Denver’s DeVotchKa bring their chamber orchestra project to The Trocadero tonight. After recording a live album with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Eastern European-influenced quartet hit the road with a chamber orchestra to bring the full and intricate layers of an orchestral performance to smaller stages. The band is also testing out new material that will be recorded as a follow-up to 2011′s 100 Lovers. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Pearl and the Beard can be found here. Below, watch DeVotchKa perform “All the Sand in All the Sea” live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony.
Philly folk-freaks Norwegian Arms recently performed a few songs for Brighton Sound Sessions. The first installment is a performance of “Wolf Like a Stray Dog,” the title track from their debut full-length which was just released in January. You can catch them this Friday at PhilaMOCA with Scott Churchman – who is releasing his new tape, Ignore that Noise – Laser Background, and Circadian Rhythms. Find information on the show at the venue’s website.
Because Philly just can’t enough of their uptempo alt-folk, Norwegian Arms have announced a date at PhilaMOCA with buddies Laser Background and Circadian Rhythms. The mandolin / drums / synthesizer trio of Brendan Mulvihill, Eric Slick and Andy Molholt released their Siberian-themed debut LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog earlier this year, inspired by Mulvahill’s recent time spent in Russia. Tickets and information for the all-ages show on March 8th can be found here. Watch Norwegian Arms perform the album’s title track at their record release show in December below.
Brooklyn experimental duo Buke and Gase play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Evolving out of punk / noise band Hominid, Buke and Gase members Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez make angular, dissonant post-rock with with elements of chamber folk. The outfit followed up 2010′s debut LP Riposte with General Dome, released this past Tuesday. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Norwegian Arms and Ahleuchatistas can be found here. Below, stream “Hiccup” from General Dome.
As far as the local music scene goes, we thought 2012 was an excellent year. Our hats go off to the dozens of bands across an impressive, diverse range of genres for notching things up last year. Roll call: Dr. Dog. War On Drugs. Meek Mill. Hop Along. Cheers Elephant. Arc In Round. Toy Soldiers. Hezekiah Jones. Lushlife. Work Drugs. Chill Moody. Sun Airway. The Stray Birds. Purling Hiss. Free Energy. The Fleeting Ends. Aaron Brown. Res. Low Cut Connie. Spacin’. Swearin’ (there’s a double bill we want to see). Shark Tape. In The Pocket. DRGN KNG. Cold Fronts. Moosh & Twist. Nothing. RJD2. Night Panther. Reef The Lost Cauze. Buried Beds. Vacationer. Ape School. Adrien Reju. The Spinto Band. Ground Up. Vintage Kicks. Pissed Jeans. The legendary Roots crew. Santigold. Birdie Busch. Zilla Rocca. Scot Sax. Man Man. Schoolly (don’t need the “D” anymore, he’s just “Schoolly”). Freeway. Strand of Oaks. Good Old War. King Britt. Heyward Howkins. Arctic Splash. White Birds Chiddy Bang. GrandeMarshall. Meg Baird. City Rain. Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang. The Money Making Jam Boys. Nicos Gun.
Who’d we forget? Probably dozens more. Our apologies if we left you out. We hope you get the point though; these days, Philly is miles deep and miles wide with talent and creativity. If 2012 was a “ten,” here’s 15 reasons why Philly’s music scene is about to go to 11 in 2013. Continue reading →
Friday was a big live music night at Johnny Brenda’s. Headlining the “apocalypse party” was Norwegian Arms, celebrating the release of its excellent new LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog with a lively set, but just as exciting was the first performance from Pattern Is Movement in over a year, and the opening slots from Laser Background and Night Panther. Check out photos of three out of those four bands in the gallery above, look for more from Laser Background when they play Kung Fu Necktie in February, and read more about Norwergian Arms’ Wolf Like a Stray Dog in Unlocked.