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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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Tegan and Sara Drove Philly Wild

Source: Rock On Philly

All photos by Wakana Narisako

 

Tegan and Sara brought their Canadian charm back to Philly last Thursday night for their Love You to Death tour. The lights went down and “I’m So Excited” by Le Tigre played on as the lights begin to flash and stir up the crowd. The band made their way onto the stage, followed by Tegan and Sara who strutted on all smiles. The fans were as young as 4 years old and the environment was warm and ready for fun.

 

Their 2007 hit “Back In Your Head” was up first. As ...

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Tegan and Sara Drove Philly Wild

Source: Rock On Philly

All photos by Wakana Narisako

 

Tegan and Sara brought their Canadian charm back to Philly last Thursday night for their Love You to Death tour. The lights went down and “I’m So Excited” by Le Tigre played on as the lights begin to flash and stir up the crowd. The band made their way onto the stage, followed by Tegan and Sara who strutted on all smiles. The fans were as young as 4 years old and the environment was warm and ready for fun.

 

Their 2007 hit “Back In Your Head” was up first. As ...

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Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

Colbie Caillat returned to the Philadelphia area, this time to Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The small, charismatic town reminiscent of Stars Hollow was a perfect setting for the intimate performance of Colbie Caillat’s new album. The night opened with talented vocalist and guitarist Justin Kawika Young, who also happens to be Caillat’s fiance.

Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

 

High Dive Heart followed. The duo is made up of husband Jason Reeves and wife Nelly Joy. They had their own fans sitting front and center as they performed their set. The bond between them musically and personally was obviously strong as they moved along ...

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Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

Colbie Caillat returned to the Philadelphia area, this time to Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The small, charismatic town reminiscent of Stars Hollow was a perfect setting for the intimate performance of Colbie Caillat’s new album. The night opened with talented vocalist and guitarist Justin Kawika Young, who also happens to be Caillat’s fiance.

Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

 

High Dive Heart followed. The duo is made up of husband Jason Reeves and wife Nelly Joy. They had their own fans sitting front and center as they performed their set. The bond between them musically and personally was obviously strong as they moved along ...

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Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

Colbie Caillat returned to the Philadelphia area, this time to Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The small, charismatic town reminiscent of Stars Hollow was a perfect setting for the intimate performance of Colbie Caillat’s new album. The night opened with talented vocalist and guitarist Justin Kawika Young, who also happens to be Caillat’s fiance.

Colbie Caillat Brings Malibu to Keswick Theatre

 

High Dive Heart followed. The duo is made up of husband Jason Reeves and wife Nelly Joy. They had their own fans sitting front and center as they performed their set. The bond between them musically and personally was obviously strong as they moved along ...

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“Make Punk Great Again”: Bad Religion’s Vox Populi Tour

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image via MythicSeabass

As the Fillmore filled with fans eagerly awaiting Bad Religion’s Vox Populi Tour, a few people around me debated whether or not Bad Religion was the last “real” punk band left. While this discussion could easily go back and forth for a couple days (perhaps years), there’s certainly enough evidence to back that stance up. They’re one of the last major acts from the 70’s SoCal movement still standing, and have stayed true to the values of that particular scene throughout their 36-year career. It’s easy for a legacy act like Bad Religion to fall ...

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A Silent Film Creates A Theatrical Experience at Johnny Brendas

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Samantha Sweeney

There are not enough adjectives to describe the performance that went down on Tuesday night in a certain former burlesque theatre in Fishtown. The show that occurred–nay, the experience–featured the effortlessly theatrical A Silent Film. The two-to-four-piece troupe brought the heart and soul of gracious music-creators to the respect and appreciation of the crowd…and not to mention new, unreleased material and Pokemon Go jokes.

A Silent Film Creates A Theatrical Experience at Johnny Brendas

Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film performs at Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

But first, Brooklyn singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Gibbz kicked off the show with an electronic R&B-pop-mix that was multi-layered, raw, and ...

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Mitski’s Roller Coaster of Emotions at PhilaMOCA

Source: Rock On Philly

 

Like most other Mitski fans (whether they admit to it or not), I have spent many a night in my room gross-crying along to “First Love/Late Spring” and scream-crying along to “Your Best American Girl”. She is an artist known for her darkly poetic lyrics spliced between soft, solo basslines and aggressive guitar and drum pick-ups, so I was unsure of whether or not her music would allow for a compelling stage performance. Mitski and her band stopped by the PhilaMOCA Friday June 24th , on tour to promote her new album Puberty 2;  the intimate space ...

