Work Drugs premiered a new track earlier today via All Things Go called "West Coast Slide," which you can download for free below. The song will appear on the band's upcoming yet-to-be-named LP scheduled for release this summer on Bobby Cahn Records. They'll be performing tomorrow night at Union Transfer opening for Future Rock and Luke The Knife (featuring Luke Miller and Mike Greenfield from Lotus).
If you haven’t made it out to Cinedelphia Film Festival yet, you still have time to be in on the ground floor of something truly unique to the Philly film (and music) community. Tonight, you’ll have your chance to get your Swayze and radicalness on when the universes of Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves collide for the surf/crime classic Point Break - oh yeah! There will also be a live surf rock soundtrack provided by Great White Caps so throw on your Jams (anyone still have a pair of those), tank tops and flip flops and get swept away in the fun and ridiculousness of the evening. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
Maggot House's Piss Couch Sessions recently posted an acoustic performance of a few songs by Run For Cover Records' Modern Baseball. Here's a new one from the local emo crew called "Broken Cash Machine." You can also view them performing "Tears Over Beers," "Re-done," and "I Think You Were In My Profile Picture Once" from their full-length album SportsHERE. Modern Baseball will be performing next in Philly on Wednesday, April 24 at The Barbary.
Oh wow - Vacationer premiered a stunning new music video earlier today via All Things Go for their track "Farther," off 2012's Gone. We really wish that someone would make affordable glasses that would allow us to see like this whenever we want. Kudos to the video's director Adam Fleck!
With the release of their latest LP Water on Mars (Drag City), Philly natives Purling Hiss depart from familiar territory. Famed for his duplicitous talents, frontman Mike Polizze (who also fronts jamtastic power trio Birds of Maya) transcends his lo-fi beginnings in exchange for the newer soundscapes of Water on Mars. As if having undergone an evolution of sorts, Polizze and his bandmates’ prior penchant for psych-infused garage has expanded to include palatable pop-inspired tracks and elongated guitar riffs delivered with impressive precision and speed.
In thevein of famed locals like Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs, Purling Hiss’ signature blend of rock meets psych meets fuzz is present throughout Water on Mars, yet in a refreshingly unfamiliar way. Guitar riffs nostalgic of Cobain and J Mascis intertwine with malleable croonage by Polizze. Throughout, Water on Mars’interstellar instrumentation transports listeners to lyrically visceral landscapes rooted on an extraterrestrial plane. The appropriately titled “Lolita” conjures feelings of frustration and tortured longing framed by deliberately garage-y vocals, while the jangly semi-sweet melodic lines of “Mercury Retrograde” audibly captivate by way of unshakable soundscapes fostered by innovative lyrical narratives. “Rat Race” plays out to be equally memorable much like the driving chords of “Dead Again.” The polished yet palatable cadence of “Dead Again,” an audible juxtaposition to the lo-fi rawness of earlier tracks like “Bedroom” or the dark hums of “Malice in Wonderland,” proves to be a possible homage to the late great Elliot Smith’s repetitive yet emotively genuine malaise. Equally shaking, the mellowed out psychedelics of “She Calms Me Down,” perhaps a more familiar sound for fans, is awash in Spector-esque precision which shifts gears with “Face Down,” a full-throttle anthem with face-melting riffs and a reverberating percussive pulse. “The Harrowing Wind,” with toe-tapping inducing beats illustrates Polizze’s vocal range, offering listeners a pop-inspired diction slightly different than what is presented in prior tracks.
Closing with “Mary Bumble Bee,” Water on Mars, from start to end is far from predictable, demonstrating the probable genesis of a new approach towards psych for Polizze, Purling Hiss, and their limitless future. - Dianca Potts
Ohio native Kwesi Kankam, who was originally born in Anchorage, Alaska, came to the East Coast on a football scholarship from Lehigh University; however, after his freshman year of college, he decided to follow his love for the arts, and leave behind the playing field. He began to work on his songwriting and refine his craft in Lehigh Valley coffee houses. Philly eventually became the new home and stomping grounds for the soulful, folky singer-songwriter, who seems to walk the same streets as local boy done good, Amos Lee. Kankam is currently on tour where he’ll be making a stop tonight at Kung Fu Necktie to open for Bay Area indie-pop quintet Big Tree. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
Roman à clef, the side project of A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Ryan Neymeyer, recently shared a couple of light, airy new tracks, which features contributions from the rest of his ASDiG band members. Check out “Lucky Toasts” below with Jen Goma on backing vocals.
Tonight, Cinedelphia continues its curation of this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with Farquar Muckenfuss. The local psych-garage rockers released their last album They Grow Their Own Meat (Grade E, but Edible) in 1999 with production help from The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum, and the record surprisingly sounds way ahead of its time in comparison to the current landscape of music today. However, the band disappeared in October of 2000, but you can catch them this evening once again when they take on the material of the legendary Monkees. I’m sure that they’ll be putting their own spin on the beloved band’s music. There will also be a screening of The Monkees’ film HEAD, which was created as an attempt by the group to both summarize and distance themselves from their television career. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.
The XPoNential Music Festival, being held this year from July 26 - 28 at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, just shared the larger chunk of the weekend’s lineup to go along with already-announced acts Dr. Dog, The Lumineer and Polica. Local area artists like DRGN KING, The Fleeting Ends, Aaron & The Spell, Alo Brasil and The Districts were invited this year to join national touring acts Dawes, Dr. John, Wake Owl, Justin Townes Earle, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Phosphorescent, Kopecky Family Band and many more. You can check out the rest of the lineup and more details about the fest HERE.