Watch Commonwealth Choir’s new “Along the Peak” performed at The TLA

Commonwealth Choir onstage at The TLA
Commonwealth Choir

On Friday night, Philly rockers Commonwealth Choir performed at The TLA on South Street on the seven-artist lineup of the Bands in the Backyard Summer Sounds showcase. The band’s well-received EP Shirtless is coming up on a year old, meaning they’ve been working more and more unreleased material into their setlist of late, including from their XPoNential Music Festival set last month to their performance on Friday night. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader and The Ataris at MilkBoy, Sturgill Simpson at the Ardmore Music Hall, BITBY Summer Sounds Showcase at The TLA and more…

Cheerleader | photo courtesy of artist.
Local haze-pop group Cheerleader join Kristopher Roe of alt-rock stalwarts The Ataris at MilkBoy tonight for the venue’s 15th anniversary.  Cheerleader released a new video for its crystalline pop single “Perfect Vision” earlier this month, a track that will be on the full-length follow-up to this year’s self-titled debut EP.  The song moves away from the pure haziness of the EP and pulls production influences from radio pop songs, making it a perfect summer anthem alternative.  Meanwhile, Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of the States, performing fan favorites and requests in intimate settings.  Watch Cheerleader’s video for “Perfect Vision” below and get more information about the free show here.

Commonwealth Choir, Pine Barons, Weekender and more to play at BITBY Summer Sounds

Photo by Mike Bucher

Bands in the Backyard is bringing together some of Philly’s best for a one-night-only concert at the Theater of the Living Arts. BITBY will host the concert Summer Sounds on August 15. It’s a killer lineup topped by Bucks County rock band Commonwealth Choir as headliner (fresh off their slot at XPoNential Music Festival this weekend). Continue reading →


Go shopping with Joey Sweeney in a pre-Record Store Day video for “Records and Coffee”

jsrcscreengrab1“I’ve been scrutinized, been sad and blithe,” sings Joey Sweeney. “And so many other often times, the only thing that made me feel civilized was records and coffee.” It’s a lyric that rings true for any of us who have spent an inordinate amount of time thumbing our way through boxes of vinyl, sitting in a corner of cafe with a dark roast and a hangover, making sense of our ever-changing world through one constant we can rely on: music. Through the ups and downs of life, it’s always there.

With Record Store Day fast approaching (check out our rundown of local events here), Sweeney and BITBY (who released the vinyl edition of his 2013 album Long Hair) debuted a new video for the toe-tapping “Records and Coffee.” It follows our narrator as he wakes up on his couch – where an excitable pup greets him as an LP spins – to the aisles of A.K.A. Music, down the nearby streets and back home where he reviews and revels in his purchases. If the music nerdery wasn’t enough of a winning point, the beautifully shot Old City streetscapes will get you.

Check it out below, celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 19th, and be sure to catch Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts on May 8th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.


Watch City Rain perform “Mama I Want to Go Home” for BITBY.TV


Photo by Doug Seymour
Photo by Doug Seymour

Before taking the stage at Ortlieb’s earlier this month, City Rain stepped down to the basement with BITBY.TV to record a stripped-down version of “Mama I Want to Go Home.”  The track is taken from the duo’s upcoming Songs From a High School Dance LP and shows a different side to the usually upbeat, anthemic electro-pop project.  Check out the live video below and then download the studio version.  City Rain will be hosting a residency at Ortlieb’s on Wednesdays in May.  Tickets and information for those shows can be found here.


Unlocked: Linger a little with Creepoid’s “Sunday” video

Photo via No Idea Records

Last month Creepoid premiered the first single, “Sunday,” from its upcoming self-titled album on No Idea Records. Here’s the video for it, and it’s quite laid back for what we’ve seen from the band in the past.

Despite the album being their first since 2011, it’s not the first time we’re from them since then. The video for “Golden String” by BitBY was released in 2012. And remember when Shaking Through did a video featuring Creepoid in the wake of 2011’s Horse Heaven? Yeah, well, the song in that video, “Old Tree,” is on the upcoming self-titled album. The tracks have obviously been lingering a little bit.

But the video for “Sunday” doesn’t evoke that time of laziness late in a weekend. It’s simply slow-motion shots paired with a song that’s pushing deep into the couch. It’s the length of every note played in this song that makes it match this simple video. Whether it’s the long lead guitar notes, the breath-y singing or the tambourine that slaps back in the speakers, it’s not too much. Perhaps that’s what works for both the video and the song.

Creepoid is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked. Download the song “Baptism” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review and check back tomorrow and Friday for an interview and more.


Watch Dreambook go outside with “Stay Inside” on this month’s BITBY episode (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 7/12)

dreambookThis month’s Bands in the Backyard episode introduces us to emerging Philly band Dreambook, which performs a brand new song called “Stay Inside.”  It’s a hazy piece of shoegaze music, sometimes touching on psychedelic, with multiple guitars vamping along to a steady drum beat and heavy bass line.  Check out the video below, and be sure to catch them at Johnny Brenda’s July 12th along with Creepoid and Amanda X.


Watch Dice Raw perform at Race Street Pier for BITBY (playing Third Thursdays Live and Local tonight)


Local rapper / singer / all-around-showman Dice Raw recorded a short video for Bands in the Backyard, previewing the new free music series, Third Thursdays Live and Local, which happens at the Race Street Pier every month. In the video, Dice gives a short yet compelling performance of his song “1995”, and gives further info (sort of) about the upcoming show at the pier. The series, presented by Philebrity and in conjunction with Black Music Month Week, will kick off tonight with performances by Dice Raw, Lushlife, Jade Alston, and D’Vina. Find additional info here, and check out more videos from this week’s artists after the jump.

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Check out a BITBY video of Northern Arms live (playing Ortlieb’s 6/19)

NorthernArmsPhilly / Brooklyn indie outfit Northern Arms are bringing their beautifully haunting, slightly old-world sound to Ortlieb’s Lounge on June 19th. They opened for local favorites Man Man back in March, and Bands in the Backyard (BITBY) recorded their performance of “Build My Gallows.” It’s very reminiscent of a less gruff Tom Waits style – something Poe probably would’ve jammed out to today. Watch it below (you can find more of their performance on BITBY’s site), and catch them at Ortlieb’s with NYMPH and sami.the.great.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Mary Lattimore at Kung Fu Necktie, Philebrity Valentine’s Day special with Juston Stens at Underground Arts, plus more

Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name.  Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords.   Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here.  Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.

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