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BØRNS Emanates Summer Bliss at the Electric Factory

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

Memorial Day weekend came and went. You might have had the usual plans like meeting up with friends and grill up some burgers, take a trip to the closest beach and relax, or even just sit at home and watch that huge Disney Channel Original movie marathon that’s going all weekend, but many took a trip of a different kind: to the feel-good summer vibes in the form of the chillest and most laid back lineup to grace the Electric Factory in a while, led by Michigan-based singer BØRNS, with songstresses Beau and Los Angeles ...

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MMRBQ Storms Through Camden

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image Courtesy of Festival Flyer

93.3 WMMR FM hosted their annual MMRBQ this past Saturday, May 21st. Despite the cold weather and pouring rain, fans filled the BB&T Pavilion for the sold out show, and most stuck it out for the full ten hours. Their dedication paid off as the audience got to witness eight outstanding performances, and nobody left disappointed. Below are the highlights from each set.

Soraia was hand-picked to represent Philly as the opening band, and they exceeded expectations. With shredding guitars and blazing vocals, the performance was captivating. Frontwoman ZouZou Mansour powerful vocals and impressive range ...

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The 1975 Illuminate The Skyline Stage

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

I’d be lying if i said that I’m not at least some sort of fan of the Manchester fellows that make up The 1975. This band has blown up over the past couple of years, especially with the release of their second studio album I Like it When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It back in February, and have been touring since the end of last year for it, which included a stop at The Fillmore Philadelphia back in December. They returned to our beloved city for another ...

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Frankie Cosmos Chats Sold-Out Shows, Eskimeaux and Poetry

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Amanda Silberling

On Saturday night at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Frankie Cosmos (Greta Kline) played her final show on a month-long tour to promote her bedroom pop band’s new album Next Thing alongside close friends Eskimeaux and Yowler. “I’ve never played a sold out show here before,” Greta Kline said on stage – though Frankie Cosmos and Eskimeaux both come from Brooklyn, each band has a dedicated Philly fan base, and they’ve each played several shows at venues like PhilaMOCA and the Church over the last year. Though Frankie Cosmos may have headlined the bill ...

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Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Shares Intimate and Quirky Performance of PersonA at World Cafe Live

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

Normally, bands and artists create an album, release an album, and then go on tour, performing songs form the album. However, in this circumstance, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros is anything but normal. The band is due to release their fourth album PersonA and announced a North American tour this month. However, the first six shows on the tour are unique, in that they are the only ones where the band will perform the entirety of their new album before its official release on April 15th, and World Cafe Live was one of the lucky ...

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Wolf Alice Rocks Out at Union Transfer with Slaves

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Derek Brad

Wow, it’s amazing how far Wolf Alice has come in the past few months! I saw this British rock band back in September at the Trocadero. It was an amazing show, but small and intimate. This band still seemed like rock n’ roll’s best kept secret. Flash forward to last Friday, April 1st, and Wolf Alice almost sold-out Union Transfer. While it was harder for me to get up front and center than the last time I saw them, I was elated to see this band receive the enthusiasm that they deserve. The energy was ...

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Melanie Martinez Shines at The Trocadero

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

Ever heard of the “cry baby aesthetic”? Well, it exists (especially on Tumblr), and I wasn’t aware of it until I came across singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez. Martinez, who released her debut album Cry Baby back in August last year, filled the album with tracks centered around the cutesy pastel theme. Martinez has built a large fan base since then, with her sold out show at the Trocadero Theatre Saturday night proving that even more so. Martinez, with openers Alvarez Kings, brought a whole new world of crazy and cute to the venue that night. ...

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New Order Mix Sentimentality with the Present at The Tower Theater

Source: Rock On Philly

Photos by Amanda Silberling

About a half hour before the Eighties legends New Order were slated to take the stage, the sold-out Tower Theater was completely packed with fans new and decades-old crowding together in the pit. Of course, if you’re a band that basically invented New Wave dance music, you’re definitely going to have a mesmerizing stage setup and light show. From before the show through the entire two-hour set, vibrant lights and LED screens with psychedelic projections illuminated the crowd. It may be something that only New Order can get away with, but they make their grandiosity feel ...

