There’s a distinct feeling of raw energy on Full of Snakes, the debut LP from Philly fuzz-punk four-piece Mumblr. That’s the sound of a band that doesn’t overthink things when it’s recording, that doesn’t get lost in assembling its songs from pieces of pristine takes; it’s the sound of a band that kicks ass live first, makes great records second. Continue reading →
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb this week announced via Facebook the performers for their 5th annual Halloween Murdershow and its quite the lineup. Featuring a full list of Philly locals and such a large array of genres, from TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb’s folk tunes to Lantern‘s distortion-infused rock to Tutlie‘s imaginative, surreal indie music, the eclectic sounds of this show are sure to attract a crowd. Continue reading →
Local indie rockers Cheerleader stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. By now we’re familiar with the band’s blend of hazy pop and bright twee, a combination that made them a no-brainer for stand-out summer band status. In this session, Cheerleader performed a new song called “On Your Side” – check it out below and get the full set here. Continue reading →
David Gray will be playing tonight at the Tower Theater. The British singer songwriter released his newest album, Mutineers in July. The rather happy album is Gray’s first in over four years. in an interview with Boston Globe about the light atmosphere on this album, Gray explained that “There’s a regeneration going on, a rebirth, a plugging back into the moment, not worrying about the past and being right there in the here and now, and that’s what this record has.” Recently, Gray played a stellar Free at Noon and a great performance at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center. Listen to his performance of “Back in the World Again”, the first track off of Mutineers. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The always interesting PhilaMOCA has announced its latest celebration, Lil Sean Day, held August 30th. The event is curated exclusively by its namesake, the Eraserhood venue’s 12-year-old neighbor: a reported connoisseur of art, film and music. Last year, Lil Sean performed at PhilaMOCA’s Mausoleum Pizza Party. He also released his first two songs on Bandcamp in late July.
Punk Philly band Roof Doctor released their newest album in a way that’s as sweet as the album itself.
This morning, a link to Mobile Freedom Home was accompanied by one line: “Hey guys, here is our album. We love you. We hope you like it. <3”
The band’s fans have been anticipating the release for quite some time. Since November of 2012, in fact, and the album’s intimate sound and intricate instrumentation reflect their hard work laboring in at Fishtown’s Headroom Studio.
Mobile Freedom Home is the kind of album that you listen to once through and can’t quite distinguish track by track (except for “Bottle It Up,” man, give that one a listen), but instead familiarize yourself with the sound, finding yourself humming the tune as you mosey through your apartment. Then, you find yourself wondering, “What the hell is that song called?” only to return back the 10-track album hunting through the tracks discovering additional treasures off of the album. That’s how Roof Doctor gets you.
But upon second and third listen, you’ll start to notice the small jangly, irresistable details that accompany each track’s unmistakable vocals.