Posts Tagged ‘Reading Rainbow’

Reading Rainbow // Live Videos

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Reading Rainbow just posted on their blog a series of live videos from a recent gig in Pittsburgh featuring a 3-piece version of their group. Below are my favorites — stellar stuff!

Reading Rainbow // Cover the Sky 7”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Philly’s garage-pop duo Reading Rainbow have a new one-sided 7” coming out in mid-April on the killer Hell, Yes! label, featuring their track “Cover the Sky.” Super pumped about pre-ordering this one. Check out RR performing the song live, pre-SXSW, in Atlanta below as well as an mp3 download for my favorite (and probably everyone’s favorite) “Wasting Time”:

Reading Rainbow // Wasting Time

SXSW ’10 Preview #4 // Reading Rainbow

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

With a vanity myspace URL of levarmotherfuckingburton, it’s obvious that Philadelphia noise-rock duo Reading Rainbow exploits its PBS namesake (hosted by a certain VISOR-wearing Star Trek alum). However, the similarities end with the moniker, because Robbie Garcia and Sarah Everton’s music is anything but kid friendly.

Lo-fi and noisy even by lo-fi and noisy established standards, every Reading Rainbow track is an auditory assault on the ear drums — it’s like I can feel my cochlea yelling at me everytime I listen to them. However, unlike pure-noise bands like AIDS Wolf and Pre, there are nuggets of melody that help keep you upright when you are being dragged through the rough. Although not used as expertly as Wavves (I can feel the backlash already), the sing-along lyrics, like the closing lines “who can direct us where to go / my mind is made up / the answer’s no” on the recently released “Underground”, are certainly more than enough to pique your interest and at least get you excited thinking about what a 30 minute SXSW set of theirs would look like!

Currently, Reading Rainbow are prepping another album before heading towards Austin in March. They’re slated to play a hell of a lot of shows (most notably Weekly Tape Deck’s AWESOME showcase), so if you’re on 6th St. during the festival, it will be difficult to NOT see them. Here are two tracks to let you in on what Reading Rainbow is about:

Reading Rainbow // Underground

Reading Rainbow // The Sun Is Out

SXSW 2010 // Round II

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Well the SXSW elves have been busy this holiday season adding another 200 bands to the lineup, thus doubling the slated bill to 400 total. For those of you who missed my take on the initial lineup released a mere two weeks ago, you can get the recap here.

I couldn’t find too many recognizable acts this go around; however, there are a handful that I would consider seeing live. Topping the list is the highly blogged about LA afro-pop group Fool’s Gold — whose shtick includes all lyrics are sung in Hebrew. Not to be confused with Levar Burton‘s second best show, Reading Rainbow is a Philadelphia based duo that can be grouped together in the lo-fi garage punk scene with like minded acts Finally Punk, Vivian Girls, and Wavves. Similarly, That Ghost is the work of California teenager Ryan Schmale that, along with The Smith Westerns and Cymbals Eat Guitars, would make anyone’s top ten underage acts list. Finally, NPR’s love crush and former Grandaddy singer/guitarist Jason Lytle is set to descend upon Austin for the second year in a row.

No doubt, more acts will be listed, so I’ll keep you posted. Here are some mp3s/videos from the acts mentioned above:

Fool’s Gold // Surprise Hotel

Fool’s Gold // Surprise Hotel (Phaseone Remix)

Reading Rainbow // The Sun Is Out

That Ghost // The Red Bow (via)