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Troye Sivan Brings Blue Neighbourhood to Life at The Fillmore

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

Imagine going from making vlogs (video blogs) in your bedroom that document semi-daily happenings to going on a huge tour for your debut, full-length album and selling-out multiple venues on said tour. All of this is what singer/songwriter/actor/YouTuber Troye Sivan is living through, which included a sold-out show at The Fillmore Philadelphia Friday night with Los Angeles trio LANY as the fantastic opener.

Troye Sivan Brings Blue Neighbourhood to Life at The Fillmore

LANY performs at The Fillmore Philly, Philadelphia, PA

The dedicated fans, who were decked out in Sivan merchandise that included: black beanies with Trxye (the title of Sivan’s 2014 EP) stitched on them, “Make ...

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WAVVES and Best Coast Deliver Summer Fun to Electric Factory

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Breanna Keohane

Philadelphia was just coming off the coldest weekend of Winter 2016 when Best Coast and WAVVES rolled into the Electric Factory last week as part of their Summer Is Forever ii Tour. Punk rock’s best power couple, Bethany Cosentino and Nathan Williams, took their respective bands on the road together for the first time since the original Summer Is Forever tour five years ago. You would have never guessed we were still in February judging from the crowd, who were clad in their finest summer festival attire: backless tank tops, denim (lots of denim), cutoffs, even ...

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Animal Collective Celebrate New Release at Union Transfer

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Mike Mauger

Animal Collective is no stranger to Union Transfer. A couple years ago, the group performed back to back sold out nights at the popular Philadelphia venue. This time around, however, Philly was limited to one show. As a result, tickets sold out well in advance, leaving fans paying more than double face value on secondary markets, if they could even find tickets at all.

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The result was a raw and energetic performance from the group, coinciding on the very day of the release of their latest studio album, Painting With.  The highly-anticipated album has ...

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Grooves at Union Transfer

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Photography by Amanda Silberling

On Thursday night at Union Transfer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra got their fans dancing all night with their irresistible psychedelic funk. Frontperson Ruban Nielson stole the show with his soothing, yet wild and controlled vocals, which especially stood out on songs like “So Good At Being In Trouble,” from the Portland-based band’s second album II. Though they interspersed their set with some older hits, the majority of their show came from last year’s album Multi-Love, making for a fun and upbeat night.

Check out our photos of Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Union Transfer below! 

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Keller Williams Kwahtro Bring a Festival Heat to a Frigid TLA

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Mike Mauger

Keller Williams has led so many musical projects at this point, it’s almost hard to keep them all straight. I should point out right away that when I speak of Keller Williams, I am not speaking of the real estate brokers. I can neither confirm nor deny their musical abilities, or what they were up to Saturday night.

I can, however, verify, that Keller Williams (musician) has a new project that’s touring the country right now, and it could be his greatest endeavor yet.

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Williams has led almost a dozen different solo and group musical projects since ...

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Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins Reunite for 10-Year Anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Leah Rosenzweig

Three costume changes, two 45-minute sets, and a Bonaroo-style balloon drop smack in the middle of a highly anticipated Rilo Kiley throwback—these are just a few of the ways in which the illustrious tuxedo-donning Jenny Lewis captivated audiences at Union Transfer this past Tuesday evening.

Back in September, Lewis announced that she would rejoin the likes of M.Ward the Louisville, KY-born The Watson Twins for the first time since the release of Lewis’ first solo venture, in 2006 for what was initially intended to be just two shows in New York City and two shows in ...

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TAUK Continues to Win At Ardmore Music Hall

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Mike Mauger

Jonas may have won the battle of winter over Philadelphia a couple weeks ago, but it certainly did not win the war. That title goes to TAUK, the progressive instrumental jam rock band from New York was kind enough to reschedule their snowed out date at Ardmore Music Hall from January, and Tuesday night we all celebrated the victory with a night of incredible music.

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When we talked to bassist Charles Dolan last month (you can listen to the conversation right here) he had mentioned that touring and playing shows with jam band ...

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The Knocks Give Music A New Meaning at the Foundry

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Ruby Mora

The first thing that comes to mind when a DJ performance is mentioned is hard-hitting bass with. continuous, up-tempo tracks and wild, flashy lighting. Now, not every DJ is like this and uses this formula for dance music, especially producer/DJ duo The Knocks. They give a whole new meaning to feel-good dance music. Last Friday, the New York-based duo stopped by The Foundry at The Fillmore for a late show on their second night of their Route 55 tour in support of their album 55 set to be released March 4 through Big Beat and ...

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