Philly newcomers Son Little have a fantastic debut EP called Things I Forgot coming out on Anti- Records next month, and they headline a free outdoor show this evening at Dilworth Park at City Hall. Founded by Aaron Livingston, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist who has worked with The Roots and collaborated with RJD2 on the Icebird project, Son Little pushes his creative boundaries even further, dabbling in soul, hard rock, and Radiohead-esque minimal electronica. The band recorded a knockout Key Studio Session this week; download the song “Joy” below and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →
Philly beat cultivator Moon Bounce, aka Corey Regensburg, released a free download for the track ”Marvelous Beast” from his forthcoming EP Dress Rehearsal. (Hat-tip to our friends at The Deli for the news). The track features fragmented beats that dismember and collide, with choppy, pitch-shifting vocals inserted overhead. It brings to mind James Blake meets Nicolas Jaar, but Regensburg is all organic, opting (for the most part) to create his own unique beats and sounds rather than sample from others. Download the track for free on Moon Bounce’s Facebook page here, listen to it below.
The Deli’s Choice/Cuts series is back and the current episode features Philly psychedelic/folk outfit Bad Braids performing at Hotbox Studios. Bad Braids, which is really comprised of just singer/songwriter/guitarist Megan Biscieglia and a rotating cast of collaborators, premieres a new track called “Jackal” for the series. Biscieglia’s music has also been described as “haunting,” but “Jackal” is especially crooning, with eerily distorted and reverberating vocals mixing with poignant electric guitar riffs. The song moves pensively, beginning slow building into an emotional crescendo. In short, it’s agonizing and biting and totally amazing. Watch the video The Deli recorded of Bad Braids’ performaning “Jackal” at Hotbox below.
Plow United will be playing at Atlantic City venue The Boneyard tonight. After looking like they might never come back to the stage, the thrashcore pop-punk band made an unexpected return and proudly released their new album, Marching Band, last April. Can’t make it tonight? Catch Plow United tomorrow at the Mojo Main in Delaware. For more information and tickets for tonight’s show, click here. Watch a video of the band performing a cover of Siouxie and the Banshees’ “Burn-Up” from this week’s Key Studio Session below.
A thriving subculture of punk, indie and electronic music is nothing new to the dynamic music scene of Philadelphia. Giving these artists a place to play, the DIY subculture has grown out of the basement and expanded to more legitimate venues like PhilaMOCA and Little Berlin. Q.D Tran, editor of The Deli, co-produced a video with Pulp Lab & MSN looking at the impact the DIY subculture has had on the Philly music experience. Watch the Culture Club segment below.
Attention aficionados of Philly music: two local polls beckon your opinions. The Deli Philadelphia‘s readers poll for emerging artist of 2012 is open through January 28th; you can cast your vote with them over here. And voting for Tri State Indie‘s 2013 Music Awards runs until midnight on February 11th; cast your ballot in that poll here. We were excited to be part of the nominating committees for both polls this year, and are looking forward to the results – and TSI’s gala at World Cafe Live on February 17th.
The Deli Magazine announced yesterday that they will see last year’s Halloween bash at PhilaMOCA and raise it an Halloweeniversary party on Friday, October 26th. That’s right, it’s a Halloween party and an anniversary party in one night. To help out with the party vibes, The Deli Mag is bringing in local experimental pop group Grandchildren to headline (who will be releasing a new album shortly), with Philly-based Ghost Light and Laser Background starting the night off. And because it’s an extra-special event, they’ve called in special guests Sic Alps from San Francisco. Check back for ticket information as it’s released. Below, watch Grandchildren perform their new track “Sunrise” in Florida earlier this year.
Tonight is the kickoff of Norwegian Arms‘ unorthodox house-show residency tour, with things getting moving at South Philly DIY space Dreamcastle. (Confused? Read more about the band’s collaborative project with Laser Background in our interview from yesterday.) Norwegian Arms unveiled another cool South Philly-centric collaboration – a video of their Choice / Cuts session at South Philly’s Hot Box Studios, produced in collaboration with folks at The Deli. Check out this icy groove on this number, “Easy a Lover Goes West,” and let’s hope they play it tonight.
It’s a great show for 90s nostalgics at Union Transfer tonight; Bob Mould, former frontman of Husker Du and Sugar, will perform the latter’s 1992 album Copper Blue in its entirety. Joining him is longtime bassist Jason Narducy, as well as Superchunk drummer John Wurster. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here for $25. Below, watch a video of the band playing “Hoover Dam.”
It’s the start of a new month, which means a new edition of PhilaMOCA‘s music-and-film series, Tuesday Tune-Out. This time, we’ve got a great round of offerings lined up by the folks at The Deli.
When you’re covering a local music scene like we do here at The Key, you get to know the folks who are out there with you every week in the proverbial trenches. Editor Q.D. Tran and his staff at The Deli are good people through and through – friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about the Philly scene and everything that goes along with it, from spoken word to art. I’m happy to call them my buddies (as well as friendly competitors or what have you), and I’m happy to invite Q.D. to our corner of the internet to give an overview of The Deli’s offerings for the month. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.
Hola – so when Eric Bresler, PhilaMOCA’s Creative Director, approached me about a new series that he was working on which integrated live music and film and would have different curators each month, I immediately volunteered to take a month. Combining music and movies is a no-brainer in my book, I grew up loving both as I am sure many of you who are reading this have. Obviously, it was a blast to get to put together the lineup of featured artists for September – so much so that I decided to recruit openers for most of the evenings as well. John Vettese asked me to “Guest VJ,” sharing a few videos and words about my picks. Below is what I came up with last night. I hope that it gets people inspired and pumped up as much as all of us are who are participating in Tuesday Tune-Out this month. Continue reading →