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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at The Trocadero, Oneohtrix Point Never at Boot and Saddle, and Dangerbird / SGNLS @ PhilaMOCA

Against Me! | Photo by Debi Del Grande | via facebook.com/AgainstMe
Against Me! | Photo by Debi Del Grande | via facebook.com/AgainstMe

Punk rockers Against Me! will take to the Trocadero stage tonight in support of their latest album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace will soon star in her own reality series for AOL which follows the singer’s journey through personal and professional struggles that have influenced the new record. Watch them perform “Fuckmylife666″ on Letterman below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Shining Backwards and Forwards w/ live score by Psychic Teens, Tim Motzer and Bart Miltenberger Duo at Boot and Saddle

Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork
Photo by John Berry via facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

Just when you thought The Shining couldn’t get anymore classically creepy, it does. Tonight at PhilaMOCA as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival, the 1980 horror classic will be projected forwards and backwards simultaneously on one screen creating an even more chilling experience for the audience. This idea originally comes from John Fell Ryan’s work with Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater and later from a 2012 documentary Room 237. To top things off, Philly goth punks Psychic Teens will perform a live score to accompany the film. Watch their video for “LESS” below and get tickets here.

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The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

Kite Party | courtesy of the artist
Kite Party | courtesy of the artist

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record release show at PhilaMOCA.

The twinkly Philly punkers have waited three years to follow up their popular album, Baseball Season, which features staples like “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum.” However, the band’s fans have been treated to small previews of the upcoming album and it sounds unexpected in the best possible way. Both “Halflife” and “Summery Dream” have a light, atmospheric sound that’s heavy on the psychedelic vibes, less so on the loud guitars and raspy vocals.

Surely, they’ll performance will be a bit different, too, but we’re looking forward to it. Celebrating alongside Kite Party at their record release show will be punkers and/or indie rockers Three Man Cannon, Gunk, Thin Lips and The spirit of the beehive. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7.

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Cinedelphia Film Fest brings local film premieres, variety shows and live scores to PhilaMOCA in April

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PhilaMOCA‘s second annual Cinedelphia Film Festival begins this week, bringing a full month of “archival oddities, Philly premieres, and locally-shot rarities” to the Mausoleum.  Programmed by Video Pirates, the multi-media event kicks off tomorrow, April 1st, with a free preview night hosted by the curators to give a “guided multimedia tour through the CFF program guide.”  In addition to the eclectic film screening schedule, there will be several music-related events during the festival from live scores to variety shows and music documentaries.

April’s Tuesday Tune-Outs begin with electronic artist Ryan M Todd, aka Tom Guycot, performing a live score during Son of the White Mare on the 8th.  The 15th showcases Baltimore comedy troupe and recent Adult Swim performers Wham City Comedy, a quartet of comedians that perform skits, monologues and stand-up.  Fans of conspiracy and horror will enjoy a special screening of The Shining on the 22nd, played backwards and forwards simultaneously while Psychic Teens contribute a live score.  And the festival comes to a close on the 29th with George Lucas’ feature-length debut THX 1138 accompanied by an original live score by Conveyor.   

Friday, April 18th brings the monthly Mausoleum Party back to the space with a “Mondo” edition featuring Chicago singer Jan Terri, experimental outsider musician Mary Ocher and local weirdo-psych three piece Dead, who just released a debut full-length Ralph. Continue reading →

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After reading this, you’ll find yourself humming Roof Doctor’s newest album (released today!)

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

Punk Philly band Roof Doctor released their newest album in a way that’s as sweet as the album itself.

This morning, a link to Mobile Freedom Home was accompanied by one line: “Hey guys, here is our album. We love you. We hope you like it. <3”

The band’s fans have been anticipating the release for quite some time. Since November of 2012, in fact, and the album’s intimate sound and intricate instrumentation reflect their hard work laboring in at Fishtown’s Headroom Studio.

Mobile Freedom Home is the kind of album that you listen to once through and can’t quite distinguish track by track (except for “Bottle It Up,” man, give that one a listen), but instead familiarize yourself with the sound, finding yourself humming the tune as you mosey through your apartment. Then, you find yourself wondering, “What the hell is that song called?” only to return back the 10-track album hunting through the tracks discovering additional treasures off of the album. That’s how Roof Doctor gets you.

But upon second and third listen, you’ll start to notice the small jangly, irresistable details that accompany each track’s unmistakable vocals.

Join the band and their fellow punk and/or experimental friends Son Step, Mumblr and Soda Bomb as they celebrate the release of Mobile Freedom Home on Saturday at 8 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. Oh, and of course, take a listen to the album itself below.

