Concert Previews

The Vaccines, rendering what it means to be teen and British in the 21st century. At Union Transfer Saturday.
The Vaccines, rendering what it means to be teen and British in the 21st century. At Union Transfer Saturday. (CHRISTAAN FELBER)
Posted: February 01, 2013

Memory Tapes

Grace / Confusion, the third album from Memory Tapes, bridges nostalgic new wave and dream-pop with contemporary chilly electronics - "chill wave," if you must - to create a swirling trip into the ether. Memory Tapes is the solo project of South Jersey's Dayve Hawk, formerly of Philly's Hail Social, although when he comes to Johnny Brenda's Tuesday night, he will have a band in tow. At times, Hawk seems to mimic his sources wholesale: a New Order guitar solo concludes "Thru the Fields"; Spiritualized could have scripted the narcotic chords that begin "Neighborhood Watch"; Depeche Mode synth-pop percolates through the middle of "Follow Me." But Memory Tapes' songs are elastic: They stretch and evolve gradually, most of them over the course of six to eight minutes, and those blatant nostalgic moments surface only as glimpses in ever-shifting, fascinating landscapes.

- Steve Klinge


Memory Tapes, with TEEN and Gracie, play 9 p.m. Tuesday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford St. Tickets: $12. Information: 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.

The Vaccines


Of all the young dudes that have called themselves "punks" of late, the Vaccines are certainly the spikiest. With hints of the brooding Strokes, the zealously contagious Buzzcocks, and the eerily fuzzy Jesus & Mary Chain, singer Justin Young, guitarist Freddie Cowan, and company have proven themselves to be best friends with noise and the nuances of big melody. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? of 2011 and 2012's aptly titled Come of Age are direct and driven by yearning romanticism and teen frenzy. Each album is a 3-D rendering of what it means to be teen and British in the 21st century.

- A.D. Amorosi



The Vaccines, with San Cisco, play 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. Tickets: $20. Information: 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com.

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