Category Archives: Rock On Philly

See Live At The Fillmore Recreate The Magic of the Allman Brothers

Source: Rock On Philly

To Lou Maresca, founder of the incomparable Allman Brothers Band tribute Live At The Fillmore, the ABB were in a league of their own in rock music. “They more or less invited the style… of a double guitar lead, the harmonies, Duane Allman’s slide guitar style,” he says in a phone interview with Rock On Philly. “They are considered the innovators of southern rock, but their music wasn’t just that. The thing that was unique about the Allman Brothers is that they incorporated rock and roll, blues, jazz and country together.”

Maresca, who takes on the vocals and guitar ...

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Celebrating David Bowie’s Legacy at the Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

Photos by Lauren Silvestri

It truly was a Night of Stardust last Sunday evening at the Keswick Theatre.

The Celebrating David Bowie tour, featuring longtime Bowie collaborators Mike Garson (keyboards), Carmine Rojas (bass), and guitarists Earl Slick (who we interviewed ahead of the show) and Gerry Leonard, performed the second show of their North American leg. The show also included vocalists Bernard Fowler and Gaby Moreno, who took turns singing lead in place of the Thin White Duke.

Celebrating David Bowie’s Legacy at the Keswick Theatre

Earl Slick

Each show on the tour promises special guests, and the Philly show had the honor of hosting Joe Sumner (of ...

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Quit sleepin’ on our “nasty boys”: Philly’s CERAMIC ANIMAL breaking out in 2018

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Herman

Those who follow the Philly music scene closely have probably heard of Doylestown psych rock outfit Ceramic Animal. And soon…very soon… so will everyone else.

For a few years now the suit-clad foursome known as Ceramic Animal has been kicking around Philly and New York City. These self-proclaimed “couple a nasty boys” look anything but–in their signature matching three-piece-suits-and-ties. But it’s far from a gimmick. From where I sit these guys just might have what it takes.

Here is why I’m betting on these boys to have a breakout 2018:

They are polished, and ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Mike Matteson Rocks Out With “The Bump”

Source: Rock On Philly

Philadelphia rocker Mike Matteson is back with his new lyric video for his latest single, “The Bump”. Matteson is part of the a recent group of signees to Drexel University’s esteemed campus label, Mad Dragon Music Group. This psychedelic new video comes ahead of Matteson’s forthcoming Chocolate Milk EP, which is slated for release this upcoming Friday, February 16th.

Give the video a view below! If you like what you hear, you can catch Mike live at William Street Common on Sunday, February 18th, and at an in-store at Repo Records on Wednesday, February 21st.

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Post Animal Makes a Last Minute Stop in Philly

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Like many Philly fans of Chicago’s Post Animal, I was bummed out when they released their recent tour dates and there was no Philly on it. However, in true rock-star style, they announced a show about a week before the show and managed to make Boot and Saddle the only place you’d want to be on a Tuesday night.

Post Animal is definitely an incredible band to watch. Each of the individual members’ talents are so integral to the singularity of the band, and this is what makes them a stand-out band. They played tracks spanning their discography, each ...

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Legendary Guitarist Earl Slick Joins Celebrating David Bowie Lineup, Coming to Philly 2/11

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Photos by Joe Del Tufo

For legendary guitarist Earl Slick, life is better on the road.

“As a human, I function better on a tour – I don’t have to take out the trash!” he laughs as he speaks to Rock On Philly in a phone interview. “I was just born to tour… the entire world disappears when I’m on stage, all that’s there is the band and the audience.”

Throughout his storied career, he’s played with John Lennon, the New York Dolls, Tom Waits, and many others, but perhaps most notably he was David Bowie’s sideman on and off ...

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Jimy Bleu Can Play Hendrix Better Than… Hendrix?

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo credit to Mike Vechesky

Jimy Bleu seemed destined to play the music of Jimi Hendrix. He bears more than an uncanny resemblance to the guitar legend, and plays Hendrix’s music arguably better than anyone else alive today. However, it was only through a high school crush that he discovered Hendrix and changed the course of his life.

“There was a girl who I really liked who knew all the musicians coming through,” Bleu explains in a phone interview with Rock On Philly. “One day she came to school with a button that read ‘Jimi Hendrix Official Fan Club.’ ...

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Marcus King Band Heats Up the Hearts of Philly

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All photos taken by Alyssa Kriner

Not even the arctic temperatures could stop the Marcus King Band from electrifying the nearly sold-out crowd at the TLA last Wednesday!

The National Reserve started the night with their version of Americana roots rock, the perfect segue into the blues/roots mashup MKB served up later.

Marcus King Band Heats Up the Hearts of Philly

Sean Walsh of The National Reserve

Marcus King gave Philly a dose of his Southern hospitality with his soulful voice that sounded clear as day. The band played mostly songs from their acclaimed self-titled second record (including fan favorite “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That”), but offered some surprises ...

