Recap: Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance at SXSW

If you haven’t caught Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow in concert or online over the past few months, here’s a mindblower for you: the minimal noisepop duo formerly known as Reading Rainbow (who last year expanded into a trio, then changed its name) is now a full-blown, epic-sounding indie punk foursome. In its Friday evening South by Southwest showcase at Austin’s The Iron Bear, Bleeding Rainbow delivered a raging half-hour long set of entirely new material that carried tones of Sonic Youth’s Goo and Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. New drummer Greg Frantz kept a fierce backbeat while founding members Rob Garcia and Sara Everton alternated between guitar and bass, their trademark vocal harmonies floating nicely above the fray. Over on stage right, guitarist Al Creedon wailed on his guitar so intensely, part of its headstock splintered off by set’s end. I was already amped to hear the new record the band just finished working on, but this has sent it into overdrive – check out a slideshow above, read the setlist below, and experience the noise for yourselves when Bleeding Rainbow opens for Cloud Nothings at Johnny Brendas on March 30.

Get Lost
Pink Ruff
Yr Not Alone
Go Ahead
Drift Away
Inside My Head

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We’re not making this up: Reading Rainbow is now “Bleeding Rainbow”

Thanks to The Swollen Fox for noticing this update via the band’s (new) tumblr:



- We like the name Bleeding Rainbow better.
- It is trippy as shit.
- We didn’t want to get a cease and desist letter from PBS.
- We were sick of being named after a children’s t.v. show.
- We were sick of people fixating on it and making dumb jokes/comments about it. (even though it was our own damn fault.)
- Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Holy Ghost! at Union Transfer, Nightlands at PhilaMOCA

Holy Ghost

In case you missed it, yacht house is now a genre of music. Or at least, that’s what techno-pop duo Holy Ghost! (and its contemporaries like Chromeo and Washed Out) would have you believe. After meeting in high school, band members Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser were first inspired by the day’s popular hip hop, eventually mixing those influences with a palate of ‘70s and ‘80s-era keyboard dance. Though not as innovative as James Murphy (founder of DFA Records, to which the band is signed, and the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem), Holy Ghost! maintains a mostly sample-free existence, inching ahead of other neo-house acts who fail to make anything noteworthy or new. Original or not, the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year, delivers many tunes for a good time—particularly if you find yourself on a boat. Holy Ghost! performs with Jessica 6, Midnight Magic, and Eli Escobar at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$15.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: Allman Brothers Band at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., $49.50–$125); Snowing + Algernon Cadwallader, 1994!, Glocca Morra, The World Is… at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Sick Of It All + Trapped Under Ice, Hundreth, Back Track, Take Offense, Betrayal at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages $15)

Nightlands + Dustin Wong, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA (all ages, $7–$10); Reading Rainbow + Woven Bones at Johnny Brenda’s (9:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Wendy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

Simple Plan + Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab, Marianas Trench at Electric Factory (6 p.m., all ages, $30.90)

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Photo Recap: The Philly F/M Festival BBQ Concert with Good Old War, The Head & The Heart, + more

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Today: WXPN and The Key Welcomes The Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ with The Head and the Heart, Jukebox the Ghost, Good Old War, Reading Rainbow, Nicos Gun, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and more

Today is the Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ at The Ukie Club, 847 N. Franklin Street (in Northern Liberties). Tickets to the all ages show are $15.00 and are available here. There are two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) with 15 bands performing and starts at 11 a.m. Below are the set times.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Brian McGee (outdoor stage)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m The Parson Red Heads (outdoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. John Byrne (indoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wigwams (outdoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pinemouth (indoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Birdie Busch (outdoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Toy Soldiers (indoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nicos Gun (outdoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. North Lawrence Midnight Singers (indoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reading Rainbow (outdoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Avi Wisnia (indoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Viva Voce (outdoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Stephen Lyons (indoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jukebox The Ghost (outdoor stage)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (outdoor stage)
8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Head and The Heart (outdoor stage)
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Good Old War (outdoor stage)

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WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ with The Head and The Heart, Reading Rainbow, Good Old War, Jukebox The Ghost and many more on Sunday, September 25th

WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ on Sunday, September 25th at the Ukie Club. The show starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 10 p.m. There are two stages with the lineup including local bands Nicos Gun, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Birdie Busch, Reading Rainbow, Toy Soldiers, and Good Old War. Additional performers include Jukebox The Ghost, The Parson Red Heads, Viva Voce, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and The Head and The Heart. 15 bands for $15 bucks and it includes BBQ and beer! Go here for more information. Below, check out songs from some of the bands performing at the Sunday BBQ.

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

HVNLP85 The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart by heavenlyrecordings

SOLDIER by nicosgun

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Reading Rainbow’s Vitamin Water Uncapped performance rescheduled for Sept. 28th

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow‘s previously canceled Vitamin Water Uncapped show has been rescheduled for September 28th, according to the band’s Twitter. The earlier date, August 27th, was cut when Hurricane Irene intervened. The 21+ concert will be free and take place at Sigma Sound Studios. Reading Rainbow will be accompanied by The Homophones and Cat Vet.

UPDATE 9/8/11 (1:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this post stated that the show was on September 29th, as was originally mentioned on Reading Rainbow’s Twitter. As Johnny Brenda’s Chris Ward mentioned below, the show is on the 28th.

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