Northern Arms bring gallery tour to Fleisher/Ollman and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Northern Arms
Northern Arms | photo by Max Gaines |

Resident noir-rockers Northern Arms have been playing their dark and dramatic songs in venues that are a little more used to silent art forms lately.  Beginning with a David Lynch-inspired set at PAFA last week, the ten-piece band continues a tour of art gallery spaces in Brooklyn this week before returning to Philly on Friday, December 5th for a set at Fleisher Art memorial with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society.  Two sets at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on January 9th bring the tour to a close, though we’ll be hearing from Northern Arms soon after as they complete a new record at Miner Street Recording.  More information for the shows can be found here.  Listen to the demo of “Come To Me” below.

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Former Mazarin frontman Quentin Stoltzfus debuts new band Light Heat at Fleisher-Ollman Gallery Aug. 24

Like many Philly music heads from the aughties, we were amped to hear that Quentin Stoltzfus was bringing his songrwiting back into the public ear. He recorded some of the most magical psych-rock this city has to offer in his band Mazarin, right until a wedding band from upstate New York with the same name presented him with a cease and desist order. After a six-year hiatus, Stoltzfus took the name Light Heat, began working with Alec Ounsworth and guys from The Walkmen, and picked right up where he left off. The track that made the rounds when it appeared on Soundcloud a month ago, “And the Birds,” rings out with a strumming acoustic guitar, a chiming piano, and layers and layers of sonic bliss. You can grab a free download of the song below, and hear a lot more in person when Light Heat makes its live debut on Friday, Aug. 24 at Center City’s Fleisher-Ollman Gallery for the closing reception of “A Complete Die, etc.”, a group exhibit curated by Philadelphia artist Anthony Campuzano.