It makes a lot of sense that the new records from Norwegian Arms and Dominic would arrive at nearly the same time. The former’s Brendan Mullvihill and the latter’s Dom Angelella have become quite the BFFs over the years, collaborating on each other’s projects in both live and studio settings. In recognition of this friendship (and also because this just makes for a total party of a billing) they’ll celebrate the releases of Girard Freeloader and Goodnight, Doggies respectively at Johnny Brenda’s on February 3rd.
Indie pop artist Norwegian Arms has just shared the first track from Girard Freeloader, his upcoming full length. It’s called “Find Truth”, and it sees the New York-via-Philadelphia producer/songwriter continuing to refine his left-of-center indie pop for a larger audience. You can stream it below. Continue reading →
Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a benefit on Thursday, December 15th in conjunction with the organization Athletes For Cancer, a program that aims to help cancer survivors rebuild their lives after they overcome the disease.
Johnny Brenda’s is just doing what they do best, hosting killer concerts, but this particular night has the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life with whatever funds are raised. Continue reading →
Playing yet another 2015 Philly show, indie rock duo The Dodos returned to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday for a great night of music. Touring in support of their sixth full-length album Individ, the band played an upbeat, high-energy set showcasing new material and drawing from their back-catalogue. Throughout their set, guitarist/vocalist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber maintained a symbiotic exchange of intricate guitar melodies and drum rhythms layered with guitar backing loops, creating a full, rich sound. Continue reading →
Shaking Through alums Snowmine from Brooklyn co-headlined Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night with Philly’s Norwegian Arms in tow, making their first local appearance since they were on Pattern Is Movement’s record release show in October. Also on the lineup was local psych / electro outfit Dream Safari. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.
Brooklyn indie pop quintet Snowmine and Philadelphia favorites Norwegian Arms team up for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The former are celebrating the release of their new record Dialects, a cinematic and textural experience that the band pulls off exquisitely in a live setting. Bright alt-folk trio Norwegian Arms released their impressive and immersive Wolf Like a Stray Dog LP in 2012, following it up last year with a 7″ single for “Jitterbug,” which you can listen to below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dream Safari can be found here.
On Thursday night an eclectic all-local bill hit Union Transfer capped by experimental duo Pattern is Movement, celebrating the release of their new 12″ single for “Suckling” and playing a set mostly drawing from the full-length they plan to drop on Hometapes Records in early 2014. Also on the lineup was Wilmington party-poppers The Spinto Band, acoustic indie four-piece Norwegian Arms, electro-dance crew Tygerstrype, and the pizza-themed Wildstyle DJs of Pizza Brain fame. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
On Tuesday night, Chris Ward – drummer for Pattern is Movement – and Brendan Mulvihill – singer-songwriter-mandolinist for Norwegian Arms – guest DJed the XPN Philly Local show, in preparation for their bands’ appearances on an all-local lineup at Union Transfer tonight. They played a varied set that ran the gamut from krautrock-inspired underground music (Arc in Round) to mainstream hip-hop (Meek Mill), lo-fi DIY indie rock (Ghost Light) to supersonic space rock (The War on Drugs). Listen to an archive of their guest DJ set below, and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here.
Norwegian Arms won’t release their new 7″ until October 15th, but the three-track EP is up for streaming on the “weirdo folk” duo’s Bandcamp now. The A-side features a new recording of “Jitterbug,” while the B-side places live recordings of “The Iceman” and “Kiva Ivka” back-to-back (the latter two tracks were recorded during Norwegian Arms’ Brighton Sound Session earlier this year). The Jitterbug 7″ follows 2012’s debut full-length Wolf LIke a Stray Dog, recorded after frontman Brendan Mulvihill returned from a sojourn in Siberia.
On top of the new release, the Philly band just shared a Daytrotter Session that was recored during their late-summer tour earlier this month. The session includes live takes of “Jitterbug,” Stray Dog‘s “Soviet Bicycle” and “EZ A LVR Goes West” as well as a new song called “New Sky.” Daytrotter members can stream and download the session here.