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.
Philly dark psychedelic four-piece Creepoid are having a pretty sweet spring. After releasing their new self-titled LP on No Idea Records on March 4th, the band toured to SXSW and back – evidently impressing Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! somewhere along the way – and are gearing up for their latest record, a Record Store Day 10″ via Graveface Records.
Before all this got underway, I had the Creepoid crew on the air on WXPN for a special all-vinyl, mostly-local guest DJ set featuring the likes of Puerto Rico Flowers, Bardo Pond, Asteroid No. 4, Jack Rose and more. Listen to their DJ set below.
The band also played a sold-out, starkly-lit, drumkit-toppling album-release party with Far-Out Fangtooth at Johnny Brenda’s on the 27th of February; check out a gallery of photos from the performance below.
Local blues-rockers Big Terrible headline MilkBoy. Endorsed by Tommy Conwell, the three-piece released its third record, the Rotten City EP, in mid-2013. The six-track album balances blues ballads with amped up, plugged in rock jams a la Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.
Season 7 American Idol champion David Cook will rock World Cafe Live tonight. Cook plans to release a new EP early next year as a follow up to 2011′s This Loud Morning. In an interview with Billboard, he says the eclectic sound of his new material was inspired by his recent move to Nashville and says: “I’m tuning in a bit more to telling a story…I really want every song to have its own identity”. This feat shouldn’t be hard to accomplish for Cook who is known for his gritty, passionate vocal delivery. Watch the official lyric video for his latest single “Laying Me Low” below and get tickets to the show here.
For fans of PhilaMOCA‘s music-and-film Tuesday Tune-Out series, any month with five Tuesdays is extra awesome, allowing the curators to stretch out for an additional week and dig that much deeper into their field of expertise. This October, the venue brought on the folks from WKDU, Drexel University’s non-commercial free-form student station, to curate the lineup, and it’s a fantastic cross-section of the city’s DIY music scene. I caught up with program director Maeve Walker over email to get a preview of what’s in store this month. All shows are all ages, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are $5 at the door. For this month, all films are TBA.
WKDU is the biggest free-format, student-run radio station in Philadelphia. We play literally any kind of music that you don’t hear on regular radio, and we wanted to highlight that through our curation of PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune Out. By choosing up-and-coming bands, currently popular, or old pros, it really shows the variety that we have here on the station. We are excited to show off bands that we regularly play, and let them experiment and shine in this excellent opportunity! Continue reading →
Tonight, Psychic Teens celebrate the release of their new LP, COME, by performing at Center City record store Long in the Tooth. We thought a record shopping trip with the band would be a good way to warm up for the show.
It’s 1 p.m. on a bright August afternoon in South Philly. Larry Ragone, guitarist and singer of raw post-punk annihilators Psychic Teens, is sifting through the “new arrivals” bin of vinyl records at Beautiful World Syndicate. He’s arrived before his bandmates. And that’s a good thing.
“Sometimes when we shop together we fight over who gets what records if there’s only one in the store,” Ragone says. “I’m glad I got here first.”
The vinyl record collecting boom isn’t a new craze, but audiophiles are especially embracing the LP’s resurrection. The format is a bit glorified by its enthusiasts, but the praise is warranted because of vinyl’s superior sound quality, enlarged artwork and pursuit of owning different versions and packages that many bands offer with their albums.
The sound advantage lies within each record’s grooves, which capture the entire sound wave of the music within by replicating the wave’s shape. That replication is what sets vinyl apart from other formats. CDs are much more inclined to lose certain tones of the music as it’s converted from its analog form to digital. And think about it, if vinyl is projecting the sound of vibrations from the shapes and indentations in its grooves, it’s actually natural sound. As opposed to digital downloads and CDs which is a laser reading of what laypersons may call, “computer language,” (read: 001011000011101, etc.). But the appeal of owning the physical copy of an album, may be an even bigger part of the vinyl collectors’ culture. Continue reading →
Psychic Teens‘ drummer, Dave Cherasaro, and guitarist/singer, Larry Ragone, are sitting at a sidewalk table in Center City drinking a beer and a margarita, respectively. The sun is high and reflecting off the stainless steel tabletop into Cherasaro’s eyes. Despite the glare, they both look comfortable, laid back and that they both finished a day at work.
At the time, it’s roughly two weeks before their second LP, COME, is being released on SRA Records. Two years have gone by since their first release and by the sounds of it, they’re satisfied with the end result of this one.
“This is definitely the next obvious conclusion of what’s come together since then,” Cherasaro says.
They played a ton of shows in that time, released two different EPs, one of Nine Inch Nails covers and the other of Misfits covers. And through all that they learned what parts of their songs needed to be controlled or even toned down. Ragone’s never been afraid to crank his volume or make major noise through guitar effects and distortion. Except he found that there’s a time for everything and the noise can sometimes be brought down a bit. Continue reading →
Fifty-seven seconds into Psychic Teens’ video for “Bug,” guitarist Larry Ragone is standing between his bandmates in a bedroom, dressed in a bug costume with outstretched arms and a facial expression that says: “how do you like me now?” And really, that’s probably the attitude every bug has when they’re in your bedroom.
That quick shot is one of few in the three-minute video, directed by Oren Camera Hechtman and John Rowe, that Ragone and the other Teens are straight-faced aside from when shown playing along to the music. Laughs have to be extra hard to hold back while wearing a bug suit like those. Besides, It’s a pretty silly video. It also acts as a look into the personalities of these three guys. They clearly aren’t too worried about their image and how they’re perceived in this one, despite their music often peering into the dark side. The tongue-in-cheek moments of the band chomping away at lettuce as bugs do and blocking the path to the trash can, as bugs tend to do, are meant to be accompanied by a laugh. Or are they meant to thought-provoking? What if the scene of the bug-Teens scattering into corners of the room is symbolism for an opportunity presenting itself and unless you’re big enough to rise to the occasion and face it– unlike a bug– you’ll never know what good could’ve come from it?
I choose the former. This video is purely entertainment. It’s literal, funny and easy on the eyes because, come on, that’s a pretty nice kitchen.