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We Are Scientists and PAWS rocked their tour kickoff at Boot & Saddle

We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann
We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann

Boot and Saddle was packed for the second night of We Are Scientists and Paws’ stop through in Philly on Wednesday, a kick-off of the band’s “Frenchin’ the Americas” Tour. Their new album, TV en Français, was released in March, and the new tunes brought a certain eagerness to the three musicians’ presence. Fans were lit and gazed at front man Keith Murray as he threw himself around the stage, chanting the familiar hooks of “After Hours” and “Chick Lit.”  Scotland-based trio Paws opened the show, shaking the room with their rousing punk songs, from their anticipated sophomore album Youth Culture Forever, due out on FatCat records in May. Check out a photo recap of the night below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PAWS at Boot and Saddle, Jose James at World Cafe Live, Protomartyr with Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie

Paws | Photo by Martin Barker
Paws | Photo by Martin Barker

Glasgow-based power trio PAWS are wasting no time in following up their debut LP with the new Youth Culture Forever, out via FatCat Records on May 6th. The band is built on very 90s walls of sound (think Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Superchunk) but cut with a very personal lyrical perspective that shines through at their rare quiet moments. Below, get an acoustic taste of “Tongues” from the new album, and find tickets and information about tonight’s tour kickoff show at Boot and Saddle with We Are Scientists here.

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Scottish garage rock ragers PAWS release new single “Tongues,” will kick off U.S. tour in Philly in April

PAWS | photo by Martin Barker
PAWS | photo by Martin Barker

After playing three shows in Philadelphia last year, Scottish outfit PAWS will return on April 16th to kick-off their next run of bi-coastal dates.  The garage rock trio will bring their forthcoming LP Youth Culture Forever to Boot & Saddle to open for an already sold out We Are Scientists gig.

Along with the tour announcement comes the release of new single “Tongues,” the band’s first new material since 2012′s debut Cokefloat!.  PAWS’ signature hazy pop punk is even tighter on the new track, incorporating distorted vocals with bright guitar melodies and warm, floating drum beats.  Lyrically, the song reflects on regret and miscommunication in relationships.  Take a listen to the song below, followed by the music video.

PAWS – TONGUES (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from PAWS on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paws at The Barbary, Alkaline Trio at The Electric Factory, Hayden / Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle and more

PAWS | Photo via www.facebook.com/wehavepaws
PAWS | Photo by Kasper Volgelzang

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PAWS at Morgan’s Pier, The Go-Go’s at The Keswick Theater, Roosevelt Dime at The Tin Angel

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PAWS kick-off the free summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier tonight.  Hailing from various corners of Scotland, the garage rock  trio released their FatCat debut LP Cokefloat! in 2012 and were met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from both sides of the ocean.  With a retro nineties sound that brings to mind the best of Stephen Malkmus and J Mascis, PAWS are band best seen live (where their guitars can really squeal).  More information about tonight’s free show with We Were Promised Jetpacks can be found here.  Watch PAWS perform “Sore Tummy” below.

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Scottish garage rockers Paws playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on 6/12

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Scottish garage pop rockers Paws have announced a free show at Morgan’s Pier on June 12th with We Were Promised Jetpacks.  The trio made their fuzz rock debut last year with Cokefloat on FatCat Records and were charismatic enough at this year’s SXSW to land on The Key’s 10 Bands We Loved at SXSW list.  Likely influenced by Pavement, Weezer and perhaps Dinosaur Jr, Paws create short and sweet sing-a-long nuggets that will get any crowd sweaty.  Information for the free show can be found here.  Below, stream Cokefloat single “Sore Tummy.”

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10 bands we loved at SXSW

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese

Last week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Key editor, John Vettese, and I saw a collective 58 bands in 3 days. Here are ten that stood out:

Sir Sly – This five piece from Los Angeles have a confident and charismatic front man, grooves and hooks galore.

Little Green Cars – Dublin’s Little Green Cars charmed us with their gorgeous harmonies and finely honed control of rock and roll dynamics. Lead singers Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke are like the Buckingham/Nicks of Ireland.

PAWS – This three piece from Glasgow play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. Just the way we like it.

Nick Cave kicked off NPR Music’s SXSW shows on Wednesday night at Stubb’s with full force. He plays tonight at the Keswick. Continue reading →

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SXSW Dispatch: A whirlwind night out, pt. 1 (Night Beds, Paws, Tegan and Sara, more)

Paws | Photo by John Vettese
Paws | Photo by John Vettese

Here’s something you don’t always hear about South by Southwest – it’s unnatural. Like, the amount of live music concentrated in a relatively contained space for its four days and change would engulf even the peak of the aughties New York scene. It’s beyond saturated; the Philly showcase at Club 1808, for example, was one of three simultaneous shows at the venue. Off of the back porch, a grindcore lineup was raging away, while a third stage was getting started in the back of their back lawn (with a BBQ in the middle, of course). “This is Austin, we have to use every square foot of space for music,” the sound engineer joked to me. “There’s a killer lineup going on in my bathroom right now.”

Cheekiness aside, and sensory overload aside, it makes for some unusual, unexpected and oddly enjoyable juxtapositions of music that you might not experience elsewhere. Here’s a quick rundown of a whirlwind night out, following the path I traced on Thursday the 14th.

8:10 p.m., St. David’s Bethel Hall – Harry Taussig opens the Tompkins Square showcase

Harry Taussig | Photo by John Vettese
Harry Taussig | Photo by John Vettese

In a church hall with serene acoustics, Harry Taussig - a self-taught folk guitarist whose 1965 LP Fate Is Only Once is a cult favorite record among new primitive guitar aficionados – gave his first-ever public performance, alternating between banjo, twelve-string acoustic, lap steel and warm and convivial storytelling. This kicked off the showcase from Tompkins Square Records, for whom Taussig released his first record in 47 years. “It’s a wonderful thing when what’s inside a guitar can surprise you,” he told the crowd. Continue reading →

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Get to know PAWS, playing The Barbary this Friday, March 8th

paws PAWS are a rock and roll trio from Glasgow that play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. They sound like a cross between the Buzzcocks and Weezer, which is more than okay with us. On their way to playing at least seven shows next week in Austin, Texas at SXSW, the band is making a stop at The Barbary this Friday night, March 8th. You can grab a copy of their album, Cokefloat! here. Below, listen to a few songs from a tour EP.

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