Philly acid-rock three-piece St. James and the Apostles is heading out on a short fall tour, and is kicking things off tonight at the Bands in the Backyard No Alternative party at Silk City. They go on at 11 p.m., with opening sets by This Frontier Needs Heroes and Dani Mari; more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, check out the Apostles’ recently released BITBY Backstage session, filmed in their basement practice / recording space.
This week, emerging Philadelphia singer-songwriter Katie Frank released her debut EP, Covered Bridge Road, a collection of country-tinged pop songs recorded in collaboration with Philly music vets like Jim Boggia. Her song “Close Enough” is Helen Liecht’s Philly Local Pick of the Day this afternoon, and Frank celebrates the release tonight with a show at Silk City. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $7 at the door, more information can be found here.
Philly pop group Rob, Lately is a snappy five-piece with energetic hooks and peppy melodies. Founded by brothers Rob and Ryan Malloy in Freeland, PA back in 2008, the band migrated to Philly, lost a few members, gained a few more, and released a series of recordings to Bandcamp. Its most recent offering, Haunts, is ridiculously catchy, recalling the power pop riffs of Cheap Trick and early Squeeze, while echoing contemporaries like Jukebox The Ghost and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Give a listen to Haunts below, and catch the band tonight at Silk City. Rob Lately performs with Levee Drivers, Chelsea Mitchell, Corporate Hearts and Mat Burke tonight at 8 p.m. at Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St. The show is 21+, tickets available at the door.
Philly favorites Good Old War recently played this year’s XPoNential Fest at Wiggins Park and hosted an event called “Good Old Beer” at Dock Street on Sunday night. Now the indie-folk trio are bringing their heart-warming harmonies to Union Transfer tonight before going on a national tour with Dispatch. Tonight’s all-ages show features opener Chris Kasper. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30PM. Tickets are available here for $16. Check out Good Old War’s latest album, Come Back As Rain, available on their Bandcamp page and see coverage of the band at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival here. Watch the band’s music video for their new song “Amazing Eyes” below.
Levee Drivers are an alt-contry band from Morrisville, PA. The band are playing on a big bill tonight at Silk City with a mix of local artists. The bill features Chelsea Mitchell, Corporate Hearts, Rob Lately, and Mat Burke and the show starts at 8PM. Check out the venue page for more info. Listen to Levee Drivers’ song “Tennessee Girl” in the player below.
The other week we told you about the annual Caravan Tour: a group of Philadelphia bands that hustle up to Maine for a weekend of live music and good times. One of the acts heading north this year is Josh Pannepacker’s project, Shorty Boy Boy. He will be performing a live set tonight at Silk City. And if you’re sad to leave after having such an awesome time, fear not. Shorty’s fun, rockin’ candy-pop music can go home with you; the first 25 people to arrive tonight will receive a free copy of his recent Candy Man 7″. Other performing acts tonight include Sweatheart and Cherokee Red. Also, Bands in the Backyard will be screening their latest monthly episode, featuring Psychic Teens. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9. This 21+ event is only $8, for more info check out the event page. Check out the tunes from Candy Man below.
Tonight at Silk City, the folks over at Bands In The Backyard will be premiering their tenth episode, which features Heyward Howkins. The Philly-based singer-songwriter will release his debut LP, The Hale & Hearty, on June 26th; you can listen to a few of the tracks from the album below. Heyward Howkins performs with Juliet Hope Wayne, Proexibitors, and Will Chambers at 9 p.m. at Silk City; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.
Last week, West Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody released Who Do You Love?, his third annual Valentine’s Day collaboration with producer Hank McCoy. This time, R&B vocalist Beano was recruited to add some melodic hooks to the mix. You can download the entire mixtape at Chill’s website, and get a taste in today’s Philly Local Phile with “What Took You So Long.” Its soul sample, sharp raps and romantic refrain are a trip back to the days of the Boomerang Soundtrack. Listen below, and catch Chill in concert at Silk City next Tuesday Feb. 28.