Here’s one to crank the headphones to on this Monday morning. Philly goth-punks Psychic Teens are readying their sophomore album COME for an August 13 release on local hardcore label SRA Records, and this weekend dropped a stormy teaser track onto Soundcloud. “RIP” is a torrent of percussion and fuzzed-out noise, with singer Larry Ragone’s Christian Death-inflicted baritone bubbling to the surface. Give a listen below, and catch the band in concert (earplugs are not a bad idea) tomorrow night at Kung Fu Necktie with No Joy and Cassavetes.
Even though the summer will soon come to an end, don’t feel down – R5 Productions just announced five brand new shows for this upcoming fall season. And let me tell you, folks, they’re going to be chock full of cozy musical performances.
First up will be OFF! on October 19th at First Unitarian Church. The super troupe of punk rockers is made up of members of Black Flag, Burning Brides and Hot Snakes. Opening bands include The Spits and Double Negative. Gear up your vocal chords and get stoked for one raging performance.
BOO! A super ghouly and ghostly show will be happening on Halloween (Oct. 31st) featuring The Dead Milkmen, MC Lars and Philadelphia’s own Psychic Teens. The show will be happening at Union Transfer; trick-or-treaters are welcome! Psychic Teens filmed Bands in the Backyard episode recently, watch it below.
Dan Krawiec was a musician, a DJ, a writer, and a friend. Music was his life and he was beloved by many in Philadelphia who knew him as “Dan K”, an inspiration and a big piece of the philly punk and indie scene for years. He also worked at Rustica Pizza in Northern Liberties and would be seen there frequently. Every year on his birthday he would throw some type of party, and tonight the tradition lives on with a memorial fest at Union Transfer in his honor. Anchorfest features The Dead Milkmen, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, and more. The fest is all ages and starts at 5PM, tickets are only $12. Come out and pay tribute to an awesome dude while listening to some great music.
Vox Populi is an artist collective that hosts monthly exhibitions of under-represented artists with gallery openings, lectures, talks, and other cultural nuances. Tonight Phonographic Arts Philadelphia curates an event featuring Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Normal Love, and more. We did a Key Studio session with Crash Course earlier this week which you can check out here. This event is all ages and starts at 7PM. Tickets are $8 at the door, check out the facebook event for more info.
The other week we told you about the annual Caravan Tour: a group of Philadelphia bands that hustle up to Maine for a weekend of live music and good times. One of the acts heading north this year is Josh Pannepacker’s project, Shorty Boy Boy. He will be performing a live set tonight at Silk City. And if you’re sad to leave after having such an awesome time, fear not. Shorty’s fun, rockin’ candy-pop music can go home with you; the first 25 people to arrive tonight will receive a free copy of his recent Candy Man 7″. Other performing acts tonight include Sweatheart and Cherokee Red. Also, Bands in the Backyard will be screening their latest monthly episode, featuring Psychic Teens. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9. This 21+ event is only $8, for more info check out the event page. Check out the tunes from Candy Man below.
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