Scottish melancholy pop five-piece Camera Obscura released another new single today from their fourthcoming 4AD Records offering Desire Lines. Unlike the jaunty lead single “Do It Again,” this one is a haunting, heartrending waltz with delicate and reverbed-out vocal harmonies a la Neko Case. From Camera Obscura singer Tracyanne Campbell:
Fifth In Line To The Throne” is a song about someone in a seemingly perfect relationship but there is a dark underside to it. We wanted to sound menacing and give folk the creeps. I believe Princess Beatrice is fifth in line by the way.
This ranks up there with Ted Leo’s “Bottled In Cork” video as a brilliant crossover of indie rock and internet sketch comedy. Under the guise of a recently uncovered “audition reel” for The Postal Service, we see comedian Jon Daly as “Dave from Sub Pop” sitting down with Jimmy Tamborello to find a partner for his “weird genius shit.” Among those audtioning: Jon Wurster from Superchunk, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, Tom DeLonge from Blink-182, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses (though neither Jimmy nor Dave believe him), parody popster Weird Al Yankovic (whose accordion-wailing “We Will Become Like Silhouettes” might be the best thing he’s done in years), and Moby, who delivers a particularly memorable freakout. Watch it below – it’s eight minutes but well worth it. The Postal Service play the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 17th; tickets and more information are available here.
Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.
Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.
Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.
Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.
The Disco Biscuits just announced they are curating a two-day, multi-stage music festival at the Mann Center on Fri. Oct. 5th and Sat. Oct. 6th. The Biscuits will headline City Bisco and the festival line-up will feature special guests Diplo, RJD2, A-Trak, Paper Diamond, Papadosio, Aeroplane, Tipper, Cinnamon Chasers, Ott and the All Seeing (Live Band), Tiger and Woods, Brothers Past, Nadis Warriors, Wyllys and additional artists to be announced soon.
Tickets to the all ages festival go on sale Friday, July 20th at noon. Single day tickets are available for $47.50 and two-day passes are $75 each. Visit the Mann Center website here for tickets and more information.
Check out the Disco Biscuits song “We Like to Party” below.
An Evening With Furthur takes place tonight at the Mann Center and features Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Lawn seats are $34.50 and terrace seats range from $44.50 to $59.50. Tickets to the all-ages show can be purchased here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia folk band Hoots & Hellmouth play a free 21+ show at Morgan’s Pier tonight at 5 p.m. Check out the music video for their song “Why Would You Not Want To Go There?” below.
June Divided is playing a show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. The show is the band’s CD Release show and features openers Seamus Browning, Music From Another Room, and Lion in the Mane. Doors for the all-ages event open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.
Conversations With Enemies headlines Johnny Brenda’s with openers The Makes, Little Black Rainclouds, Captain Scurvy & the S.S. Pancake in between sets. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:15 p.m.. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.
In May, Sigur Ros proposed a film experiment for their new album, Valtari. The experiment was to give complete creative freedom to various filmmakers to create a music video for a song off the new album. They recently released the fourth in the series for the song “Rembihnútur” directed by Arni & Kinski. The video is truly a work of art, with beautiful cinematography and vivid images of people with closed eyes. You can review the other videos from the film series here, and watch out for the next one to be released on July 16th. WXPN welcomes Sigur Rós to the Mann Center for two nights on July 29th and 30th. You can purchase tickets to the show on the 29th(the 30th is sold out) here.
Ten years ago Norah Jones stepped into the light and became one of the the world’s most popular and critically respected singer/songwriters. Winner of eight grammy awards for her album Come Away with Me, she has since released four more albums, including her latestLittle Broken Hearts, that was produced by the prolific and talented Danger Mouse. Jones blends together jazz, blues, rock, and pop into delicate, sensual songs that embody her versatile and creative songwriting skills. After the release of her album in May, she played a Free at Noon at WXPN’s annual Non-Comm. You can listen to her performance here. Tonight, we welcome her back to Philadelphia with a performance at the Mann Center with special guest Sasha Dobson. Tickets are $29.50-59.50, the show starts at 7:30 PM. Below, watch the official video for “Little Pills” off the new album.