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Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band Opening for Eleventh Dream Day at JB's Aug. 20

Eleventh Dream Day have been around for over three decades now, and core members Rick Rizzo, Janet Bean (of Freakwater), Doug McCombs (of Tortoise and Brokeback) have teamed up with Jim Elkington (of Tweedy and Brokeback) for their latest release Works For Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey). Tonight at Johnny Brenda's, the Chicago alt-rockers will be matched with hometown guitar hero Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. Combining their love for the expansive jams of The Grateful Dead with the art-punk noise of bands like Television, the band sets its sights on morphing these distinctly polar ends of the music spectrum into a cohesive soundscape, enveloping onlookers into a world where the lines of genres are blurred and minds are scrambled. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band currently have plans to release The Rarity of Experience, a 2XLP due out in 2016 via No Quarter. They'll also be joined this evening by Philly's own Rosali. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

Free Download: Daytrotter Session - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Daytrotter just shared their session with Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. You can stream and download the recording for free (w/membership) HERE. Enjoy the afternoon jams! (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney)

The Next Generation of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band at JB's Feb. 6

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band have been crafting some of the finest psych-rock-meets-art-rock jams coming out of Philly, and their live performances have also become must-attend events. Though I was sad to hear that guitarist Paul Saukeena (Spacin', ex-Spooks) had left the band, it was comforting to learn that alien shredder Nick Millevoi has officially joined the group. Those of you who have been keeping up with the local avant-garde music scene should already know the talent that Millevoi possesses. So I'm excited to hear what the next generation of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band will sound like live this evening at Johnny Brenda's where they'll be supported by Baltimore's Horse Lords and Chicago's Mind Over Mirrors. Below is a taste of it from their session with Relix. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

Free Downloads: Live at Rough Trade & Palisades (NYCTaper) - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

NYCTaper recently offer up not one, but 2 sets from Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band in Brooklyn. The first captures them at Rough Trade on October 24th, 2014 - only a handful of days before the release of Intensity Ghost, while the other occurred mere days ago on January 10 at Palisades. You can stream and download both sets for free HERE. Dig into the rich musical jamming terrain, and see what it unearths. For those who want to hear/see it live for themselves, the band will be performing on Friday, February 6 at Johnny Brenda’s. (Phot by Acidjack)

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band Record Release Show at Boot & Saddle Nov. 5

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band organically formed during the recording of the guitar virtuoso’s last breakthrough album, Solar Motel. Since then, the group has been pushing the boundaries of his compositions in live settings and impressing those who have been fortunate enough to be there when the four-piece merges into one cohesive unit, churning out time-bending psychedelic rock. It’s an experience well worth any exhaustion that you may feel the next morning at work. They’ll be celebrating the release of their latest triumph, Intensity Ghost, this evening at Boot & Saddle where they’ll be joined by cosmic journeyman Marshall Allen and neo-psychedelia outfit The Orange Drop. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


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