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The Spirit of the Beehive





New Music Video: "Pianos, Heavy Instrument"/"Snow on the Moon" - The Spirit of the Beehive

Together with visual artists/filmmaker/photographer Craig Scheihing, psych outfit The Spirit of the Beehive has provided us with a woozy documentation of their adventures on the road, soundtracked by "Pianos, Heavy Instrument" and "Snow on the Moon," songs sequentially found on band's latest LP Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines). The former goes along with the band members on a scenic, hillside hike, before melding into the latter, where a lazy, sun-kissed day at the beach is eventually interrupted by the perpetual motion of life on the road. The Spirt of the Beehiove will be continuing their heavy 2017 touring schedule with a nearly month-long stint opening for The Districts this summer, but before they leave home, you can catch the guys and gal this evening at Spruce Street Harbor Park's Waterfront Sessions with Permanent Body. (Photo by Emily Burtner)





Weekend Warrior, April 28 - 30

There is way too much going on this weekend in Philly, and it looks like the weather is going to be fan-fuckin-tastic! So what’s on our agenda? Psych outfit The Spirit of the Beehive have been on an extensive tour of the U.S. for the past month and a half, bringing the wonderful weirdness of their LP Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines) to the masses. They’ll be returning home this evening to finally celebrate the record’s release among friends at Everybody Hits, where they’ll be supported by Three Man Cannon, YT, and Old Maybe. Laser Background will also be holding an album release party of their own for Dark Nuclear Bogs this Saturday night with good pals Norwegian Arms, Breathers, and YCIB at Baird Mansion Atrium.

Get Better Fest 4 will be taking place over the weekend at the First Unitarian and PhilaMOCA, as well as Glitter Galaxy. The two-day event taps the talented and socially conscious Philly punk community to raise donations this year for the Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Service, and Women Against Abuse. At the showcase, you’ll find Deli faves +HIRS+, Thin Lips, Radiator Hospital, Amanda X, Soul Glo and many more (view the full lineup HERE) raging out for good causes. And of course, there is the NFL Draft going on at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and besides seeing some future NFL millionaires, you’ll be treated to performances from rising stars in the local music community such as Strand of Oaks, The Districts, Tunji Ige, Chill Moody, and Good Old War. So get out, and take advantage of living in such a rad city! - Alexis V.

More places to enjoy the city this weekend…
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Spirit of the Beehive, Three Man Cannon, YT, Old Maybe
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Laser Background (Record Release), YCIB
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Get Better Fest: Pinkwash, +HIRS+. Radiator Hospital, Solarized, Open City Soul Glo
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Mausoleum Party: Fabergégé, The Pink Angels, SUN Get Better Fest: Thin Lips, Amanda X, Empath
 
NFL Draft Experience (Ben Franklin Parkway) FRI Strand of Oaks, Chill Moody, Good Old War, SAT The Districts, Tunji Ige
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Young Statues, Slaughter Beach, Dog
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pale Divine, Hoser/Body Spray, Spent Flesh, Table/I Yahn I Arkestra/Trieves, SAT Lito and the Shepherds, High Reeper, The Bad Larrys/Wolf Dem, Teknacolor Ninja, KT Caustic/DJ Royale, Francisco Collazo, SUN Screaming Rattler, Age of Truth
  
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Frances Quinlan
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Josh Miller, Brian Fitzy, SAT Whaler, When Ships Collide, SUN Drew & Ket, Lullanas
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Bazmati Vice, SAT BEEP Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project, SUN Dear Forbidden, Slophouse
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Man About A Horse, SAT Center City Jazz Festival 2017: George "Spanky" McCurdy, Ensemble Novo/The Sherwood Brothers, Looseleaf, SUN Bringing It All Back Home: A Tribute to Bob Dylan: Kevin Killen, Rev. TJ McGlinchy, Nate Skiles, Brian Fitzy, Sap Sounds, Quixote Project, Three Fourteen
 
MilkBoy South Street (401 South St.) FRI Lisa Chosed, Vessna Scheff
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Drew Sestito, S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band/Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Cosmo Baker, Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Franco and the Detonators, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Jacques St. Claire, Carolyn Thorn, Adventure Lost, SAT Kevin McCloskey, Rosaleen McGill, Mass Folk Commons, SUN Atomic Cretins
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Visoon, Bluestime, SAT Soldier On, E. Joseph and the Sparrows (EP Release)
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Linus the Moon, SAT Rugby Road (Record Release), SUN Jaguar Wright, Gerald Veasley
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Primatives, Andross, Knightlife, Andorra, SAT Curtis Cooper, Brackish, Blushed No Thank You, Very Bad Vibes/Sold, Doggo, Shitperson
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Trash Boy, Church Girls, Mavis The Dog, Blushed
 
