Folk singer Vikesh Kapoor has released a video for “Bottom of the Ladder” in support of his recent debut LP The Ballad of Willy Robbins. As a sort of overture to the record, “Bottom of the Ladder” introduces us to a narrator who is weary of the obstacles of life but, at the same time, determined to overcome them. The shadowy black and white video shows Kapoor climbing an endless ladder, edited in a surreal, fever dream style that contrasts the song’s realist narrative. Tickets and information for Vikesh Kapoor’s December 5th show at North Star Bar and January 31st show at World Cafe Live can be found here.
Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.
U.K. singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has announced a North American solo tour scheduled for January of next year, bringing him to the North Star Bar on the 18th. Flynn released his third LP Country Milein late September. The record followed up the critically acclaimed 2010 full-length Been Listening, which World Cafe’s David Dye discussed with the musician and actor during a session that year. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 8th and will be available here. Below, watch Flynn perform “The Lady is Risen” off of the new record at Rough Trade in London during Record Store Day last year.
XPN welcomes The Dismemberment Plan to Union Transfer tonight. The D.C. indie rock band’s latest record Uncanney Valley dropped in October, ending a twelve year recording break that allowed band members to explore other interests. The broadened horizons are audible on the record, which stretches it’s influences from Jackson Browne to R&B. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Yellow Ostrich can be found here. Below, watch The Dismemberment Plan perform “The City” live in D.C.
Alt-rock super-group The Company We Keep is streaming their new album Sound/No Sound exclusively here on Property of Zack. The band includes songwriter Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack), Brian Southall (The Receiving End of Sirens) on strings, drummer Branden Morgan (Misery Signals), and vocalist Haden Brightwell. A hybrid of Evanescence and early Paramore, their sound is carried by Brightwell’s dominant vocals. The band’s tour kicks off in Michigan in a few weeks before landing in Philly on November 20th at North Star Bar. Get tickets here and watch them perform an acoustic version of “Right/Wrong” below.
Season 7 American Idol champion David Cook will rock World Cafe Live tonight. Cook plans to release a new EP early next year as a follow up to 2011′s This Loud Morning. In an interview with Billboard, he says the eclectic sound of his new material was inspired by his recent move to Nashville and says: “I’m tuning in a bit more to telling a story…I really want every song to have its own identity”. This feat shouldn’t be hard to accomplish for Cook who is known for his gritty, passionate vocal delivery. Watch the official lyric video for his latest single “Laying Me Low” below and get tickets to the show here.
New Jersey punk outfit Aspiga will play at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band released their split 7 inch record Aspiga/Among Giants back in July. Stream the record below and revisit their performance from our Key Studio Sessions here. Tickets are available at the door for $8.
Just because most of us are too old for tick or treating doesn’t mean we have to sit inside waiting to give children candy at their demand. I’m sure we are all still young enough at heart to dress up and embrace the night, or weekend, or week if you know the right places to go. Not sure? Here’s a poster guide to some of the best Halloween Bashes around town featuring numerous top notch artists. Continue reading →
Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.
Making my way through the introduction, I wasn’t sure if I could agree with Chris DeVille’s decision to “bridge” this New York based four-piece with the hypersensitive bleeding hearts of bands like War On Terror for the “emo illiterate among us.” So I asked AGBPOL’s guitarist Matt Fazzi (ex-member of Taking Back Sunday and founding member of Happy Body Slow Brain) how he feels about the list.
“I think it’s cool that they consider us part of that. I find the whole term emo to be funny to begin with. But I get it,” Fazzi responds. Mentioning that he personally considers AGBPOL to be a 90s alternative throwback band, Fazzi continues on to say that Stereogum’s brief description of “Snack Attack,” the opening track of July release You’re Always On My Mind, is congruent to the band’s light-hearted air in their music. “[It’s] a good way to explain what’s at the heart of the band.”
To give a brief background, AGBPOL was formed by singer/guitarist Pete Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy after their last band, Farewell To Arms, was dismantled. Working together, the two wrote and self-produced The Fiery Works EPs debuting AGBPOL in 2007. Just before their first full-length release, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex, they went to Craigslist and found power bass player Tucker Yaro, changing the band from a duo to a trio for the next few EP releases. Fazzi met the band at a concert in Brooklyn that Happy Body Slow Brain and AGBPOL played together. Following the care-free, down-to-earth band for the next few months, AGBPOL asked Fazzi to fill a needed guitar position for a world tour in 2011. Fast forward about two years of writing, creating, and touring to the full outfit’s sophomore release; which has the same nostalgic vibe as Prefrontal Cortex in more efficient melodies.
“We cut the fat, so to speak,” Fazzi says while describing the new record. Rather than bringing the whole band together and composing in one room, each member worked on the songs independently from one another because they all lived in different areas; Weiland living in Conneticut, Soucy and Yaro in Brooklyn, and Fazzi in Queens. Fazzi mentioned that the goal with this album was to extract all the extra instrumentals and create concise arrangements “that really hit you in a punchy way right from the get-go.” With almost all the work done before the studio, the band was able to fit the whole production into 12 days of recording with the help of producer Ed Ackerson, who has previously worked with bands such as Motion City Soundtrack.