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Grandchildren Opening for The Very Best at JB’s Aug. 12

After being a man down due to a wedding at their last show at Morgan’s Pier with Free Energy, Grandchildren should be back with their very best at Johnny Brenda’s tonight when they open for The Very Best. The West Philly crew have been taking their usual easy summer tending to their many other non-musical obligations, but you’ll find the group fine-tuning some of their new material as a new album peaks over the horizon. You can take a listen to the band’s lead single called “Where’s the Knife” HERE, or soak in their all-encompassing sound live this evening - not bad for a lazy Sunday. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


New Track: "Where's the Knife" - Grandchildren

Grandchildren just premiered their first single called “Where’s the Knife” off the band’s upcoming album, via Paste Magazine. Their debut full-length Everlasting was predominantly pieced together by Aleks Martray, who eventually built the band around the recordings with his Danger Danger Gallery compadres to perform out live, so it should be interesting to find out what the cohesive unit has come up with this time around. You can hear “Where’s the Knife” and hopefully more new ones this Sunday at Johnny Brenda’s when they open for The Very Best.

Free Grandchildren & Free Energy Show at Morgan’s Pier June 23

Break out your tambourines, hand-drums, castanets, maracas and good old-fashioned hand-clapping for this Saturday’s R5 free concert series at Morgan’s Pier featuring Philly’s own Grandchildren and Free Energy. Grandchildren’s singular brand of head-contusion-pop, distinct in its complex layering of rhythms and unexpected, powerful percussive notes promises to seamlessly complement those drifts of (hopefully) cool air rising from the Delaware River, just as Free Energy’s light-hearted melodies and youthful lyrics will have you skipping down the sidewalks of summer nostalgia. Both bands create music that is quite danceable. Free Energy is heavy on the guitar power chords, and lead singer Paul Spranger’s voice is straight-forward and melodic, while the voices of Grandchildren pour in from all sides like last night’s rain. Get there early, and get ready to sweat out some of these red-hot summer blues! Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd., 6:30pm, Free, 21+ - Sarah Allard


Grandchildren Sharing Some New Tunes at PhilaMOCA April 22

We miss the days when Grandchildren performed their electro-acoustic orchestrations around Philly on a frequent basis. So we are obviously thrilled to hear that tonight’s PhilaMOCA show marked the first of three chances to see them this week since they’ll also be performing at Drexel University on Friday and at Fishtown’s Shadfest on Saturday. Tonight’s show will also be a huge one since they’ll be debuting new tunes from their upcoming album. And along with the mind-boggling insanity of DC’s Hume and Brooklyn’s The Dreebs, you’ll be treated to the prog psych melodies of Son Step who recently toured the Midwest. Philamoca, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $7 - $10, All Ages (Video by Out of Town Films) - Bill McThrill


New Video: “Into Gold” (Acoustic) - Grandchildren

Check out the video of Grandchildren performing an acoustic version of new track called “Into Gold” on March 17, 2012 from SXSW. It was filmed by Philly-based Out of Town Films. Below is also a little something that they had to say about the session. You can catch Grandchildren live this Sunday at PhilaMOCA. Enjoy! (Photo by Sean Flannigan)

“We kind of fell in love with this session before it even happened. The room we shot in was in the midst of the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn, about twenty something floors up, and was ‘grand’ in every sense of the word. I should add that neither us nor the band were staying at the hotel. So despite an initial hesitation of whether someone would interrupt the session due to a noise disturbance, or lack of a legitimate reason to be in the hotel, to our surprise a few people even gathered around the ascending open balconies to watch and listen along.”


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