Bookspace was a great DIY venue on Frankford Ave circa five years ago, if for nothing else than the sheer novelty of seeing crushingly loud rock shows in a towering warehouse stacked floor to ceiling with books. There was something about that straddling of artistic disciplines, sounds and literature, and it seems appropriate that this was the first place I saw Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session. I caught the Philly five-piece on a bill with the late great An American Chinese and they immediately impressed with arcing, angular blues guitar riffs and a thunderous rhythm section centered by soaring, dynamic vocals of frontwoman Kerrin Pantelakis. Continue reading →
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Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells open the show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The local blues-inspired / psych-rock band stopped by for a Key Studio Session this week, recording some new material that will hopefully appear on a follow-up to last year’s self-titled LP. Stay tuned for that session, and in the meantime check out “On the Way to Neptune” below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.
Philadelphia-based heavy psych five-piece Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells headlines Boot and Saddle tonight in celebration of its self-titled new LP. It’s the third release from the band – whose brooding, distortion heavy sonic tapestries recall PJ Harvey as easily as Black Sabbath – and it will be available at the show on limited edition pink vinyl. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single “Willow Willow” below. Continue reading →
Bourbon & Branch will host an evening of dark Americana exploration this Friday October, 10th. Curator Brandon Och has called in several local acts to indulge in his “foolish dream” of creating a “David Lynch meets Nina Simone meets William S. Burroughs meets Jim Jarmusch kind of party,” which is very topical as it turns out, with a new Twin Peaks series having been announced this week. Continue reading →
King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basic’s Reunion takes place tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. A revival of the legendary Philly nightclub night, the event hosts both live musicians as well as DJs, allowing for a genre-bending night of frenzy. Started in 1990, the event hosted names like ?uestlove, James Poyser and more. The man behind the project is Britt, who was also a part of the venerable Digable Planets and other projects. In his interview with the Key’s Sameer Rao, Britt explained the motivation behind the reunion as “We thought it would be good to do this as a reunion, but also as a reminder that this [mixing different genres] is possible”. He then went on to emphasize that the event is “not just partying…it’s existential.” Check out this video of King Britt and The Back 2 Basics Band perform live at Silk City below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Blues-inspired Philly band Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells play Kung Fu Necktie tonight with other locals Post Sun Times and Flat Mary Road. Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells have been busy touring through Pennsylvania and New York since the January release of their second full-length album, Worried Land. Their 21+ show tonight begins at 8 p.m.; further information about that show can be found here. You can download their track “Dance All Around Her” below, and the rest of their discography is available for name-your-own price downloads (or mail-order LPs and CDs) here.
If the weekend weather’s got you down, your best call is to head inside and hunker down with some good people and good music. Heading over to Johnny Brenda’s will land you in front of Philly favorites Grandchildren, whose glowing indie-electro-rock will warm your rain-chilled soul and soften your summer heat-hardened heart. They just released a new song, “Where’s the Knife,” from their upcoming album over at Paste Magazine. Grandchildren are opening for the global pop duo The Very Best, who list their influences as “Lil Wayne and Phil Collins” and have a set of head-bopping, hip-shaking afropop tunes in store to get Frankford Ave dancing. The show starts at 9:15 (doors at 8), and admission is 21+; tickets are available for $13 here. Below, watch the video for “Kondaine,” an jubilant track from The Very Best’s forthcoming album, MTMTMK.
Or if you’re in a heavier mood, head over to The Fire for Philly’s own self-proclaimed “twangcore” rockers Betty Iron Thumbs, who’ll be taking that tiny stage along with a whole plethora of rock n’ rollers including South Carolina’s Modern Man, Virgina’s Gunchux, and locals Horace Mann. Tickets are $7 here; the show starts at 8 and is 21+. Below, stream “Under the Night,” the title track from Betty Iron Thumbs’ latest album.
Finally, if none of the aforementioned quite fits your fancy, why not try out local psych-folks Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, playing an early show at Silk City. They’ll be pairing their slow and lilting heady folk-rock jams along with the likes of fuzzed-out locals Dreambook, punk shoe-wave outfit Canary oh Canary, and Brooklyn shoegazers Invisible Days. Admission to the 6 p.m. show is $7 at the door; the show is 21+. Below, stream “O the Sun” from Bells’ first full album, The Sirens, Too, Sang That Way. Their latest album Worried Land is available on their website in vinyl or pay-what-you-want download.