This Weekend: Philly shoegaze / psychedelic band Jackie Paper playing Silk City on 10/20

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The multifaceted psychedelic pop-rock band Jackie Paper have undoubtedly woven themselves into the fabric of the Philly DIY music scene. With a home base at Hong Kong Garden, the band has worked its way through the city’s venues, from Kung Fu Necktie to El Bar to World Cafe Live. Sunday they’ll be performing at Silk City joined by Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight!Week of Wonders and Drone Ranger.

Created by Joshua Dowell (guitar, vocals), the band also includes Patrick Firth  (percussion), Michelle Goodwin (flute and vocals), Asher Dark (bass) and Daniel Jose (synth). The band manages to combine raw Philly psych with elements of shoegaze and ’60s sounds. Tracks on their 2012 demo, available on Bandcamp, trail between droning fuzz bass and upbeat percussion, mixing distortion and keys complimented by woodwind arrangements, making for a truly unique sound. Listen to “Good Luck” from the EP below; get details on Sunday’s show at Silk City at its Facebook event page.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Women’s Way benefit at World Cafe Live, Swirlies at Johnny Brenda’s, Wild Rompit at North Star Bar, Chris Smither at Upper Merion Concerts Under The Stars


Tonight, you can catch several Philly singer-songwriters (and a couple out-of-towners) perfrom for the Women’s Way Benefit Concert at World Cafe Live.  Women’s Way, through grants and education, have been empowering women and girls around the region.  With the help of Teri Rambo, Barnaby Bright (from Brooklyn), Adrien Reju and Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz, you can spend the night listening to wonderful musicians while funding a good cause.  Click here for more information and check out a few of the artists below.

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Watch Dreambook go outside with “Stay Inside” on this month’s BITBY episode (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 7/12)

dreambookThis month’s Bands in the Backyard episode introduces us to emerging Philly band Dreambook, which performs a brand new song called “Stay Inside.”  It’s a hazy piece of shoegaze music, sometimes touching on psychedelic, with multiple guitars vamping along to a steady drum beat and heavy bass line.  Check out the video below, and be sure to catch them at Johnny Brenda’s July 12th along with Creepoid and Amanda X.


Pity Sex touring with Philly’s Daylight, playing The Fire on July 18th


The strangely-named indie outfit Pity Sex released their debut album Feast of Love this Tuesday, June 25th.  But if you want to try before you buy, Run For Cover Records has the album up and streaming via its Soundcloud.  On their album, Pity Sex does a punked up take on the 90s shoegaze sound with vamped guitars and hazy vocals. This summer, the band heads on tour in support of their new album, including a few stops on the east coast with Philly’s own Daylight.  Although they’re not shoegaze, Daylight have a heavy 90s influence as well, sounding like a blend of early emo-rock and grunge.  Below, you can stream the Pity Sex album in full as well as check out a song by Daylight.  The tour hits Philly venue The Fire July 18th.


Firefly Under the Radar: Trails and Ways

TWTrails and Ways still don’t have a debut album yet, but they’re already causing a stir on the music scene with their eclectic blend of bossa nova beats and 90s shoegaze.  The songs are often written in several different languages and topics are often political.  What this all adds up to is a grooving group of musicians who make incredibly catchy and meaningful music.  Trails and Ways play the festival Sunday afternoon on The Porch.  Check out their single, “Border Crosser” below.