New Jersey experimental / instrumental outfit Delicate Steve put on a hypnotic and absolutely transcendent performance at PhilaMOCA last time they were in Philly, and local live session crew Out Of Town Films were on hand to record the sound check. The Luaka Bop artists are continuing to tour in support of 2012′s phenomenal Positive Force LP and will join Norwegian Arms, Cold Fronts, Total Slacker, Banned Books and more at Pi Lam’s Human BBQ XXXV on Saturday, April 6th. Tickets and information for the event can be found here. Watch Out Of Town Films’ recording of “Afria Talks to You” from Positive Force below and dig into Delicate Steve’s approach to both their music and their image with Nikki Volpicelli’s interview for The Key here.
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Brand new Philly band Avery Rosewater invited Out of Town Films into their kitchen recently for a live session recording of “Wright.” It’s a poppy number with psychedelic flirtations that is reminiscent of a War on Drugs / Real Estate hybrid and ties in nicely with their debut single “Havana,” which they released shortly before the new year. As we learned in this interview the band did with The Key, Avery Rosewater may be new on the scene but it’s members certainly aren’t – lead singer / guitarist Julien Rossow-Greenberg and drummer Kevin Kearney came from Arches, while bass player Kevin Comly records as Gold Julius. Comly, Kearney and guitarist Jordan Mrazik also perform as Fireside Chats. Watch the video for “Wright” below and stay tuned for two more takes from the kitchen session.
Germantown-based guitarist Jesse Sparhawk recently sat down with the Out of Town Films crew for a performance of the nimble acoustic number “Hummingbird”; check it out in the video below. Sparhawk is on the bill of a Folkadelphia Presents show next month at West Philadelphia’s Studio 34 with harp player Eric Carbonara; the duo released the album Sixty Strings in 2011, next month they will showcase material from their latest collaboration. For more information on the all-ages show, visit the Facebook event page here.
We’ve spent a lot of time this week talking about how lush and dream-like Norwegian Arms‘ new full length Wolf Like A Stray Dog is. When the band celebrates its album release at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, it might have to augment its performance with a few extra players to truly capture that vibe. Or it might just do what it does really well – play stripped-down and to-the-point, with just three guys in a portable configuration. Drummer Eric Slick now plays a more traditional kit, but this video shot by Out of Town Films captures the band at its most portable. In a performance of “Tired of Being Cold,” Mulvihill strums his mandolin swiftly in the back porch of Kung Fu Necktie while Slick taps away on a trash can lid and a tabletop. Can you imagine that – playing a show where the only equipment you need to bring is a light mandolin in its shoulder bag and two drumsticks? Watch the video below.
Wolf Like a Stray Dog is the featured album in this edition of Unlocked; hear the spotlighted track “She Lives in a Secret Town” in Monday’s post, read yesterday’s album review; and check back tomorrow for an interview with Brendan Mulvihill and Eric Slick.
Not to be overlooked in this Friday night’s show at Johnny Brenda’s that doubles as both Norwegian Arms’ LP release and Pattern is Movement’s first show in a year is opener Laser Background. The whimsical psych-pop project of Andy Molholt, formerly of Philadelphia absurdists The Armchairs, is gearing up to release its full-length debut in 2013, and today appeared in a video shot by Out of Town Films. Check out “Ghostman on Second” performed at the Liberty Choice grocery store near the Berks Street el stop below.
Philly pop-rock kids Free Energy released details on their forthcoming sophomore album today. The band is self-releasing Lovesign on its own Free People label on January 15. A new tune called “Dance All Night” premiered on Pitchfork today – it’s a sweet slow dance jam that erupts into a big, bright rock and roll coda. Check it out below, check out an album trailer below and catch the band next Thursday, October 17, when it plays an Out of Town Films showcase concert at Johnny Brenda’s.