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Singer-songwriter and film artist Courtney Farren heading to SXSW

SXSW gains another up-and-coming singer-songwriter -- as well as another filmmaker -- in Courtney Farren. The Bay Area-based artist, who now lives in Brooklyn, will play CU29 on March 14th at midnight. That performance will add another to the string of incredible experiences Farren has chalked up over the past year, including a European mini-tour, a six-track album called "Nothing Like It", a write-up and interview by Kodak about her love of Super 8mm film, and a handful of new films, some of which act as music videos for her songs.

To sum up Farren's sound: The subtle indie-romance flicks shown at short film festivals -- perhaps at SXSW -- could gain from a soundtrack of her soothing vocals and swirling arrangements. You can stream her music film for one of her latest tracks, called "Go Easy", below. - Will Sisskind

Weekend Warrior, March 2 - 4

Since last September, Andy Moholt has been playing guitar with Speedy Ortiz, and he has also released not one but two collaborative LPs with Ava Luna’s Julian Fader, under the moniker Coffee. And before he heads out to SXSW and a tour in May/June with Speedy Ortiz, Molholt will be squeezing in a live performance of his Laser Background catalogue at Space 1026 this Saturday evening. With a new EP in the works, you may get to hear some recently fleshed out pieces of what he’s been up to in the lab with Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna) and bandmate Michael Chadwick. On the bill, you’ll also find the melodic contemplations of Dweller, medieval folk-pop of Sandcastle, and indie-popsters Rabbits to Riches. So get there early, go grab a tasty bite in Chinatown, and come hang at the rad Center City DIY art space! – H.M. Kauffman

Other places to see something creative…

Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Laser Background, Dweller, Sandcastle, Rabbits To Riches

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Rockers Galore, DJ Rahsaan, SAT Vessna Scheff, SUN Control Top

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Ghost In You, SAT Young Statues, Brackish

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Young Pilgrims, The Stammer, Hidden Lights/Witching/A Black Celebration: DJ Baby Berlin, Jem, SUN The Company Corvette/Heatmap

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Jo Nelson, Tact, Cult Objects, Allison Durham

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Modern Titan, Illusions Of Grandeur/1FM

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto/(Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Downstairs) Start Making Sense, School of Rock (Downingtown)

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Gibbous Moon, Mirrorsigns, Almost Isles, Instant Smile, SAT Chalk & The Beige, Kenny Price

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Mason, Megan Knight, SAT My Funky Brethren, Shacara Diane, DJ Meech

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Thee Idea Men/DJ Argo, Brownske, SUN Matt Kelly, Body Spray

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Femme. Collective/Aphra, Cheeky, Femme Collective, SAT Trap Rabbit

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Bazmati Vice

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Matt Grosso, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Nakama, Lapses, Alec Stewart

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Stone Eye, Downtrodder

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Suicide Conspiracy

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Apple Juice Jones, SAT Brendan Johnson, Ryan Corcoran, Minerva

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Definitely Leppard

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Beat Jams, False Tracks, Magic Deal

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Cave Women, SAT Violet Waves, Matt Burridge / Heavensake, Trash Boy, Honetiger, This Kills Me, Sun Breaklite, Autumn Passing

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Teen Spaceship, Corey Flood, Veev

West Kensington Ministry (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Pet, Husky Bundles, Burnt

The Buffalo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Nightfall, Trash Knife, Interloper, Los Gueys

New Track: "Nite Owl's Theme" (Feat. Ai-Que & Reef The Lost Cauze) - Rolled Gold

“Nite Owl’s Theme” serves as the second installment from Rolled Gold’s forthcoming compilation album. Riding the wave of an infectious, hypnotic flute line, a street-cruising sound sets the stage for Ai-Que's relaxed, pertinent bars, outlining the strategy necessary to attain one’s goals. Philly's hip-hop truthsayer Reef The Lost Cauze takes his turn at educating the future, favoring wisdom over weaponry and family over the familiar.

Bodega premieres debut single, plays Union Pool on 03.10 + heads to SXSW

To make it into the crowd for Bodega’s set when they play Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap at Elsewhere requires a fair bit of effort, strategic movement, and patience. But it’s worth it. On stage the New York quintet is a fluid sea of movement darting along to pointed rhythms and shouted post-modernism. That was two weeks ago, when searching for the band’s music revealed only outdated links to its predecessor Bodega Bay. On Wednesday, the band premiered its first single under the shortened name, a staccato post-punk piece called “How Did This Happen !?,” produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown. The art punk influence is apparent, with vocalist/guitarist Ben Hozie half-speaking half-shouting monotone lines like “this machine you know it don’t kill fascists, this machine just softens its heart. This machine it killed the dream of the ‘60s, this machine you know it’s just a guitar.”

What’s Yr Rupture? is set to release the group’s debut album this summer. To accompany “How Did This Happen !?” Bodega has released a 360-degree interactive video, describing it as “a simulacrum of a typical night at our favorite Brooklyn venue, ALPHAVILLE. Some audience members scroll on their phones, others half listen (waiting to play), [sic] and those with light to spread join the show.” You can watch the video below and catch Bodega at Union Pool on March 10th, before they head to SXSW to play Pianos' SXSW party on 03.17. – Cameron Carr

The Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month: Wish You Hadn’t – Corey Flood

Philly four-piece Corey Flood’s debut EP Wish You Hadn’t (Fire Talk) is the perfect mix of sincerity and cynicism. Whether scathing, gloomy, or endearing, each song emotively pays homage to their 1980s namesake.

Opening with the ominously titled “Crypt,” Corey Flood’s record unfolds with heavy bass and hushed but brooding vocals. The lyricism, though sparse, enhances the beach-y melody, which ends abruptly, leaving listeners with a nearly tangible sense of urgency. From the very beginning, Wish You Hadn’t christens Corey Flood as the deserving successors of All Saints Day, Frankie Rose, and Veronica Falls. Melancholy without being maudlin, “Crypt” reflects on the ephemeral – whether it be literal or metaphorical – in an emotionally memorable way.

The EP’s second offering, “Soft,” is romantic and deliberately tempered. By pairing the repetition of “You’re just so soft to touch” with sanguine riffs and reverb, the recording is a lush declaration of desire. Reminiscent of Colleen Green’s early B-sides and the moody ease of Best Coast’s Make You Mine, “Soft” is a relatable glimpse at yearning and human closeness.

Similarly, “Feel Okay” explores the weight and impact of intimacy on the psyche’s perception and the limitations of language. Through steady chords and lines infused with fervent transparency, “Feel Okay” isn’t just a confessional. It’s a testament to erosion of a relationship and all that’s left in its wake. By the song’s end, it becomes clear that Wish You Hadn’t is most likely rooted in the lived experiences of Corey Flood’s members, which makes the authenticity of “Feel Okay” all the more meaningful.

The final track on the EP, “Causeway,” is an alluringly direct ballad awash in pensive ruminations and despondent brilliance. A moving reflection on truth and the necessity of being heard, the song is a satisfyingly unnerving anthem for jilted lovers and introverts alike. Whether devoured digitally or via cassette, Wish You Hadn’t is a refreshingly candid although brief meditation on what it means to be real about your flaws and feelings. – Dianca London


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