BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Radiation City

Radiation City

Deep Sea Diver, Lockets

Tue, March 1, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Radiation City
Radiation City
Portland's Radiation City has a new record out on February 12 via Polyvinyl.

From their use of modern electronic sounds and the restraint of classic bossa records, to the urgency and harmony of northern soul, the band has codified seemingly disparate ideas into a sound and ethos that is at once refreshing and classic

Effortlessly bending genres, their last LP Animals In The Median takes you on a journey through time. "So Long" turns Motown inside out with funky bass lines, catchy church organs and vintage vocal arrangements. The suspenseful lush orchestration of "Wash of Noise" soothes the musical palette. "Zombies" dabbles in doo-wop, flawlessly adorned with swinging handclaps and melodies. "Foreign Bodies" makes you want to snap your fingers to sweet and simple guitar rhythms that dance side by side with cascading flute melodies over a strong even beat.

"A new generation of acts that don't care much for the longstanding walls between slow acoustic pop, dance music, experimental electronic music and distortion-fueled rock." --Willamette Week
Deep Sea Diver
Deep Sea Diver
"Wide awake, and I'm chasing after you"—exclaims a breathless Jessica Dobson, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and driving force of Seattle's Deep Sea Diver. The lyric is one that best encapsulates the front woman's bravado and fearlessness, which dominates Deep Sea Diver's forthcoming sophomore LP, Secrets—Out February 26th on their own High Beam records. In their desire to explore dualities, Deep Sea Diver urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full-fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity. Dobson has the voice and authorityto tie it all together, and turn it into a cohesive unit that soars yet remains beautifully delicate and intimate. Live, the band has received acclaim for their festival-ready power and presence, Jessica's larger than life guitar hooks, and their cascading layers that build upon each other until they reach their explosive peak.

In late 2013, Dobson put in her notice to former Shins boss, James Mercer, in order to give full attention to her own musical vision. Mercer agreed, saying, "I'll miss you, but I give you my full support. You've gotta pursue Deep Sea Diver". While much was gleaned from the experiences in her many years spent playing with top tier musical outfits (Beck, the Shins, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,) something was brewing that demanded a sort of dedication and alertness that couldn't be fully engaged while moonlighting as a side-woman for those greats. "Good thing too," noted Stereogum, "because Jessica is an incredible front woman."

Recorded with Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Beck) and Luke Vanderpol at the Bank in CA, Jessica and band (comprised of husband Peter Mansen on drums, Garrett Gue on bass, and Elliot Jackson on guitar and synth) have together created an album that is colorful, energetic, and varied—with an emotional depth and pulsating charge that demands the listener's full attention. As she and Mercer sing together on Creatures of Comfort, "I'm in my own world", the listener is brought in, and very content that this is the world that she has chosen and invited others into. Secrets is an album you will not want to keep to yourself.
Lockets
Lockets
Philadelphia duo Lockets make their return after an almost two year hiatus. The group consists of principal songwriter/producer Todd Mendelsohn and new addition Melissa Ricca on vocals. Lockets have been likened to contemporaries such as Beach House, the influential Cocteau Twins, and have been described as "an innocent, fledgling My Bloody Valentine jacked up on a whole Halloween's worth of candy."  They've previously shared stages with groups such as Mr Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, Exit Music, Widowspeak, Keep Shelly In Athens, and St. Lucia. The group offered up their synth-laced brand of dream-pop on their debut LP Camera Shy via London's Beautiful Strange label in 2012. They returned in the summer of 2013 with their Surrender EP that boasted an evolved sound featuring driving electronic beats and anthemic hooks drenched in an 80's synth-pop aesthetic. The lead single Surrender earned repeated spins on BBC-Radio 1, cracked the top 40 on the UK's Amazing Radio and was featured along with the track Girl on Bella Union label head and Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymond's radio show. Mendelsohn and Ricca are currently in the process of recording Lockets' sophomore LP in anticipation of a 2016 release.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com