David August 10, 2014 0


Join BITBY for an incredible night of live music from some of the best new bands and music Philadelphia has to offer. Featured bands include:

“one of the most fun rock bands you can see in Philadelphia right now.” – The Key XPN

Commonwealth Choir doing a BITBY-eque performance of “Palace”

Philadelphia based Air is Human is comprised of Jeff Lucci (guitar/keys/loops) and Josh Aptner, (percussion/keys). The duo achieves rich audio textures ranging from the stripped down grit of a grooving buzz saw riff to layered melodic harmonies and colorful swelling reminiscent of a cinematic score. After forming in the Fall of 2012, Air is Human self recorded their debut EP “The Infinity Limit” over a span of 6 months. The duo is currently recording their first full length with a prospective Fall 2014 release. Whether it’s through your headphones, in your car, or at their unparalleled live show, you will find yourself immersed in thought provocation and most importantly, uncontrollable rhythmic movement. To know the true meaning of their psuedonym you need only to ask them, but more important is the synaptic imagery that their music can manifest in the minds of their audience. Watch them in this Philly Tapes Philly clip featuring Gretchen Lohse!


Born among the pitch pines of southern New Jersey, Pine Barons is a brotherhood of four artists aiming to find their rock n roll destinies. With a wide spectrum of influences, from classic rock to folk, jazz, and punk, Pine Barons is an amalgamation of four personalities and visions whose friendship and respect shape their craft. After many half-magical high fives, this troupe of ultra-pals have scribed their plans to spread their music to the thinkers, friends, lovers, and magicians of the world and combat forces of malice.

Shorty boy-boy juggles a quirky offbeat fluff-pop sound with an endearing sincerity and charm. It’s genuine and honest without the pretense; lighthearted without being a joke. Its reminiscent of Cake or Beck with the indie playfulness of the Shins. It’s cool sexy and a little weird: the perfect summer pop.

Check out Shorty Boy Boy’s latest video for Crickets

Derek Sheehan has played in a number of bands in Philadelphia over the course of a few years, some lasting longer than others, some garnering more attention.

Derek made a fresh start recruiting Tom Anthony (Bleeding Fractals) and Emily Cahill (Gypsy Death and You) in early 2013 forming Weekender. Since then their endeavors have won the hearts of many a local, including producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Modest Mouse/Wavves), who signed on to work with the band on new material. The quartet peaked the interest of upstart Brooklyn based label PaperCup Music and joined their roster to release their debut EP, Spanish Peaks. Opening for acts like The Growlers, Peace, Future Islands, and a recent performance at Firefly Music Festival in Dover Delaware, Weekender’s emergence has been warmly welcomed by the Philly music scene and the blogosphere alike.

With the 2013 debut EP, Spanish Peaks (“…a perfect psych-pop daydream.”-, tour dates and a follow up record in the works, this young group is quickly building a reputation as one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the neo-psychedelic scene.


Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and non-fiction since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist.

Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch,, a cityblog he established in 2004. His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the AAN Award for Music Criticism and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002.

From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer-songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.

In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife aka Raj Haldar, and others.

Check out Joey’s vid for “Records and Coffee”


Dark, brooding, poignant, Mark Lanky evokes the empathetic sadness of loss and regret with the precision and skill of classic country songwriters but with the cynicism insight and humor of modern contemporary folk. Echos of Damien Jurado, Calvin Johnson, Magnetic Fields and Stephin Merrit

Check out this intro to Mark Lanky:

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