New Zealand indie pop cult faves The Bats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Going strong for over 30 years, the band is making a somewhat rare Philly appearance tonight to showcase songs from its most recent release, 2011′s Free All The Monsters, the band’s eighth LP. Opening are Philly indie troopers Royal Shoals; the 21+ begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information can be found here. Also be on the lookout for a free afterparty at R.U.B.A. featuring live appearances from Catnaps, Rugburn and DJ sets from members of Literature and A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Below, watch the music video for “Simpletons” from The Bats’ Free All the Monsters.
A few months ago, Philly band Royal Shoals released their solid second EP Surrounderer +3 as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. For the EP, Royal Shoals have found influence ranging from punk to pop to new wave, creating a sharp, danceable sound all their own. Tomorrow, they’re set to play Johnny Brenda’s with New Zealand rock band The Bats, who released their latest full-length Free All the Monsters back in 2011. With such amazing acts, this is one Tuesday show you don’t want to miss. You can find out more information about the concert here. Check out “Life’s A Boy” from Surrounderer +3 below.
Bringing their sunny psychedelic sounds to Philadelphia, Boston’s Quilt recently stopped by the Folkadelphia studios to record a live session full of warmth and color. The 60s vibe of the band seems so natural it’s easy to slip into a dreamy daze while listening to the five tracks they recorded. Stream and download “Arctic Shark” below and head over to Folkadelphia’s Bandcamp to get the rest of the session. Quilt will be back in town this Saturday, February 16th for the 2013 Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival at The Fire. Tickets and information can be found here.
Working once again with Philly producer Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording, local new wave / indie rock band Royal Shoals released Surrounderer + 3 this week. The four-track extended player tightens up the post-punk / surf rock sound established on the local outfit’s debut Dirty Water EP (2011) and sees them stepping into a more mysterious and polished underground club while retaining the liquid-y guitar riffs of their upbeat surf rock influences. Take a listen to “Surrounderer” below and grab a name-your-price download. Royal Shoals play Kung Fu Necktie on February 28th with Lorelei; tickets and information can be found here.
With a little bit of ’60s sunshine pop and a little bit of ’80s college rock, new Philly trio Royal Shoals delivers a slick blend of tones and textures on their debut, Dirty Water. The band is offering the entire EP as a pay-what-you-will download on their Bandcamp page; get a taste below with today’s Philly Local Phile, “Started Dancing.” Royal Shoals performs with Arc in Round and Brown Recluse Fri. Aug. 26 at Kung Fu Necktie. Tickets to the 21+ show are $8.