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New Video: "Tropic of Cancer" (BTR Live Studio) - Laser Background

Laser Background made a recent stop at the studios of Break Thru Radio. Check out the performance of their unreleased song "Tropic of Cancer" for BTR Live Studio sessions! You can also catch them live again in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at LAVA Space. (Photo by Koof)


Laser Background Cassette Release Show at A House Named Virtue July 5

Laser Background, the Andy Moholt-led sugary psych-pop outfit celebrates the release of its new EP Kelly Wisdom, available on cassette via Endless Daze. The album incorporates those accustomed dream-oriented oddities, while retaining a cozy sense of hypnosis, drawing listeners into a sense of calm albeit in an exotic environment. Tonight, at A House Named Virtue, The Lentils and Grape Room a pair of Vermont-based bands, whom deliver intriguing pop-rock with traces of a vintage feel respectively help to complete the lineup that also includes Control Top. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Michael Colavita


A Touch of Wisdom From Laser Background at JB's March 7

With a forthcoming LP Correct already sitting in the can, Laser Background released a new EP Kelly Wisdom earlier this week. The album, whose recording was split between Lake Balaton, Hungary and a cabin in rural Pennsylvania, retains Andy Molholt’s slightly ajar, candy-coated, psych-experiencing sound, implementing synth and drum machine with his distinct, quirky, higher pitched vocals. However, these songs also touch on an internal searching/reflection, anchored beneath that dreamy spider web of instrumentation. This lineup runs deep including the four-piece ensemble of Myrrias, whom take synth-fueled dream pop and augment it with dark, jagged edges, creating hypnotic layers of brooding in the process. Drone Ranger develops a thick, hazy psychedelic atmosphere, inviting your mind to temporarily explore uncharted territory that is guided by a hard-rocking hand. The inventive yet pop sensible tunes of New York’s Zula complete a billing that asks you to reach out without pushing too hard. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, January 16 - 18

In honor of his 5th anniversary of living in Philly, the promoter behind End Result Productions and Philly DIY Shows, Nick Duval, has organized a two-day festival, Blistering Ephemera, that features his favorite experimental rock and punk acts converging upon PhilaMOCA for one jam-packed weekend. It will feature buzz-worthy out of town acts like Two Inch Astronaut, Big Ups, Palberta, and Nashoba, as well as plenty of hometown heroes. On Saturday Pinkwash will electrify with their soul-pounding power punk, and Disinterest will crush with their raw and visceral hardcore. Sunday will be headlined by Andy Molholt and the rest of Laser Background, who are preparing a big tour in support of their upcoming EP Kelly Wisdom. Meanwhile, The Spirit of the Beehive will showcase exactly why they’re rapidly becoming one of bands to watch in 2015. And Space Drugs will be quick to impress with their noisy garage rock. With 20 eclectic acts total on the lineup, this is definitely a festival to catch on both days. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 3pm, $10-$12 each day, All Ages - Bill McThrill
More places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT A Celebration of The Life of David Sommer: Dirt Worshipper, Metroplex, Carolynne McNeel
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Kicking Down Doors, Black Horse Motel, Christopher Davis-Shannon
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Captain Scurvy and the S.S. Pancake, SAT Grower, Ordinary Lives, SUN Reckless Dodgers, Cheerbleeders
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Blistering Ephemera Fest Day 1: Pinkwash, Loose Tooth Disinterest, Roya Weidman, SUN Blistering Ephemera Fest Day 2: Laser Background, Pill Friends, Space Drugs, Actual Pearls, Ventriloquist
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Royal Noise
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Tiani Victoria
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Transistor Rodeo, No Good Sister/(Downstairs) Jeff Thomas' All-Volunteer Army, Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Eloise Sharkey, SAT (Upstairs) The Philly Local Joni Mitchell Tribute: Brad Hinton, Chelsea Mitchell, Adrien Reju, Emily Ana Zeitlyn, Allison Polans, Chelsea Sue Allen, Wild Orphan, Bethany Brooks, Joshua Thomas, SUN (Upstairs) Lily Mae/(Downstairs) Glenn Bryan and Friends
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Willow Talk, qqq, Gorgeous Porch, SAT (6pm) Frontyards/(8pm) Darla (EP Release), Square Peg Round Hole, Josh Miller
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI B Greezy, Baby Carrotz, Jackie G
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Rausch, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Emmett Drueding, Tiny Cities
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Roddenberries
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Beth Goldwater, Jason McGovern
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Byrne Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Cause of Affliction/Murdersmile, Fate 88, SAT Hot Jam Factory, The GoAround, Hopscotch Jefferson, Jack and Our Now/Bust & Bone, Dead Horse Drivers, Audiobox
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Hazie Blu, SAT Only on Weekends, Sonny Knockout, The Escape, SUN Wyndwood, Dead: Stop, T.C. Cole, Alec Stewart
Delaware River Waterfront SAT Dirty Dollhouse, Son Little
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Those People, Solus Rex, Fang Fang, The Mellowells, SAT Kyle Campbell (EP Release), Half Bomber
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Katie Frank & the Pheromones, Younger Me, Dylan Jane, SAT Ron Gallo, SUN James Hearne
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Aaron Freeman, Nik Greeley, SAT Cattulus, The Underwater Sounds, Swift Technique, You Do You, SUN Butchy Sochorow
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St) SAT Dead Violet, Nemesisters, SCC
Church of the Baby (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Gobble Ghoul
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Stinking Lizaveta, Cleric, Night Raids
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT I IM EYE MY, NAH, Kerosene
Milhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Birthright: Born Wrong, Cool Points, Christopher Walking
Black Lodge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Fake Boyfriends
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sonic Screemers, A Brood of Vipers, Bikini Spiders

Circadian Rhythms Taking a Few Swings at Everybody Hits Dec. 13

Circadian Rhythms reemerged as a seven-piece ensemble over the summer, and started to preview songs from their upcoming EP A Passing Thought, continuing to establish themselves as a unique, vibrant indie act with jazzy elements. The band will be co-headlining this evening’s show at DIY music space/batting cages Everybody Hits with Atlanta's Red Sea. They'll also be joined by Laser Background, a.k.a. Andy Molholt, who will be performing a solo set tonight of previously unheard jams. And the lineup will be rounded out by indie rockers Purples. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Bill McThrill


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