Portland folk-rockers Mimicking Birds are bringing their soft sounds to MilkBoy tonight. The band’s latest release, EONS, is due out in May on Glacial Pace Records (the label run by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse) and the band is celebrating its new music during this tour. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. and the $10 tickets can be purchased here.
Central PA natives Younger Me are releasing a new EP called Coloring Book this week, and we’ve got the premiere of “Burn Alive” for you to check out below. The five-song record follows up the trio’s summer anthem “Swimming Pool.” With punchy drums and an infectious hook played on the crystalline Fender rhodes, “Burn Alive” is a tight pop single that boasts sing-along lyrics and harmonies in all the right places. From Younger Me’s Brent Gregory:
Burn alive is probably our most “pop” attempt to date, with fairly simplistic ideas compared to our other songs. It’s a bit of an homage to Motown, when pop music used to be loud & aggressive but still made you want to dance and left you with tunes stuck in your head. The lyrics are pretty straight forward. It’s a love song about burning with passion, and coming to the conclusion that you would literally rather set yourself on fire than ignore said love.
Following up their endless summer anthem “Swimming Pool,” Younger Me are back with a video for b-side “Aquarium.” The York/Lancaster project walk in line with Local Natives on the latest track, pairing it with a glowing lyric video that intersperses close up shots of the band with gracefully swimming goldfish. Younger Me play Lancaster’s Tellus360 on December 20th; tickets and information can be found here.
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Okay, seriously, let’s ease back a bit on this “summer is over” stuff. Labor Day was this past weekend, sure, and for the folks who are still in school (or have young ones in school), you’re no longer on vacation. For everybody else, we have a solid two-and-a-half weeks remaining in the season proper, until the start of autumn. Which is the best time of year anyway. But I digress.
Point being, summer is an enjoyable block of time of time on the calendar, but that’s all it is. A block. It’s fleeting, and Lancaster / York group Younger Me underscore that point in their new music video for “Swimming Pool,” a single they shared a couple weeks back.
An extended montage of footage showing kids at play in a suburban pool, it begins to bend and warp as the footage dissolves and slows down, and is broken up by bursts of sunlight and swatches of color. It’s simultaneously psychedelic and nostalgic, like a fading photograph of memories from decades ago. Even that metaphor is dissolving into the past, since the children we see splashing around in the pool won’t have to worry about the color fading in their photographs, since digital photos don’t fade. Cosmic.
“An avalanche of days fall through the hourglass,” they sing. “Summer days gone in a flash.” But, you know, there are eighteen of them left. Let’s go swimming.
Younger Me, haling from the York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, create a strong brew of indie rock and pop, somewhat in the vain of Local Natives and Phoenix. The band includes singer Brent Gregory on keyboards, Brandt Imhoff on bass and Ian Hermanns on drums. In November 2012, the group released their self-titled debut LP, and now they’re back with the solid summer song, “Swimming Pool.” Swirling keyboards and echoing drums accompany the Gregory as he croons about fleeting summer days. Listening, you can almost see the sun setting on a warm summer night, knowing that it was an incredible day and feeling happy for the summer memory. The song slowly builds in energy, bubbling up as Gregory soaks up the rest of the season’s warmth. The band plays The Station Bar & Grill tomorrow evening, Saturday, August 17th with Shark Week (from Washington D.C,) and the very talented Philly singer-songwriter Our Griffins. Go here for more information about the show.
This month heralds either PhilaMOCA‘s final Tuesday Tune-Out of the winter or the first of the spring, and the lineup that local writer Nikki Volpicelli pulled together has a similar season-melding element to it.
You’ve seen Nikki’s byline here on The Key somewhat regularly; she also an editor for JUMP Philly, and runs her own music blog, Philadelphia Area Music Showcase, which is curating this month at the ‘MOCA. I’m pleased to welcome Nikki to this space (as an interviewee, rather than an interviewer) to tell us what’s in store. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.
Coming into the whole Tuesday Tune-Out, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make sure I highlighted bands that weren’t playing out as much, but should – bands that people should know about and be able to hear. And two, I wanted to make sure every single night was compact. If you’re going, you’re going because you like this specific sound, and you’re not going to be let down by either of these bands. Continue reading →
Virginia’s Eternal Summers play Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Carousel and Wrong World. The dream / power pop trio are touring behind their 2012 sophomore album Correct Behavior. With frontwoman Nicole Yun’s sweetly confident vocals spurred on by the aggressive guitar riffs and rhythms of drummer Daniel Cundiff and bassist Jonathan Woods, Eternal Summers blend twee and punk in an infectious and often surprising way. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch their video for “Millions” from Correct Behavior.