Indie Rock

Zone out with WL's "Disintegrate"

Beautifully tackling loss and acceptance in a nutshell, WL's newest tune and accompanying visuals have the power to bring on mental calm and necessary contemplation. It's soothing reel of waves pairs perfectly with Misty Mary's ethereal vocals, creating a layers of hazy, intrinsic texture.

"Disintegrate" comes off of WL's sophomore album titled Light Years, due out on the 28th of this month on XRAY Records. The composition of the album is a point of interest, as it was originally intented to be performed live alongside 'Gandahar,' a French surrealist animation by Rene Laloux. WL decided to team up with various local artists in creating their own visual element to Light Years, using stop motion animation, stereoscopic photography and 3D point cloud scanning as some of the mediums and techniques.

A screening of Light Years the film will be at Laurelhurst Theater on October 26th, with their album release show taking place on November 11th at the Spare Room.

Guitarist and keyboardist Michael Yun spoke on "Disintegrate" to the Grey Estates, who premiered the track just last week:

'Disintegrate' is a song about loss. It's a goodbye with no goodbye, it's a possibility that becomes impossible. It's when the weight of the ocean is over you and you give in to it. The video is a simple meditation on the movement of waves. It's a single shot, from a single point with altered time. We filmed hours of footage in both slow motion and time lapse, but this continuous shot just fit the feeling perfectly. 

   

From YouTube to your ears, Echos share "Take" and debut album

After amassing over 20 million YouTube views from their numerious singles garnering many a reshare, Echos is finally giving electronica lovers the gift they've been waiting for - their official debut.

Coming up on October 14th, Echos will be releasing their self titled EP on Seeking Blue Records. Their collaborative relationship began a little over three years ago and with the singles they've churned out together so far, it's sure they'll continue giving us quality sounds from the electronica underground.

Today we're sharing "Take," the third single to come off of their upcoming EP. It premiered on Clash late last month and thematically teases a melancholic romanticism that's a prime focus on the rest of the EP. 

   

Weekend Warrior, October 7 - 9

This Saturday, Philadelphia’s Electric Factory will be hosting the fourth and final installment in Pabst Blue Ribbon’s roving national showcase of musical talent called Project Pabst. This year’s host-cities have been Denver, Portland (Oregon), and Atlanta. Philly’s installment in particular is dubbed the CityWide Fest, sporting a no-nonsense lineup that includes local favorites Hop Along and Beach Slang, along with fellow national touring acts such as Downtown Boys, Animal Collective, Mac DeMarco and Guided by Voices. The event features some aptly branded outdoor attractions housed in tents such as the PBRcade (full gaming arcade), VANdalism (tag up a van that gets donated to charity), and Pabst Wax (mobile music recording, pressing live recordings to vinyl on the spot). The music kicks off at 1pm and runs late into the night, if you’re counting the after-party featuring performances by Son Little and Vulfpeck. Beyond the scope of the day’s events, Pabst runs the PBR Music Society, which is a program for artists that are actively seeking financial support. Participants are asked to produce a video submission, and each month an artist is selected to receive support. For more information on PBR’s efforts and ticket details, you can head HEREElectric Factory, 421 N. 7th St, 1pm, $40 (Full Day)/$19.50 (After-party)/$55 (combo), 21+ - Josh Kelly
 
A shitload of other places to enjoy this weekend…
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Project Pabst Citywide Festival: Hop Along, Beach Slang/(Afterparty) Son Little
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The 5th Philly Opry with Birdie Busch and Special Guests
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Balance And Composure (Record Release), Wicca Phase Springs Eternal
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) The Clap, Combat Crisis, Infant Mortality/Tough Shit, No Venom Radio/DJ Deejay, SAT Legendary Divorce/The Preps, Explosive Head/Crazy Bull, SUN Ominous Black
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Mary Lattimore
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Spank Rock
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Dave P
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Electric City i/iAlive, DJ Skipmode, iLLit, Lawrence Arnell w/ iLLit, SAT Full Bush, Spring Onion, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) David Newman and band, SAT (Upstairs) Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Honeytiger, Grayling, The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, Foxster, SAT Dumal, Skulsyr, SUN King Zimm, The Cultour
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  SAT The Chris Paterno Band, Ode to Omni
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Vincent John, Spirit Haus, SAT Highway Manor Brewing Co.  “Funky Prowler” Bottle Release: Prowler, The Fantastic Imagination, Hueman Group
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Read Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Grace Bernicker
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Limecell, Brain Candle, SAT Mach22, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Endless Taile, SUN Ryan Weidman
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Ill Dill Tha Vill, Track Jumpas, Trey Day, Beno Ridez
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Suburban Living
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Wyldflowers, The Parameters, Jam Traffic, SAT Kenny Price
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI The Boiled Owls, SAT Travel Lanes
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Palmas
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Japanese Breakfast, Mercury Girls, Swanning
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Ursula, Yankee Bluff, SUN Janelle, Bryant Eugene Vasquez, Altes Schwert
 
Berks Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tether, Wolf Dem, Sommelier, Diamond Girl (DJ)
 
Icebox Project Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Girls Rock Philly 10th Anniversary Gala: Black Quantum Futurism (Moor Mother + The AfroFuturist Affair), DJ Haram and Marcelline of ATM
 
All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Semiotics, Past Life, Very Bad Vibes
 
Bond Villian (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Spacin’, Louie Louie
 
Penn Treaty Park (N. Delaware Ave. & E. Columbia Ave.) River City Music Festival SAT Deb Callahan, Ben Arnold, Creem Circus, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Amanda X, Creepoid
 
   

Bridges & Powerlines release new LP 'National Fantasy' on 10.14 at Pianos

In NYC, bands are born and die on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, they return. Bridges and Powerlines has been making records since 2007, which means that they have been around for at least a decade (congrats are due). The band plays a brand of indie pop that interestingly blends elements of folk,rock and synth-pop, although the rootsy factor is definitely more pronounced in the upcoming LP's first single and title-track 'National Fantasy,' whose video is streaming here. The storyline follows a backpacking skateboarder on a quest for direction, appropriately referencing Spaghetti Western bothvisually and sonically. The band will be celebrating the new release with a show at Pianos on October 14th. - photo by Mara Abols

   

Slow Mass @ Landland

Post-hardcore quartet Slow Mass is Dave Collis, Josh Park, Mercedes Web and Josh Sparks. Sparks and Park have been in the bands Into It. Over It. and Former Thieves, and Collis was in Stay Asleep and My Dad. Initially formed as a collaborative effort between Collis and Sparks, over the past two years, the group has expanded, and recently shared its debut EP Treasure Pains (which you can stream HERE). A portion of the profits from the limited vinyl release will be donated to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago. Slow Mass is currently on tour, and will be wrapping things up tomorrow night at Landland with Xerxes. Check out out their latest video below for the single "Portals to Hell," which premiered via Funny or Die! (Photo by Madi Ellis)