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SXSW Prep in Philly on Friday, March 4th

Posted on by jake Posted in The Beat | Leave a comment

Hey folks, this coming Friday March 4th Philly goes off with a sweet mix of freak folk rock and electro pop shows in such close proximity of each other that you can make an evening of it bouncing in-between both like your own mini warm-up for SXSW.  Start the evening with a trio of bands at the North Star Bar in the cities art museum hind quarter region. At 9pm An American Chinese kicks things off with music that may be a fitting soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film.   Their debut album Utopian Tree is jam-packed with bits of psych, folk and indie rock. This should warm up the crowd for XYLOS whose singer Monika Heidemann offers an intriguing 80’s electro-pop mix that sounds like it could make for quite a live show.  Think a mix of the Siouxsie and the Banshees and a new Brooklyn version of the Cocteau Twins.  Peep the video below:

Then kick back for The Seedy Seeds – it’s a banjo, an accordion and a toy keyboard creating lo-fi dance tunes – You know you are intrigued.  I’d try to describe it more but the video below does it justice.

From here you could stay for Philly’s own Organ Blues.  The long and short they sound like a rough mix of Big Head Todd and The Monsters , Modest Mouse and some Pixies.  Well worth staying for, but a wild, wild freak-out will be only 12 blocks away at the Blockley where Akron/ Family which is guaranteed to be some of the best home spun psychedelic rock and roll of the evening.  That show goes until 1:30 so arriving at 11:30 will give you plenty of  time to fly your freak flag to end the evening as you enjoy the sounds of the band’s latest S/T II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT – whatever that means – no matter this sounds fun. Peep the new song “Silly Bears” below