The ladies of Catnaps reunite tonight at KungFu Necktie with solo projects

Photo by Becca Green
Photo by Becca Green

Twee pop band Catnaps took a permanent rest last spring, but that doesn’t mean the members have stopped playing music altogether. Front ladies of the band Adrienne Gold and Carolyn Haynes are both taking on new, individual projects. Gold’s Tender Vision and Haynes’ Ghost Gum will play together tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Forbidden Rooms, made up of members from Ladies Auxiliary, and Humble Fires from D.C.

Tender Vision and Ghost Gum are new bands to the punk scene, but not collectively. Aside from Gold, Tender Vision is made up of members from punk band Address. But tonight, they’ll play their first Philly show.

Meanwhile, Ghost Gum includes members of indie punk band Glocca Morra. With so many creative minds within each of the projects, any devout listener of the bands can easily pick out the Catnaps/Address/Glocca Morra influences.

Ghost Gum’s bandcamp, currently filled with four demos, features distinctive Glocca guitar slides and punky riffs while keeping Haynes’ twinkling, indiepop sound. Tender Vision currently has two songs on their bandcamp: “Just Kill Me,” an original released just this January, and an experimental, spacey cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” which according to the band’s Facebook page, will be available for free download for just one week.

Hang out with these Philly-famous punkers tonight. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. and costs $7 at the door.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)


Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tame Impala at The Electric Factory, Catnaps at PhilaMOCA, Peter Yarrow at Haddon Lake Park, Northern Arms at Ortlieb’s Longue

Tame-ImpalaThis Wednesday is chalked full of amazing music.  First up, the Austrian psych-rock group Tame Impala.  Out of the brilliant mind of group leader Kevin Parker, Tame Impala have released two amazing albums, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, both dealing with isolation in a trippy combination of 60s rock and modern electronic music.  Tonight, the band plays Electric Factory with Philly’s own Light Heat as the openers.  Check out the video for Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” below and click here for more concert information.

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Download a farewell album from Philly indie-poppers Catnaps (final show 6/19 at PhilaMOCA)

Photo by Becca Green
Photo by Becca Green

After four years traversing the worlds of twee, to twee-punk to straightahead punk, Philly’s Catnaps is calling it a day. As previously reported, the band’s show this Wednesday at PhilaMOCA will be their last, but they’re not going away without leaving us with a final collection of new music to remember them by. The Forget About It EP, released as a free download to Bandcamp today, has a nice, uber-catchy Go-Gos thing going on, perhaps hinting at what might have been, or more accurately what will continue to be – since we totally expect all the Catnaps mates will remain active in the Philadelphia music scene in different forms for a while. Listen to Forget About It below, and download it here, for more information on the show, visit the Facebook event page here.


Catnaps announce break-up, final show will be 6/19 at PhilaMOCA


Philly fuzz / pop band Catnaps announced on their Facebook last night that they’ll be parting ways at end of the month.  Since their 2011 debut as Why Don’t You Whisper? Catnaps (formerly known as When I Was 12) have won over the hearts of fans with their sugary, love-filled pop songs that are given a dose of grunge reality every now and then over the course of three releases.  Though they will no longer be wooing us with songs like “Alphabet Soup” or sticking it to love on “Valentimes Day” the members of Catnaps will be far from inactive in local music projects.  Hang out with them at their last show on June 19th at PhilaMOCA with Imaginary Pants (Pet Milk, currently booked for the show, have also apparently called it quits).  Tickets and information can be found here.  Revisit the history of Catnaps here and watch their video for “Novelty” below.


Catnaps, Literature and more playing a pop-up show tonight at Hausu


Catnaps, Literature and Sam Cook of Radiator Hospital are joining Florida’s Cassolette for a pop-heavy house show at Hausu tonight.  It’s a last-minute, semi-secret show that’s got some of the best in Philly indie pop that will range from heartfelt confessions to fuzz-filled twee.  Check out videos of the bands below and get more information at the event page here.

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Download Philamixington II, featuring Norwegian Arms, Radiator Hospital, Catnaps and more


Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia.  To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr.  The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater.  From Marchinowski:

Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.

Download the full mixtape for free on Beat the Indie Drum here and stream a sampling of the tracks below.  The first Philamixington set can be downloaded here.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bleeding Rainbow, Kurt Vile, Attia Taylor and Pissed Jeans)

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Happy Valentine’s Day from Helen Leicht – get free downloads of Philly Local love songs [link]

Philly punks Pissed Jeans ravage the Key Studio Sessions [link]

Indiepop five-piece Catnaps releases a prom-themed music video for “Novelty” [link]

WXPN will broadcast Sunday’s Mumford & Sons concert from the SBC in Camden [link]

Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP Yeah Right is the subject of the Unlocked showcase [link]

Philly’s Abi Reimold is spotlighted in a Folkadelphia session [link]

See photos from Toro y Moi‘s appearance at Union Transfer [link]

Five Things That Inspired Mary Lattimore’s Debut Album, The Withdrawing Room [link]

Watch local actors, fashion designers and musicians Khari Mateen and Elegant Animals collaborate in a video called The Living [link]

Explore Philadelphia with Dave Hartley of Nightlands and BlackBook Magazine [link]

Kurt Vile announces a headlining Union Transfer show, shares a free download [link]

Philly space-rocker Brendan Codey shares a new track called “Twin Chimney” [link]

UK experimental trio Beak> plays Underground Arts on a snowy night [link]


Watch a prom-themed video for Catnaps’ “Novelty” (featuring a cameo by Fred Knittel of Folkadelphia)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Philly indie-pop crew Catnaps released a prom-themed music video for their song “Novelty” from their new Shuteye EP (available as a free download here). Watch the video below and look for a cameo from Fred Knittel (pictured), host of Folkadelphia on Singer-Songwriter Radio; he joins a crowd of couples as they dance to the song and Adrianne Gold sings into a fancy microphone. The band has a show coming up on March 8th at West Philly DIY space Glitoria.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Nightlands, Catnaps and Thao)

Nightlands | Photo by Matthew Davis

Prairie Empire stops by to record a Folkadelphia session [link]

Philly’s Nightlands celebrates the release of Oak Island at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James streams his new album, announces a Union Transfer show [link]

Philly rockers Free Energy get interviewed by a couple sixth graders [link]

Remembering versatile guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, who passed away at age 54 this week [link]

Indiepop five-piece Catnaps releases a new EP for free downloading [link]

Shoegazers Nothing will make the First Friday crowd wish they packed earplugs [link]

Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds records a Key Studio Session, comes to World Cafe Live [link]

Philly rapper Chill Moody releases a mini-documentary of his December TLA show [link]

Thao Nguyen plays “We The Common” on a banjo, through a microphone, at a rally [link]

All week the Unlocked series features Almost Endless, the new LP from The National Rifle [link]