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The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive Opening for Swirlies July 2

The Spirit of the Beehive nestle you in juxtaposing sonic environments. There’s that undeniable soft-spoken vocals, which drift through a shoegazing haze that is eerily comforting, while allowing you to sink deeper within the haunted setting. However, an explosive high energy lies in wait, capable of transforming that soothing darkness into a heavier grunge-oriented scenario, and somewhere in between lies songs that have taken on an odd yet enveloping status, creeping into your head and setting up shop. With You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated), the follow-up to their self-titled debut on the way, The Spirit of the Beehive occupy the opening slot between laying the groundwork for Suburban Living, who dishes out personal penetrating lyrics while harnessing an on the move infectious musicality that on this night paves the way to the gritty melodics of Swirlies. (Below is the new music video for their latest single "World Access," which was filmed by Federico R. Casanova and edited by David Milstein.) Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $14, 9pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

The Spirit of the Beehive // World Access (official video)

Weekend Warrior, March 20 - 22

The Spirit of the Beehive perform this evening at First Unitarian Church to celebrate the release of their debut self-titled LP via Ranch Records, which garnered The Deli Philly’s Record of the Month in December. The band finds that happy medium between comforting, spacey, shoegazing haze drawing you intimately close and the more instrumentally aggressive, grimy immediacy of grunge songs. That introspective vibe bodes well as one dives in headlong, and provides distinct bubble-breaking contrasts when the subtle scene defining tones are transferred over to tormenting torrential illustrations. Japanese Breakfast, the side project of Little Big League’s Michelle Zauner, delves into the experimental pop realm. Zauner’s crisp vocals searchingly swim as she digs into a series of diary-oriented narratives that take her to serious moments, but still makes pit stops in lighthearted places. Pop-punk trio Blowdryer incorporates sludgy drone amid a gritty straight-ahead energy. The experimental bedroom pop output of former Philly native now NYC resident, Eskimeaux, harnesses emotion in a clean, catchy, elegant manner, plucking at your heartstrings along the way. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to wait out winter this weekend…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Mischief Brew
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Minka, SAT Radiator Hospital, Paul & Beril
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)FRI Twin Symptoms, QQQ, Clovermite/The Late Saints/Sexy Black Female, Agent Zero, The Wonder Bars, SAT EMCK, SUN I Yahn I Arkestra, McRad, Cheerbleeders
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Black Horse Motel, Sweetbriar Rose, SAT Nathan Earl & Rachel Joy, Last Full Measure, Brian Medlin & The Elk Band, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SUN Josh Miller, Band of Rivals
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Sarah Lindstedt, SUN Ecstatic Vision
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Beating, Risky Disco
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Dirty Purple, RFA, Moonshine Social, Upstream Color, SUN (Balcony) Feel Rite Audio, Shy Shape, My Little Crusaders
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Bon Again
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Menzingers SUN The Menzingers
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Ryan Matthews, SAT (Downstairs) Hurricane Hoss
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI NAAM Brigade, Supreem Da Rezarekta', Lateefius Maximus III, SAT The Danger O’s, Jantones, SUN Darko the Super, Gwappy Boyz, Rhetoric Wallace, Ialive, O.H.M.
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Brad Hinton, Dirty Dollhouse, Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth, SAT Flightschool
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Callowhill, Royal Shoals, SAT The Blurry Nights, Risky Disco
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Twin 55, Whiskey Kitten Cabaret
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra w/Gamma Rae
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Brown Sugar, SAT Jonathan Monument, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Vital Stats, The Magnetic North/Purple Abaddon, Rebel Revolution, SAT (1pm) The Phoenix Bridge/Slyphr, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88/Bob Flood, Smoke, SUN The Orderlies, Skyline Beat
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Joie Kathos, James Hearne, Those People, Katie Barbato, The Discount Heroes SAT Somewhere South, The Funky T, Mike Declan
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.)
The Bada Bing Sports Bar & Grille (2372 Orthodox Street) SAT The Future Race, Swarms
Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.) SAT Meek Mill
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI American Dinosaur, Hopscotch Jefferson, The Heavy Weather, Wolf Accent, SAT Undergun, The Retinas, Old Scratch, Allie Carroll
Ardmore Music Hall FRI (7pm) Liz Longley/(10pm) Control For Smilers, SUN Alfred James Band
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St. St.) SUN Punk Symposium
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave,) FRI Mumblr, Jackie Paper, Seismic Thrust, SAT Ghost Gum, Cool Points, Thin Lips
The Nest (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Ritual Abuse, Balloon Boy
Baker Bowl (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Snoozer, Abi Reimold
Rybrew (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Arizona Lights, Ok Otter
The Pharmacy (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Spent Flesh, FTS, Repellers, Shithawks
Babe Cave 3000 (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT The Pretty Greens
The Doghouse (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Twin Pines, In Writing, Glassgrade
Mile High House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Brown Rainbow, Shrink (Last Show), The Kingfisher Band, Wring Out

New Music Video: "I Smell Bud" - The Spirit of the Beehive

This new music video for The Spirit of the Beehive’s “I Smell Bud”, found on the group's self-titled debut, visualizes the haze of the track while demonstrating brief snippets of a budding DIY community. Thus, the song filters through your head and offers a glimpse at where it comes from. The band performs as part of a bill that also includes Japanese Breakfast, Eskimeaux, and Blowdryer on Friday, March 20 at Great Indoors.

