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Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter

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Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the bitby.tv monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears

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Download a new Work Drugs song, “Coral Gables” (playing Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday, April 28th)


Work Drugs have released a new song called “Coral Gables” that you can download below for free. The band headline a show this coming Saturday, April 28th at Kung Fu Necktie with Faux Slang and Ports of Call. Go here for tickets and more information. Work Drugs’ lead writers and singers Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal continue on their pace of releasing a new song a month with this new song. In case you missed them, you can  download the last two songs, “Lisbon Teeth” and “License To Drive” here.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Vol. 3 (feat. mewithoutYou, Psychic Teens, White Birds, + more)

DRGN King

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 3—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 18 local acts, including DRGN King, Blayer Point Du Jour, Plow United, Weston, Surgeon, Break It Up, Black Landlord, Crills Wilson, Psychic Teens, The Bad Doctors, Ben Smith, The Tressels, Saturn Never Sleeps, White Birds, Andrew Lipke, Ports Of Call, mewithoutYou, and Young Statues.

Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Zachary Deveraux Fairbrother, Jake “Rabid” Nisenfeld
Jeremy Quattlebaum, Joshua Pannepacker, and Maureen Walsh, as well as photographers Eric Ashleigh, Michael “Kraus Phade” Béon, Kate Bracaglia, Michelle Holshue, Mattias Nilsson, Eric Schuman, and Rachelle Lee Smith for sharing their work.

Click here the download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I and Volume 2.

Track listing:

DRGN King, “Holy Ghost”
Blayer Point Du Jour, “Mansion Party”
Plow United, “Martin”
Weston, “Love And Rockets”
Surgeon, “Greed”
Break It Up, “Subterranian”
Black Landlord, “Last Night”
Crills Wilson, “Grifter”
Psychic Teens, “Red”
The Bad Doctors, “Sisyphus And The Gate”
Ben Smith, “Love Potion No. 10″
The Tressels, “Cold Blue Eyes”
Saturn Never Sleeps, “Hearts On Fire”
White Birds, “Floating Hands”
Andrew Lipke, “Sleep Like A Child”
Ports Of Call, Ballinora
mewithoutYou, “Tie Me Up! Untie Me!”
Young Statues , “Athens”

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ports Of Call

photo by John Vettese

Born out of a shared love of ’90s dreampop and shoegaze touchstones (you know the ones: Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine), Philly-based quintet Ports Of Call moved stridently out of the haze on their latest EP, Fractals. Released earlier this year on brilliant orange vinyl, it finds the band embracing jangling, effervescent pop hooks—a progression that continues with the new songs premiered in their Key Studio Session. Heck, they even played a number called “Pop Song” (though I’m partial to their performance of “Ballinora” from Fractals). Look for more from them next month, when they’ll be Bands In The Backyard‘s featured artist and headline a gig at Milkboy Philly.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Ports Of Call at Kung Fu Necktie

Philly’s Ports Of Call is fighting the good fight. After releasing the full length Like Thieves in 2008, the quintet toured and then took some time off; now, the band has regrouped, and is playing local venues in support of its new LP, Fractals. Despite having fewer tracks, Fractals sounds more fully developed than Like Thieves, and instills hope that the band might soon find success beyond the Philadelphia area. While most bands are uncomfortable talking about their influences, the members of Ports Of Call embrace the comparisons. They are unabashed shoegaze revivalists, citing bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo. The influences are obvious on tracks like “Fadophobia,” which we featured last month as a Philly Local Phile. Ports Of Call performs with Psychic Teens and Swimmers Ear at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $5. —Dave Simpson

<a href=”http://portsofcall.bandcamp.com/album/fractals” mce_href=”http://portsofcall.bandcamp.com/album/fractals”>Fractals by Ports of Call</a>

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