Tag Archives: Philly Sounds

Conventioner Premieres New Single, “Love or Protection”!

Source: Rock On Philly

Conventioner may not be a household name just yet, but the Philly-based producer has a lot to be proud of. After his debut single “Trouble” off 2015’s Legacy EP gained him 60,000 Soundcloud plays and loyal online fanbase (without any promotion, mind you), Conventioner is back with “Love or Protection”, a brand new single off of his forthcoming EP.

“Love or Protection” shines with mellow synths that bubble just below the surface before the song comes alive during an explosive chorus. Produced in collaboration with Nashville’s own Jon Santana, “Love or Protection” is a warm listen perfect for ...

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Church Girls Find Serenity in New Singles “Better Off” & “Breaking Bones”

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Church Girls Find Serenity in New Singles “Better Off” & “Breaking Bones”

Photo by Charlie Wrzesniewski

Rock On Philly Artist of The Month alum Church Girls have taken some notable leaps forward in the past few years, as the hard working local act who rank among my “Philly Bands You Need To Know Now” have proven this to yet again to be true with their new singles, “Better Off”…

And “Breaking Bones”…

“It’s about a creative relationship that began with promise but ultimately crumbled” Beaumont shares about “Better Off”… “I think we’d seen some things in each other that couldn’t be unseen. Writing the song helped me confront some ...

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“back to Back to Black”: Celebrating Amy Winehouse’s Legacy with Remember Jones and Nik Greeley

Source: Rock On Philly

It’s been over 10 years since the release of Amy Winehouse’s iconic album Back to Black, but it feels as relevant today as it did in 2006. Next Friday, July 21st, soul vocalist and band leader Remember Jones will recreate the entire classic album with a 15-piece orchestra at Ardmore Music Hall as part of his “back to Back to Black” series.

Philly-based funk rock collective Nik Greeley & The Operators will open the show. Nik Greeley, who is also a member of the funk extravaganza Swift Technique, is known for being one of the best frontmen ...

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MINKA’s Dick Rubin chats Bowie, Babies, New EP, and Surviving in Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image provided courtesy of Noisy Ghost PR

If you don’t know MINKA, you definitely need to hop on this crazy train! Spawning some energetic, dance-rock tunes with just the right amount of synth and unconventional sampling choices, MINKA’s frontman Dick Rubin recently sat down with Rock On Philly to chat about the inter-workings of their latest, self-released EP Born In The Viper Room. If you can take anything away about MINKA it is this: the band is all about expressing the individual you as much as possible, forging one’s own path, in any way that fits you. ...

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A Basic Girl Walks Into a Metal Show: A Peek Inside Philly’s Metal Scene

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All photos by Lauren Silvestri

Metallica’s return to Philly last Friday wasn’t the only metal show going on the weekend of May 12th.

In an undisclosed location in North Philly, a DIY metal showcase occurred that displayed some of the freshest metal bands on the East Coast. How did I, a “basic” girl with little knowledge of the metal scene other than the “Big Four” land an exclusive invitation? That will also remain a secret, but that night I discovered the exciting, underground world of Philly metal.

Progressive black/thrash metal band Botis kicked off the night with their ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TIOGA – “The One”

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image at 0:05 of “The One”

Philly alt-rockers TIOGA are excited to premiere their lyric video for “The One”, the first single off of their upcoming EP, Circadian. The video, filmed by Molly Glynn, follows TIOGA for a day as they work on an art project, revealed at the end to be Circadian‘s cover art. “The One”, with it’s churning, bright guitars and infectious harmonies, is a welcome addition to TIOGA’s greater repertoire, and shows the band at the brink of developing their sound and style.

Besides writing and recording Circadian, TIOGA has spent these past ...

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Drew Nugent Takes Us Back in Time at Fringe Arts for the Release of his Latest Album, “I’ll Never Be the Same”

Source: Rock On Philly

It was as if Columbus Boulevard was in another space and time Friday evening as Le Peg Brassiere at Fringe Arts hosted the release party of Drew Nugent’s latest album, “I’ll Never Be the Same”. With a packed house and bustling bar, Nugent put on a jiving show for his faithful supporters and fans.

Referred to as “The count of count” and “The torrential torrent of timing”, Mr. Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society kicked the night off by “teasing” the crowd with more well-known tracks, before taking off with original content.

Amidst the ambient blue light from the ...

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Elisa Money Shines On “Younger”

Source: Rock On Philly

 

Featured image via Rasheed Prioleau

One of the most common, yet revealing prompts around is the “Letter to My Younger Self” where the writer tries look back and imagine what words of wisdom they would impart upon their younger counterpart. It’s not a cliche as much as it is a staple because, while we may reminisce about particular moments, people rarely stop to think about who they were then and the journey that made them who they are now. On her newest single “Younger” from The Seed EP, Elisa Money is wistfully looking back on the days spent searching for shapes in ...

