Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neighborhood Choir with Avery Rosewater at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dead Confederate with Penrose at MilkBoy

Neighborhood Choir

Local tastemaker blog Yvynyl is this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out curator at PhilaMOCA and they’re bringing Philly bands Neighborhood Choir and Avery Rosewater to the stage.  Neighborhood Choir is a dream-pop project from Bennett Daniels; you can learn more about him in an interview with The Key here.  Avery Rosewater is newish project from seasoned city musicians – check out their interview here.  Following the music, Daniels will screen a film to close out the night.  Information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch Avery Rosewater perform “Wright” for Out of Town Films and stream Neighborhood Choir’s “Seafoam Green.”

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Wild Belle, Petula Clark and Neighborhood Choir)

Eels | Photo by Michael Bucher
Eels | Photo by Michael Bucher

Check out photos and videos of Eels‘ knock-out appearance at World Cafe Live [link]

Local acoustic musician Kyle Swartzwelder recorded a stirring session for Folkadelphia [link]

Download “Joy To You Baby” from Josh Ritter‘s new LP The Beast in its Tracks, which is also XPN’s Featured Album of the Week [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of Week welcomes the return of Petula Clark with “Cut Copy Me” off of her new album Lost in You [link]

The Lawsuits recorded a rocking, eclectic Key Studio Session this week [link]

Guest VJ Nikki Volpicelli shares Philadelphia Area Music Showcase‘s line-up of local acts for this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA [link]

Neighboorhood Choir‘s Bennett Daniels talks roadtrips, recording and roughing it in an interview with Brian Wilensky [link]

The Key premiered Wild Belle‘s instantly captivating and mystical debut album Isles [link]

Peter Murphy will perform the music of Bauhaus at The Trocadero on May 9th [link]

Watch a video of Norwegian Arms performing “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” at Brighton Sound Studios; they play an all-ages show at PhilaMOCA tomorrow [link]

Preeminent Philly soul group The Delfonics are put in the spotlight once again with Adrien Younge Presents The Delfonics; stream the new collaborative album via NPR [link]

Steve Earle and the Dukes announce a May 3rd show at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre [link]


How a Temple jazz dropout traveled coast-to-coast to form Neighborhood Choir (playing tonight at Kung Fu Necktie)

Neighborhood ChoirIt’s Monday evening (happy hour, actually) in a booth at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown. And Bennett Daniels, the creative force behind Neighborhood Choir, just admitted that he’s never been interviewed before. However, he’s cool, collected and much more comfortable than would be expected.

All of Neighborhood Choir’s gently rippling lo-fi pop tunes are written by Daniels, at home, layer by layer. What makes them sonically intriguing comes from the reel-to-reel tape machine they’re recorded on: a Tascam 388.

“I like using it because it’s modest,” says Daniels. “What you play is what people hear. Can’t change notes like Pro Tools. And the fidelity is really strange. You only get eight tracks because it uses quarter-inch tape so sometimes things bleed together. But that makes it kind of fun, to see how things will turn out.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mouse on Mars with Spaceship Aloha at Johnny Brenda’s, Mac DeMarco at Kung Fu Necktie

MouseonmarsGerman IDM duo Mouse on Mars play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Coming out of the heyday of their genre in the nineties, Mouse on Mars have continued to make surprising and enthralling electronic music all the way up to today.  Parastrophics, their most recent record, was released in 2012 on Monkeytown.  Where a lot of current electronic music focuses on neatly produced sonic landscapes that fill-in all of the voids, Mouse on Mars take a much more abstract and fractured approach that blends math-like dissonance with chopped melodies.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Philadelphia’s Spaceship Aloha can be found here.  Watch the video for “Polaroyced” from Parastrophics below.

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Vibe out with Philly’s Neighborhood Choir

Neighborhood Choir is the project of Philadelphia’s Bennett Daniels, a side player and regular bassist in the city’s tight-knit space rock scene. He plays in Brendan Codey‘s band, as well as the noisier outfit Hippie Johnny. Left to his own devices in the Choir, Daniels makes what he refers to as “glo-fi pop.” Which is an appropriate description when you’re crediting somebody on your recording with “slide guitar and twinkles” (that would be collaborator Paul Sukeena). But if that sets off your worry instincts that maybe this music might be too noodley and naval-gazing for you liking – fear not. Daniels strikes a great balance between creating a vibey ambience and crafting catchy, memorable pop numbers, walking the same tightrope as Grandaddy and American Analog Set, and doing it admirably. Grab a free download of “St. Raymond of the Dogs” below, and check out more of Neighborhood Choir’s music at its Bandcamp page.