Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rock On Philly’s Top Music Moments of 2013

Source: Rock On Philly

While Rock On Philly isn’t quite a year old yet, we still had some amazing music moments this year that we want to celebrate. The Philly scene gets better by the day thanks to an abundance of talented musicians as well as all the movers & shakers who are constantly creating new opportunities for artists and fans here. So without further adieu, I give you Rock On Philly’s Top Music Moments of 2013.

10. Interview with Melanie Martinez of the Voice.
I don’t watch a whole lot of television so I’m not terribly familiar with talent from The Voice. However, ...

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Show Review: Illinois, Underwater Window Garden, Billy Mungus at TLA (12/29)

Source: One Fan at a Time

Ilinois at TLAThere are some nights, although few and far between, that are perfect—everything seems to go better than imagined. So when I found free parking for a free show at the Theatre of Living Arts that Illinois was playing, I was already beginning to feel some kind of magic in the air.

The show was scheduled to begin at 7pm and I arrived about ten minutes late with Billy Mungus’ set already in progress.  Billy Mungus and band opened the show to a slowly growing audience.  As the set progressed more and more people filled the venue.  As far as ...

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New York City Live Music Calendar for January and February 2014

Source: New York Music Daily

Happy New Year everybody! Frequent updates continuing through the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events ...

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Last Stand Quartet and friends present Shakespeare at the Kennedy Center

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Shakespeare has enjoyed a rich musical afterlife, yet rarely do the countless works inspired by the Bard enrich our understanding of the plays themselves.

On Monday evening at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, the Last Stand Quartet and actors Andre Braugher, Rob Clare and Reiko Aylesworth presented a program of Shakespeare in words and music that largely bore out this truism. The evening offered moments of dramatic brilliance, yet only intermittently did words and music come together to deepen our sense of Shakespeare’s art.

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The Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed cover band, will play the Black Cat

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Friday is the perfect day for fans of the Velvet Underground, pizza, Macaulay Culkin and, especially, all of the above: It’s when tickets go on sale for the Pizza Underground, Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, who will perform March 21 at the Black Cat.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Michael James Murray

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

As the final hours of the year tick away and 2013 drifts into the the whispering world of memory and contemplation, we thought a Key Studio Session with Michael James Murray would provide a apropos soundtrack. We were introduced to Murray as a filmmaker a couple years back – one half of the Out of Town Films founding crew. Soon after, we met his Radiohead-esque atmospheric rock outfit Edison. But that band went on hiatus earlier this year; Murray’s sonic partner Alex Savoth took the rock side into his new group The New Black, while Murray himself continued to ...

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Happy New Year, Y’all!

Source: Fuzzy Logic

It’s been a bit of a rough year, so I’m incredibly happy that 2013 is on the way out. Bring on 2014! My resolutions and I are ready to have a great time in the coming year. 

I know I posted a bunch of versions of “Auld Lang Syne” last year, but it’s just the perfect New Year’s song, so here we go again. I hope you’ll love each and every version of the Bobby Burns classic herein. 

I’d like to hereby wish y’all every happiness over the next year, and all the best for a happy, healthy, and super ...

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The Week In Shows: 12/31-1/5

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The last day of the year is as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the greater DC metro this week, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

I don’t know about y’all, but I am pretty pleased to be seeing the end of 2013. It’s just about time to get pretty excited about 2014, and as good as 2013 was in terms of music, I ...

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Bobby Womack played 3 nights at City Winery (pics & videos)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared Photography

Bobby Womack

Classic soul singing is, among countless other things, the art of the interjection. “Whoo!” “Mmmmm.” “Ohhhhhh.” “HahahaHA!” “Owww.” “Yeah, yeah!” “Am I lying?” Can I take my time?” “Listen to me!” “Do you feel it?” Used right, those interjections can be percussion, comedy, respiration, tension, release and more. Bobby Womack, 69, used them all at City Winery on Friday night, wearing a red leather suit, a red hat and red sunglasses as he started a three-night stand.

…The rasp his voice had decades ago is sharper now, and the quaver he always applied for emphasis ...

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Why Does Everybody Hate Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes?

Source: The L Magazine » Music

You’ve never heard a band say so exactly what they’ve been trying to say. Even if you don’t like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, their third album is still something to behold: rarely do artists, even those we could all agree are great, make such bold and thoroughly realized personal statements: all defenses down, all irony checked, nothing but honesty and the purity of self-expression.…

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Stream Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ new album Wig Out at Jagbags

Source: The Swollen Fox

Stephen Malkmus JagbagsStephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ sixth studio album, Wig Out at Jagbags, will be released next week via Matador Records and is now streaming in full via Amazon. You can pre-order the album here. You can catch Malkmus & the Jicks live in Philly on March 1st at the TLA.

