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Photo Recap: Cheers Elephant, The Explorer’s Club and Honeychurch at Johnny Brenda’s

Last night, tireless Philly rock four-piece Cheers Elephant headlined Johnny Brenda’s. Opening sets were performed by South Carolina’s The Explorer’s Club and Bucks County folk ensemble Honeychurch. Check out a recap of the show in the photo gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at the First Unitarian Church, XPN Welcomes Jeff Mangum to The Strand, XPN Welcomes Rufus Wainwright to the McCarter Theater, Cheers Elephant at Johnny Brenda’s

Violinist, singer and composer Kishi Bashi performs at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  Using his violin as a starting point, Bashi creates entirely new universes in his compositions with swirling loop sequences, layered vocals and atmospheric synth backdrops.  In addition to touring and collaborating with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, The Barr Brothers and Sondre Lerche, the Seattle native takes his sonic creations to new heights with occasional solo recordings like 2012′s 151a LP.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Plume Giant can be found here.  Watch Kishi Bashi perform “Manchester” from 151a below.

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My Morning Download: “Run Run Run” by The Explorers Club


From Charleston, South Carolina, The Explorers Club released their new album Grand Hotel in February on Rock Ridge Music. The album is a fun collection of pristine indie-pop. There are many familiar and classic Sixties musical touchstones on the album including like The Association, The 5th Dimension, The Buckinghams, and The Box Tops with some obvious nods to the detailed pop songwriting craft of Brian Wilson and the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Joyous harmonies, the well placed sitar solo, anthemic horn arrangements and exuberant instrumentals that could double as television theme show songs make this album one of the most fun and memorable collections of the year so far. Below, for a period of 24 hours, you can download the ridiculously catchy “Run Run Run.”

The Explorers Club – Run Run Run (from the album “Grand Hotel”) by expclubmgmt

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Philly Local Philes: Roomtone’s “Your Golden Crown”

Alex Yaker is one of those way-busy Philadelphia musicians. Most recently, you’ve probably seen him rock his bass-playing swagger in Summer Fiction. In the past he’s performed with Grammar Debate, The Yaker Bros and done a bit of production with Surreal Sound Studios. With everything going on, it’s not unsurprising that his own project, Roomtone, only makes periodic appearances, but whenever it emerges, it’s worth the wait. This weekend, the band Yaker also refers to as “The Official Indie BossaNova Goosebump Machine” plays its first show in over a year and a half at Johnny Brenda’s, and best of all, they’ve got new material in tow. Snag a download below in this week’s Philly Local Phile, the buoyant new “Your Golden Crown.” Roomtone plays Sun. Feb. 12 at Johnny Brenda’s with Honeychurch and The Explorers Club. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.