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Marcus King Band Keeps on Truckin’

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Photo credit to Emily Butler

Life is full of second chances, and if you missed out on Marcus King last time he was in town at his sold out World Cafe Live show, you’re in luck. The Southern blues/soul guitar prodigy will be performing at the TLA with his band this Wednesday, December 27th. 

The 21 year-old has already sent shockwaves in the music community for his masterful command of blues, rock, soul, and even country. The band recently released their self-titled sophomore record, produced by Warren Haynes, features King’s exceptionally honest songwriting, soulful vocals and soaring guitar work. 

Instead ...

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The National Returns For Another Sold Out Show

Source: Rock On Philly

All photos by Wakana Narisako

 

The National premiered their latest album Sleep Well Beast from top to bottom in Philadelphia this past September to a packed, sold out Union Transfer. The live-streamed performance was only a hint of what their winter tour would be. The Ohio band made their trip back well worth it with another sold out performance at the Kimmel Center’s beautiful Verizon Hall on Monday night.

The National Returns For Another Sold Out Show

 

In a venue that houses the Philadelphia Orchestra, it almost felt wrong to be so casual, and to see a sea of beanies, flannel, and jeans. All that was ...

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PHOTOS: Power Trip Causes Mayhem in Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

Dallas’ Power Trip is a staple in the hardcore scene and Philly has been anxiously waiting for them to return since their last show here in 2016.

The Southern Lord signed band released a new record, Nightmare Logic, in early 2017 and it’s easily one of the best records of the year. They joined Cannibal Corpse and Gatecreeper on a tour that made a stop at the TLA on Thursday and it was definitely a show that was not to be missed.

We were lucky to photograph Power Trip’s killer set. Want to relive the experience? Sad you couldn’t make ...

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ODESZA Dazzles at Electric Factory

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All photos taken by Emily Irani.

ODESZA gave Philly much to be thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving. The Seattle electronic duo played 3 nights in a row at the Electric Factory from November 20th to November 22nd, two of which sold out.

ODESZA Dazzles at Electric Factory

Openers Louis Futon and Sofi Tukker got the large crowd hyped for ODESZA, and once the duo made the stage the crowd was entranced for the 2+ hours they played.

ODESZA provided a visual feast that featured jaw-dropping videos enveloping the stage and intricate lights coordinated with the music. The real stars, though, may have been the ...

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The Ghost of Paul Revere Haunts Philly this Friday with New Music

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Photo credit to Josh Wool

The Ghost of Paul Revere is ready to haunt Philadelphia with their latest album’s genre-defying hymns and harmonies when they come to the Boot & Saddle this Friday!

The Portland, Maine-based “holler folk” band builds on the success of their 2014 debut full-length, Believe, and their 2015 EP, Field Notes Vol. 1, by taking a different approach to their recording process for Monarch. They decided to record the music they wanted without considering how to present them in the live setting.

“It enabled us to get a lot more adventurous with our ideas,” ...

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Vinnie Paolizzi Celebrates New EP With A Thanksgiving Eve Show

Source: Rock On Philly

West Chester singer/songwriter, Vinnie Paolizzi, is dedicated to his craft, having played over 250 shows in the past two years throughout the Philadelphia region.

Tonight on Thanksgiving Eve, Paolizzi will perform an EP release show in his hometown of West Chester at Boxcar Brewpub, located at 142 E. Market Street.

“I am from West Chester and I have been trying to plan a big show there for years but haven’t been able to get the venue and timing right. The night before Thanksgiving is a huge night out in town and Boxcar has an amazing stage so I ...

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Deadfellow Talks Johnny Brenda’s Show, New Music and the Apocalypse

Source: Rock On Philly

After enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal and maybe taking advantage of Black Friday sales, check out Philly’s much buzzed about singer-songwriter Deadfellow for a very special show at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday night!

Deadfellow has enjoyed quite a productive 2017, to say the least. He released two critically-acclaimed albums – January’s Love Songs for the Contemporary Listener and June’s Mescalifornia: A California Dream – and will soon release his third album, Millennials in Love (And Other Pre-Apocalyptic Standards), which was recorded in Nashville and features the guitar work of Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) and keys by Rob Crowell (formerly ...

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Thrice This Saturday!

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Veteran alt-rockers Thrice will be performing at the Electric Factory this Saturday, November 25, along with Circa Survive, CHON, and Balance & Composure.

 

We have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

 

Comment below with why you want to go to enter!

 

This contest is open from now until Thursday, November 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Fit For A King Play Voltage Lounge This Tuesday!

Source: Rock On Philly

Christian metalcore outfit Fit For A King will be heading to Voltage Lounge this Tuesday, November 21, along with In Hearts Wake, Like Moths To Flames and Phinehas. The Texas-based band released their most recent album, Deathgrip, last year. Inspired by the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris, where Fit For A King was meant to play a show only four days after, Deathgrip centers on the toll death and devastation has in our world today.  

