In addition to all the sweet synth-pop they’ve kicked out over the past year and change, the guys in Bucks County’s Night Panther have developed a formidable resume as character actors. First there was the video for “Fever,” which took generous cues from The Beastie Boys’ famed “Sabotage” clip and it’s 70s action film tropes (reenacted by the band itself). This week, we have another cinematic video for the song “Lioness” that moves in a decidedly Jean-Claude Van Damme direction.
Frontman Farzad Houshiarnejad plays a villainous Soviet boxer, while bandmate Christopher Radwanski appears as one of his doomed opponents and Michael Cammarata is a sensei residing in the snow-dusted forests of northeastern Europe – which, yeah, one of those you’ve-gotta-see-it things. Check out the video below and watch out for a less menacing Night Panther to appear live at Vacationer’s next Nude Beach party, happening May 10th at Underground Arts.
Joining the band on Friday, May 10th will be discofied Brooklyn group Body Language and local buzzmakers Night Panther, who were just featured in a pretty sweet Shaking Through profile. In addition, Vacationer front-guy Kenny Vasoli will DJ between sets. Tickets and information on the party can be found here. Check out a video of Vacationer performing “Trip” and “Dreamlike” from the inaugural party below.
The centerpiece live performances will come from production wizard and sonic adventuerer Khari Mateen, electro-pop experimenter Chris Powell of Man Man performing under his Pow Pow moniker, and tech-savvy rapper Lushlife. For more information on The Intersection of Music and Technology, visit its Facebook event page here. Below, watch Lushlife perform “Still I Hear The Word Progress” and talk about his gear fixation in his HotBox Studio / Deli Magazine Choice Cuts Session.
England’s Frank Turner will come to Underground Arts on June 7th in support of his forthcoming Tape Deck HeartLP. The new album, set for release on April 23rd, follows the folk/punk singer-songwriter’s 2011 album England Keep My Bones, which was placed on Paste’s Top 50 Albums of 2011. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with The Architects and Beans on Toast can be found here (tickets go on sale this Friday, March 29th, at noon). Turner performed a Free at Noon at World Cafe Live in November 2011; listen to the full audio via NPR here and watch his video for “If Ever I Stray” below.
Thao Nguyen has been at the center of a couple of musical projects since she started her career. Nguyen performed as a solo act and a duo (with Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) but Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, which put out their first album, We Brave Bee Stings and All in 2008, has caught fire.
They’re probably this popular because of how well they manipulate the indie-folk scene. Nguyen picks from a set of instruments that include a number of guitars, a mandolin and a banjo – all of which she plays masterfully. Nguyen, the bassist and guitarist incorporate a slide at some point during the show, bringing a sweet, bluesy feel to the otherwise mellow indie rock. Continue reading →
XPN welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Underground Arts tonight. Touring in support of their third full-length We the Common, the San Francisco group is a socially-aware folk band working under the guise of dance-happy indie pop concoctions. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside can be found here. Below, watch Thao perform the title track to the new LP at a rally in support of the women inside Central California’s Women’s Facility and download the album cut.
Futuristic South Florida rapper SpaceGhostPurrp released one of the most unconventional, unsettling, endlessly intriguing hip-hop records of last year. Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp came out in June on 4AD Records and it pushed boundaries in terms of both lyrical raunchiness and sonic experimentation, sounding like nothing out there (not even Odd Future, really – though they’re probably the closest comparison). Purrp launched a spring tour todauy in support of his followup EP B.M.W. (Black Money World), released as a free download on mixtape site DatPiff back in December. It brings him to Philadelphia on March 27th for a show with his Raider Clan crew at Underground Arts. Tickets and information can be found here. Download B.M.W. here and download an even newer song – the slow building, layered and ominious “Starz”- below,