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On the Water

On the Water Record Release Celebration at PhilaMOCA May 23

Celebrating the release of its new full-length album Cordelia (which will be available for purchase on vinyl this evening) is the oddball-folk troupe of On the Water, who will be headlining PhilaMOCA tonight! The Fletcher VanVliet-led group’s latest is something you’ll readily absorb with its fine-detailed, fresh open-air instrumentation and rumbling vocals. These songs find a sweet spot, stretching out in intriguing expanses, while still keeping close contact on a personal level. On the Water will be joined by the jazz-folk of Liz & the Lost Boys, who elegantly breeze through one’s mind with a classic yet contemporary approach. The big-band explorations of Impressionist round out the night of local talent. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $6-$10, All Ages - Michael Colavita


New On the Water LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Our favorite oddball West Philly folk troupe On the Water has a new album out entitled Cordelia, which you can stream and purchase below. You might also notice that the lineup has expanded once again with the addition of Jesse Sparhawk, Evan McGonagill, and Aubrey Van Vliet since the group's last EP Baptism. They'll be having a record release party on Saturday, May 23 at PhilaMOCA, and you'll be able to grab your copy of Cordelia on vinyl.


New On the Water EP Available for Streaming & Download

West Philly oddball-folk troupe On the Water surprised us with a new four-song EP entitled Baptism right before the turn of the New Year. It was recorded at Sex Dungeon Studios by James Ryskalchick and Dan Angel, and will be released on cassette in February, but you can stream and download the record for free below. The band also plans to release a full-length album, Cordelia, on vinyl in May.


Spazz Presents Celebrates 5th Anniversary in Philly at PhilaMOCA July 29

Tonight, PhilaMOCA helps Spazz Presents celebrate the 5th anniversary of Jeff Blinder making his trek north from Greenville, North Carolina. This evening's bill packages a quartet of singer-songwriters, including three Philly acts Eric Petersen of Mischief Brew, Fletcher VanVliet of On the Water, and Cricket Joe. Alongside a few of our local favorites, Duluth, Minnesota native (the hometown of the legendary Bob Dylan) David Dondero will also be making a special appearance. Come out, kick back, and listen to some excellent tunes while helping to cheers the last 5 years of Spazz booking rad shows in our local music community. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $6, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Circadian Rhythms & On the Water Opening for Saintseneca at JB’s Oct. 15

Circadian Rhythms take you away to a simpler time when families and friends huddled around the lone AM radio in the home to enjoy the purity and beauty of music together. Those magical times can be captured once again at one of the band’s live performances, and you’ll have the opportunity to do so this evening when they open for Columbus, Ohio four-piece Saintseneca, who have a new release coming out soon via Anti Records, at Johnny Brenda’s. Circadian Rhythms just started working on their first album in two years so they’ll most likely have some old-timey new tunes for you. Also joining in on the retro fun are Deli faves and West Philly oddball folkies On the Water. They’ve been touring heavily before and since the release of their LP False Starts so you can expect their performance to be tight in the loosest way possible. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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