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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender / Delco Pacers at Ortlieb’s , Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, Vacationer at Underground Arts and more

Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elegant Animals at MilkBoy, Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro at The Fire, Onelinedrawing at First Unitarian Church and more

Elegant Animals | Photo by John Vettese
Elegant Animals | Photo by John Vettese

They’re the kind of band you can’t quite categorize. Philly’s own Elegant Animals has a bit of every genre rolled into a singular style. Just a few weeks ago, they showcased that unconventional sound during their Key Studio Session. Check them out tonight with Kate Faust and Minka at MilkBoy. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and the $8 tickets can be purchased here.

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Vacationer returns with “The Wild Life” from their forthcoming album Relief

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Just in time for sunnier days and (comparatively) warmer temperatures, Vacationer has returned with a brand new single called “The Wild Life.” In the insatiably catchy and polyrhythmic track, frontman Kenny Vasoli sings about “starting to change, being less guarded and act like I’ve got it, I’m putting my heart in just to give it away.” Sounds like a positive foot to start out a new album on - Relief is due out June 24th via Downtown Records, preorders are available here, and if this track is anything to go by, it’s more of the the band’s breezy beat-oriented pop nuggets in the vein of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot. Listen to “The Wild Life” below, and see Vacationer live at Underground Arts with Hellogoodbye on April 24th; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philadelphia with Vacationer and Pearl and the Beard at Underground Arts, The Wonder Years at Chameleon Club, TJ Kong at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo by Abi Reimold AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012′s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.

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Vacationer, Pearl and the Beard, The Ghost in You and more on the bill for next month’s Communion Club Night

 

Pearl and the Beard | photo by Kate Daigneault
Pearl and the Beard | photo by Kate Daigneault

Communion Club Night returns to Underground Arts on March 6th with a stellar line-up of bands representing Philly, Brooklyn, London and Australia.  The showcase run-down will feature sets by Vacationer, Bear’s DenDustin TebbutPearl and the Beard, Worshyper, Drone Ranger and this month’s XPN Communion Club Night artist, The Ghost in You.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out tracks from the artists below.

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Listen to Vacationer’s remix of “In the City” by Caveman (playing Underground Arts on 12/12)

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Vacationer‘s latest remix project gave Caveman‘s epic “In the City” a tropical reworking.  The local chillwave outfit, led by Kenny Vasoli, layered harp sweeps over the downtempo-ed vocals and put in their signature crackle to give the remix a dreamy lagoon vibe.  Vacationer will play a set at next week’s Winterfest, happening at the Electric Factory and Underground Arts with Washed Out and YACHT.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Stream and download the remix of “In the City” below.

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Vacationer remixes San Fermin’s “Sonsick” (playing Boot & Saddle on 10/25)

SanFerminBrooklyn baroque-pop group San Fermin enlisted Philly’s electro pop / chillwave act Vacationer to remix their hit “Sonsick.”  The remix was premiered by Esquire, who talked with San Fermin founder and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone about the song:

‘I’ve heard a lot of people refer to it as a ‘summer jam,’ says Ludwig-Leone, ‘but for me it’s a song about anxiety, so it’s surprising when people say it makes them feel good…. I’ve said before that the original feels like a panic attack at a birthday party… but the remix turns it into a paranoid trip in a club in midtown.’

San Fermin play a free show at Boot & Saddle on October 25th with Literature and Panic Years; more information can be found here.  Listen to the remix below, followed by the original video for “Sonsick,” and check out a review from the band’s July appearance at World Cafe Live here.