Bands Worth Watching

Philadelphia is a very neighborhood-centric city, so we thought we would highlight the music of some of our neighbors.

Purling Hiss

Easily one of our favorite bands. Period. Mike Polizze is shredding his way to freedom and could be our generation’s guitar hero. With Mike Sneeringer on drums and Kiel Everett on bass, they are making some of the most rocking, scuzzy, head-bobbing, glam punk-without-the-glam music ever. They are also some of the most humble and nicest people you’ll ever meet. For fans of Iggy And The Stooges, Ziggy-era Bowie and the first Black Flag EP. Their newest album, Lounge Lizards, is now out on Mexican Summer.

Bardo Pond

Bardo Pond lives in the same building we do, next door to our drummer, Sophie. They have been residents in our loft for 10 years, and occasionally you can hear them blasting their shambolic rock down our block. It’s fun to talk to them about how the neighborhood has changed. These psych-rock warriors have opened people’s third-eye across the globe since ’91 and aren’t going away—they are the real deal! It is inspiring to be around such veteran musicians. For fans of the Floyd, Ash Ra Temple and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Quincy Bright

Quincy is probably one of the coolest people I have ever met. He works next door to our studio. He is really a jack of all trades, and if the apocalypse were to happen tomorrow, I want him on my side. He fixes and chops out vintage Italian scooters, studied textiles, is a carpenter and window maker by profession, is a studio wiz and, oh yeah, a great musician. If only he would write a book. For fans of J Dilla, Madlib and Cut Chemist.

Acid Kicks

If acid made you hear trails, it would sound like this. Oddly enough, these guys aren’t on drugs—they’re naturally far-out. Heavy reverb and nothing but rhythm, with three basses, drums and trumpet, they get sludgy but dance-y and energetic. I guess that’s why they call it dream punk. Look for their 7″, Life Dreams, next month.

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