Unlocked: Watch The Lawsuits perform “Dreaming #26” at Girard Hall for Out of Town Films

Screen shot 2013-10-18 at 10.19.40 AMWe began this week’s Unlocked study of Cool Cool Cool by The Lawsuits with a free download of their song “Dreaming #26.” Today, we bring the series full circle by watching the song performed live. Late this summer, the band performed at Girard Hall in Fishtown for one of the pop-up shows that our friends at Out of Town Films put together. In the first video from the shoot, we get a performance of “Dreaming” where we see the band reworking the light jazzy arrangements of its studio incarnation into something that works with only five performers playing live; there’s no woodwind section, the harmonies aren’t as layered, but its built up in a way so it feels like nothing is missing either. This is The Lawsuits we’ll see tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, and you can still find tickets and information on the show here.

Cool Cool Cool is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked. Download “Dreaming #26″ in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review, watch the “Love Is Weight” video in Wednesday’s post, read yesterday’s interview, and catch the band tonight. And back in the future for more Unlocked spotlights on The Key.


Watch By Surprise’s new “Criteria” video (playing Girard Hall on 3/8)

By SurpriseSouth Jersey emo foursome By Surprise premiered a new video for their single “Criteria” on If You Make It this morning. The playful and surreal clip follows singer-guitarist Pat Gartlind as he wanders from home to the office, with his bandmates Rob Wilcox, Devin Carr and Dan Saraceni (pictured above) standing in as his furniture and household appliances. Says Wilcox:

The video was a lot of fun for us. Granted, we try to not take ourselves too seriously, and I think we managed to uphold that standard while still doing the song justice. Pat and his fiancé actually own the house together, so it made recreating his morning routine all the more fun, and for the most part, pretty accurate.

Keep your eyes peeled for an Everyone Everywhere Cup O’ Joe in the video, which you can watch below, and catch By Surprise in concert next Friday, March 8th, when they play Girard Hall with Nicknames, Sparrows, Secret Plot to Destroy the Universe and Pocket.