Grizzly Bear just dropped another single in anticipation of their upcoming album Painted Ruins, which debuts on August 18th.Switching from the upbeat urgency of “Mourning Sound” is the slower, dark and twisted paradise track, “Four Cypresses.”
With opening lyrics drawling, “Instead of moving, you stared into a wall” the song’s tone of languid, terrifying complacency is set. Continuing with the lines, “Living in a pile / It’s chaos, but it works,” the song marches lazily on through a hectic, noise-filled world. Continue reading →
Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →
The struggle between the head and the heart is one we all know too well, but there is no debate this time: when The Head and the Heart come to the Fillmore on September 22nd, the show is a must-see.
The indie-folk group released their third record Signs of Light last year — for me, it was slightly disappointing but nonetheless expansive and complex record. It was also their first album in three years following a bit of time off for the members to reset and the extended absence of co-frontman Josiah Johnson. As a long-time fan, I knew I was going to see their Fillmore show during last year’s tour no matter what I thought of the new album and, let me tell you, it was the right decision (I may or may not have cried at several points throughout the set, but nobody can prove anything). Continue reading →
Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.
Three years after setting the gif world on fire with their funky dancing, Future Islands have released their fifth LP The Far Field. The Baltimore outfit followed up their 2014 breakthrough with a set of synth pop driven tracks that beg for summer dance parties, so there’s no better way to celebrate the start of the season than the catching them at The Fillmore tonight. Watch “Run” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.
Grizzly Bear has at long last announced a follow up to their 2012 indie-pop masterpiece, Shields. The new LP is called Painted Ruins and is set to be released on August 18th.
Though it’s been a while since new tunes, you can rest assured that Grizzly Bear wasn’t hibernating during this absence of jams. (Note: I am so very sorry for that. My dad would be too proud.) Continue reading →
Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries are back. The band just dropped a new album titled Something Else, where they revisit classics through stripped acoustic renditions along with sweeping orchestral additions.
The Cranberries also just announced an upcoming tour, in which they’ll perform these new arrangements alongside a string quartet. And if there’s one thing I know for sure in this life, it’s that adding string quartets is never a bad thing. Only added awesomeness awaits. Continue reading →
“Did anybody here go to Temple?” Greg Barnett asked a packed house at The Fillmore last night, and befittingly, a large portion of the Philly crowd screamed. Barnett smirked, and continued “I’m sorry about that.”
In lesser hands, it could have been a diss, some jockish taunting to stoke whatever higher educational rivalries were seemingly in need of being stoked. But that’s not what the co-frontman of The Menzingers was doing here, as he introduced “Midwestern States” — a song he said was about his last semester at college — and the crowd knew it. They laughed loud at his quip, they cheered en masse.
They knew that these four dudes, despite being the center of attention for 2,500 spectators over the course of 90 minutes last night, was no different from them. Adrift in their late 20s and early 30s, feeling overlooked and tossed aside from self-absorbed older generations who won’t step out of the way, unsure of what they wasted their youth on, unsure of what their place was in this world that’s messier and less compassionate by the day.
This is one of the core themes of After the Party, The Menzingers’ excellent fifth LP — their most mature work, and their work most explicitly about maturing — and that restless discontent is the backbone of “Midwestern States.” Continue reading →
NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.
Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →