrums at Voyeur Nightclub. Go here for tickets and more information. Don’t forget to listen to the April edition of Making Time RADio hosted by Dave P next Friday, April 5th from 7-9PM.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s, Arctic Splash at Kung Fu Necktie, Cold Roses at MilkBoy, Parquet Courts at Voyeur for Making Time, Galentine’s Day Cover Band Show at Cha-Cha’Razzi

XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoon and a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorker and on NPR.  As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here.  Watch the video for “What I Love” below.

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A Making Time Valentime for you (Parquet Courts and Inc. playing Voyeur on February 16th)

Making Time has a “valentime” for you in the shape of a Valentime’s Day weekend show featuring indie-rock’s newest blog rock darlings Parquet Courts and the Los Angeles R&B-tronica band Inc. on Saturday, February 16th at Voyeur. The usual Making Time DJ party crew will be on hand; Dave P, Sammy Slice, the Broadzilla DJ’s, Dave Pak & Mike Z and special guest DJ’s The Crystal Ark. Check out a song from each of the bands below. Go here for tickets and more information about the event.