The Spirit of the Beehive // I Smell Bud (official video) from Federico R. Casanova

Dogs on Acid w/The Spirit of the Beehive at Boot & Saddle Feb. 11

After releasing their debut tracks via Ranch Records, local four-piece Dogs on Acid (featuring Peter Helmis, Joe Reinhart and Nick Tazza formerly of Algernon Cadwallader as well as Nate Dionne of Snowing) recently shared “Flushed,” which is one half of their forthcoming 7” via Asian Man Records. The song's tumbling melodic momentum makes it a natural stuck-in-your-head rocker that leaves you wanting more. They'll be headlining Boot & Saddle this evening, which will be their second show in Philly this week, and if you didn't make it to the First Unitarian Church on Monday or did and just couldn't get enough of Dogs on Acid, well, here's your opportunity to check them out in one of the best sounding rooms in Philly. They'll be joined by The Spirit of the Beehive, who play a range of highs and lows finding an unexpected middle ground between soothing hypnotic astral dream-pop and a denser, shoegazing atmosphere, filled with ever volatile stormy instrumentation that lies in waiting. The group's musical outlook inhabits darkly clouded sonic terrain. In its intermediate lighter moments, the clouds soften revealing transitions of calm; however, behind that ray of light lies a persistent unforgiving torrential roar. Whether one prefers the calm or the storm, it’s easy to get sucked in. Also along for the ride are relative pop-punk newcomers Quit, who open a night full of intrigue that promises to catapult you toward the weekend. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, January 16 - 18

In honor of his 5th anniversary of living in Philly, the promoter behind End Result Productions and Philly DIY Shows, Nick Duval, has organized a two-day festival, Blistering Ephemera, that features his favorite experimental rock and punk acts converging upon PhilaMOCA for one jam-packed weekend. It will feature buzz-worthy out of town acts like Two Inch Astronaut, Big Ups, Palberta, and Nashoba, as well as plenty of hometown heroes. On Saturday Pinkwash will electrify with their soul-pounding power punk, and Disinterest will crush with their raw and visceral hardcore. Sunday will be headlined by Andy Molholt and the rest of Laser Background, who are preparing a big tour in support of their upcoming EP Kelly Wisdom. Meanwhile, The Spirit of the Beehive will showcase exactly why they’re rapidly becoming one of bands to watch in 2015. And Space Drugs will be quick to impress with their noisy garage rock. With 20 eclectic acts total on the lineup, this is definitely a festival to catch on both days. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 3pm, $10-$12 each day, All Ages - Bill McThrill
More places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT A Celebration of The Life of David Sommer: Dirt Worshipper, Metroplex, Carolynne McNeel
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Kicking Down Doors, Black Horse Motel, Christopher Davis-Shannon
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Captain Scurvy and the S.S. Pancake, SAT Grower, Ordinary Lives, SUN Reckless Dodgers, Cheerbleeders
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Blistering Ephemera Fest Day 1: Pinkwash, Loose Tooth Disinterest, Roya Weidman, SUN Blistering Ephemera Fest Day 2: Laser Background, Pill Friends, Space Drugs, Actual Pearls, Ventriloquist
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Royal Noise
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Tiani Victoria
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Transistor Rodeo, No Good Sister/(Downstairs) Jeff Thomas' All-Volunteer Army, Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Eloise Sharkey, SAT (Upstairs) The Philly Local Joni Mitchell Tribute: Brad Hinton, Chelsea Mitchell, Adrien Reju, Emily Ana Zeitlyn, Allison Polans, Chelsea Sue Allen, Wild Orphan, Bethany Brooks, Joshua Thomas, SUN (Upstairs) Lily Mae/(Downstairs) Glenn Bryan and Friends
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Willow Talk, qqq, Gorgeous Porch, SAT (6pm) Frontyards/(8pm) Darla (EP Release), Square Peg Round Hole, Josh Miller
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI B Greezy, Baby Carrotz, Jackie G
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Rausch, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Emmett Drueding, Tiny Cities
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Roddenberries
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Beth Goldwater, Jason McGovern
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Byrne Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Cause of Affliction/Murdersmile, Fate 88, SAT Hot Jam Factory, The GoAround, Hopscotch Jefferson, Jack and Our Now/Bust & Bone, Dead Horse Drivers, Audiobox
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Hazie Blu, SAT Only on Weekends, Sonny Knockout, The Escape, SUN Wyndwood, Dead: Stop, T.C. Cole, Alec Stewart
Delaware River Waterfront SAT Dirty Dollhouse, Son Little
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Those People, Solus Rex, Fang Fang, The Mellowells, SAT Kyle Campbell (EP Release), Half Bomber
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Katie Frank & the Pheromones, Younger Me, Dylan Jane, SAT Ron Gallo, SUN James Hearne
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Aaron Freeman, Nik Greeley, SAT Cattulus, The Underwater Sounds, Swift Technique, You Do You, SUN Butchy Sochorow
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St) SAT Dead Violet, Nemesisters, SCC
Church of the Baby (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Gobble Ghoul
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Stinking Lizaveta, Cleric, Night Raids
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT I IM EYE MY, NAH, Kerosene
Milhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Birthright: Born Wrong, Cool Points, Christopher Walking
Black Lodge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Fake Boyfriends
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sonic Screemers, A Brood of Vipers, Bikini Spiders

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