Last night, power-pop vets Hellogoodbye teamed up with summery locals Vacationer to headline a packed performance at Underground Arts. A lot has changed with Hellogoodbye since their breakout album in 2006, when “Touchdown Turnaround” was the sound track on innumerable summer mix tapes. Since those wasted teenage years the band has released two full lengths, Would it Kill You? on their own label, Wasted Summer, followed by Everything is Debatable in 2013 on Old Friends Records. Philly favorites, Vacationer rounded out the bill delivering their breezy lullabies and synthpop tunes from Gone. The band is currently working on a new album called Relief, to be released in June. The new song, “The Wild Life” has a cool afropop, ‘circle of life’ theme. The Austin, TX band Heavenly Beat opened the show with their buzzing pop vibes. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
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.
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.
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.
Ali Wadsworth is not a new voice in Philly by any means, but she’ll be releasing her debut solo LP at Ruba Club tonight. The celebration will be an incredible one: a cocktail hour, sets by Auctioneer, Thom McCarthy and Divers and a “super top secret party band” will surround the centerpiece performance by Wadsworth and her band. Before striking out on her own, Wadsworth was a member of Unlikely Cowboy with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz, Goldiebox with her sister Claire and Philly super-group Fantasy Square Garden. The new album, recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), features songs written for Wadsworth by her friends and fellow musicians. Tickets and information for the all-night party can be found on the Facebook event page. Watch Wadsworth perform “Still Not Over You” at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology below.
In 2012, Philly’s Vacationer released one of the best, albeit underrated albums, Gone. A cross between Washed Out and The Rascals, the album was filled with catchy, breezy, sun-kissed, tropical island vibed out songs. The brainchild of Abington native Kenny Vasoli, the band recorded a Key Studio Session this past June and performed a handful of songs from Gone. Below, download “Good As New.” You can download the entire session here. Vacationer is one of the artists on the Sixth Annual Fishtown River City Festival; details on the October 5th concert can be found here.