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Guest curator Yoni Kroll of WKDU previews this month’s Tuesday Tune-Outs series (begins tonight at PhilaMOCA)

Teenage Bigfoot |
Teenage Bigfoot |

It’s the first Tuesday in May and that means there’s a brand new line-up of eclectic Tuesday Tune-Outs to prepare for.  PhilaMOCA asked WKDU’s Yoni Kroll to curate the weekly showcase this month, and The Key has his preview of four especially original events.

From Yoni:
Booking a music and movie night is a bit different than just finding a band to play a show. You have to consider what the band sounds like, sure, but you also have to figure out if they have good taste in movies. Because when it comes down to it, nobody wants to have to sit through Dirty Dancing 2 just because Erik from Mischief Brew thinks it’s a lost classic. Note to Erik: don’t you dare.

Putting this together I drew on both my knowledge as local music director at WKDU Philadelphia 91.7 FM and the fact that I go to way too many shows and I hate being bored. Two bands and one movie is a very specific lineup and you need to tread carefully to make sure everything and everyone is on equal footing. To that end, I chose bands and musicians that would be fun as well as interesting, especially together. I hope you agree.

I bring you May’s Tuesday Tune-Out series:

May 6
SGNLS and Dangerbird Jr. 

SGNLS rose out of the ashes of Lesser Known Neutrinos, a West Philadelphia band of yesteryear that had more in common musically and politically with experimental punk groups like Crass and The Ex than anything else. What SGNLS has managed to do in the scant few years they’ve been around is harness the raw, creative energy that was always present in their previous bands and transform it into something new and exciting. The lineup, with Tony on keyboards, Paul on guitar, Kellzo on drums, and new addition Alexi (from Stinking Lizaveta) playing bass, is a talented and extremely creative juggernaut. That’s exhibited in both the music and the shows the band plays: SGNLS can open up for a thrash metal band or headline a political punk show or perform in front of a couple hundred exuberant skaters, as they did at Philly Punx Picnic a couple years ago. It works because it’s good, because it’s different, and because ultimately it’s very fun. Their new album will be out on FDH in a few months.

You like Neil Young? You like distortion? How do the words ‘heavy’ and ‘slow’ grab you? If you said yes to any of this, you’ll love Dangerbird. First show in a while! Members of Hulk Smash, Serpent Throne, Faking, and a ton of other bands going back forever.

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Guest VJs DIY PHL preview this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out (begins tonight at PhilaMOCA)

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PhilaMOCA is starting 2014 on a high note, calling in local show promoters and scene supporters DIY PHL to fulfill the curatorial role of the monthly Tuesday Tune-Out series.  We asked co-programmers Ramsey Beyer, Mikey Cantor and Grace Ambrose to put together a preview of the four events they’ve organized and to talk about how they put their own DIY spin on the series:

From DIY PHL:
DIY PHL is a show & event listing for Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to promote and support a music and arts community that fosters a positive, inclusive, and accessible environment for all to create, participate, and enjoy in. We do this by offering consistent, reliable information on DIY events around town, available online (DIYPHL.com) or on flyers up around town (each month features a design by a different artist!). Check our website for the most up-to-date listings, pick up a flyer at the next show you go to, or follow us on Facebook. If you organize an event or show, be sure to submit it to us!

We’re also in the process of organizing a PA Share that will make quality sound equipment available to members for a very low fee. For more information, email phillypashare@gmail.com.

Working on the calendar has taught all us that DIY activity takes many shapes, outside of our own personal taste, communities, and scenes. Since our mission is based around the idea of accessibility, we decided to invite Philadelphia promoters from different neighborhoods and scenes to collaborate with us on this month’s Tuesday Tune-out. We’re lucky to have Permanent Wave Philly, Ruben Anree’Polo, and Cha-Cha’Razzi teaming up with us.

Tuesday, January 7
Collaborator: Second Time’s the Charm
Bands: EZ Discount / Teenage Bigfoot

Back in November, we organized First Time’s the Charm, a showcase of 16 brand new bands playing their very first shows at PhilaMOCA. Taking a cue from the Not Enough tests in Portland and New Orleans, and First Timer’s in London, these bands had to meet two of the following three requirements: 1) members that identify as female, queer, or trans* or as people of color; 2) members playing in a band for the first time ever; 3) members playing an instrument that is new to them. The goal was to get as many normally silenced voices onstage as possible and raise money to buy a PA for community use.

