New Chiddy Bang Video “Dream Chasin”

Here is Chiddy Bang’s new video for “Dream Chasin”, the follow-up to “Sooner or Later”. It is off of The Swelly Express mixtape. Chiddy Bang will be releasing their upcoming album The Swelly Life on August 31, 2010, and will be celebrating it at the TLA on September 2. - H.M. Kauffman




Interplanetary Sonic Surfing with Orbit to Leslie at Silk City July 21

Kids these days are doing nothing but chillin’ on their waves. It is good to see Philly’s own Orbit to Leslie bringing some surf back to the beaches of the Schuylkill.  Tonight they will crash down at Silk City. I can only imagine the amount of daggering that will be going on at this concert. The lush guitars and their polyryhthmic beats are a nice match with the calming and inquisitive vocals of lead man Chris Wood. Orbit to Leslie groove, sway, pounce and resolve throughout their eclectic cannon of songs. I am especially taken by the contrast between Toadies-esque “Sugar and Salt” and the jubilant high-hat pop of “Javelin”. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Adam G.



Bandcamp Changing Its Business Model in Early August

I know a lot of indie artists out there use Bandcamp. Well, I just wanted to give you a heads up to upcoming changes to their business model. Like what happens to all cool free shit, it’s time for Bandcamp to figure out how to make money off this idea to remain “sustainable long-term”. These changes won’t be starting until early August. The basic service will remain free. However, Bandcamp will begin taking 15% of every transaction. Their rate will drop to 10% when your all-time sales exceed $5,000. Your initial rate (based on sales to your PayPal email address, not your Bandcamp account) will be determined by all your sales to date. (If you’re a label and have multiple artists all using the same PayPal account, your rate will be calculated by looking at the combined sales of your artists.) For a truly independent artist, it still beats most record deals. - Q.D. Tran


Mose Giganticus Drop Latest Album on Relapse Records in North America

Mose Giganticus’ latest album Gift Horse is available in North America today on Relapse Records. The follow-up to the band’s 2008 EP Commander! was recorded at Skylight Studios (Circa Survive, None More Black, Turmoil) with engineer Vince Ratti. Being one of the casualties from The Khyber’s recent fallout/summer break(?), Mose Giganticus will be celebrating their record release at The Fire on August 13 with Monolith, City of Ships and Constant. - H.M. Kauffman


New Major Lazer EP Available for Streaming

Major Lazer’s latest release Lazers Never Die EP is available for streaming here. It features an appearance by M.I.A. on opening track “Sound of Siren” and a Thom Yorke remix. - H.M. Kauffman