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Embrace the strange with Teen Men’s new video for “The Sea, The Sea”; see them play Boot and Saddle Friday 4/11

Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Electro-pop outfit and visual stimulators Teen Men released a new music video for the track “The Sea, The Sea” and, not surprisingly, it’s wonderfully bizarre and trippy as hell.

The video – directed by Sylvio Bernardi - dances between color and black and white, animate and inanimate, with a balding figurine riding the waves of the drudgery of life before escaping to his dreams, eventually being pulled away by a live person in a guerrilla costume (credited as Herbert Herpels). If this makes absolutely no sense, that’s probably the point. Visual art has a funny way of making sense of things that words simply cannot. This is one of those instances.

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Teen Men – comprised of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, and joined by visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney – play Boot & Saddle this Friday, Aprill 11 with Work Drugs. The show kicks off their spring tour. Get tickets and info for the 21+ show here. Watch the video below, and download the entire EP for free on the Teen Men Bandcamp page.

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Check out Teen Men’s trippy debut video for “Hiding Records” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

TeenMen2Members of the Spinto Band are taking a new spin on their psychedelic pop sound in a new project called Teen Men. Consisting of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, the Teen Men duo collaborated with visual artists Catharine Maloney (photographer) and Albert Birney (filmmaker) to create a trippy video for their debut single “Hiding Records” which is a teaser to their forthcoming EP. Although the video is supposed to resemble a midnight dance party at Peewee’s Playhouse, the flashing images give off more of an Across The Universe vibe with a happier demeanor. Check out the video below to see how you feel after. Mark your calendars for Dec. 14th to see Teen Men perform at Johnny Brenda’s with Work Drugs. All show details can be found here.

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Photos: A locals-only show with Pattern Is Movement, The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms and more

Pattern is Movement | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Thursday night an eclectic all-local bill hit Union Transfer capped by experimental duo Pattern is Movement, celebrating the release of their new 12″ single for “Suckling” and playing a set mostly drawing from the full-length they plan to drop on Hometapes Records in early 2014. Also on the lineup was Wilmington party-poppers The Spinto Band, acoustic indie four-piece Norwegian Arms, electro-dance crew Tygerstrype, and the pizza-themed Wildstyle DJs of Pizza Brain fame. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Download / watch The Spinto Band’s synthtastic all-Korg remix of “Shake It Off”

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 10.32.25 AMWilmingtonian indie rock crew The Spinto Band‘s snappy single “Shake It Off” recently got the remix treatment care of a collaboration with Korg Synthesizers. While this might sound a bit promotions-y, it makes total sense since the band’s retro-pop leanings tend to make ample use of their line of equipment anyway – it’s a totally natural, complimentary fit. For the gear nerd types, the main things you’ll see at play in the video below are the MS-20 Mini, Monotron Duo, Monotribe, microKORG, along with a bunch of others, and it gives the single a warm and enveloping low-end, driven by a whip-crack beat. Check it out, and download an mp3 of it below via Soundcloud.

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Multiply and divide with The Spinto Band’s new “Shake It Off” video

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Delaware indie rock favorites The Spinto Band just released a video for “Shake It Off,” the single from its 2013 album Cool Cocoon.  The footage for the video isn’t anything special, but it’s how the footage was used that makes this such a cool video.  The screen is divided into several different sections, which sometimes multiply or divide, creating a constant shifting of images, which at times look like an old film strip help under a light.  The song itself is incredibly catchy, featuring smooth vocals backed by an upbeat piano, sparse guitars and a snappy drumbeat.  Check it out below; the band is currently on tour with mewithoutYou; check out the remaining dates at their website.

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Hit the arcade in The Spinto Band’s new “Amy + Jen” video (playing Firefly Festival)

ThomasAndThomasIt doesn’t seem all that unusual to find Delaware’s The Spinto Band trapped in a world of 80s computer game graphics. With a herky-jerky flair reminiscent of early They Might Be Giants videos, this one for “Amy + Jen” – which premiered on Spin.com last night – sees each of the five Spintos pop on and float around a screen saturated with bright neons and strobing backdrops you might have seen coming out of a Nintendo console or flickering in an arcade 25 years ago. Watch it below; “Amy + Jen” comes from the band’s 2013 release Cool Cocoon, and next Friday it plays Firefly Festival‘s Porch Stage at 2:15; get the details here.

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Watch Gretchen Lohse perform two songs for the On the Hill Series (playing Ortlieb’s on 5/4)

GretchBy now, there are a few places you might know Philly singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse from. Perhaps you caught her at WXPN’s Live from Kelly Writer’s House, or maybe you saw her play Folkadelphia’s Tuesday Tune-Out. Maybe you tuned in for her Key Studio Session, recorded with Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band, or watched her Random Tea Session online. Maybe you know her from fronting the band Yellow Humphrey; performing with National Eye and Summer Fiction; or from the solo album she’s been easing out into the world.

Whichever it is, Lohse is a very active songwriter and longtime fixture in the Philly music world, whether as a backing player / behind-the-scenes type, or the person at center stage with the 60s folk melodies and the haunting voice. This week she appeared on the new On the Hill video session series from Kettle Pot Tracks studio in Lafayette Hill. She performed two songs – “Role of Rabbits” got its first public airing and it sounds great, as does “All Around the River,” which appeared on her Key Session. Watch the videos below, and see Lohse live at Ortlieb’s Lounge on May 4th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band with Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall, Joshua James at The Tin Angel, Acres of Diamonds at Ortlieb’s, St. James & The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s

SpintoXPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight.  Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP.  The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here.  Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.

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Recap: The Spinto Band’s celebratory Cool Cocoon launch (photos, review, setlist)

Returning from an international tour with a new album to launch, The Spinto Band found a homecoming celebration waiting for them at Johnny Brenda’s Saturday night. The Wilmington group, who has been together in some form or another since 1995, packed the venue. It was clear that the show was celebrating more than the new album, Cool Cocoon – particularly when a friend of the band, Pat Finearty, introduced and heckled each band member as they came onstage.

The band’s homecoming aside, its live show reflects the amount of time its members have spent devoted to playing very upbeat music for very happy people. Between their dance moves and their cohesive, explosive presence, the fun that the fellows of The Spinto Band have while playing music is contagious. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s, Arctic Splash at Kung Fu Necktie, Cold Roses at MilkBoy, Parquet Courts at Voyeur for Making Time, Galentine’s Day Cover Band Show at Cha-Cha’Razzi

XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoon and a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorker and on NPR.  As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here.  Watch the video for “What I Love” below.

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