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Mary Lattimore

Free Download: "For PTD" - Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore released the collaborative record Slant of Light last year with Jeff Zeigler, and they just spent May and June touring with Steve Gunn in support of the album. Well, here is a new solo effort from the talented avant-garde harpist called “For PTD” to help your mind wander to some far away place while stuck at work. It's available for streaming and free download below. (Photo by David Garland)


Tim Motzer Record Release Show at JB's Aug. 14

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s invites you to experience the intergalactic sonic explorations of guitarist Tim Motzer as he celebrates the release of Live From Star’s End, which is available via Motzer’s label 1k Recordings. The record captures Motzer’s improvisational performance on Chuck Van Zyl’s WXPN Star’s End show, November 3, 2013. Motzer guides the guitar-driven journey through a series of electronic tests, altering and helping to shape the space around him, while melding various textures of sound in the process. On a similar thread, harpist Mary Lattimore develops complex tones, creating an environment that peacefully provides a place for one’s mind to momentarily escape. Having recently released her debut album The Withdrawing Room, Lattimore is also working on an EP, Slant of Light, with the ever-talented producer/musician Jeff Zeigler, which will be available soon via Thrill Jockey Records. Guitar/banjo aficionado Brandon Seabrook, who released his solo debut Sylphid Vitalizers this past June, occupies the middle slot, and a collaborative performance could spice up the evening’s conclusion. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Kensington Picnic II Announced

Fire Museum and Mild Time just announced the lineup and more info for Kensington Picnic II. The event will be held on Saturday, August 9th (12pm - 8pm) at the lot of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles (Frankford Ave. between Susquehanna & Dauphin). It features a stacked lineup of Philly/neighborhood acts such as Spacin', Mary Lattimore, Birds of Maya, The Strapping Fieldhands, Laura Baird, and Hohlraum (Joel Winter of Pearls & Brass and Sean McGuiness of Pissed Jeans. Picnic starts at noon, and music will kick off at 2pm. Cheers!

A Fundraiser for the Rail Park at Union Transfer Dec. 4

This evening, Union Transfer will be playing host to a fundraiser event for the Rail Park, a project to build public green space along the rail tracks of the abandoned Reading Viaduct. There will be a sold-out cocktail reception and fashion show before the music performances, which will feature short sets and rare collaborations from talented artists. You'll be treated to Sharon Van Etten performing with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, Birdie Busch backed by Pattern is Movement's Chris Ward, Spank Rock, Light Heat, Sun Ra Arkestra and The Walkmen, who have announced that this could be their final show (or at least for a very long time). All proceeds from the night will go to Friends of the Rail Park. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $30, All Ages - Q.D. Tran 

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler Entrance w/Experimental Sounds at Highwire Gallery March 22

Enticing, one-of-a-kind varietals of performance and visuals are Highwire Gallery’s stock in trade. This evening’s show, featuring the combo of Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler and Fursaxa, is unique for several reasons. Not the least of them being that it’s an opportunity to see two of Philly’s most ubiquitous - and disparate - performers take on their own sets. Mary Lattimore, the city’s best known indie harpist, is releasing her first solo album The Withdrawing Room next month, after years of building a reputation providing filigreed, ethereal backing for such notable artists like Thurston Moore, Daughn Gibson, Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Nightlands, and many others. She’ll be joined on stage by Jeff Zeigler, who (in addition to his recognizable stature in Arc in Round) produced her record at his studio Uniform Recording. He also has his own solo sound plus a gift for collaborating with Lattimore on some mind-bending synth-harp work. These two will be sharing the bill tonight with Fursaxa, a project born of Tara Burke’s avant-garde roots and a fondness for the Philly experimental scene - her collaborators include Helena Espvall and Bardo Pond. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. 8:00pm, $6 - $8 sliding scale, All Ages (Photo from The Key) - Alyssa Greenberg


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