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City Rain Record Release Show at MilkBoy Philly June 17

Tonight at MilkBoy is the record release show for Ben Runyan’s brainchild, City Rain. The ethereal, anthemic suites that make up Take Me To The Void do not shy away from being maximalist, but embrace the glistening bombast within the elctro-pop tunes Runyan has crafted. The EP, which is apparently focused on a breakup, does not spend any time mourning, but rather exploring. There are elements of M83, Coldplay and The Killers, a confluence of epic stadium-status influences. Runyan does commercial work, teaches amateur DJs and licenses work, so the tunes are squeaky clean and pitch perfect. Also on the bill for the evening Minka, a dancy, Talking Heads-lovin' (presumably) Philly rock quartet. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

City Rain Opening for Leisure Cruise at MilkBoy Philly Feb. 27

Noteworthy Brooklyn duo Leisure Cruise is stopping into Philly for part of their tour, but it isn't the only reason to head down to MilkBoy Philly tonight. It will also be a good chance to catch City Rain, who had a great 2014 with the release of Songs For a High School Dance. Tonight will be the electronic outfit’s first show of 2015, and it will also be their first full band show as three-piece where they’ll be introducing new drummer Ross Robey (formerly of Cold Fronts). They also might just debut some new tunes from their upcoming album that is slated to drop in the spring. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9pm, $12, 21+ (Photo by Reji B.) - Bill McThrill 


City Rain Record Release Party at Underground Arts May 1

Indie electronic duo City Rain has been on quite a journey ever since frontman Ben Runyan first started performing with Jarrett Zerrer (now with Dokument) a few years ago. After finding a new groove with guitarist Scott Cumpstone and achieving internet success - thanks to the cinematic music video that was made for "The Optimist," the project has taken that journey to a whole new level. The stories behind the tracks from the group's new album Songs for a High School Dance manage to reveal fragmented puzzle pieces of this journey - from "The Dreamer" being about Runyan going from doing bedroom recordings to playing on a national stage while being with someone who didn’t believe in that dream, to "Don’t Choke" being about the uncertainty he felt for his creative future after Zerrer left the group, and then some. The end result is a bold and revealing LP that is worthy of the celebration that it will receive at tonight’s album release party at Underground Arts. They’ll be joined by Tutlie, who still have much to be joyful about, after releasing their debut LP Young Cries a month ago. Rounding out this electronically charged lineup will be Galvanize. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9PM, $7, 21+ - Bill McThrill


New City Rain LP Available for Streaming

Electro-pop duo City Rain just shared their new ten-song LP Songs For a High School Dance, which premiered over at American Songwriter and is available for streaming below. Their post also comes with song-by-song videos with insights about the making of the album. The release officially comes out May 6, and they'll be celebrating the first full-length record by the new lineup on Wednesday, May 14 at Ortlieb's.


New Video: “Join The Human Race” – City Rain

Philly duo City Rain has released a new video for their track, “Join The Human Race.”  The black and white video tells the story of an unlikely love connection with a sci-fi twist. It is expansive, nostalgic and pretty damn cool looking. Check it out below.


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