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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japanese Breakfast at Ortlieb’s, Wolf Alice at Union Transfer, Roof Doctor at Lavender Town, and more…

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast holds the album release show for their acclaimed new LP Psychopomp. We’ve loved what we’ve heard so far: album singles “The Woman That Loves You”, “In Heaven”, and “Everybody Wants To Love You” have all rocked so far, and surely the rest of the album will too. Also performing will be Littler (who just released their new album Of Wandering) and Myrrias. More information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Roof Doctor reinvents the band on the My Band EP

Roof Doctor | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roof Doctor | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie scene favorites Roof Doctor are still, pretty much, the same dudes we’ve always known. Minus the departure of founding bassist Sean Reilly and the accompanying juggling of instruments, the four young men you see above are the four young men who, as Temple students in 2012, tried unsuccessfully to initiate a beef with Conor Oberst. (I will never let the band live that down, because it’s freaking hysterical and awesome of them.)

But on 2014’s Mobile Freedom Home LP, Roof Doctor proved that no, they’re not just clever guys with irreverent senses of humor, they’re also intensely accomplished musicians – something fully on display when they recorded a Key Studio Session with us.

So here we are, six years in to the band’s band-hood. Understandably, artists want to start stretching out sonically at that point – you don’t want to be constrained by your Pinback and Modest Mouse revering earliest releases. Enter the new EP My Band, out this week and celebrating its release Friday at Lavender Town. Continue reading →

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Art, music and film on display at last ever Walla Fest

Straw Hats | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Straw Hats | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

For years, Walla Fest has brought local music fans consistent joy with their knack for putting together eclectic shows which are able to capture the sheer awesomeness of the Philly local music and art scene. During their time, they have given bands and artists like Alex G., Pine Barons, Mannequin Pussy, Vita and the Woolf and countless others the chance to shine and this December the folks at Walla Fest will be putting on their final event, this time at The Pharmacy, making it one you won’t want to miss out on.

As always, it is an event for art to thrive and will feature some truly rad performances. Headlining are punk-rockers Straw Hats, a side project for a couple of the guys from The Districts – who also headline the Tinseled Shut show last night. Joining them are singer-songwriter Abi Reimold, indie-pop up-and-comers Roof Doctor and many more. Continue reading →

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We don’t know much about Philly band Friendship, but their YouTube EP is a rager

event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/
event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/

We recently came across the quirky debut EP from Philly band Friendship, who were mysteriously added to a show tonight at 3rd & Girard (see the flyer with the giant rubber duck above). The EP is called THE FURTHER YOU KICK IT THE BIGGER IT GETS and on it, the band explores an interesting collection of sounds, ranging from lo-fi home recordings, to freak folk, to ramblings that could rival mewithoutYou or Listener.

You can listen to the EP via the Youtube video below. The track names aren’t listed, and frankly, not much else about the band is listed anywhere, but trust us – you’ll want to listen all the way through. Continue reading →

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Ramshackle-y and charming: Meet Roof Doctor

Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish

West Philly’s Roof Doctor were lauded by Stereogum this past April as a Band To Watch. For good reason; Roof Doctor’s album, Mobile Freedom Home, is a ramshackle-y, charming, invigorating, and irresistible collection of indie-pop songs.

Led by singer and guitarist Mark Harper, Roof Doctor began as a Harper solo project, that grew into a five piece band including Chet Williams (sax, keyboard, percussion, bass and vocals), drummer Kevin Paschall, guitarist Alex Stackhouse, bassist Sean Reilly, and Harper pulling all the seemingly disparate parts together. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basics at Hard Rock Cafe, Mercury Radio Theater at Ortlieb’s, Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo via facebook.com/KingBrittFanPage
Photo via facebook.com/KingBrittFanPage

King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basic’s Reunion takes place tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. A revival of the legendary Philly nightclub night, the event hosts both live musicians as well as DJs, allowing for a genre-bending night of frenzy. Started in 1990, the event hosted names like ?uestlove, James Poyser and more. The man behind the project is Britt, who was also a part of the venerable Digable Planets and other projects. In his interview with the Key’s Sameer Rao, Britt explained the motivation behind the reunion as “We thought it would be good to do this as a reunion, but also as a reminder that this [mixing different genres] is possible”. He then went on to emphasize that the event is “not just partying…it’s existential.”  Check out this video of King Britt and The Back 2 Basics Band perform live at Silk City below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Roof Doctor

If you just went by Roof Doctor‘s irreverent personalities, their tongue-deep-in-cheek social media presence (Twitter handle: @roof_deezy), the fact that they once tried to start a beef with Conor Oberst, you’d have no reason to take them seriously. But consider their chops and multi-instrumental prowess. Chet Williams has a knack for juggling sax, keyboard, percussion, bass and vocals; Kevin Paschall delivers intricate rhythmic accompaniment from behind the drumkit (I’m still wrapping my brain around the beat at the beginning of “Bulldog,” which they played in their Key Studio Session); Mark Harper reigns in everything that’s going on and arranges it into ultra catchy tunes. These dudes are so serious. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Get a sneak preview of this month’s Philly Tapes Philly mash-up with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble

Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman
Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman

Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble.  The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble.  The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free).  More information can be found on the event page here.  Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.