Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, The Neighbourhood at Harrison Auditorium, Wooden Shjips at Underground Arts and more


Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow are coming home for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  With a new record out next January, the nervy, harmonizing four-piece have been hitting the touring life hard lately, playing CMJ showcases in New York last month and spending September out on the west coast.  The new record, which follows up this year’s Yeah Right debut, was recorded at Fancy Time Studios here in Philadelphia.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Potty Mouth and Batty can be found here.  Watch Bleeding Rainbow perform new song “Start Again” below.

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Get heavy at Wooden Shjips, Bardo Pond, and Creepoid’s grunge-psych circus (playing Underground Arts 11/15)

Wooden Shjip I Photo by Anna Ignatenko
Wooden Shjips I Photo by Anna Ignatenko

San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips will be joined by Philly locals Bardo Pond and Creepoid for a show of experimental psychedelia.

Wooden Shjips releases its newest album Back to Land on November 12th, but you can stream it now here via The Guardian. Back to Land is filled with fuzzy bass by Dusty Jermier and lackadaisical vocal delivery lines from frontman Ripley Johnson that are accompanied by effect-ridden guitars and bumping organ from Nash Whalen. Even when they add a grounded acoustic guitar to the out-of-this-world mix, the band shows an affinity for the experimental, blending the melodic and straightforward with free and spacious. Definitely check out “Ruins,” “Servants,” and “Everybody Knows,” and preorder the Back to Land via Thrill Jockey here.

Philadelphia’s own psych rock outfit Bardo Pond will be bringing their sublime set to the stage as well, coming off of the recent five song release of Peace on Venus. Combining elements of space and indie rock, this band creates sounds that are beautiful to the ear. Check out “Taste,” the second song off Peace of Venus below, and get the album here. Creepoid will be kicking the show off with more grunge, but in a much more dreamy way. With acoustic and electric guitars, simple drums, and multiple vocalists, they sound exceptionally grandiose. Listen to their album Horse Heaven below to experience their existential build ups.

Buy tickets to this stacked show at Underground Arts here.


The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Weird Hot, Mumblr, Radio Raheem

Weird Hot | Photo by Mike Trutt
Weird Hot | Photo by Mike Trutt

Shawn Kilroy brought in his Weird Hot troupe for a Key Studio Session.  Eclectic in every way, the tracks that the local band recorded range from adreneline-rushed twang, pop-tinted funk and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Band on the Run.”  Stream and download “Ghosts” below and get the full set here.

Radio Raheem have put up “Calling the World” from their recent Raheem Rising record for free.  The Seattle R&B / soul / hip hop project channel the sound of early soul singers, similar to the style of Mayer Hawthorne or Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.  Stream and download the track below.

Mumblr is set to release their new tape White Jesus Black God on November 12th via Fleeting Youth Records.  The basement punk outfit, led by former Stinky Smelly vocalist / guitarist Nick Morrison, have shared “Puke” as a free download – stream and download it below.  Mumblr plays The Fire on November 6th.

San Francisco psych rock band Wooden Shjips will be in town on November 15th to open for Bardo Pond.  With their new LP Back to Land set for release a few days earlier, Wooden Shjips have made the title track available as a free download.  Take a listen below and go to Thrill Jockey Records’ Soundcloud for the download.

Folkadelphia brought Yellow Red Sparks in for a session this week.  As host Fred Knittel points out, the California trio could easily be labeled folk-pop, but that tag doesn’t reach the full depths of frontman Joshua Hanson’s songwriting (he won the International Songwriting Competition grand prize last year.  Stream and download the session below.


Wooden Shjips share two new songs, download “Back to Land” for free (playing Underground Arts on 11/15)

Wooden Shjips | photo via Fantastic Promotion
Wooden Shjips | photo via Fantastic Promotion

San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips are set to release Back to Land next month on Thrill Jockey, bringing the record with them to Underground Arts when they play with Bardo Pond, and Creepoid on November 15th.  In the swirls, zooms and pans of the title track, the psych rock outfit have dug up a time capsule straight to the technicolor and transcendental heyday of their city.  Back to Land gives us a look at Shjips through a different glass, as it’s the first and only record to be rooted in a place other than San Francisco – the band moved to Oregon following their 2011 LP West.  The change is noticable on “These Shadows,” a song featuring the new addition of an acoustic guitar.  Tickets and information for their 21+ show at Underground Arts can be found here.  Listen to the two tracks below and download “Back to Land” here.