A four-band bill at The Fire tonight will raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts along the Jersey Shore. Headlining the show is Philly avant rock trio Purples (pictured), who are joined by the soulful swing of Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, the big-beat meyhem of City Rain and the dynamite voice of Kate Faust. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $10 at the door, more information can be found here. Below, watch Purples record their Key Studio Session earlier this year (as filmed by Bands in the Backyard).
City Rain‘s Ben Runyan filmed a behind-the-scenes video in his studio over the weekend, giving us a tour of his recording set-up and a sneak-preview of a new song called “No Turning Back” that may find its way onto the synth-pop band’s next album. City Rain will perform at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit concert at The Fire on Sunday, November 25th with Purples, Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang and Kate Faust. Tickets to the 21+ event are $10, and more information can be found here.
Philly indie power trio Purples still hasn’t released any proper recordings, but that’s okay – they play live often enough, and their live show rules. Tonight the band hits up Kung Fu Necktie, along with Nashville’s James Wallace & the Naked Light and Shaking Through artist Springs. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. Below, check out a video from Purples’ Key Studio Session shot by our buds at Bands in the Backyard.
Still touring hard in support of their 2009 release Saints and Sinners, Los Angeles celtic rock combo The Young Dubliners plays World Cafe Live tonight with The John Byrne Band. Tickets to the all-ages show are $17 and available in advance at the venue’s website, or at the door. Below, watch a video of The Young Dubs covering the Pogues’ classic “If I Should Fall From Grace With God.”
At the Balcony Bar at the Trocadero, Philly four-piece Close to Good brings its electronic rock stylings for a show with pop-punkers Vintage Kicks. Their music is spins off of the 8-bit techno scene, but also incorporates elements of the macabre – they see themselves as a middle ground in “the clash between Dracula and Megaman.” Kind of bizarre, but we’ll take it. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $8. Below, check out Close to Good’s song “Second Voice” from its Volume 1 EP.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.
The folks at the fourth annual 2nd Street Festival are ramping up for a big Sunday in Northern Liberties this weekend. On Saturday, they announced their full lineup for Sunday Aug. 5 in a handy-dandy schedule spreadsheet. Additions include new bands, new DJs and even a pie-eating contest. We’re pretty psyched about that last one, so let’s hit it first – 3:00 p.m. at the festival’s Germantown stage, presumably during a set by Variable Elements, a funk cover band also added to the lineup. That stage opens with singer-songwriter Orion Freeman and wraps with a flamenco band.
A big addition to the festival’s main stage in the Piazza is Philly hip-hop impressionist Lushlife (listen to his Key Studio Session here). The Poplar stage now opens with a set from soulful songwriter John Francis (hear his Key Studio Session here), feisty Philly rockers Purples (their Key Session can be downloaded here) and ubiquitous MC Kuf Knotz (he did a Key Session too, and it’s here). Also on Poplar are mind-blowing Baltimore psych heads Secret Mountains, as well as DJ DNA of Johnny Brenda’s popular gospel brunch and twangy rockers Brooke Shive and the 45s.
Last, there’s the Fairmount Stage, which is pretty much entirely new additions. Two Philly dance troupes will perform – Philareyto, which specializes in Puerto Rican dance, as well as Fuego Nuevo, a group preserving Aztec dance and culture. Opening that stage will be The Webbs and a jam session with John Fuhr, as well as a set in the middle of the afternoon from the Philly School of Rock.
The 2nd Street Festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. along 2nd street in Northern Liberties; the day also includes craft and food vendors, is free and open to the public. More information at 2nd Street Fest’s Facebook page.
We’re super excited this week at The Key Studio Sessions to bring you the first public recordings of new Philadelphia rock trio Purples. Who is this band, you ask? If you were a fan of the local music scene in the mid-aughts, you probably already know them – even if you don’t realize it. Purples is three-fourths of the locally- and nationally-acclaimed indie rock band The Teeth: Peter MoDavis on bass and vocals, Brian Ashby on guitar and vocals and Jonas Oesterele on drums and synthesizer. They’re a rough and tumble power trio take on their old group’s clever and melodic harmony-pop: think Harry Nilsson, filtered through Hüsker Dü. Below, listen to the music; above, check out a photo slideshow courtesy of Bands in the Backyard’s David Kain. To watch a video of the session, head over to BITBY.tv. Want more? Purples plays Johnny Brenda’s this Friday night with Auctioneer and North Highlands.
WXPN Welcomes The Spinto Band May residency at Kung Fu Necktie every Tuesday in May starting next Tuesday, May 8th. Today, The Spinto Band release their new album Shy Pursuit and next week they begin their month long residency celebration with some incredible opening bands for each show. On May 8th Purples and Alec Ounsworth open; Nightlands and Via Audio open on Tuesday, May 15th; The Extraordinaires and Heyward Howkins have the honors on Tuesday, May 22nd and Cheers Elephant and Langor open the final show of the residency on May 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows. The Spinto Band have compiled a free sampler of the bands playing the Kung Fu Necktie shows that you can download here. The band recently stopped by the XPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can download a sneak preview of it here.