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Visit the apartment of Philly basement rockers Clique in their “Sucker” video

Clique | Photo via facebook.com/cliquephl
Clique | Photo via facebook.com/cliquephl

From a bedroom decorated with dilapidated posters and a messy nightstand, indie-emo four-piece Clique take you on a tour of a Philly apartment in a music video for “Sucker.” The video – which was directed by Klein Bros. Audiovisual – uses mostly natural lighting and slo-mo shots of the Philly DIY group playing throughout the apartment. The self-reflecting track is off their debut EP, released last fall and available on Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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In light of Golden Tea House closing, First Unitarian Church shows are (sort of) making a comeback

FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church
FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church

In its nearly three-year existence, the West Philly DIY venue Golden Tea House was able to transform the scene by packing in names, small and big, each week. As someone who just moved to Philly this year for school, the GTH was one of my first house show experiences and allowed me in to their all-ages space with open arms.

The announcement of the GTH closing was something to be expected, yet at the same time caught off-guard due to the number of shows they already had booked. And as a close-knit music scene, we’ve seen in the past week many of Philly’s DIY venues jump into action to pick up the former GTH shows. One of the more unexpected venues to come out of the woodwork is the First Unitarian Church, which is mostly booked by R5 Productions. Continue reading →

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Meet Girlpool: LA transplants creating girl-punk duets

Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL
Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL

The reason Cleo Tucker started playing guitar was because she and British multi-genre performer, Joan Armatrading, have the same birthday. She was seven and saw the musician play a concert after she finished school one day.

When Harmony Tividad was a kid, she would sing a lot, so her parents put her into choir and piano lessons.

“My dad is a bass player and played a lot of music when I was a kid,” she said. She was 13 when she started playing bass; she’s 19 now.

Tividad and Tucker were both born and raised in Los Angeles. They are the two halves of the girl-punk duo Girlpool, and started attending shows in the downtown scene when they were sixteen. Continue reading →

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Cyberbully Mom Club release uke demo “Bobby Pins Pre-Blizzard”

Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

For fans of lo-fi bedroom pop, Cyberbully Mom Club‘s Shari Heck released a ukulele-fun demo called “Bobby Pins Pre-Blizzard.” The track features a comforting combination of stinging metaphors and upbeat uke-chords. “And my mother sings from her lungs like a bird that can’t fly, like a moth to the light, sticking closer with time.” The lo-fi fuzz pop group made a video for the track that was recorded on an iPhone and features serious dance moves in the library at University of the Arts. Continue reading →

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LA’s Girlpool moved to Philly, is playing a bunch of DIY shows this month

Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL
Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL

Minimalist punk duo Girlpool – who relocated from LA to Philly this month – is kicking off a string of dates in at local DIY venues tonight at West Philly’s Hazel House. The show is a benefit for the DIYPHL P.A. Share, a sort of gear and instrument co-op for independent Philadelphia bands. Continue reading →

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Review: Cousin Brian, The Snails, and more at The Old Folks Home

Brandon Ayes of Rasputin's Secret Police

The Snails, Cave Life, Rasputin’s Secret Police (above), and Cousin Brian played a house show in Fishtown on Friday night at a spot christened “The Old Folk’s Home.” Photos by Abi Reimold

The show kicked off around 8:30 with an energetic set from roots/reggae band The Snails. This seemed to come as a happy surprise to most of the crowd, many of whom took to dancing along to the laid-back tunes which featured technically impressive but always tasteful guitar and organ solos alongside singer Todd Fausnacht’s bluesy vocals. The Snails were soon followed by Cave Life, a new trio from Delaware, playing their very first show. Their set started off with an unfortunately uninspired attempt at post-rock which featured some cool guitar effects but failed to hit home in intensity. The rest of their set continued in a more agreeable fashion and consisted of about five or so tunes that were reminiscent of the more upbeat side of Broken Social Scene.

About half an hour went by as the third band, Rasputin’s Secret Police set up their equipment. A large portion of the show’s attendees were here to see this Drexel Hill two-piece and as the anticipation grew and drinks were imbibed the crowd became noticeably eager. RSP didn’t fail to deliver what everyone wanted – loud, dirty guitar, intense drumming and eerie vocals. Their set was mostly brand new songs and everyone from the superfans in the front row to those hanging in the back of the room seemed more than pleased. The show was rounded out by rowdy punk band Cousin Brian, who also seemed to bring a sizable portion of the crowd. Cousin Brian’s performances rely more on inspiring energy in the audience than exact execution of their respective parts, but all attendees were pleased by their presence.