Out of Town Films is a group of friends dedicated to the art of music documentation that has collected nearly 50 video recordings of some of the best indie talent to pass through Philadelphia this year. Exclusive interviews and an intimate, front row seat to Dr. Dog, Nicos Gun, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Delta Rae, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, among many others, is just a taste of what is available on their Youtube page.
This Wednesday at Johnny Brenda's, Out of Town Films will be kicking-off their first in a series of showcase concerts featuring Free Energy and Edison. Out of Town Films' co-founder Michael James Murray plays lead guitar in Edison, so this night will truly be about celebrating. Plus, they will be streaming their debut album Living Room this week on SoundCloud so you can get a taste for the sweet tunes you can expect to hear. Stay up to date with Edison's other upcoming happenings by following their Tumblr and Twitter.
"Living Room" by edisonsvoice
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
San Fran rockers casually release one of the best rock records of the year
I was at a bar the other day, talking with a friend, when he commented on the Death of Rock Music these days—how a good number of our popular bands consist of neon- and tight-pants-wearing, knob-turning, drum-kit-programming electro-rockers, who are far more influenced by New Order than by Joy Division. He may have a point. (We’re looking at you, Chaz Bundick/Ariel Pink.) Which is why I’m so enamored with bands like Thee Oh Sees, who’ve been casually crafting spastic garage rock nugs for nearly a decade, with nary a vocoder in site.
The project of prolific master John Dwyer, a scene vet since the late ‘90s who’s jammed with just about everyone, Thee Oh Sees follow a similar trajectory to one of my all-time favorite bands, Guided by Voices. Just as GBV started as a figment of Bob Pollard’s imagination, morphing from low-key garage project (with a rotating cast of regulars) to incredibly prolific indie rock giants—so too have Thee Oh Sees—transitioning from Dwyer’s solo project to an established force of ever-changing members. Since 2004, the band has released no less than 14 records (including 2 last year), and developed a small but strong following. But if there’s ever a time for Thee Oh Sees to burst forth into the public consciousness, in a moment of Bee Thousand-esque splendor, that time is now—after the release of fantastic new LP, Putrifiers II.
This Friday, take your lunch to The Porch at 30th Street Station for a Free at Noon performance by Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs. The first unsigned musical act to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone has also won three Juno Awards, played at Bonnaroo, and released an album on Atlantic Records produced by Patrick Carney from The Black Keys. WXPN will be broadcasting live from The Porch starting with Morning Host Michaela Majoun from 7 - 10am and continue with Midday Host Helen Leicht from 10am - 2pm. Stay all day to hear Scot Sax & Suzie Brown (7-8am), Birdie Busch (8-9am), Frank Cervantes (9-10am), John Beacher (10-11am) and Ryan Tennis (1-2pm).
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Spoon + Wolf Parade “supergroup” super rages
In general, I’m a big fan of inter-band collaborations. The 2011 Mister Heavenly record (featuring Nick Diamonds of Islands, Honus Honus of Man Man, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse) was one of my faves of the year; the 2009 Monsters of Folk record (featuring Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James and Mike Mogis) might be one of my faves of the decade. So naturally I was pumped to learn about Divine Fits, the new indie “supergroup” composed of Spoon’s Britt Daniel + Wolf Parade/The Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, with New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown on drums. (I use the term “supergroup” in quotes here because while Spoon seems legendary to us, to the rest of the world they’re but a utensil used to eat soup.)
Formed on a lark between mutual friends Boeckner and Daniel, Divine Fits quickly evolved into a full-fledged band late last year, releasing their first single (the fantastically catchy “My Love Is Real”) in early summer. Now just 3 months later they’ve readied their debut record, A Thing Called Divine Fits—which you can stream right now via NPR.
Searching for Sugar Man -- the story of an obscure late 60's-era Detroit singer-songwriter named Rodriguez and his music's influence on the youth of South Africa during apartheid-- begins screening tomorrow at the Ritz 5 on Walnut Street. This film should be at the top of your must-see list, and we're giving three lucky winners one pair of tickets each. Our three winners will also get a signed copy of the soundtrack.
The passes can be used to see Searching for Sugar Man at the Ritz 5 any date the film is playing.
In 2006 Girls Rock Philly had one simple goal; teach girls about the importance of music. From ages 9-17 this camp has grown conisderably larger with each passing year, starting with 20 campers in its first year and expanding to over 75 in 2010. Girls Rock Philly focuses on not only musical development and mentorship, but friendship & community building, leadership skills, creativity, and critical thinking. This well rounded camp has been molding the talents of numerous girls over the year, and on Saturday they celebrate their experience.
This year the showcase will feature 16 bands and 4 DJs, all educated and advised by the volunteer counselors, instructors, and band coaches. The girls were taught how to play musical instruments, form bands, write original songs, create band merchandise, and perfect their on stage swagger.
This kind of opportunity is a great way to enhance awareness in music importance, but is also a great way to enrich the community and provide a great outlet for talent and creativity. This non-profit organization has come a long way since its inception, and we can only imagine that it continues to grow and succeed.
The Killers haven't released an album in over 4 years, but on September 18th, that is all going to change. The new album is titled Battle Born and The Killers have been kind enough to preview a few of them through a number of different outlets. On their official website you can listen to "Runaways" in its entirety, which is extremely refreshing considering we have to wait another few months for the official album release. In the teaser for the album, The Killers included "Flesh and Bones", a track that complimented the imagery of the video quite well, which you can check out below. However, the latest previews of their new tracks from Battle Born have come from the start of their tour, which kicked off yesterday in Asheville, NC. The songs "Miss Atomic Bomb", "Flesh and Bones", and "Rising Tide" were all included in their set and even caught on video (albeit very poor quality).
The Killers bring their show to the Firefly Music Festival as part of a lineup that already includes The Black Keys, Jack White, Deathcab For Cutie, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, and many more. If you're lucky enough to be attending this weekend, we highly suggest you catch their set before the ship off to Europe for the rest of their tour.
Is there a better way to kick off the 4th of July than celebrating an iconic American singer-songwriter at the National Constitution Center? Nope.
Kick your Independence Day off the right way with the National Constitution Center’s Bruce Springsteen-inspired Independence Day: Fourth of July Kick-Off Party. This event will take place on the Center’s Grand Hall Overlook and breathtaking outdoor terrace on Thursday, June 28th.
A live band, picnic fare, drinks and after-hours access to the must-see exhibition From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen are on the list of things to expect.