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Rock On Philly Exclusive: Drew Nugent’s “Caretaker’s Daughter”

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Photography courtesy of the Artist

Drew Nugent, Philly’s resident Jazz master, is well on his way to reviving a forgotten time in music. The title of his forthcoming new album, I’ll Never Be The Same (out February 25th) echoes more the effect his thrilling, modern take on Hot Jazz classics will have on the listener as Nugent skillfully takes you back to a bygone time in music, to the thrill of speakeasies with the wail of brass and the tinkle of the piano. The album is Nugent’s first solo effort in ten years, and was produced and encouraged by ...

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Alt-Rockers TIOGA Play Milkboy This Thursday!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image courtesy of Ashley Gellman

TIOGA has only been around for a few months, but they’re quickly becoming a noteworthy name in their native Philadelphia. Since their first Rock On Philly feature back in September, TIOGA has spent the past few months touring extensively around the Northeast in support of their first EP, Sycamores. The five songs on Sycamores manage to show more range and depth than most young acts manage to show on their first few full lengths, let alone on their very first EP.

Starting with the radio-ready pop rock of lead single “Tigers”, Sycamores deftly navigates the ...

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Darla Releases Latest Album ‘Darla Rolls The Dice!’ at Boot & Saddle to Glowing Enthusiasm

Source: Rock On Philly

You may not be aware, but this past Wednesday was a monumental night for the funk scene in Philadelphia. It was the night of Darla‘s record release party for their new album Darla Rolls The Dice! at Boot & Saddle in South Philly.

After forming at Drexel University, this instrumental funk 8-piece made a lasting impression at this year’s Beardfest and has continued to play shows all around Philly. Their new record signals a new milestone for the band: it was co-produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by none other than Philly’s own Phil Nicolo, a legendary producer who ...

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Darla Releases Latest Album ‘Darla Rolls The Dice!’ at Boot & Saddle to Glowing Enthusiasm

Source: Rock On Philly

You may not be aware, but this past Wednesday was a monumental night for the funk scene in Philadelphia. It was the night of Darla‘s record release party for their new album Darla Rolls The Dice! at Boot & Saddle in South Philly.

After forming at Drexel University, this instrumental funk 8-piece made a lasting impression at this year’s Beardfest and has continued to play shows all around Philly. Their new record signals a new milestone for the band: it was co-produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by none other than Philly’s own Phil Nicolo, a legendary producer who ...

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Video of the Week: “Coming Home” by Johnny Popcorn

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image taken at 0:27 in “Coming Home”

Philly-based soul/rock/funk/everything-in-between act Johnny Popcorn has released a wild new video for their latest single, “Coming Home”. Chock full of quick cutaways, close up shots, and an incredible amount of good vibes, “Coming Home” bursts with energy and showcases an act that’s achieving their goals and isn’t afraid to celebrate their accomplishments.

The video opens on drummer Clayton Crothers, beaming as he hammers out the beat, while Hezekiah and Jani Coral declare “I’m still runnin’, I’m gonna do it/Lighters up, I’m coming home to you!” The opening track from the band’s brand ...

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A Talk About The Bird and the Bee

Source: Rock On Philly

It’s hard to categorize music these days. Trying to describe a singer or a band used to be as simple as one line in a conversation. But imagine how you talk about your favorites with others. The one line has become, “they’re kinda like…,” and it leads into a tangent. Music is a wholly experience, a blend of all sorts. But at the core, a performer’s identity lies deep within them and becomes apparent in their work. The Bird and the Bee are no different. In an interview with one half of the band, Inara George (The Bird), the journey ...

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KNOW YOUR SCENE: Hip-hop Producer Tyler Nicolo

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image courtesy of Tyler Nicolo (pictured right w/ Kenny Greene + Moosh and Twist)

When it comes to the local hip-hop and rap community, there are few people who have the background and experience like producer Tyler Nicolo. From the late 80s through the 90s, Tyler watched his father, Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo build up Philadelphia’s hip-hop scene with Ruffhouse Records, a record label that brought us records from The Fugees, Kris Kross, the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Wyclef and many more. Tyler has gone on to forge his own reputation as one of Philly’s premiere ...

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KNOW YOUR SCENE: Hip-hop Producer Tyler Nicolo

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image courtesy of Tyler Nicolo (pictured right w/ Kenny Greene + Moosh and Twist)

When it comes to the local hip-hop and rap community, there are few people who have the background and experience like producer Tyler Nicolo. From the late 80s through the 90s, Tyler watched his father, Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo build up Philadelphia’s hip-hop scene with Ruffhouse Records, a record label that brought us records from The Fugees, Kris Kross, the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Wyclef and many more. Tyler has gone on to forge his own reputation as one of Philly’s premiere ...

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Carsie Blanton goes shameless diva with “Vim and Vigor”

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Featured image from “Vim & Vigor” (0:37)

Carsie Blanton is not one to shy away, as any of her fans could tell you. Even at first glance, it’s easy to figure out that Blanton has moxie–the wild curls, the bright red boots, the bold tattoos all form the image of a woman who is her own, whether you like it or not.

Blanton, a former sweetheart of the Philadelphian pop/folk scene, is currently on tour with fellow Philadelphian songwriter Chris Kasper to promote the release of her latest album, So Ferocious. While So Ferocious has been heralded as a catchy, infectiously sweet ...

