Recap: Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance at SXSW

If you haven’t caught Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow in concert or online over the past few months, here’s a mindblower for you: the minimal noisepop duo formerly known as Reading Rainbow (who last year expanded into a trio, then changed its name) is now a full-blown, epic-sounding indie punk foursome. In its Friday evening South by Southwest showcase at Austin’s The Iron Bear, Bleeding Rainbow delivered a raging half-hour long set of entirely new material that carried tones of Sonic Youth’s Goo and Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. New drummer Greg Frantz kept a fierce backbeat while founding members Rob Garcia and Sara Everton alternated between guitar and bass, their trademark vocal harmonies floating nicely above the fray. Over on stage right, guitarist Al Creedon wailed on his guitar so intensely, part of its headstock splintered off by set’s end. I was already amped to hear the new record the band just finished working on, but this has sent it into overdrive – check out a slideshow above, read the setlist below, and experience the noise for yourselves when Bleeding Rainbow opens for Cloud Nothings at Johnny Brendas on March 30.

Get Lost
Pink Ruff
Yr Not Alone
Go Ahead
Drift Away
Inside My Head


We’re not making this up: Reading Rainbow is now “Bleeding Rainbow”

Thanks to The Swollen Fox for noticing this update via the band’s (new) tumblr:



– We like the name Bleeding Rainbow better.
– It is trippy as shit.
– We didn’t want to get a cease and desist letter from PBS.
– We were sick of being named after a children’s t.v. show.
– We were sick of people fixating on it and making dumb jokes/comments about it. (even though it was our own damn fault.)
– Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Holy Ghost! at Union Transfer, Nightlands at PhilaMOCA

Holy Ghost

In case you missed it, yacht house is now a genre of music. Or at least, that’s what techno-pop duo Holy Ghost! (and its contemporaries like Chromeo and Washed Out) would have you believe. After meeting in high school, band members Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser were first inspired by the day’s popular hip hop, eventually mixing those influences with a palate of ‘70s and ‘80s-era keyboard dance. Though not as innovative as James Murphy (founder of DFA Records, to which the band is signed, and the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem), Holy Ghost! maintains a mostly sample-free existence, inching ahead of other neo-house acts who fail to make anything noteworthy or new. Original or not, the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year, delivers many tunes for a good time—particularly if you find yourself on a boat. Holy Ghost! performs with Jessica 6, Midnight Magic, and Eli Escobar at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$15.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: Allman Brothers Band at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., $49.50–$125); Snowing + Algernon Cadwallader, 1994!, Glocca Morra, The World Is… at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Sick Of It All + Trapped Under Ice, Hundreth, Back Track, Take Offense, Betrayal at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages $15)

Nightlands + Dustin Wong, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA (all ages, $7–$10); Reading Rainbow + Woven Bones at Johnny Brenda’s (9:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Wendy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

Simple Plan + Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab, Marianas Trench at Electric Factory (6 p.m., all ages, $30.90)


Today: WXPN and The Key Welcomes The Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ with The Head and the Heart, Jukebox the Ghost, Good Old War, Reading Rainbow, Nicos Gun, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and more

Today is the Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ at The Ukie Club, 847 N. Franklin Street (in Northern Liberties). Tickets to the all ages show are $15.00 and are available here. There are two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) with 15 bands performing and starts at 11 a.m. Below are the set times.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Brian McGee (outdoor stage)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m The Parson Red Heads (outdoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. John Byrne (indoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wigwams (outdoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pinemouth (indoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Birdie Busch (outdoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Toy Soldiers (indoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nicos Gun (outdoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. North Lawrence Midnight Singers (indoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reading Rainbow (outdoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Avi Wisnia (indoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Viva Voce (outdoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Stephen Lyons (indoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jukebox The Ghost (outdoor stage)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (outdoor stage)
8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Head and The Heart (outdoor stage)
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Good Old War (outdoor stage)


WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ with The Head and The Heart, Reading Rainbow, Good Old War, Jukebox The Ghost and many more on Sunday, September 25th

WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ on Sunday, September 25th at the Ukie Club. The show starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 10 p.m. There are two stages with the lineup including local bands Nicos Gun, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Birdie Busch, Reading Rainbow, Toy Soldiers, and Good Old War. Additional performers include Jukebox The Ghost, The Parson Red Heads, Viva Voce, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and The Head and The Heart. 15 bands for $15 bucks and it includes BBQ and beer! Go here for more information. Below, check out songs from some of the bands performing at the Sunday BBQ.

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

HVNLP85 The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart by heavenlyrecordings

SOLDIER by nicosgun


Reading Rainbow’s Vitamin Water Uncapped performance rescheduled for Sept. 28th

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow‘s previously canceled Vitamin Water Uncapped show has been rescheduled for September 28th, according to the band’s Twitter. The earlier date, August 27th, was cut when Hurricane Irene intervened. The 21+ concert will be free and take place at Sigma Sound Studios. Reading Rainbow will be accompanied by The Homophones and Cat Vet.

UPDATE 9/8/11 (1:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this post stated that the show was on September 29th, as was originally mentioned on Reading Rainbow’s Twitter. As Johnny Brenda’s Chris Ward mentioned below, the show is on the 28th.


Video: Strand Of Oaks’ and A Sunny Day In Glassgow’s Black Cab Sessions performances

The Black Cab SessionsEarlier this month, we posted the trailer for the Black Cab Sessions‘ tour through the USA, which included a stop in Philadelphia and recording sessions with several local acts. The Philly-centric part of the trailer specifically lists performances by Freeway, Spank Rock, Meg Baird, Kyp Malone, Plastic Little, and Reading Rainbow; back when they were here last November, we noted that they had recorded with Grandchildren as well. For now, however, has videos of sessions with Strand Of Oaks and A Sunny Day In Glasgow. You can watch both videos below; more videos of the Black Cab Sessions’ USA tour are available on (Thanks to The Swollen Fox for posting about the videos earlier today.)


Listen to a new Reading Rainbow song “Dead End,”

Reading Rainbow have a new song called “Dead End” that you can stream below.

According to the band’s web site:

Listen to our new song “Dead End” that we did for our secret split 7″ with SUPER WILD HORSES for the HoZac Hook up Klub!!
Sadly you can only get copies if you were a Hook up Klub Round 2 member – BUT we should have these for sale on tour in September!


– Recorded before Al joined the band, but the guitar feedback in the beginning and end of the song includes Al wailing on guitar. (Al also recorded this song for us)

– Feedback at beginning and end of the track also includes Rob wailing on guitar as well as SARAH* wailing. (*look for more Sarah guitar playing in future)

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

Reminder: The band are playing a free show this Saturday August 27th as part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live show curated by The Raveonettes and also featuring The Homophones and Cat Vet. The show is at 8 p.m. at Sigma Sound Studios. Admission to the 21+ show is free by making a reservation here.


Vice and Vitamin Water announce a free Reading Rainbow (+ more) show on August 27th

Philly is apparently the place to be for free music this summer. Vice and Vitamin Water have just announced a free show to take place next Saturday, August 27th at Sigma Sound Studios. As part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live series, the concert will feature an all-local lineup: Reading Rainbow, Cat Vet, and The Homophones. The evening will be curated by The Raveonettes. The show is 21+ and free with an RSVP, which you can easily fill out here.

A somewhat interesting sponsor/curator/artist partnership, but we’ll take it! Thanks to The Deli Philadelphia for the tip.