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Mock Suns share new music video for “Here From The Rooftop”

Mock Suns | photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN
Mock Suns | photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN

Psychedelic pop band Mock Suns released their debut album Stay True back in March, and they shared their new music video for the song “Here From Your Rooftop” recently via Northern Transmissions.

This is the third music video that the Suns have shared from Stay True, the first two being “Friday Night” and “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”. Themes from previous videos and the album itself include loss of childhood and growing up, and these themes are continued on their video for “Up From Your Rooftop.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: American Babies at Ardmore Music Hall, 3rd Planet Festival at World Cafe Live, and Mock Suns at Johnny Brenda’s

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American Babies | Photo by Skylar Carfi | courtesy of the artist

Tom Hamilton’s American Babies return to Ardmore Music Hall tonight to support their new album An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark. Opening the show will be Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Tom McKee of Brothers Past and The 9’s. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Band on the rise: Behind Mock Suns’ playful pop

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Mock Suns | photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN

It has been a very long winter, and longer still, I imagine, for Philadelphia four-piece Mock Suns, whose practice space in Fishtown is basically a cement box with no heat. The band tells me it doesn’t bother them too much though—“we have a space heater and once we start playing it gets really hot,” they explain.

Nevertheless, they’re excited for spring because it signals the release of their new record, Stay True (out March 8), and their corresponding release show March 19 at Johnny Brenda’s. Plus, there’s something about Mock Suns’ breezy brand of pop that seems made for warmer weather: the sun streaming through your window, plants and flowers beginning to bloom—as if the name “Mock Suns” was chosen deliberately to signify these Vitamin D-esque effects. (In truth, it was selected somewhat randomly).

Stay True’s breezy weekend feel however, is intentional, and may well be the vehicle that launches the band to (at least local) acclaim.  Since 2012, Mock Suns have released three records, but it’s with Stay True that they really hit their stride. Inspired by ‘90s culture and nostalgia, the record blends psych-pop with odd samples and a sense of mischief, for a record that feels fresh and on-trend (Ariel Pink comparisons are not far-off), but also a natural evolution of their sound. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →

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Mock Suns rejoice and rewind on “Here From Your Rooftop”

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Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist

Philly stargazers Mock Suns have shared the latest track from their upcoming album Stay True, “Here From Your Rooftop.”

Mock Suns have already shared videos for Stay True tracks “Friday Night” and “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour.” Like these songs, “Here From Your Rooftop” continues in the direction of themes such as nostalgia and teenage remembrance.

On “Rooftop”, Mock Suns’ simple instrumentation creates a child-like aura around the music while still presenting psychedelic textures. With slick guitar solos and drifting bass lines, the band carries singer Greg Puglese’s honest and floating vocals while undercover of darkness. Continue reading →

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Mock Suns channel their inner tricksters on “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”

Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist
Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing more rock & roll then sneaking out of the house when you’re 12. But it’s slightly funnier when you’re a bit older.

Philadelphia indie rockers Mock Suns have released a music video for their single, “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”. The song, which will be on their new album Stay True, brings together the sweet pairing of melancholy piano chords and sunny guitars before bursting out into a old-school psychedelic expanse. Continue reading →

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Mock Suns on mixing sound and visuals on the new “Friday Night” video

Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist
Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie-psych outfit Mock Suns have always had a healthy mix of art with their rock. Their 2012 debut Here Nor There was released in conjunction with paper masks hidden at various places around the city. The 2014 double EP Santander All That I Knew was  packaged with beautiful monochromatic photographs of the bandmates in various natural settings.

“The visuals have always been super important to us,” says frontman Greg Puglese. “Especially for me, coming from a visual arts background. I studied design in school, I’ve always been to making videos and all around doing it myself.”

The band’s newest song, “Friday Night,” comes with its own striking visual component. Continue reading →

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Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells and more bring the dark side of Americana to Bourbon & Branch

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Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | photo courtesy of the artist

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 →