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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Badbadnotgood at MilkBoy, Zilla Roca and Curly Castro at The Fire

Photo via facebook.com/badbadnotgood
Photo via facebook.com/badbadnotgood

Canadian jazz trio Badbadnotgood return to play at MilkBoy tonight. Their innovative approach to jazz incorporates elements of hip-hop, EDM and punk. Over the years, the band has released covers of various artists including Kanye West, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. The band released their third album, aptly titled III in May. They also collaborated with Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown on the track “Six Degrees.” Listen to their cover of James Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” below, read their interview with The Key’s Shaun Brady here and get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calender. 

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The Flatmates, Literature and more showcase past and present indiepop styles at Connie’s Ric Rac

The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On Thursday, Connie’s Ric Rac played host to a quartet of time-traveling indie pop acts. Bringing the past to the present was the recently resurrected 1980s U.K. band The Flatmates. Playing music inspired by the sound fashions of the time, whether it be the dreamy (Tender Vision), jangle-pop (Expert Alterations) or a toned-down Cure (Literature), the rest of the lineup were appropriate complements.

With two original members in tow — Martin Whitehead on guitar and Rocker on keyboards — The Flatmates played classics like “Shimmer” alongside songs from an upcoming release and a cover of Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” With new vocalist Lisa Bouvier leading the charge, the songs were quite infectious and had the compact crowd shaking their hips. Despite playing the second-to-last set of the night, they were certainly the highlight.

But each of the other bands had their shining moments, with Philly bands Tender Vision and Literature bookending the night. The reliably elusive Adrianne Gold, formerly of Catnaps, fronted Tender Vision with her catchy hooks. The six-piece may not always have been tight, but their potential was palpable. Baltimore-based Expert Alterations rocked well, while Literature turned the lights down and got the crowd to dance into early Friday morning.

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The ladies of Catnaps reunite tonight at KungFu Necktie with solo projects

Photo by Becca Green
Photo by Becca Green

Twee pop band Catnaps took a permanent rest last spring, but that doesn’t mean the members have stopped playing music altogether. Front ladies of the band Adrienne Gold and Carolyn Haynes are both taking on new, individual projects. Gold’s Tender Vision and Haynes’ Ghost Gum will play together tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Forbidden Rooms, made up of members from Ladies Auxiliary, and Humble Fires from D.C.

Tender Vision and Ghost Gum are new bands to the punk scene, but not collectively. Aside from Gold, Tender Vision is made up of members from punk band Address. But tonight, they’ll play their first Philly show.

Meanwhile, Ghost Gum includes members of indie punk band Glocca Morra. With so many creative minds within each of the projects, any devout listener of the bands can easily pick out the Catnaps/Address/Glocca Morra influences.

Ghost Gum’s bandcamp, currently filled with four demos, features distinctive Glocca guitar slides and punky riffs while keeping Haynes’ twinkling, indiepop sound. Tender Vision currently has two songs on their bandcamp: “Just Kill Me,” an original released just this January, and an experimental, spacey cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” which according to the band’s Facebook page, will be available for free download for just one week.

Hang out with these Philly-famous punkers tonight. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. and costs $7 at the door.

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Miss The Pixies? Try Philly’s Tender Vision

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 9.24.57 AMIt’s funny to hear a band sing about missing The Pixies when they’re headlining the Electric Factory in Philadelphia next week. But I get it – local fuzz-pop duo Tender Vision misses more the idea of The Pixies, the creative spark and chemistry that existed in the first run of the band in the late 80s / early 90s. So they’re doing their best to capture it in their own music.

The very new band is made up of Adrianne Gold, former singer/guitarist in Catnaps and bassist William Sallee along with a handful of live collaborators, and in the past week the duo has released two songs. Most recently was the silly and straightforward rocker “I Hate Change,” which came out in a playful video on YouTube yesterday. With a deadpan delivery, Gold sings “Kim, why did you leave me and The Pixies? / Kim, why did you leave me? I miss The Pixies.”

That’s about the entirety of the song’s lyrics, though some sweet “Gigantic”-referencing “ooohs” come in the mix on the bridge. And while it’s kind of an overt nod to Deal, Black, Santiago and Lovering more than a full-fledged song unto itself, it’s nonetheless fun to watch Sallee and Gold bounce around a room to the beat, waving sparklers at the camera and swapping costumes.

A better choice – and more genuinely infused with The Pixies spirit – is “Just Kill Me,” the single Tender Vision released on Bandcamp last week. It’s got airy fuzz guitar lines and a generous helping of JAMC vocal reverb, plus some delightful call and response. There’s a melancholy tone to the lyrics (“Do you still dream that you’re drowning? / Do you dream at all?”) but an uplifting melody and toe-tapping beat carries across a quick minute and 43 seconds.

Listen to “Just Kill Me” and watch the video for “I Hate Change” below, and find out more about Tender Vision at the band’s Facebook page.