Son Step

Son Step EP Release Show at Boot & Saddle Sept. 18

It’s understandable to see why Son Step is a favorite among pockets of local musicians. The band combines what seems to be a learned background in avant-garde jazz with a unique approach to songwriting and attacks it with such conviction and ferocity that it’s hard not to appreciate what they are doing from an artist’s perspective. However, that club always felt a bit exclusive, but judging by the initial offerings from their new EP Ova Nova, which is out today, the band seems to have found more of a balance between cerebral jazz and pop accessibility, which might just find them more appealing to a wider audience. Son Step will celebrate the release of their latest evening this evening at Boot & Saddle with electro-acoustic orchestral-pop outfit Grandchildren and psych-rockers Drone Ranger. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

   

Roof Doctor Record Release Show at PHILAMOCA March 29th

Celebrate the release of Mobile Freedom Home, the sophomore LP from Roof Doctor, tonight at PhilaMOCA. Mobile Freedom Home finds Roof Doctor in a finely polished place; each song seems to carry a natural, casual groove. Mark Harper’s lyrics offer an odd, comforting effect, one that generates a welcoming atmosphere in spite of their melancholy tone/message. Roof Doctor is rather deceptive musically, at first the sound appears simple; however, that simplistic vibe is a byproduct of tightly knit compositions rather than sparse instrumentation.  Eclectic noise-rockers Mumblr alongside the sleepwalking sonic experimentalists Son Step. Long Island’s Soda Bomb round out the evening blending a variety of rock with garage/punk tendencies.  PhilaMOCA 531 N. 12th St., 8pm $5, All Ages, -Michael Colavita 

   

Locals Only Keeping Philly Weird at The Boot & Saddle Jan. 24

Helping to keep Philly weird is the strangely awesome collection of local acts performing at The Boot & Saddle tonight. First up is the talented songstress Megan Biscieglia, who enchants listeners under the moniker Bad Braids. She’ll be presenting her brand of psychedelic folk, which edges on the vocal-centric madrigal. Following is the danciest acts of the evening, which is kind of odd for me to say, Laser Background. The band took a bit of a holiday break towards the end of last year to help recharge as they work on a more focused sound for their upcoming album. Alliterative sleepwalkers, Son Step, fall in line as direct support for the genre-bending noisemakers, Banned Books, who will be closing out the evening. These two musical mad scientists mix crunchy distortion with unexpected, instrumental spazz-outs to produce something bizarre, yet wonderfully inviting. Get yourself ready, South Philly! The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier
 
   

Son Step Opening for Caveman at JB’s April 11

Son Step, a band consisting of Jon Coyle, Pat Lamborn, Chris Coyle and Matt Scarano holding down multiple duties, is an eclectic Philly act with leanings towards avant-pop. They’ve been building their reputation around town as a well-respected unit among artists in the local music community. The four-piece will be bringing their unique sounds to Johnny Brenda’s tonight opening for Caveman, who are former winners of The Deli’s Best of NYC Year End Poll and also most recently put out a beautiful self-titled sophomore LP via Fat Possum. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman