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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, The Homophones at The Fire

Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com
Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com

Telepathic has risen from the ashes of Philly rock band Bleeding Rainbow. The founding duo Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton, along with Paul Brinkley, released their first EP under the new banner this past March. Entitled The Powers of Ten, it’s six songs of sweet-tooth power pop. They’re definitely not afraid to get rub a little Philly grit into their music though, especially on “Nite Vision.” These 6 tracks will blaze by, so do yourself a favor and see them live. Tickets here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at Union Transfer, Bleeding Rainbow at Golden Tea House, Weathervane Benefit with So So Glos at Johnny Brenda’s and more

mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca
mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca

Upper Darby art-punk outfit mewithoutYou appears at Union Transfer tonight with post-hardcore group Touche Amore. mewithoutYou released their latest album, Ten Stories, in May of 2012. The 11-song album combines lead singer Aaron Weiss’ famously creative puns and plays on lyricism to construct a story plot as complicated as the guitar riffs and other instrumentation that make up the tunes. The songs tells the survival tales of a fox, elephant, bear and onion boy (hint: bonus track) – or more specifically, the circus animals and acts involved in a fictional train crash in 1878. Hear the band tell the creative story tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $19 at the door.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Homophones at Ortlieb’s Lounge, Balkan Beat Box at The Blockley, Future Islands at The Depot in York

HomophonesPhiladelphia’s own The Homophones will be coming out of hiatus and bring their indie-pop influenced sound to Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight.  The groups eerie and nostalgic resemblance to legendary musical acts such as the Smiths is apparent in their October single Sweater Weather released in 2011, and their Grey Ghost EP, also released in 2011.  Since their most recent releases, the group took a short hiatus and is now beginning to write new music, as well as develop a new musical style.  Their return brings with them a new keyboardist, and as Jason Ferraro of the group says, a “strange combination of influences (Fleetwood Mac, New Order, Television, bad 90’s alternative radio, etc.)”  Any other information on their show with Swim Deep and Fantastic Imagination can be found here.  Below, download the Homophones song “Eraserhead.”

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Skate through Birmingham with Swim Deep in “King City” (playing Ortlieb’s Lounge on 3/20)

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Birmingham, UK four-piece Swim Deep emerged out of a music scene that has become known as the birthplace of metal, with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Napalm Death each calling it home. These days, though, the West Midlands city is cultivating a new generation of bands that are much more pop angled with a grunge asthetic.  With their upbeat afro-psych counterparts Peace and shoegazing buddies in Jaws, Swim Deep have put Birmingham back on the proverbial map with just a handful of singles and b-sides thanks to their relentless tour schedule and undeniably catchy riffs.  Currently recording a full-length with Charlie Hugall (Florence & The Machine, Lucy Rose), Swim Deep will come to the States for a few dates this spring including an appearance at Ortlieb’s Lounge with The Homophones and Fantastic Imagination presented by Bands in the Backyard on March 20th.  More information for the 21+ show is available here.  Watch Swim Deep’s video for “King City” below.

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Guest VJ Q.D. Tran previews The Deli’s Tuesday Tune-Out series (kicks off at PhilaMOCA tonight)

Photo by David Turcotte | thefullframe.org

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.

From Q.D.:
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 →

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Listen to a new Reading Rainbow song “Dead End,”

Reading Rainbow have a new song called “Dead End” that you can stream below.

According to the band’s web site:

Listen to our new song “Dead End” that we did for our secret split 7″ with SUPER WILD HORSES for the HoZac Hook up Klub!!
Sadly you can only get copies if you were a Hook up Klub Round 2 member – BUT we should have these for sale on tour in September!

FACTS ABOUT THE SONG “DEAD END”:

– Recorded before Al joined the band, but the guitar feedback in the beginning and end of the song includes Al wailing on guitar. (Al also recorded this song for us)

– Feedback at beginning and end of the track also includes Rob wailing on guitar as well as SARAH* wailing. (*look for more Sarah guitar playing in future)

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

Reminder: The band are playing a free show this Saturday August 27th as part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live show curated by The Raveonettes and also featuring The Homophones and Cat Vet. The show is at 8 p.m. at Sigma Sound Studios. Admission to the 21+ show is free by making a reservation here.

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Vice and Vitamin Water announce a free Reading Rainbow (+ more) show on August 27th

Philly is apparently the place to be for free music this summer. Vice and Vitamin Water have just announced a free show to take place next Saturday, August 27th at Sigma Sound Studios. As part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live series, the concert will feature an all-local lineup: Reading Rainbow, Cat Vet, and The Homophones. The evening will be curated by The Raveonettes. The show is 21+ and free with an RSVP, which you can easily fill out here.

A somewhat interesting sponsor/curator/artist partnership, but we’ll take it! Thanks to The Deli Philadelphia for the tip.

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Oh Yeah, Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Homophones at The Ox

The Homophones

Silly us: We’ve been so busy all day—what, with all the band reunions, show recaps, live performance videos, ticket giveaways, band-breakup rumors, free audio streams, new Shaking Through sessions, Philly Local Philes, and fake-news-related news—that we almost forgot to post our pick of the day. So, here it is: Go see The Homophones (aka Philly’s own Jason Ferraro) at The Ox. The band’s self-described “comedy / healing & easy listening / melodramatic popular song” vibe, in conjunction with Ferraro’s soothing baritone voice, is probably just what you need after such a dreary, gray day. The Homophones perform with Sleeping States and Scott Churchman at The Ox at 8 p.m.

Also playing: Fitz And The Tantrums + Toy Soldiers at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $16-$21)