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Roof Doctor set to release sophomore album Mobile Freedom Home at PhilaMOCA

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

The “emo” genre can sometimes have a skewed connotation – often dubbed whiney, or flat out depressing – but local emo/rock band Roof Doctor have managed to completely redefine the term. Roof Doctor will be celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Mobile Freedom Home, at PhilaMOCA March 29th with Son Step, Mumblr and Soda Bomb. The album was recorded at Philly’s own Headroom Studios in Fishtown with Kyle Pulley.

The heartfelt and, yes, emotional lyricism of Mark Harper manages to weave beautifully with the band’s unbelievably catchy guitar riffs and intermittent sax-stylings of multi-instrumentalist Chet Williams. Roof Doctor have been compared to other emo-oriented bands like Built to Spill, but at Harper’s vocal height he comes eerily close to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum – and it’s awesome. The sole single released from the album, titled “Dad”, takes the emo/punk route, and we can’t wait to hear what the album has to offer as a whole.

Get more info on Roof Doctor’s PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art) album release show on the Facebook event page here. Stream and download “Dad” from Mobile Freedom Home below.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Broken Beak at PhilaMOCA

Photo via facebook.com/brokenbeakmusic
Photo via facebook.com/brokenbeakmusic

To celebrate the release of its new album Old Evil, Broken Beak (aka Beau Brynes) heads to PhilaMOCA tonight for a hometown show. Centered around simple acoustic arrangements, Brynes’ songs are marked by a trail of quiet, unassuming beauty. Listen to “Lucy” below and get details on the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: July Talk at MilkBoy, Dark Blue at PhilaMOCA, Caroline Smith at Boot and Saddle

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Toronto-based rock four-piece July Talk makes it’s Philly debut tonight at MilkBoy. Channeling the gravel-voiced aggression of Tom Waits and the haunting tones of Denali, front-duo Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay lead a dynamic band that is equal parts raw and mystical. Watch a World Cafe performance of “Don’t Call Home” below. Get tickets and and info on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Members of Clockcleaner, Paint It Black and Purling Hiss join forces in the rumbling new Dark Blue

Dark Blue | Photo by Ben Stas
Dark Blue | Photo by Ben Stas

A trio of Philly punk scene vets has joined forces in a new band called Dark Blue, blending elements of their various projects into a rumbling whole. Made up of singer-guitarist John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner), bassist Andy Nelson (of Paint it Black and Ceremony), and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Purling Hiss and The Loved Ones), the band released it’s debut single for “Subterranean Man” today via Bandcamp, with a 7″ pressing via Katorga Works soon to follow.

As Nelson pointed out via email, the lineup is the same as Puerto Rico Flowers, Sharkey’s post-Clockcleaner recording project that was fleshed out into a live band in 2009. This group, he says, is meant to be more of a band-band.

Musically, Dark Blue dishes melodic rockers that sound a bit sinister – credit Sharkey’s pensive baritone to that – but it also hints at the nihilistic aggression and acerbic wit of Clockcleaner (consider the b-side, “Skinhead Wedding In Canberra”) as well as the nervy tension heard in Nelson’s Paint It Black. Maybe I’m stretching just a touch here, but it even seems that structural sensibilities Sneeringer honed in his past bands keeps his present bandmates reined in, making this a lively meeting ground between their oi! and proto-punk influences and timeless rock and roll. Recommended if you like The Cramps, The Buzzcocks, Flipper or The Replacements.

The band will make its Philly headlining debut on Tuesday, March 4th at PhilaMOCA; tickets to the all ages show are $5 and available here. Listen to the “Subterranean Man” 7″ below and get a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp.

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Retrace the roots of Kentucky art-rock band Slint in new documentary Breadcrumb Trail

Photo via facebook.com/slint
Photo via facebook.com/slint
When they emerged in the late ’80s as band of teenagers from the countryside, Slint made great music that managed to stay below the radar. Their debut album Tweez arrived in 1989, but their critically acclaimed masterpiece Spiderland came in 1991. A mix of art-rock and emo, the album didn’t stir major buzz upon release and they disbanded soon after but outlets like Pitchfork, NME and Spin, retrospectively attend to its brilliance featuring it in “best-of” lists. Slint reunited to play shows in 2005, 2007, and most recently last year. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, Bad Grandpa cinematographer/director Lance Bangs decided he’d tell the rest of it via a documentary centered on the band and its Louisville roots. PhilaMOCA will screen the Philadelphia premiere of Breadcrumb Trail followed by a feature-length presentation of other musical short-films for two consecutive nights, March 14th and 15th. Bangs and Slint guitarist David Pajo will also host a Q&A session for attendees. Get tickets here and check out the trailer below.