Work Drugs continues to be one of the most prolific bands in Philly - giving their fans plenty to be smooth about. They're already back with a new infectious 10-song LP Mavericks that is available on limited edition CDs (ha...are they already a retro medium?) via Bobby Cahn Records. Check out the album below in its entirety, and "please enjoy responsibly"!
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Catnaps might be calling it quits this Wednesday at PhilaMOCA, but they just posted a new 5-song EP today entitled Forget About It for you to remember them by (or not). You can take a listen to and download it below. Enjoy or feel sad - whatever works best for you!
Sorry if this is old news to some, it was announced rather silently a few weeks ago. Pet Milk has disbanded. We came across the news earlier this morning when we noticed that the band had dropped off this Wednesday's bill at PhilaMOCA, which will also be Catnaps' final show. There was a message on Pet Milk's Facebook: "RIP Pet Milk 2010 - 2013." This maybe surprising to some considering that their post on April 8 read: "So much love to Baltimore Popfest for what could possibly have been thee greatest PETMILK show ever." However, it was followed by an ad for a new "drummer.... or maybe bassist... but more probably a drummer." We reported earlier this year that the group's original lead female vocalist Adriane Dalton had moved to Brooklyn, and was replaced by Sarah Schimeneck so the writing may have been on the wall then. We're confident though that you'll find the the band's talented members on stage with other projects soon enough, but for now, RIP Pet Milk.
Worshyper rides the wave of experimental R&B that is currently captivating the indie music community's attention. Below is their latest groove "Twenties" off the trio's upcoming debut LP Keeps. They'll be headlining this Friday, June 21 at PhilaMOCA.
Here's a new music video from Work Drugs for the title track of their album Mavericks, which is coming out tomorrow. They also included a free download of the song HERE to celebrate its arrival. So we want to know: Mary Ann, Ginger or Mrs. Howell - how kinky are you?
If you happen to hear some loud, strange noises coming from PhilaMOCA tonight, don’t be afraid. It’s just sludgy, noise rockers Heavy Medical tearing shit up. The former duo now trio lay down bludgeoning beats while unapologetically attempting to tear your face off (in a good way if that is possible). They’ll be hosting a pair Japanese acts, Tacobonds and Groundcover, who will certainly be adding to the chaos that will be found in the former mausoleum this evening. Also visiting town will be Baltimore’s Echo Hey Hello. If you need to let out some aggression after spending the day with your family or just hate Father’s Day because it reminds you of the asshole who was never there for you, this show is a good place to let out some steam. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $7 - $10, All Ages - Alexis V.
Always keeping things creative in Philly, tonight as part of the Hidden City Festival 2013, Data Garden “will explore the relationship between historical artifacts, sound and technology by creating an electro-mechanical polyphonic tape loop instrument that controls audio related to objects in the Frankford Historical Society Museum.” Each of the assembled sound samples will be played adjacent to the artifacts that inspired them. Attendees will be encouraged to play these tapes like an organ. There will also be performances by Spaceship Aloha, Jacob 2-2 (Moodgadget) and Mux Mool (Ghostly International), and they’ll be using media from digital archives like YouTube and Archive.org to create new works. If you are looking for a not-so-average night out, this is the place to be. (BTW: We highly recommend that you get your tickets in advance for the ridiculous savings and to reserve a spot for this limited-space event.) Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Oxford St., 7pm - 10pm, $15 adv/$30 door, All Ages - Alexis V.
Rapper-on-the-rise Truck North has his name across the top of tonight’s show flyer at The Fire, which is going to be a heated display of Philly’s rap talent. Truck North’s list of accomplishments and credits is quite long; to name a few, he’s in the title song to video game ESPN NBA 2K5, is in a number of Roots album credits, performed at numerous Hurricane Katrina benefit concerts, and collaborated with Black Thought and Asher Roth on a track from his recent Our American Cousin EP. Now that his credentials are out on the table, more importantly is his sound - you can expect raw and passionate vocals over easy-listening, groovy beats, which as a whole, definitely delivers acknowledgment to the original sound of hip-hop. Opening for Truck North is Curly Castro, another Philly native, who does an exceptional job at presenting dynamic sounds from track-to-track. One more notable characteristic of Curly Castro is his spoken verses and sung choruses over EDM-like beats. The Fire’s roster also includes Philly’s Quon Logic (who I happen to think has a hella-smooth voice), with DJ Bear One opening the night. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Brandi Lukas
After braving the thunder, venture out, there’s plenty of other sounds to hear that don’t just go, “boom.” Like those of Little Big League, a mix of deconstructed drums and catchy guitar riffs reminiscent of the pop-punk emergence two decades ago (pause to feel old). They're readying the release of their upcoming debut full-length album, These Are Good People, due out in mid-July via Tiny Engines. Each member has their own background in previous bands, lending to their experienced ability to toy with different genres and eras. It’s that craft as well as the endearingly charming vocals of Michelle Zauner that puts the band in a league of their own. (BTW: Check out the band’s Daytrotter session that was just posted earlier today HERE.) They’ll be opening for Titus Andronicus, who Little Big League member Ian Dykstra spent a stint with on drums. The Jersey indie-punk crew is known for their explosive live performances. Both bands prove that there’s always sun after the storm. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Shaylin O’Connell
Other things to keep you entertained before more rain comes next week…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Marc Silver, Pete Donnelly, Ross Bellenoit, SAT West Philadelpiha Orchestra, SUN The New Heaven and The New Earth
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Downstairs) The Chairman Dances, Goodnight Lights, The Quelle Source, (Upstairs) Party Cops, Grime Status, SAT The Rise of Because, SUN (Early) Cassavetes, (Late) Boom Room Presents Music Church
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SUN Heavy Medical
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI eu.Reca, Twelve Twenty, Family Business, SAT Shane Henderson and The Future Perfect
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Kingsnake, Screaming Rattler, 91s, The Unknowns, SAT Morning River Band, Brethren
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The People, The Gallerist, Pine Barons, Dirty Cartoons, SAT Truck North, Quon Logic, Curly Castro
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Liz & The Lost Boys, Anjuli Josephine, Son Step, SAT Phantasm
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN (Early) Mohican, Abilities, (Late) Jackie Paper, Hippie Cult