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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.
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.
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.
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 Den, Dustin Tebbut, Pearl 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.
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.
Brooklyn 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.