In anticipation of their upcoming Python LP, Surfer Blood will swing by Repo Records to host a listening / pizza party tomorrow afternoon. Python is the Floridian indie pop / rock’s second album, coming three years after their breakout debut Astro Coast. More information for the free event can be found here. Surfer Blood also has a show at The Electric Factory with Foals tomorrow night; tickets and information can be found here. Below, stream their new song “Demon Dance.”
The new single from West Palm Beach five-piece Surfer Blood is a little bit of Superchunk crunch, a little bit of Jukebox the Ghost pop, with some autotune (T-Pain?) thrown in for good measure. “Demon Dance” premiered today on NPR’s All Songs Considered; you can listen it to below, and get a free download when you pre-order the band’s new LP Pythons, due out on June 11th on Warner Brothers. The band is on tour with Foals, and swings through Philly on May 4th for a date at The Electric Factory. Tickets and information on that show can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar.
Can’t get out of the office tomorrow afternoon to see And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live? You can see the post-hardcore act tonight (along with one of last year’s critics darlings, Surfer Blood) tonight at First Unitarian Church. Meanwhile, over at The Trocadero, Echo And The Bunnymen will be performing their first two classic albums, Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here. (Didn’t win tickets to the show from our recent contest? Thankfully, the show hasn’t sold out yet.) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, performs with Surfer Blood, True Widow, and Weekends at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$14. Echo And The Bunnymen perform with Kelley Stoltz at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $30.
Also playing: J. Roddy Walston And The Business + These United States, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $10)
INTERVIEW: Surfer Blood’s J.P. Pitts “West Palm Beach, Florida’s reverb-soaked indie-rock upstarts Surfer Blood — still riding high on their 2010 debut album Astro Coast — come to town tonight for the final date of their fall U.S. tour with the Drums (show info in the flyer to the right). We recently caught up with Surfer Blood frontman J.P. Pitts.” (Make Major Moves)
SAY IT AIN’T MO: Velvet Underground Drummer Explains Why She Joined The Tea Party “We were curious to know more from Tucker herself, so we tracked her down and asked for an interview. She agreed to answer some questions via email.” (Phawker)
RIP, Ari Up “Rest in peace to Arianna Foster, a.k.a. Ari Up, the leader of the femme punk band The Slits, whose jagged dub-heavy sound on their 1979 debut Cut, boldly diverged from the three chord fury of boy bands of their era like The Clash and The Damned. Foster was 48, and died after a long battle with cancer. ‘Typicals Girls,’ from the Dennis Bovell-produced, reggae flavored Cut, whose cover famously featured the Slits naked from the waist up, covered in mud, is below. Up’s obit from The Guardian is here. A tribute by Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater Kinney and NPR, is here.” (In The Mix)
NBC Philly Nonstop Launches Oct. 25 “Well, more Claudia Rivero would be fine, but something tells us it’s going to be like the 10! Show twenty-four hours a day. As “Deanna Durante’s Facebook Page states, ‘Less than a week to go NBC Philadelphia Non Stop Launches October 25th… be sure to catch ‘On the Case’ weekday mornings and Sunday nights !!! Our first show is ready to air and we are working on many many more famous, notorious crimes and unsolved mysteries!’” (Philebrity)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
Making Time returns to Voyeur, and Dave P is bringing a few friends with him: Brooklyn-based indie-pop quartet The Drums and West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood. Meanwhile, local garage-rock quartet The Spooks will perform in the venue’s Ruby Lounge basement with the RockTits DJs. And, to top it off, Dave P will also be putting together a Making Time RADio local-band mix for us over here at The Key. All of which means Philadelphia’s raddest hyper-rad dance party just got significantly more radically radical. Rad! The Drums perform with Surfer Blood at 9 p.m. at Voyeur; tickets to the 21+ show are $15.
Also playing: Guster + Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $28); Rocky Votolato + Ha Ha Tonka, P.J. Bond at M Room (9 p.m., 21+, $12); Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit + Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes And Phil Wandscher, Mimicking Birds at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $18)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
How do we feel about Phoenix‘s now-ubiquitous single “1901″ from last year’s critically acclaimed Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix? Well, we love its beautiful, stripped-down simplicity—quite possibly the band’s crowning songwriting achievement to date. (One that took the French quartet 14 years—and three previous albums—to create.) And we always get a kick out of the way that Thomas Mars’ charmingly imperfect voice cracks when he sings “Eighteen fifty-five, nineteen ooHHH-one” halfway through the song. But, more than anything else, it really makes us want to buy a brand-new Cadillac SRX. After all, why listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on your 1995 Volkswagon Jetta’s crappy tape deck when you could do so in style, driving the world’s only true luxury crossover SUV (modestly priced at $34,155)? Well, other than that whole safety recall thing. Phoenix performs with Jenny And Johnny and Wavves at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theater; tickets are $45.
Also playing: The Walkmen + Japandroids, Blood Feathers at The Trocadero (9 p.m., all ages, $21); The Felice Brothers + Adam Haworth Stephens at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Has it really been 10 years since Erin McKeown released her breakthrough sophomore album, Distillation? It must be, because her performance at World Cafe Live is billed as part of her “Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour.” Still, it seems like it was just yesterday that people were asking, “Hey, who is this kooky folk-rock singer-songwriter that started her own label and isn’t Ani DiFranco?” Erin has, of course, made her own name for herself since then, releasing an additional four studio albums of unpredictable, genre-jumping music—including last year’s Hundreds Of Lions (which came out, coincidentally, on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records)—while constantly playing on the road. During this performance, she’ll play Distillation in its entirety, followed by a set of more recent material. Erin McKeown performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets are $30-$40.
Also playing: Matt And Kim + Donnis at Starlight Ballroom (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Gentleman Jesse And His Men + The Barreracudas, Woman at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., $10)