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Get Better Fest: Cottontail
 
HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Past Life, Goddamnit
 
Cat House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Loose Tooth, Balding
 




New The Spirit of the Beehive LP Available for Streaming

The Spirit of the Beehive just premiered its long-awaited LP Pleasure Suck, which officially comes on March 24 via Tiny Engines, but you can stream it now over at Stereogum. The album shifts unpredictably from warm melodies to wafting, textured soundscapes that morph into chaotic, dense walls of noise, and back again without notice, as a dreary, dark cloud hangs over the disenchanted, dual guy-gal lead vocals. It's a mind-warping collection of tracks that yearn for you to dig deeper. The band is currently on an extensive U.S. tour that will wrap up with a hometown release show on Friday, March 28 at Everybody Hits.





Weekend Warrior, March 10 - 12

As one descends into subterranean cement-lined confines of Underground Arts this evening, a cavalcade of the city’s heavy-psych noisemakers will meet you on the inside. Cultivating a cozy temperamental air gently permeating the auditory system with hazy melodies before escalating into the ethereal, Creepoid delivers the calm and then the searing storm.  Speaking of sear, Purling Hiss pummels and rips through a fog-filtered, psych lens, delivering raunchy riffs among unrestrained rhythms. Meanwhile, with their new album, Pleasure Suck, due out in two weeks via Tiny Engines, the disorienting but enchanting surge of The Spirit of the Beehive will be on display. Likewise, the “raw rock fury” of Ecstatic Vision, whose aptly titled forthcoming album of the same name, will be available next month via Relapse, torching a menacing mesmerizing hole in the mind in the process.
 
For those seeking other accommodations, the bombarding, brutal, soul-crushing stomp of Pissed Jeans will celebrate their new album, Why Love Now (Sub Pop), with a pair of sold-out release shows Friday and Saturday at Boot & Saddle and PhilaMOCA respectively.
  
Other places to fuckin’ rock this weekend…
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, Spirit of the Beehive, SAT Scott Sorry, The T.C. Cole Riot
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pissed Jeans (Record Release), M Ax Noi Mach, Body Spray, SAT Thrills, Sad Heaven
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) John Dominy, Sun Hat/The Snails/DJ Deejay/One Sixty, Malevil , SAT Sabbra Cadabra/Dominic, Norwegian Arms/Fame lust, SUN Argyle Rings, Timelapzzz, Elaine Rasnake/The Up! Up! Ups!, Line Leader, Cabbage, The Lot
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Evil Sword (Tape Release), Ursula, SAT Pissed Jeans (Record Release), Mannequin Pussy, Prowler
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Strand of Oaks
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flightschool, SUN Questlove
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT LoveKilledKurt, LeCompt
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Upstairs) The Quixote Project, Smoke & Bourbon, Pawnshop Roses
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Zario DeCola-Heller, Novyy Stil', SUN Popular Creeps, Deuteronomy
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Andorra
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Shy Boyz
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs? & DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Case Bloom, Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dean Sharon, Super Bonanza, Fitzwater, Railroad Fever, SAT Delmont (CD Release), The Good Mess, Hartline, Kevin McCove, SUN Trained Attack Dogs, Brown Sugar, Decontrol
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Posers
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dj Double Leo, Solar Circuit, Jam Traffic, SAT Red X, & Madame Jones
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Richie Navigator, Starter Jacket, Sunday Muse, SAT Blood Sound, The Silence Kit
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Cabin Dogs
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Hoser, SpaceWater, Mirrorsigns, Bungler, SUN Queen Jesus, Crooked Spine, Spot Collins
 




New Music Video: "Twenty First Road Trip" - The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive’s long-awaited new album, Pleasure Suck, is set for release on March 24 via Tiny Engines. As we lie in wait, Federico Casanova’s video for “Twenty First Road Trip" has emerged. A blitz of ever-morphing, creepy/nostalgic imagery is displayed as the song’s soothing, grunge-psych marriage charges ahead. You can catch the gang in the flesh tomorrow night at Underground Arts, before they head out next week on an extensive tour across the U.S. in support of Pleasure Suck. (Photo by Emily Burtner)

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