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Why Aren’t You Listening To: Vessna Scheff

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo by Koofreh Umoren

“Why Aren’t You Listening to” is an irregularly-running series at Rock on Philly, spotlighting artists in Philly and beyond that you should be keeping an eye (and ear) out for! This installment focuses on expressive Philadelphia songwriter Vessna Scheff.

Why you should be listening: If you’re a fan of songwriters who delve into personal and emotional themes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t already be listening to the sweetly-warbling Vessna Scheff. This artistic, curly-haired Philadelphian uses her ukulele and her gentle voice as vessels for her poignant songs, the effect of which is like sinking slowly into an old hammock–endlessly inviting, but ...

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Philly’s Field Mouse Celebrate Record Release With Intimate South Philly Show

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Featured image courtesy of Topshelf Records

Field Mouse packed the stage at Boot & Saddle last Thursday night, as the indie rock five-piece celebrated the release of their brand-new album Episodic, out now via Topshelf Records. The immensely talented band brought emotion, heart, and humor to the stage in their hometown of Philadelphia. (Admittedly, only half of the band lives in Philly, but that’s more than enough for us.) Guitarist and lead singer Rachel Browne bantered with the band and the audience throughout Field Mouse’s set, joking about show preparedness and how much of her lipstick had gone rogue. ...

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PREMIERE: Rock On Philly Presents Its 1st Podcast Series, Brew Sessions!

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Rock On Philly is pleased to present Brew Sessions, new podcast series shot and recorded at Brewerytown restaurant, Rybrew! Hosted by staff writer, Billy Cook, Rock On Philly’s new series features in-depth interviews and exclusive acoustic performances by the talented artists from Philadelphia’s diverse music scene.

Each Friday afternoon, we’ll post a new episode of Brew Sessions on Rock On Philly’s YouTube and SoundCloud pages
In our first episode, we host Singer/Songwriter Lexi Campion (aka Grayling) to discuss copyright consent decrees, Beyoncé, and her success following the release of Grayling’s debut EP, Everything That Burns.

Tune in next Friday (9/2) for Brew Sessions: ...

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Why Aren’t You Listening To: The Dawn Drapes

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Featured Image Courtesy of Artist Facebook

“Why Aren’t You Listening to” is an irregularly-running series at Rock on Philly, spotlighting artists in Philly and beyond that you should be keeping an eye (and ear) out for! This installment focuses on new Philly transplants The Dawn Drapes.

Why you should be listening: As new residents of Philly, you’ll want to get to know this band before the rest of the city catches on to how cool they are. But in addition to the cred you’ll get for knowing this smooth trio, you’ll find it easy to sway and sing-along with the group’s mellow harmonies and ...

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Best Philly Bands to Rock the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival

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Live music is the best part of summer, and here in Philly, we are lucky enough to have a music festival right in our hometown! The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru will be held on July 22-24, and it will be a weekend to remember. The festival features artists heard on Philly’s own public radio station, WXPN 88.5FM, and although there are many national acts on the bill, we here at Rock On Philly are excited about the overwhelming number of Philadelphia-based musicians in the lineup! Here are our favorite Philly artists who will be rocking the XPoNential ...

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Premiere: Post Sun Times “Watching The Detectives”

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From our very own West Philadelphia, we are proud to present Post Sun Times brand new video for “Watching The Detectives”.

Post Sun Times is a dub ­reggae-influenced indie rock band. If you like Lee Scratch Perry, Elvis Costello, The Police, and Bad Brains you’ll absolutely dig Post Sun Times. The band uses elements of traditional & modern reggae to enhance its unique brand of high ­energy, dynamic rock.  Listenable, danceable, headbangable, regular bangable, you name it.

“Watching the Detectives” is Post Sun Time’s favorite Costello song & and is an early influence on the band’s sound. Accompanying tour footage visuals ...

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A Season of Change: Former Belle talks Life After ‘Foreign Bed’ EP

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Featured Image via Carolyn Lederach 

It’s difficult to capture a sense of place in music, especially when you’re waking up in a place you’ve never been before. But that’s the exact sentiment that Former Belle frontman Bruno Catrambone accomplished on his project’s latest EP, Foreign Bed. Catrambone returned to Former Belle after taking a break to tour across the country with his other band, the immensely popular CRUISR. During that time, however, he managed to find a new source of inspiration that led to the development of Former Belle’s newest EP. After signing to Randm Records, the Catrambone wasted no time calling ...

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Jazz It Up Philly Celebrates 50th Sellout Show

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Featured image shows Thomas Camarda (center left) and Charlie Barlett (center right) (Eric Blitz)

On a typical Wednesday night, one probably wouldn’t expect too many people in Vesper. However, this was not a typical evening at the center city dining club. Tonight featured Philadelphia’s most exciting new music series, Jazz It Up Philly, a monthly residency that features Jazz artists and musicians from the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware area.

The evening’s show starred Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society who, along with being a strong supporter of the organization, was celebrating the release of his newest ...

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