EZ Discount and Teenage Bigfoot are two bands that made their debut that night. EZ Discount self-describes as “slutty grunge/dirrrrty punk” and features members of Batty. Teenage Bigfoot is a classic pop punk band, with a keyboard twist.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mohican at Kung Fu Necktie, XPN welcomes Bettye LaVette at World Cafe Live, Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA

Mohican | photo via www.facebook.com/mohicanband
Mohican | photo via www.facebook.com/mohicanband

Local instrumental rock outfit Mohican will play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Having released the single “Self-Propelled Organism” in July on a new label run by Parts Philly, Mohican’s newest EP The Abuse is Character will be available next week.  A quick listen to a couple of the songs on the EP uncovers an expansive and lush record that moves from Sigur Ros-like ambience to Circa Survive-esque melodic rock.  Watch the promo video for the EP below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Photos: Bleeding Fractals and Cool Points at PhilaMOCA

Bleeding Fractals | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Bleeding Fractals | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
All photos by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

The crew at Maggot House Records kicked off their month curating the Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA with the double-header lineup of Bleeding Fractals and Cool Points. The two Philly bands played short sets, followed by a screening of the Temple-produced documentary on the Philly DIY scene, My Basement is a Shithole. Check out photos of the show below; Maggot House’s next installment in the series happens this Tuesday, August 13th, when The Joint Chiefs of Math and Moss play a sci-fi movie night. More information can be found at the show’s Facebook event page.

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Guest VJ Brendan Mulvihill previews this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

NArmsFor the month of July, PhilaMOCA turned over the curator’s reins for its Tuesday Tune-Out music and film series to two local musicians who also book shows too. Andy Molholt of Laser Backrgound programs music at PhilaMOCA and other DIY venues around town, while Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms also has a daytime gig at Johnny Brenda’s. I caught up with Mulvihill over email to get a vibe on what they put together for the month of July. All shows are all ages, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are $5 at the door. For this month, all films are TBA.

From Brendan:
Basically we used this month to showcase bands we thought were really special and unique. We both have a soft spot for oddball pop (if that wasn’t already apparent in our respective projects). We also book a lot of shows for out of town bands we really like. So this is a sort of marriage of those two ideals. These are local and touring bands that we think deserve a lot more attention. Continue reading →

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Guest VJ Nick Fanelli previews Guild Shows’ Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song
AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song, and stomping grounds for the Guild Shows crew

This month marks the one-year anniversary of PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out film-and-music showcase, and taking the curator’s reins are current heavy hitters in Philly’s DIY promotions scene. Guild Shows have developed quite the roster of ass-kicking concerts in spaces as far-flung as West Philly’s Golden Tea House (site of March’s Waxahatchee album release party), The Barbary (the Frankford Avenue punk refuge) and The Fire (when they host all-ages shows). Their musical tastes are as broad as their locations, though definitely rooted to some degree in in DIY punk rock. We asked Guild’s Nick Vanelli to weigh in on this month’s Tune-Out via our regular Guest VJ spotlight. All shows happen at 8 p.m., are $5 at the door and are all ages.

From Nick:
We strived to create a series that was full of unique shows- bands or concepts you’ll rarely see- that also provided a true taste of what The Guild does. All four shows feature musicians who regularly play on our shows performing in non-traditional formats, and we are really excited for all of our super talented friends to shine in new ways. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neighborhood Choir with Avery Rosewater at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dead Confederate with Penrose at MilkBoy

Neighborhood Choir

Local tastemaker blog Yvynyl is this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out curator at PhilaMOCA and they’re bringing Philly bands Neighborhood Choir and Avery Rosewater to the stage.  Neighborhood Choir is a dream-pop project from Bennett Daniels; you can learn more about him in an interview with The Key here.  Avery Rosewater is newish project from seasoned city musicians – check out their interview here.  Following the music, Daniels will screen a film to close out the night.  Information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch Avery Rosewater perform “Wright” for Out of Town Films and stream Neighborhood Choir’s “Seafoam Green.”

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