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New name (sorta), new direction: Hit the disco with Mr. Twin Sister on the Tom Tom Club-esque “Out of the Dark.”

Photo by Kimi Selfridge
Photo by Kimi Selfridge

Long Island electronic indie band Twin Sister – who you might remember from Weathervane Music’s 2010 Shaking Through session, recorded at Philly’s Miner Street Studio – is back with a new name (sort of) and a new direction. The band now goes by Mr. Twin Sister, and just shared a brand new song, the Tom Tom Club-esque, darkly disco-fied “Out Of The Dark,” that you can listen to below. The song was produced, mixed and engineered at Miner Street by Jonathan Low., who the band connected with when recording the Shaking Through cut “Meet The Frownies,” a song that was prominently sampled by Kendrick Lamar on “The Recipe” from his ground breaking Good Kid, M.a.a.d City. Last we heard from Twin Sister was in 2011, when they released In Heaven, however the band’s lead singer, Andrea Estella, (and some of the band’s music) was featured in the recent crowd funded Veronica Mars movie. The band plays Union Transfer on Thursday, June 26th, opening for The Antlers. Go here for tickets and more information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Ghostface Killah at The Blockley, Beausoleil at World Cafe Live, Boz Scaggs at Keswick Theatre

Twin-Sister-Shaking-Through-1Funky dream pop band Twin Sister plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band moves within elements of sound, all staying roughly onthe dreamy side, but also mixing indie pop with chillwave. Their album In Heaven was released in September of 2011. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Lockets and Acres of Diamonds can be found here. Below, enjoy the music video for Twin Sister’s “All Around And Away We Go” from their Color Your Life EP.

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Weathervane Music kicks off Shaking Though Volume 4 with Ava Luna and Twin Sister (at Johnny Brenda’s on 1/12)

To celebrate the start of Shaking Through Volume 4, Weathervane Music is bringing soul / pop band Ava Luna and experimental pop group Twin Sister to Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, January 12th.  The Shaking Through series was started by local non-profit Weathervane Music to “document the birth of a song,” giving the featured bands two days in Miner Street Recordings to create and record a new track from start to finish.  The video series was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards and its catalog includes episodes with Sharon Van Etten, Strand of Oaks, Hezekiah Jones and over twenty-five other artists.

In addition to sets by Shaking Through alums Ava Luna and Twin Sister, this week’s event will feature the premiere of Volume 4 Episode 1 with R&B singer Steven A. Clark and appearances by members of Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs, Man Man and Purling Hiss.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch the Shaking Through episodes from Ava Luna and Twin Sister. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers opening for The Gaslight Anthem at The Electric Factory, The National Rifle at PhilaMOCA, Shelby Lynne at World Cafe Live, Twin Sister at Union Transfer, Modern Inventors at The Note

Philly punk rockers The Menzingers released their major label debut On the Impossible Past in February after wowing Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz.  Tonight, the Scranton-born outfit opens for New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem at The Electric Factory.  Tickets and more information can be found here.  Watch The Menzingers’ video for “Nice Things” below.

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Listen to a new School of Seven Bells track, “Secret Days” (playing Union Transfer on 11/27)

School of Seven Bells have started streaming an upbeat new single, “Secret Days,” from their upcoming EP Put Your Sad Down, which is scheduled for release November 13th.  After Put Your Sad Down arrives you can catch School of Seven Bells playing with Twin Sister at Union Transfer on November 27th (find tickets here). Below, check out “Secret Days.”

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School of Seven Bells announce EP and add another Philly show

School of Seven Bells, who are playing at UPenn’s November 3rd Jazz & Grooves concert (tickets available here), last week announced the release of an EP, Put Your Sad Down to accompany their album Ghostory, which came out in February. The band also announced another show with dreampop group Twin Sister in Philadelphia at Union Transfer November 27th; tickets for that show are available here. Continue reading →

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Watch a preview of Shaking Through’s next session with Ava Luna (coming Monday)

Photo by Peter English | Weathervane Music
Our friends at Weathervane Music announced their latest Shaking Through session with Brooklyn art-pop group Ava Luna, curated by ST alums Twin Sister. Their recording of the new song “Water Duct” will release on Monday July 16. You can check out an enticing 42-second trailer for the session here, and if you’re feeling particularly daring, download the stem files now and get cracking on your own remix before engineer Jonathan Low’s take on the song is released on Monday.

When Ava Luna was in town back in January, opening for Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, they recorded one of the very first video sessions with Out of Town Films; check out that video here.

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Download a new Twin Sister song, “Bad Street” recorded at Miner Street in Philly

The New York-based band Twin Sister did a session for Shaking Through in September, 2010. All the sessions for Shaking Through—the online video and audio collaboration between WXPN and Weathervane Music—are recorded at Miner Street Recordings, the studio owned and operated by Brian McTear. When the members of the band were in town for their Shaking Through session, they struck up a relationship with McTear that led to the band returning to the Fishtown studio to record their new album, In Heaven, (due September 27th on Domino Records). Today the band released the first new song from its album, “Bad Street” which you can download below. The song was produced by the band, and mixed, recorded and engineered by McTear and Jonathan Low. Also, in case you missed it, download “Meet The Frownies” the song they recorded for Shaking Through.

Twin Sister – Bad Street by DominoRecordCo

<a href=”http://wvmusic.bandcamp.com/track/meet-the-frownies” mce_href=”http://wvmusic.bandcamp.com/track/meet-the-frownies”>Meet the Frownies by Weathervane Music</a>

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Twin Sister at First Unitarian Church

Twin Sister Shaking ThroughWe’ve been a fan of the Brooklyn-via-Long-Island quintet Twin Sister since we first heard the Color Of Life EP that was released on Infinite Best earlier this year. But it was the Shaking Through recording of the new song “Meet The Frownies” (with producer and Weathervane Music founder Brian McTear) over at Miner Street Recordings that really sealed the deal for us. (It’s easily our favorite song by the band yet—so why not re-post it?) That might have something to do with the fact that, according to the site, “Twin Sister’s Shaking Through episode marks the young band’s first ever experience in a high-end recording studio, something their fans might not expect, given their clear home recording genius.” If that’s the case, as much as we appreciate their home-recording skills, we hope they’re able to get back into a studio for their next release. Twin Sister performs with The Morning Benders and Oberhofer at 8 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $12.

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New Shaking Through with Twin Sister

The heavily buzzed Brooklyn-via-Long-Island band Twin Sister is the latest act to be featured as part of WXPN’s and Weathervane Music’s new music and video initiative, Shaking Through. Twin Sister was selected for the project by guest curator Mark Schoneveld of the local music blog YVYNYL.

Twin Sister includes Gabe D’Amico, Eric Cardona, Andrea Estella, Dev Gupta, and Bryan Ujueta. The band’s ambient dream-pop recalls the likes of Stereolab and Cocteau Twins; at times, lead singer Andrea Estella brings to mind the sultry voice of Blondie’s Deborah Harry. The band is currently on tour and plays at The First Unitarian Church on Thursday, November 11th.

“Meet The Frownies” was recorded during a 12-hour span in late June. The song was produced and mixed by Weathervane Music founder Brian McTear with engineer Jonathan Low at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. The video was produced by Peter English, directed by Andrew David Watson, and edited by Bryan Baker. You can check out the video here.