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Amanda Hatfield’s Favorite Live Music Photos (that she took) & songs of 2013

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Father John Misty @ Webster Hall, 1/14/2013
Father John Misty

Amanda Hatfield was one of the most prolific BrooklynVegan music photographers of 2013, but somehow she managed to pick just thirteen shots that she loved the most.

Head to RDIO to listen to a playlist of her favorite songs of 2013. Check out the rest of her favorite pictures and her top 20 albums of 2013, below…

Continue reading “Amanda Hatfield’s Favorite Live Music Photos (that she took) & songs of 2013” at brooklynvegan

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Brooklyn Punk-Rockers Mannequin Pussy open for BIG UPS on 01.09

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Mannequin Pussy brings a sonic assault similar to that of Boredoms, Melt Banana or a female fronted Pissed Jeans. Feverish noisy experimental mayhem blasts through their latest release ‘Gypsy Pervert.’ Ever so often they’re able break away to string together down tempo rockers that conjure up visions of either Kim Gordon or Deal singing along with them. Guitarist / singer Marisita Dabeast can scream her lungs out (as in tracks Sneaky and Clue Juice) or bring a comforting element amidst this chaos with smooth melodies (My Baby, streaming), pairing with long time friend Thanasi Paul and new drummer Drew ...

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Jackson (WeatherVanes) – Wes Tucker – Olivia Mancini – Drew Gibson – Patrick Hawkins — Iota – Dec 30th 2013

Source: DC Rock Live

This is a fitting way fto end 2013 for me, as I am not doing an overpriced New Years Eve special at the bigger clubs. Instead, it’s a New Years Eve eve show with three of my favorite singer songwriters and two other fine local singer songwriters I hope to see more of. This was a free show with each performer doing a set of 2-3 songs and quickly rotating in the ‘9 Series’ manner started up by Justin Trawick. It was a fun time and a great way for me to get back in the swing of things after ...

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The 100 Best Songs of 2013

Source: New York Music Daily

One of the most prevalent myths about music is that there is a single, monolithic culture dictated by big record labels and the top 40, which they control. The reality is that it’s been more than twenty years since the American top 40 had any relevance at all. Because there are many cultures around the world where commercial radio isn’t completely off limits to music with genuine artistic content, audiences there haven’t completely tuned out like they have here. Which, ironically, perpetuates the myth of a shared musical culture that everyone can more or less agree on.

At the other ...

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Remembering The Blockley as an Eclectic Philly Venue

Source: Rock On Philly

In the past it has been known as the Chestnut Cabaret, home to punk rock shows the likes of The Ramones and Nirvana, but since 2009 The Blockley has been a home to Philadelphia funk, indie, electronic, and rap music. Since 2009, famous acts like Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah have made stops at the venue located in West Philly just outside of Drexel‘s campus. In addition to the great location and draw of world-renowned rap artists, The Blockley provided an intimate setting that turned any show into a eclectic party.

Unfortunately, The Blockley recently announced refusal ...

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Worth the Wait: Levee Drivers Release New EP at Kung Fu Necktie!

Source: Rock On Philly

Levee Drivers on stage; photo by Breanna Perry (@DJButtons) on Instagram

For anyone lucky enough to be part of the packed house at Kung Fu Necktie for the Speakin’ Bourbon-Coated Blues release show on December 6, it comes as no surprise that there have been so many positive reviews of the band, the show, and the EP itself. Though fans have had to wait almost five years for more new music from the roots rock group, not a single listener was left unsatisfied on that rainy Friday night in December. (You can get a taste of the night’s celebration by downloading your ...

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A Homebody Holiday

Source: DC Rocks

All the hullabaloo over one minute in time.  All that chasing down the good party; the right place to be at the stroke of twelve. Down in Georgetown or up in Adams Morgan?  Should we go to a bar?  Or to that crazy group house party on T Street? Consequently, back in the day, I spent a lot of midnight moments stuck in a car on the way to somewhere else.
One year when I was in college, I gave up the hunt and made what I thought was a rather mature decision to stay home. I lived in a group house ...

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Style Blog: Six overlooked albums from 2013

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Each week, we use this space to highlight notable recordings from the world of pop music. Today, we look at six albums from 2013 that didn’t seem to generate the attention they deserved.

Pretty and Nice, “Golden Rules for Golden People”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Lawsuits at MilkBoy, Screaming Females at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly Bloco at World Cafe Live and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

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Commonwealth Choir and T.J. Kong will join The Lawsuits tonight at MilkBoy as they did in this Van Morrison cover

XPN welcomes The Lawsuits to MilkBoy for New Years Eve.  The jam-packed line-up, featuring the local indie roots-rock outfit with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir, will ring in 2014 by performing songs off of their recent Cool Cool Cool release.  Members of the bands got together recently to cover Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” so a reprise of that performance may also be in the plans.  Tickets and information for the 21+ celebration can be found ...

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