Philly funksters Prowler get animated in the trippy “Blood Boil” video

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Philly funk band Prowler are back with a trippy video for their song “Blood Boil”, their newest single. Three years ago, the quartet did a Key Studios Session. The band is known to make off-kilter, darkly humorous videos, starting with “100 Rounds”,  “Skinny Bones” and “Hot Led”. A few months ago, they released the aptly titled ”Creepy Crickets”.

Their newest video has a similar sound, a darker, more metallic edge of “Creepy Crickets” but its creepiness comes in an animated variety, courtesy of Daniel McCartney. In between seeing a lion getting beat up, the yeti getting smashed and a gorilla, the band members heads roll around in boiling blood. The video ends with a classic shot of a melting painting, reminiscent of Dali. In addition to the new song and video, the band released a short, slightly eerie ad with Jump Magazine and Red Bull Sound Select about their upcoming show. Watch “Blood Boil” below. Catch Prowler with Spunk and Mumblr Saturday July 19th at Undergound Arts.


Prowler gets strange and dark with new video “Creepy Crickets”


Punk / funk / disco band Prowler have channeled their inner demons in their new video for the track “Creepy Crickets.” An “ode to the dark forces,” the video features the band done up zombie-like in a dark, smoke-filled cellar, playing thrashing guitar riffs with incredible power. The song itself has a heavier, metal vibe compared to the band’s more playful early work. Lead singer Keith Greiman oozes around the room in a way that is, really, just creepy. Check out the full video, directed by Lord Humungus, below.

Prowler – Creepy Crickets from Adam Carlton Carrigan on Vimeo.


Before the Bridge Music Festival celebrates local music on 10/13

Now in its third year, Before the Bridge Festival returns to Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, October 13th for a day full of free music, local food and of course fun.  The festival promotes the local music scene in and around Collingswood, NJ – a.k.a. the towns you pass through before crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia.  This year’s line-up has reached a record number of performers and includes local musicans JJL (Jay Laughlin’s new project), Sweatheart, Goodnight Lights, Prowler, Heyward Howkins, BelgradeMonko and She Hates Me.  Out-of-town acts include Gunfight! and headliners Illinois.  The festival will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Haddon Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue.  The event is free; go here for more information.  Below, watch Heyward Howkins perform “The Hale & the Harty” outdoors in South Jersey and grab a free download of a song from Illinois’ new album Lemonade Stand after the jump.

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Just Announced: Prowler throwing an EP release party at Johnny Brenda’s on 10/13

Local dance-rockers Prowler have a big night planned for Johnny Brenda’s on October 13th.  The band will be releasing their new EP Y’all Don’t Know at a show that “will surely be the last time Prowler rears it’s ugly head for quite some time” so now’s your chance to get in on the action.  Also playing will be Sunny Ali & the Kid, Busses and DJ Jeffrey of The Magic Message.

The band recently posted a couple of cover tracks on their Bandcamp, collectively titled We Can Do it Too, which you can download for free.  Stream their take on INXS’ “I Need You Tonight” and The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shonen Knife, Givers, Freedy Johnston, Pomegranates

Sure, it’s a bummer that both nights of Sigur Ros are sold out. But are you gonna go cry about it? No. You’re gonna rock, because it’s Sunday and that’s what it’s all about.

First off, you can fill that Icelandic gap with some Japanese pop-rock goodness from girl group legends Shonen Knife, playing with Chicago rockers White Mystery at the Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA. Through years of performing and several changes in line-up, the group has maintained and perfected a poppy DIY aesthete that is at once shiny and grungy. If ever there was pop-punk worth listening to, this is it. The show starts at 9 and tickets are available at the door. Below, watch the video for “Pop Tune,” the title track from Shonen Knife’s latest album.

Or if you’re not so hype on the rock tunes, try Louisiana art-folk outfit Givers. They’re playing Union Transfer with Jersey electro post-rock group Delicate Steve, who just released Positive Force, their sophomore album. The show starts at 8:30, with tickets available for $15 here. Below, watch Givers perform their song “Atlantic” from their new album In Light.

Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will play a show tonight at World Cafe Live. He’ll bring out the chill acoustic tunes to whisk you away. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are available for $16 presale here. Below, watch the video for Johnston’s 1994 song, “Bad Reputation.”

Finally, if all you’re looking for is a really good time, look no further than MilkBoy Philly where Cincinnati’s resident nice guys Pomegranates will bring out their feel-good indie art rock sounds for real. And it’s going to be great. They’re touring on the heels of their latest release, Heaven, and will take the stage along with fellow indie rockers Kitten and locals Prowler. Tickets to the 21+ show are available for $10 here; show starts at 8pm. Below, stream “Pass Away,” from Pomegranates’ new album Heaven.


Download the new Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One for free

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume OneThe Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Summer Fiction, Moon Women, Prowler, Attia Taylor, 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Res, Purling Hiss, The Shackeltons, Soars, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Creepoid, By Surprise, Lady, Slutever, and American Babies.

Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume One in its entirety as a .zip file.


The Key Studio Sessions: Prowler’s post-release preview of Wooly Mammoth


Photo by Eric Schuman

For its second visit to WXPN Studios, Philly quintet Prowler debuted an assortment of hyperactive dance tracks from its then-unreleased third offering, Wooly Mammoth. The group’s unbridled energy was impressive. “The guys and gal of Prowler have the uncanny skill to fill up every corner of any room they step into,” recalls session engineer Eric Schuman of his trip into the funkosphere. “Since they were so efficient in busting out their set, Prowler had plenty of time to revisit a favorite from 2008’s En Garde!, dig up an unreleased band theme song that rarely gets played anymore, and test out a song so new it (still) doesn’t have a title.” The band did the same thing while recording a Y-Rock session in 2008—it closed its set with “Alligator,” a song that wouldn’t see a proper release for two years. At this rate, we can expect an album version of “Untitled” by 2012 or so. “All this,” continues Schuman, “While a precariously-affixed mirrorball and beat-sensitive flood lights transformed the roomy studio into the most happening disco in the city.” Experience the funk for yourself when Prowler opens for Deerhoof at the TLA on Feb. 11.

You can give the first three tracks of the seven-song set a listen below; click here for the full session.

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