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by Andrew Sacher
NY/NJ indie rockers Spook Houses have been quiet as of late, but their members have been involved in many ongoing projects including LVL UP, Crying, the Double Double Whammy label (home to Frankie Cosmos), and more. Both singers also have solo projects -- Colin Alexander's Flaslight O and Dave Benton's Trace Mountains -- and they'll be heading out on a tour together with those projects this August. The tour concludes in Brooklyn on 8/14 at Shea Stadium.
Much sooner than that tour though, both will play the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show happening Saturday (7/12) at Secret Project Robot with Tyvek, Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, Flagland, secret band "Muscle Car," and more. Tickets for that one are still available. Set times for that show, and the list of all Flashlight O/Trace Mountains dates (some still TBA), below.
Flashlight O released his debut album, The Truman Sho, on Double Double Whammy this past June, and any fans of The Microphones' lo-fi avant-folk should check this out. You can stream the whole thing below. Trace Mountains' stuff is pretty likeminded, as you can hear on the 3-song EP he put out on DDW in 2013, which is also streaming below.
In related news, LVL UP just announced that their new album, Hookwink'd, will be out on September 23 on DDW/Exploding In Sound. Cover art for that, below.
Dan Francia - 'Alone and Together' artwork
Speaking of Flagland (who play the all-day EIS show), their member Dan Francia is releasing his first solo EP, Alone and Together, on July 19 via ECB&B. Unlike the garage rock of Flagland, Dan's stuff is more melodic indie rock with the laid back feel of prime-era Dinosaur Jr. The title track makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Speaking of all-day NYC shows on July 12 and Exploding In Sound, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz play the free 4Knots Festival that day with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. That starts at 1.
Speedy, and a few bands from the EIS show such as Pile and Mannequin Pussy, also play the 2-day DIY festival in Philly, OK FEST (8/1-2), that also includes Cayetana, Great Thunder, Worriers, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, Amanda X, Swearin', Pink Wash and a bunch more. More info on this very awesome sounding festival here. Full lineup below.
Flashlight O, Trace Mountains, Dan Francia streams and more, below...
Dan Francia - "Alone and Together"
Flashlight O - The Truman Sho
Trace Mountains - Salty Sweet w/ Everything Around Me
LVL UP - Hoodwink'd Artwork
Flashlight O / Trace Mountains -- 2014 Tour Dates
Jul 12 - Brooklyn, NY ~ Secret Project Robot*****
Aug 5 - Philadelphia, PA ** TBA/Help?
Aug 6 - Pittsburgh, PA ~ Mr. Roboto Project
Aug 7 - Columbus, OH ~ ACRN Studio session midday, Kafe Kerouac in the evening
Aug 8 - Bloomington, IN ~ TBA
Aug 9 - Chicago, IL ~ Grandpa Bay
Aug 10 - Detroit, MI ** TBA/Help?
Aug 11 - Toronto, CA ** TBA/Help?
Aug 12 - Montreal, CA ** TBA/Help?
Aug 13 - Boston, MA ~ Barack's Barracks
Aug 14 - New York, NY ~ Shea Stadium
***** - Exploding In Sound/Impose show. Set times:
Trace Mountains - 12:30
Ronald Paris - 1pm
Flashlight O - 1:30pm
Cousin Brian - 2pm
Baked - 2:30pm
Mannequin Pussy - 3pm
Flagland - 3:30
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - 4pm
Emily Reo - 4:30pm
Roomrunner - 5pm
Ricky Eat Acid - 5:30
Guerilla Toss - 6pm
"Muscle Car" - 6:30pm
Pile - 7pm
Alex G - 7:30pm
Big Ups - 8pm
Tyvek - 8:30pm
OK FEST (8/1-2) 2014 Lineup