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Excursions in Light brings The Morelings, The Silence Kit and more together for a PhilaMOCA show

The Morelings | photo courtesy of the artist

The Morelings are a fixture of the Philly dream pop scene, and this weekend they’ll play a show that matches them in dreaminess. Excursions in Light is the name of the event happening this Saturday, Dec. 9, at PhilaMOCA, and it sounds like just about the most serene show ever, billing itself as “a night of noise, bliss, projections and beauty.”

In addition to The Morelings, fellow Philly acts The Silence Kit and Hidden Lights will also play, along with New York’s Dead Leaf Echo. Excursions in Light will also feature film from local videographer Bob Sweeney and artwork from graphic designer Timothy O’Donnell. The Morelings recently released their debut LP Same Century — listen here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, The Silence Kit at The Pharmacy, Patty Larkin at Steel City Coffeehouse and more

Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground
Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background is a psych-pop band from right here in Philly that sound like they belong back in the ’90s toiling away in Athens, Georgia with the Elephant 6 crew (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, ect.). The band fuses ’60s inspired psych-pop with some truly strange arrangements to make something all together fascinating. You can check them out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of TEEN and Ava Luna. For more details on the show click here. Continue reading →

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The Silence Kit share new track “I Could Be” off of Watershed

The Silence Kit | photo courtesy of the artist
The Silence Kit | photo courtesy of the artist

Local post-punk quartet The Silence Kit have dropped a new song called “I Could Be” off of their forthcoming LP Watershed, set for release next month.  With slightly affected vocals, a dark and ominous bass line and distorted guitars, the song hits the classic notes of post-punk before blending in a brass section that draws the song into brighter waters, if only for short bursts at a time.  There’s nothing to suggest that The Silence Kit was not a cult favorite in the 80s, their sound is so steeped in the moody, inverted psychedelia tones of Echo and the Bunnymen and The Cure.  Take a listen to “I Could Be” below.  The Silence Kit will celebrate the release of Watershed at Bourbon and Branch on April 5th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Watch a new Bands in the Backyard video of The Silence Kit (playing North Star Bar tonight)

Local post-punk band The Silence Kit play shoe-gaze influenced, moody, lo-fi alt-rock. The band started in 2002 as a solo recording project for singer/guitarist Patrick McCay, but has since evolved into a full band playing live shows. The band recently let Bands in the Backyard join them in their New Jersey studio to film a studio session of “Eight Years.” Check out the video in the player below.

The band is playing a 21+ show at North Star Bar tonight featuring E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart, Kill the Broadcast, The Kiera Plan and Preston Hull. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10.

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Moody post-punk quartet The Silence Kit shows its sunny side in “The Magician”

The Silence KitDespite sharing its name with the first track on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and a fondness for melodious fuzz-guitar riffs, The Silence Kit actually has very little in common with Pavement. Led by singer/guitarist Patrick McCay, the local quartet is much more in sync with the broody, don’t-call-it-goth ’80s tones of Echo And The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, and The Cure. (Which is fine with us.) Back in February, the band released its latest record, Dislocations; below you can listen to “The Magician,” one of the album’s poppier moments. The Silence Kit performs with Bleed Radio Bleed, Alright Junior, and The Last Barbarians at 9 p.m. Friday, October 8, at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m., Y-Rock On XPN’s John Vettese spotlights the best musicians from the Delaware Valley in the Philly Local Philes. You can listen to Y-Rock On XPN’s live online stream here.