A student-produced documentary takes a look at the basement and DIY show scene in Philadelphia [link]
Philly alt-psych trio Mock Suns are venturing out of the studio this week to play Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, opening for buzzing Seattle band Hey Marseilles. The band released its debut LP Here Nor There last April – and, you might recall, hid a bunch of milk chocolate face casts around the city last Easter. Earlier this month, they followed that mischief up with an alluring EP of deconstructed remixes. While the album kept the band’s songwriting contained in tight pop-song nuggets, these various re-versions feel like the wall has been knocked down and is being completely reassembled – from jagged guitar-noise freakouts to electropop pitterpatterings that recall Thom Yorke and his various post-”Idiotheque” fixations. Listen to it below, get your free download at Bandcamp and get more information on Wednesday’s show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.
Former Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, or “Genius,” will be performing with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore at the Trocadero tonight in anticipation of his upcoming album, Dark Matter. The record, which will be his seventh solo album, is scheduled for an undetermined release date this fall. GZA has also been busy with a deluxe re-release of his legendary 1995 album Liquid Swords, which he’ll be performing in its entirety. Philly openers Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore released their debut album, The Bull, in September; it can be streamed here. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, watch GZA perform “Liquid Swords” with Wavves.
Fenster, the duo of New Yorker-turned-Berliner JJ Weihl and Berlin-born Jonathan Jarzyna, play a form of pop music that brings to mind Velvet Underground, The XX, Kraftwerk and your favorite oldies on the AM radio dial. They just debuted a new video for “Oh Canyon” from their recent album Bones that you can watch below. The band play Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday evening, October 20th, on a bill that includes The Great American Canyon Band, and Philly’s Mock Suns and headliners Oldermost. Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show. Below the video, download Fenster’s “Fantasy II.”