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PhilaMOCA releases full schedule for Philly Video Music Festival

A retrospective on MTV’s 120 Minutes will be part of PhilaMOCA’s Music Video Festival in February

The full schedule for the inaugural Philly Video Music Festival has been released and it will satisfy all of your music video needs, be they kitsch, classic, long-form or local. The event is co-curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler and music video historian Stephen Pitalo of The Golden Age of Music Video, with special guests (including The Key’s John Vettese and WXPN’s Robert Drake) hosting a few of the programs.

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Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth and Alex G. get together on “Too Long Here”

Alex G | Photo by John Vettese
Alex G | Photo by John Vettese

A collaboration between lo-fi musician Alex G and Canadian electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth may be the strangest thing to hear about. But Hemsworth has a clear interest in indie artists, like New Zealand’s Lontalius. For the bedroom-recording Alex G, on the other hand, this is a step into something completely new. The collaborative album, Alone for the First Time, was released in November 2014 and featured Philly native Alex G, Lontalius, and Chicago’s Dawn Golden. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background and more at PhilaMOCA, Cheerbleeders at Kung Fu Necktie

Laser Background

Blistering Ephemera Fest continues today at PhilaMOCA with Laser Background and many other acts. Curated by local promoter Nick Duval to celebrate his five years of living in Philadelphia, the festival is a day-long affair with ten bands performing. Headliner Laser Background had a busy 2014, playing shows with Mac DeMarco, Jamaican Queens, White Fence just to name a few. More information on the show can be found here. Watch Laser Background perform “Fizzy Lifting Drinks” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lil John Roberts at World Cafe Live, Arbor Christmas Show, Joint Chiefs of Math at PhilaMOCA

Lil' John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage
Lil’ John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage

Accomplished jazz drummer Lil John Roberts headlines World Cafe Live downstairs today. His 20-year career has included collaborations with a variety of pop, R&B and jazz legends, from Janet Jackson to Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. This year, however, marked the first time the Philly-born Roberts released an LP under his own name. Heartbeats is a collection of slick, suave grooves that incorporate funk and soul into expansive songs. He also worked with a slew of collaborators on this outing, including Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson Musiq Soulchild and Ursula Rucker. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video for “Space,” the opening track on Heartbeats. Continue reading →

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Alex G’s tour with Teen Suicide comes to PhilaMOCA on February 3rd

Alex G in his music video for "Harvey"
Alex G in his music video for “Harvey”

Philly’s Alex G recently announced an east coast/mid-west tour with Maryland noise-pop band, Teen Suicide. Frontman Alex Giannascoli received high praise from press for his June 2014 full-length debut, DSU. Spin, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork are a few magazines to pick up on his DIY-sound, and the record is his first label-backed release off Orchid Tapes.

Rolling Stone named “Harvey” – a bedroom-pop, airy sound off DSU – one of the top 50 songs of 2014. The 21-year-old lo-fi artist recently put out a video for “Harvey”, in which a model house burns down while he strums his acoustic guitar in a bedroom. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets at PhilaMOCA, Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts, Ben Kessler at Tin Angel

Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp fans unite! The eagerly anticipated 2014 documentary on Jarvis Cocker and Co. – Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets – screens tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Known best stateside for their mega-hit “Common People,” the band is revered among British rock aficionados for its brilliant fusion of glam, disco and super-literate lyrics. As a storyteller, Cocker details the lives of the working classes, the artists and the generally sexually starved in vivid detail. Set around Pulp’s 2011 reunion while looking back across its career (which spans the early 80s to the late 90s), this retrospective will be a treat for die-hards and will win over new converts. Information at the PhilaMOCA web page. Continue reading →

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Listen to Crimson Wave’s Say / Calling You 7″

Crimson Wave
Crimson Wave | photo by Jeffrey Lash

Baltimore’s Crimson Wave will be in town on November 29th for a show at PhilaMOCA.  Recruited by locals No Other, fans of that band’s deep energy will find a fitting counterpart in Crimson Wave.  The quartet writes low key “bummer pop,” going against the grain of a genre that tends to favor a heavy dose of distortion with tracks that don’t bury their individual components.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Dilworth Park, War on Women at First Unitarian Church, Sugar Tongue Slim at PhilaMOCA and more

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly newcomers Son Little have a fantastic debut EP called Things I Forgot coming out on Anti- Records next month, and they headline a free outdoor show this evening at Dilworth Park at City Hall. Founded by Aaron Livingston, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist who has worked with The Roots and collaborated with RJD2 on the Icebird project, Son Little pushes his creative boundaries even further, dabbling in soul, hard rock, and Radiohead-esque minimal electronica. The band recorded a knockout Key Studio Session this week; download the song “Joy” below and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Smooth Hound Smith at PhilaMOCA, and York Street Hustle at Boot and Saddle

Hiss Golden Messenger
Photo via www.facebook.com/HissGoldenMessenger

Indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger take over Johnny Brenda’s tonight following the recent release of their fifth album Lateness of Dancers. Former members of heavy punk band Ex-Ignota and alternative rock group The Court & Spark, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsh have been performing together for over two decades, and broke off to try their hand at a different genre. Their first album Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited edition of 500 records produced on Taylor’s personal record label. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their recent performance of title track “Lateness of Dancers.” Continue reading →