Monthly Archives: July 2014

Featured pop concert: G. Love & Special Sauce celebrate the old and new at Festival Pier

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Some of us Philadelphians are getting old. G. Love & Special Sauce – this city’s prime instigators of blues-inflected hip-hop – are heading a bill at Festival Pier on Saturday night. But can it be that the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-titled album? Could it be that Garrett "G. Love" Dutton’s son Aidan turned 13 on the day of this interview?

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Your Weekend Love & the Stars

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

ARIES (March 21-April 19) sss Surprisingly you get your way with ease but then something or someone interferes. This scenario is the theme of the weekend. Just as you think you have reason to be rammy, you discover no way. Look at the next few days as a class in highs and lows. You, the passionate ram, will learn to kick back.

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Greenpoint bar/venue Lulu’s is closing next week

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via Lulu’s)
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And another one goes. One of the original free-pizza-with-beer bars in North Brooklyn (that also hosted free music a lot of nights), Lulu’s in Greenpoint, will be shutting it’s doors for good on August 9. From the venue’s Facebook:

To our amazing customers: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the rumors are true. Lulu’s will be closing its doors in two weeks; our last day open will be August 9th. We would like to thank all of you for making this such an amazing place to hang out! The ...

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Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails rock the night at the Susq

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

What raged in the ’90s – the post-Zeppelin grunge-metal of Soundgarden, the crepuscular industrial firestorm of Nine Inch Nails – still seethes today. Each act’s latest album (Soundgarden’s King Animal of 2012 and Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks of 2013) is a crisp representation of the past refreshed for the present. Wednesday night’s concert featuring both bands at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center suggested that that present has a bright future.

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Video Of The Day #16: M185

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Y’all know I have a thing about pedals. So when a video comes along that stars a dude dressed as a pedal…let’s just say it was meant to be. The video in question comes from awesome Austrians M185 for their awesome “Soon,” a grimy, scuzzy little rock ditty that sounds a little like those great rock songs you used to listen to back when while ...

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A booming set from Scottish DJ Rustie at U Street Music Hall

Source: The Washington Post » Music

It was buck wild and booming. Anyone at U Street Music Hall on Wednesday night would tell you that Rustie’s DJ set was anything but tame. The 31-year-old Scot lifted the crowd of 20-somethings into loose-limbed hysteria. There were make-out sessions next to mosh pits and the sound system was booming to an extent that customers in the 7-Eleven upstairs could listen along.

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Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #10: Body of Light

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Y’all know I’ve got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you’re not familiar, it’s a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I’m just dying to go check it out. So, since I can’t be there, here’s a few bands I’d definitely be making time for.

Sure, it’s a little bit of a music journalist conceit to say it, but dang it I’m not all about bands that hail from ...

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Tom Petty stays true to his sound on consistently strong ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Source: The Washington Post » Music

If you’re a rock star of a certain age, you might figure that there is no longer much point in releasing new material. You can usually expect decent first-week sales from the 50,000 or so baby boomers who still buy albums, followed by a nosebleed descent down the charts. Your new songs will serve as a convenient excuse for arena show bathroom breaks before being quietly dropped from the set list before the start of the outdoor touring season. And that’s if things go well.

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Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #9: The Debauchees

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Y’all know I’ve got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you’re not familiar, it’s a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I’m just dying to go check it out. So, since I can’t be there, here’s a few bands I’d definitely be making time for.

I’m kinda into Louisville’s The Debauchees, y’all, and not just because I feel in tune with their name. It’s because the band ...

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Bear in Heaven share new video ++ stream their new LP

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

BiH

As mentioned, Bear in Heaven‘s new album Time Is Over One Day Old is out next week via Dead Oceans. The record furthers their interstellar travels via fat waves of synths, heavy on grooves and rolling drums. (The album title, by the way, comes from an error message on a friend’s television.) You can stream the album in its entirety over at NPR.

The band also consistently make interesting videos which continues on their just-released one for “Time Between.” Directed by Nick Bentgen, it was filmed over the course of an month across the five-borroughs ...

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Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off 8/1-8/11

Source: Philthy Mag

Strand of Oaks Photo by Joe Del Tufo

1. Strand of Oaks “Shut in” (Dead Oceans) – Philadelphia’s own Strand of Oaks makes the most infectious, retro, yet very current and updated, poignant progressive indie rock, a fuzzy glow which excites. Catch them at The Arden Gild Concert Hall in Arden, Delaware on Thursday, September 18. For tickets: http://ardenconcerts.com/?concert=strand-of-oaks

2. Work Drugs “ Double Life”  – Philadelphia’s own indie summery pop band strikes again with a catchy new infectious pop tune that delights to the highest degree.

3. Saint Pepsi “ Fiona Coyne” (Carpark Records)– This one is up for the ...

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Dangers touring East Coast with Graf Orlock and Holy after West Coast shows w/ Ceremony (dates)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

dangers

California hardcore ragers Dangers — who have one of the greatest Last.fm tags: “unreasonably pissed off” — and cinema grinders Graf Orlock will be joined by Italian destroyers Holy for a tour of the East Coast this August. Dangers will actually get rolling out West with three dates that sub Holy and Graf Orlock for Ceremony. Then, the three will hook-up on  and drop into cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park. The three will hit Brooklyn’s 538 Johnson on August 22 with Wet Witch and Vulture Shit. Tickets are $8 at the door. ...

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RECORD REVIEWS – JULY 2014

Source: DC Rock Live

ALVVAYS “ALVVAYS”

It is always hard to knock such a pleasant pop rock album as this, so I won’t… with explanation. The female vocals succeed as they dance around the melodies with conviction and innocence. The music is steady, dreamy in spots and firmly in a rock mode in others. It just does not quite have that grab you and never let go feeling to it, but rather sits comfortably aside. That may keep it from getting frequent relistens from me, but should still garner enough fans of this style that will happily come back for more and more. I ...

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Bands in the studio: Azar Swan

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Led by charismatic songwriter Zohra Atash and produced religiously through DIY means by Joshua Strawn, Electro Goth duo Azar Swan recently unveiled this new video for single ‘Over’ (below), and is gearing up for a September West Coast tour. We asked them a few questions about their favorite gear and recording habits here.

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Whirr share new song from ‘Sway’ (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Sway

Philly shoegaze crew Whirr have shared another track from their upcoming album Sway. This one is called “Heavy” and it bears out the name, carrying a dark, droning undercurrent beneath the swirling shoegaze guitars that we’re accustomed to from bassist Nick Barrett and producer Jack Shirley. Sway is out on September 23 via Graveface, and Whirr will hit NYC with Cloakroom on September 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets). Check out the stream of “Heavy” below.

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Listen to Lushlife’s vibrant remix of local experimental composer Joshua Stamper

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Local experimental jazz composer Joshua Stamper is releasing a remix of his newest album, the skin, the sea, the sound entitled a righter rain will fall. Here’s the catch: he’s releasing it in pieces, one song a week. The project kicked off … Continued

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Coming pop shows: Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, and Temples

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Miley Cyrus/Katy Perry
If you don’t already have tickets to either of these two primary-colored pop divas coming to the Wells Fargo Center in the next week, you’ll have to seek them on the secondary market. Tickets to both Miley Cyrus’ Saturday night show – rescheduled from its original date in May after the headliner was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to medication – and the Monday and Tuesday shows by Katy Perry are sold out.

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