We spoke with Fit For A King before they make their trip to Philly this week- read our interview with ...

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Meek Mill Rally Announced For Tonight In Philly

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Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records

Thousands of fans have come together in support of Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill, who was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison last week for violating his parole.

Hip hop mogul Jay-Z called the sentence “unjust and heavy-handed,” and fans around the world signed petitions calling for the recusal of Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who presided over the case.

Tonight, a rally has been announced for 5:00 p.m. tonight at The Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice (1301 Filbert St.).

Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Julius Erving (former Philadelphia 76ers players), Malcolm ...

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A Preshow Chat With The Coronas’ Danny O’Reilly

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A Preshow Chat With The Coronas’ Danny O’Reilly

Live in The RHK. Photo by Dara Munnis.

 

Ireland’s The Coronas are coming to Philadelphia for the first time in a long time to headline a sold out show at Milkboy on November 11th. Lead singer Danny O’Reilly took his time out of his busy schedule to chat about the band and their direction the day before their tour kicked off.

 

Rock On Philly: Hi, thanks for chatting. How are you guys now that we’re in the same time zone?

Danny O’Reilly: Good thanks, we just arrived in Toronto last night, and we had a few beers. The ...

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Foxtrot & The Get Down “Shine” in New Music

Source: Rock On Philly

Philly’s burgeoning rock scene continues with soulful blues rock outfit Foxtrot & The Get Down. The band just released their latest single “Shine” (which debuted with Wendy Rollins on Radio 104.5), and to celebrate, they are headlining a show at Milkboy Philly this Saturday, November 4th with LIONIZE and the Deal Casino.

Ahead of their show, Rock On Philly spoke with guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player Colin Budny on the inspiration for “Shine,” what’s next for the band, and their “killer” show on Saturday.

Rock On Philly: What was the inspiration for “Shine”?  

Colin Budny: “Shine” has been a song that ...

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TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb’s Annual Halloween Show is Out of this World

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Photo credit to Neil Santos

Listening to TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb‘s new album, Dancing out the Door sounds like the “Post-Apocalyptic Americana” band is playing live in the room next to yours – if that room was the Maple Leaf or Tipitina’s in New Orleans, and the band members’ were the younger cousins of Reverend Horton Heat. It’s authentic, bizarre, and most of all, fun.

According to TJ Kong’s electrifying frontman, Dan Bruskewicz, that feeling is intentional. Instead of recording the album digitally, the band decided to record it all live on tape, and ...

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The Front Bottoms, Basement Sell Out Starland Ballroom

Source: Rock On Philly

When The Front Bottoms and Basement announced their tour together it seemed to be a dream come true for most people.

Both bands have different sounds (and different fanbases, for that matter) but they work so well together, and it showed when they played to a sold-out Starland Ballroom on Saturday.

Basement opened around 9, and brought the energy immediately. Seeing Basement is like nothing else, it’s clear that they have a very special bond and it radiates to the audience, they’re just having fun. Seeing vocalist Andrew Fisher smile every time someone crowd surfed, or a mosh pit got started ...

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Getting (Emo)tional with Brand New

Source: Rock On Philly

I discovered Brand New, like so many people, in high school.

My boyfriend at the time introduced me to their music, and soon I was playing their first two albums on repeat. While I enjoyed every song I heard, “Soco Amaretto Lime” became our anthem that summer. I felt like tortured frontman Jesse Lacey created that song just for me: It was the summer I turned 18, about to start college in a town far away, and in a wonderful relationship. I was full of optimism of my exciting, new life ahead.

Flash forward a few months later, and ...

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The Stone Foxes Rock Out Hard on a Sunday

Source: Rock On Philly

Thank God It’s Sunday! was the sentiment last Sunday night when bluesy rock band The Stone Foxes visited Philly for a high-energy set at Johnny Brenda’s.

After an explosive set by three-piece rock band ill Fated Natives (a local must-see), The Stone Foxes took the stage and started immediately into the call-to-action “Fight” from their latest release, Visalia. Throughout their set they played songs old and new from their vast catalog, including fan favorites “Cold Like a Killer” and “I’m a King Bee.”

Many of the members kept switching their spots in an impressive version of musical ...

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The Stone Foxes Rock Out Hard on a Sunday

Source: Rock On Philly

Thank God It’s Sunday! was the sentiment last Sunday night when bluesy rock band The Stone Foxes visited Philly for a high-energy set at Johnny Brenda’s.

After an explosive set by three-piece rock band ill Fated Natives (a local must-see), The Stone Foxes took the stage and started immediately into the call-to-action “Fight” from their latest release, Visalia. Throughout their set they played songs old and new from their vast catalog, including fan favorites “Cold Like a Killer” and “I’m a King Bee.”

Many of the members kept switching their spots in an impressive version of musical ...

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