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Former Belle

Former Belle Capture a Space Deep Within at Mantua Yacht Club Jan. 9

Led by Bruno Catrambone (CRUISR), Former Belle creates a sonic setting that lingers, staying within a memorable manner. These songs capture a space deep within, as their uninhibited folk honesty hits the back of ones neck, sending a haunting shiver up the spine. However, while hitting emotion at its core, there remains a free sense of moment that brightens the creaky corners. Now, as they work on (and hopefully) reveal new material tonight, Former Belle enters Mantua Yacht Club. South Jersey’s Pine Barons develop experiment through a balance of folk simplicity, elevated with polished/customized harmonies that shift dynamics from a cruising movement to a controlled push that shakes the standard foundation. Local punk four-piece Stay at Home Dad and Heads On Sticks, which includes Darla’s Brendan Monahan, as well as Great Space complete the lineup. Mantua Yacht Club, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, June 27 - 29

Former Belle headlines a stacked deck of a lineup this evening at Bourbon & Branch, celebrating their newly released EP Old Ghost. The collection of B-sides wets the appetite for their upcoming full-length release while also providing a taste of fresh songs. These tracks have an endearing intimacy and a fearless sense of expression, revealing a haunting honesty that resonates song after song. DJ Brown-led Our Griffins is another fine example, combining songwriting with his calm yet powerful vocal timbre and a consistent pulsing instrumentation that has a way of creeping into your head and taking residence. Another pair of intriguing folk-oriented risers, who have both been Deli Philly Featured Artist Poll winners in Maitland and Jeremiah Tall, square up a bill which spills over with an abundance of local talent. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend…
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) Sat Alright Junior (Record Release), Wonder & Fury, The Loud Company
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Missile Toads, SAT Belgrade, Bacio
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Tutlie, Ghost Gum/(Upstairs) Foul Weathered Friend, Everyone Except Me, (Late ) Community Service, FTS, SAT The Heels, The Droogettes/Gods of Space/Fishtown Beats, SUN Families, Trouble in Tokyo/Push Ups
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Mischief Brew
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Splintered Sunlight SUN Vektor
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Chill Moody, Arsin, DJ Niilo
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Urban Celebrity Magazine Presents Philly Summer Fest 2014: Tiani Victoria SAT DJ Aye Boogie
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SUN Doc Gibbs & Friends
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Fourth Line, Skyline the City
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Weekender, SAT Uptown Tone, 30 And Over League, Asher (Riley Brothers), Sun Entropy, We Are Not, Lower the Standard
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Bey
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Saturn Diamond, SUN Ron Gallo & Friends
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Ma Jolie, SAT The Escape, Wayne Gallagher, Tom Williamson, Saver
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Willow Talk, Left of Logic
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Babin Brothers
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  Fri Low Rise, The Sandy Mentals, SUN Ross Bellenoit Quartet
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI The Good Excuses, Pravda, Jiggley Jones, Robert Petitti/Willpowerless, Release, SAT Doom Whore, Spinechain, Bunny Savage/Kamakaze, Systamatik Orload
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Jacopo De Nicola, SUN Sarah Alexandra, Laura Cheadle, Alec Stewart, Kevin Killen, Matt Spitko, Michael Southerton, Sonja Bontrager
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI SPiN, SUN KitsunE
Mill Creek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave) SAT Stinking Lizaveta, SGNLS, Pushin’ it 2 the Limit
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Vibe Deta, The Great Endangered, SAT Stealing Fame (Release Show), Audiospunk, Mesmeria
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Transistor Rodeo, The Wayside Shakeup SAT
Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) FRI Rat Fist, Dark Blue
Little Berlin Annex  (2430 Coral St.) SUN Ian Fraser, Ethan Tripp
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Faking, Nemesisters, Bad Energy/Jack Wright, Flandrew Fleisenberg
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Slayer, SUN Nam Le, Twin Pines, Ultra Violet, Baa Ram Ewe
Toby’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cold Foamers, Mumblr

Free Download: "Old Ghost" - Former Belle

"Old Ghost," a previously unreleased B-side by Former Belle, is the calm before the storm that brings the emotional element right up to the surface in a way that jostles you like no other previous song from the band has. It's the title track off the group's upcoming EP, due out June 23, that premiered earlier today via the UK's Independent Music News, and is available for free download below. Former Belle will be performing next in Philly on Thursday, May 29 at Tin Angel with The Hundred Acre Woods and Steady Hands.


New Video: "Shouldn't Love" (On the Hill Session) - Former Belle

Former Belle, a.k.a. Bruno Joseph Catrambone, recently made a trip "On the Hill" to Kettle Pot Tracks to record a session. Below is a performance of "Shouldn't Love" off his latest LP Cathedral. You can stream and purchase the session in its entirety HERE.


New Music Video: "I Was Waiting For You" - Former Belle

Below is a new music video from Former Belle (a.k.a. Bruno Joseph, a.k.a. Bruno Catrambone) for the track "I Was Waiting For You" off his latest record Cathedral. The full-length album came out yesterday, and was produced by Chris Radwanski (from Night Panther). He'll be celebrating its release this Friday at MilkBoy Philly with Market East, Geology and Commonwealth Choir.


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