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Parquet Courts, White Fence (playing UA 10/21), & Speedy Ortiz (playing OK Fest 8/2) releasing benefit singles

LAMC vh1 save the music artwork

Since 2012, the Famous Class LAMC series has been releasing 7″ splits from “under-recognized artists” to contribute to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. LAMC’s announced their next three hand-picked artists, which include White Fence, Parquet Courts and Speedy Ortiz.

On each split, the selected artist contributes an unreleased track and then handpicks another artist to appear on the B-side. So far, White Fence is first to put out a track, “Nero (Has A Lot To Think About),” which features LA’s Jack Name on the B-side with “Belly Full of Blood.” This split is due out September 2nd.

The second split, out September 16th, has a track from Parquet Courts called “This Is Happening Now,” and the Brooklyn boys have chosen fellow Brooklynites Future Punx to grace the B-side with “Spike Train.”

And last but not least, Speedy Ortiz will release a track called “Doomsday” for their split, which is coming out October 7th. The B-side single, “I Took it Off a Record,” comes from VT singer-songwriter Chris Weisman.

You can see White Fence performing at Underground Arts on October 21st with King Grizzard & The Lizard Wizard (information is on our concert calendar here), and Speedy Ortiz will be performing on Day 2 of OK Fest at Golden Tea House on August 2nd. Go here for the full OK Fest line-up. All the LAMC singles will be available to download on Famous Class’s Bandcamp page here upon release. Below, you can listen to the tracks from the White Fence/Jack Name split.

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Lineup for West Philly’s OK FEST announced featuring Amanda X, Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, Worriers and more in August

Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Punk rock rules! This year’s OK FEST will be held on August 1st and 2nd at Golden Tea House and Nacho House.  There’s a seriously strong lineup including Cayetana, who were recently featured on NPR, The AmbularsHound, Amanda X, Swearin’, and more. Brooklyn punk rockers, Worriers play on Friday, and Massachusetts indie-rockers Speedy Ortiz will play on Saturday. Speedy Ortiz recently played Bonnaroo and released an EP, Real Hair, back in February.

Go here for more details on the festival.

Below, listen to “Guatemala” by Amanda X.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at Boot & Saddle, Speedy Ortiz at Golden Tea House, Ma Jolie at Siren Records

Goodnight Lights
Goodnight Lights | Courtesy of the artist

Local alt-rock outfit Goodnight Lights headline Broad St.’s Boot & Saddle tonight.  The Collingswood, NJ natives released a blistering new track “Convince” at the end of 2013, prequel-ing a 5-song EP set for release this year.  In addition to the EP, Goodnight Lights are currently filming a music video that will be completed at tonight’s show.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Shorty Boy Boy and Roof Doctor can be found here.  Listen to “Convince” below.

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Speedy Ortiz release new song “Everything’s Bigger” off of Real Hair EP (playing Golden Tea House on 1/4)

 

Speedy Ortiz | photo via www.facebook.com/speedyortiz
Speedy Ortiz | photo via www.facebook.com/speedyortiz

Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz will release their Real Hair EP via Carpark Records in February, following up this year’s Major Arcana full-length with four more angular indie rock tracks.  ”Everything’s Bigger” balances cleanly picked electric guitar melodies with extended moments of heavier, distorted guitar parts as frontwoman Sadie Dupuis expounds on a few of her fears.  Speedy Ortiz is heading out on a four month international tour this week, stopping at the Golden Tea House in West Philly for a show with Bleeding Rainbow, Grass is Green and Hermit Thrushes on January 4th.  More information can be found here.  Listen to “Everything’s Bigger” below.

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Speedy Ortiz release new video for “Tiger Tank” (playing Golden Tea House 8/13)

speedy_ortiz_wide-1218cbd647ef206e7db4a6086275d281b0bd133a-s6-c30Speedy Ortiz, the indie-punk outfit based out of Northampton, MA, released its debut full length, Major Arcana, today via Carpark. In addition to the album, they’ve also put out a video for the previously released single “Tiger Tank.” The video, directed by Matthew Caron, features the band playing in a shredded paper infested basement, as well as a character getting ready for a night of amateur Mexican wrestling. Check it out below, and be sure to catch Speedy Ortiz next month, when they’ll be wrapping up their tour of Major Arcana with a show at the Golden Tea House . More info can be found here.

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Download a song from Speedy Ortiz, stream their new Major Arcana (playing Golden Tea House 8/13)

New England-based indie-rock outfit Speedy Ortiz‘s debut full-length, an album called Major Arcana, is set to be released next week, via Carpark. The band has already released some material from the forthcoming LP, including the tracks “Tiger Tank” and “No Below”, and now the group has made the entire album available to stream via NPR. Speedy Ortiz are gearing up for a string of summer tour dates in support of Major Arcana, which includes a stop in Philly next month. They’ll be playing the Golden Tea House on August 13th. Tickets and info can be found here. Stream the track “Tiger Tank” below, and check out the rest of the album at NPR’s First Listen.

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Download “Silver Spring” by Speedy Ortiz (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 1/1)

If you were at Space 1026 a few weeks ago to see Thurston Moore & John Moloney (yes, that night) perhaps you caught Massachusetts outfit Speedy Ortiz as well.  The math-y grunge rock band released their Sports EP on Exploding in Sound Records in June and is offering up “Silver Spring” as a free sample.  While Speedy Ortiz has certainly quilted together their own sound with boulder-sized guitar riffs and front-woman Sadie Dupuis’ sweetly aggressive vocals, “Silver Spring” nods heavily and happily in the direction of Thurston Moore (“Queen Bee and Her Pals” comes to mind) and 90s art-rock (that infectious, angular hook).  Speedy Ortiz returns to Philly for a show with Roomrunner and Sore Saints at Kung Fu Necktie on Tuesday, January 1st.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, stream and download “Silver Spring.”

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Photo Recap: Thurston Moore and John Maloney with Speedy Ortiz at Space 1026

Last night, experimental guitarist and Sonic Youth founding member Thurston Moore played a collaborative, improvisatory set at Space 1026 in Chinatown with drummer John Maloney. Northampton, Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz opened the show; you can check out a gallery images from both sets above, and see a 14-second YouTube clip to give you a sense of the overall vibe after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at the First Unitarian Church, Cold Fronts at Kung Fu Necktie, Thurston Moore at Space 1026

Photo by Brian Hamelman
Roanoke, VA trio Eternal Summers open for Nada Surf tonight at the First Unitarian Church.  The indie dream-pop/”who-cares-rock” band released their second full-length record earlier this year called Correct Behavior through Kanine Records, with the opening song “Millions” earning a Best New Track rating on Pitchfork.  Tickets and information for tonight’s intimate show with Nada Surf and It’s a King Thing can be found here.  Below, watch Eternal Summer’s video for “Good As You.”

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