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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

My Bloody Valentine

Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Roots Picnic, ONUINU and #LetBonnerShoot)

Photo by Pete Troshak | flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa/sets | twitter.com/shak74

The lineup for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic includes Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife and more [link]

Dave Hartley‘s Top of the Key returns to tell you why the NBA should #LetBonnerShoot [link]

Folk-inspired Philly songwriter Gretchen Lohse records a stunning Key Studio Session [link]

The latest album from Joe D’Amico gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Portland dance-rock artist ONUINU chats about his upcoming show at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

Get your vote on in The Deli and Tri-State Indie‘s year-in-review polls [link]

Pitchfork gave Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP a bad review, then premiered it anyway [link]

UK pop singer Jessie Ware played Union Transfer, reminisced about World Cafe [link]

Listen to Simian Mobie Disco recorded live on Making Time RADio [link]

Elder grunge statesmen Soundgarden brought their reunion tour to The Tower Theater [link]

Listen to Yo La Tengo cover The Spinners’ classic “I’ll Be There” from Free at Noon [link]

Ohio singer-songwriter Dolfish is spotlighted in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

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Listen to Bleeding Rainbow’s Yeah Right via Pitchfork (even though they didn’t like it)

Okay, we’re officially baffled. Hours after slagging Bleeding Rainbow‘s new Yeah Right with grade-school level criticism – quoth writer Stephen Hayden: they “aren’t very good at being cool” – the tastemaking indie music website Pitchfork is offering an exclusive first listen to the album.

To be fair, P4K is a big enough machine that it’s naive to expect a universal, definitive opinion from it. The dude assigned to write about the album may not have cared for it, but they can certainly highlight it in other ways. That said, this seems confoundingly polarized. But polarization is what Pitchfork does well. It gets readers and music fans worked up, gets them talking, gets them going to their site. And we’re going to join in the fray and direct you there right now, since I find it almost impossible to believe that Hayden listened to the same album I did when he sat down to review Yeah Right. So make up your own mind, and listen to it here.

(To his credit, Hayden and Bleeding Rainbow Twitter-keeper Sarah Everton had an animated dialogue about the review this morning – and even though I don’t agree with his slant on the album, I appreciate him openly working it out it with her.)

For the non-fazed, Bleeding Rainbow plays Johnny Brendas on Feb. 14 with Ghost Light and Pet Milk. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Download a raging new Pissed Jeans track “Bathroom Laughter,” from the forthcoming Honeys

After a long wait from 2010′s 7″ release of Your Life Is Worth Pissed Jeans, Allentown post-hardcore rockers Pissed Jeans have finally released another rage-filled track, “Bathroom Laughter” on Pitchfork. The band’s explosive sludge sound comes back thrashing stronger than ever on “Bathroom Laughter.” The track is the first  single from their forthcoming album Honeys, which is expected to be released sometime in February.  Hear it now (and download it for the price of an email address) below! Continue reading →

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From Across The Pond: Photos and video of The Walkmen and more from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Our contributing writer / photographer Rachel Barrish is studying in Rome this fall, and this past weekend took the opportunity to head north for the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. From Rachel:

I was in attendance on Friday evening with featured performances from Tallest Man on Earth, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective, and more. The festival took place at the Grand Hall de Vilette, a large auditorium fit with two stages on either end. The room was filled with people excited and eager to catch their next favorite act.

Check out her photos in the gallery above, and watch a video of Tallest Man on Earth playing “Revelation Blues” below.

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Jessie Ware announces U.S. tour dates (playing Union Transfer on 1/18)

Breakout English pop-soul artist Jessie Ware last week announced plans to tour in the United States, including a January 18th show at Union Transfer. Ware’s debut album, Devotion, was released in August to critical acclaim: Stereogum called it “an announcement of a major talent arriving; Pitchfork said Ware’s debut effort was a “uniquely soulful masterclass.” Ware’s b-sides and remix EP, 110%, is scheduled to be released in December. Order tickets for Ware’s show at Union Transfer here, and below you can watch the video for “110%.”

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Ireland’s Solar Bears remix “American West” by Philly’s Sun Airway

Sun Airway
Sun Airway

Pitchfork might not have been too enamored with Solar Bears’ debut LP, She Was Coloured In; just yesterday, they gave the album a 6.9, noting that much of it “feels like the soundtrack to a cheesy, choose-your-own-ending sci-fi novel you might pick up at a yard sale.” (Pitchfork insists, however, that isn’t a slight…) Today, at least, the site thinks highly enough of Solar Bear’s remix of Sun Airway‘s “American West” to give it a little press. (Or maybe they’re just such big fans of the original song that they’re willing to look past their recent criticism of those who did the remixing.)

You can listen to Solar Bears’ remix of Sun Airway’s “American West” here.

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Did Philadelphia fail to make it on Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Tracks” list?

File it under “It’s A Slow News Day”: Unless I’m mistaken, not a single band from Philadelphia* managed to squeeze its way into Pitchfork’s recently released “Top 100 Tracks Of 2010″ list. (Granted, after going over the 100-song list several times—which, to nobody’s surprise, is heavy on synthesizers, ethereal vocals, and electronic dance beats—everything has started to look blurry.) Not that Pitchfork has traditionally given Philly a ton of love: If you’re from this city and not Pissed Jeans (who didn’t crack the list, either), good luck breaking the 8.0 mark over there.

It is worth mentioning, however—and not because, “OMG WHAT’S WRONG WITH U PITCHFORK PHILLY MUSIC IS AWESOME!!” (which, you know, it is). Honestly, given Pitchfork’s consistent taste, there were a handful of singles released by local bands in 2010 that I thought would be right up their alley. In particular, I’m a little surprised to see Sun Airway’s “Put The Days Away” missing from the list. After all, Pitchfork heaped praise on the song back in August, then posted the video, interviewed Jon Barthmus, and gave the album a decent review. Oh well. “Local music blogger has a gripe with another website’s best-of list, news at 11:00.” Somehow, the world will still turn.

(*The Internet says members of The Walkmen live here Philly, the band still claims New York as home.)

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