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Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Sun Airway

Frontman Jon Barthmus and drummer Patrick Marsceill, formerly of The A-Sides (Vagrant Records, Prison Jazz Records), are back with a promising new project, Sun Airway. The shared tracks from their debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (no scheduled release date yet) are delightful pieces of shimmering electronic pop with touches of shoegaze. I already find it way more interesting than anything that I’ve heard from their former band. I’m really enjoying “Put the Days Away” where Barthmus’ engaging vocals stand out front and center wavering between hints of Julian Casablancas and Bono making Sun Airway no-brainers for the radio stations. You can catch their debut live performance at JB’s tomorrow night. - Q.D. Tran

   

Jukebox the Ghost Releasing New Album on Yep Roc Sept. 7

Jukebox the Ghost recently announced that they’ll be releasing Everything Under the Sun, their long-awaited follow-up to Let Live and Let Ghosts, on Yep Roc. Their scheduled release date is Sept. 7. Yep Roc is also home to fellow Philly transplants Drink Up Buttercup. (It looks like someone else besides Matador is giving Philly a little love.) Jukebox the Ghost attempted a musical tour of NYC’s five boroughs yesterday to promote their upcoming release. They had planned to perform a single song from the album in each borough at pianos stationed throughout the city as part of the public art installation “Play Me I'm Yours”. However, they had to cancel their final stop to Staten Islands Children’s Museum due to Tommy Siegel completely losing his voice. (It’s Staten Island. No one really wants to go there anyways.) The band kept their followers/stalkers updated on their location via Twitter throughout the day. They’ll also be making the rounds at a few of the festivals this summer which includes a stop at Lollapalooza so expect many tweets about that. - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

   

Party Photographers and Post Post at Kung Fu Necktie June 23

Clamoring low fidelity rock is alive in Party Photographers. With singer Elisabeth Roger’s emphatic vocals wrapped in fuzz these guys fit well into the chick-singing-garage-pop crews like Las Robertas and Dum Dum Girls. They’ll be joined by darling indie pop youngsters Post Post. Now I am not going to lie, I am crushin’ pretty hard on this band. They are the musical personification of gummy cola bottles. (Remember those?) They write hooks like they are going out of style, and their energetic live show is contagious. Post Post’s Resident EP, the follow-up to their well-received debut EP Meta Meta, will be coming out on August 7, which should keep their star rising. These local up-and-comings will be performing tonight at KFN for a Phrequency.com showcase. Come see these bands in a cozy venue while you still can. Think about the future - not like the time you got that “dinosaurs with erections” half-sleeve. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.
 

 

   

The Dichotomy of The Homophones at FU Side Chapel June 22

David Byrne is my hero. I know him well. But how well can you really know someone that you've never met? I know him well enough to know that The Homophones’ Jason Ferraro knows him well as well. There is a certain theatrics in Farraro’s performance. It’s the kind of metamorphosis that Byrne would unfold on stage to his audience. And yes, some of those dance moves do look familiar. But with Malkovich-like intensity, he delivers classic gems like “you think you’re better than me/cause you got some fuckin’ degree/from a university like Emory” are lyrics worthy of the intellectual snobbery that it mocks. The Homophones’ music can sway, rock and enlighten you. It brings you back to the times when life was innocent and carefree, but it’s not afraid to slap you in the face with the uglier side of it, however, with a sense of humor. And that’s why you should be at the First Unitarian Side Chapel tonight. First Unitarian Side Chapel, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 

 

   

XPN Drops Y-Rock from the Air

We were sad to see in the City Paper that XPN had experienced a bunch of layoffs which included Josh T. Landow, Y-Rock’s champion through all its media format changes in the past few years. Gone with Landow are the Wednesday-through-Friday evening on-air programs that Y-Rock contributed to the station. It amazes us with how quickly the indie rock scene is growing, especially in our own city, that we are still losing a voice in our own community. DIY maybe overused these days, but it still remains a necessary part in fostering the arts.
 
We have also received many emails regarding Roger LaMay’s statement on how he’s particular stoked about them starting a blog that is "100 percent focused on local music". Our response: What took you so long? We are glad that we are making an impact on our beloved music community and that more people are following in our footsteps. There are plenty of music lovers out there who can choose whatever they want to read. We all read different publications and blogs. We all read some of the same publications and blogs. And if you’ve been paying attention to what we write about, do you really think that whatever XPN’s blog with the “Philly-centric name” will actually cover the exact same shit that we do and in the way that we do it? We hope not. If they do, then we might have some beef. ;o) (Photo by Evan M. Lopez, City Paper) - The Deli Staff