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RFA closes tour with a raucous homecoming show at PhilaMOCA

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RFA closes tour with a raucous homecoming show at PhilaMOCA

RFA | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly rock faves RFA headlined PhilaMOCA Saturday night; it was their first show in Philly in a few months and, needless to say, the crowd missed these guys.

Dan Cousart, Brendan McHale, Alec Powell, and Christian Turzo have been consistent key members of RFA for the last four years, and the band received the warmest of welcomes back home after a long summer and fall on the road. They played a killer set, featuring both old favorites and new songs to love. “Suzie Lee,” “Teenage Love Song,” and “Freaking Out,” all made ...

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Meek Mill Rally Announced For Tonight In Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

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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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dr. Dog drummer, Lithuania rocker, solo Eric Slick extraordinaire — now let’s add string quarter composer to the list because why the heck not.

Expanding his personal project a tad further, on December 19th, Philly’s resident renaissance musician will be performing as Eric Slick & Friends to debut his “Bullfighter EP” to the world; which, as announced in the show’s Facebook event page, will feature additions of a string quartet.

Find more info on the (le) poisson rouge gig here. Then, listen to Slick’s recent, Sadie Dupuis-featured single, “secrets,” below.

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DJ Rebel Foster provides heavy vibes for his new residency at the Saint Lazarus Bar

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DJ Rebel Foster provides heavy vibes for his new residency at the Saint Lazarus Bar

Rebel Foster at Saint Lazarus | photo via Twitter.com/rebel_foster

Chester-born DJ and producer Rebel Foster has taken up a residency at Fishtown’s Saint Lazarus Bar to lay down some original remixes and some great hip hop, soul, and R&B cuts. Foster’s residency hits Saint Lazarus on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and to get his crowds hype, he recently dropped the Falling For You autumn mix.

It is eclectic, but consistent. Foster is looking to create synthy, bass-heavy dance grooves with samples ranging from Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” to Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” all the way to a chopped and screwed “Sexyback” ...

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Watch Maitland’s gentle, yet urgent new music video for “Luna”

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Watch Maitland’s gentle, yet urgent new music video for “Luna”

Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Indie rock four-piece Maitland is gearing up for a big headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s, and just released a new video for their song “Luna” that warns of the dangers of environmental consumption and vulnerability.

The beautiful soundscape that Maitland has managed to weave through this video only enhances the visually stunning scene. The recurring mantra-esque chorus of “If you were my spring I’d drink you up, drop for drop” carries the heaviest builds of the song, and paired with the endless motion of interpretive dancer Amanda Miller wrapped ...

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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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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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The Stone Foxes Return to Philly for Another Rollicking Rock Show this Sunday!

Source: Rock On Philly

The Stone Foxes may be one of the hardest working bands in modern rock n’ roll.

After touring relentlessly for years and creating sweat-inducing, high energy live sets, the bluesy rock five-piece from San Francisco recently released their latest EP, Visalia, and are in the midst of a self-titled “Gigantour.”

“The tour has been awesome so far,” says vocalist and drummer Shannon Koehler in an phone interview with Rock On Philly.  “We love touring, we feed off of it. Every night we have fun and we have an emotional connection to what we’re playing, so that doesn’t get old.”

The ...

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In Her First New York Solo Show, Seungmin Cha Invents a Riveting, Brand New Kind of Music

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s impossible to think of anyone other than Seungmin Cha who could make a tiny dinner bell sound more menacing than she did at her first-ever New York solo concert last weekend. Or for that matter, who could get as much sound as she did out of a single Korean daegeum flute, sometimes serene and verdant, other times acidic or even macabre.

“Can I check out your rig?” an interested concertgoer asked her before the show.

“Sure,” she replied. On the floor in front of her were a couple of large pedalboards’ worth of stompboxes, hardly limited to reverb, delay, ...

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Rent Party Shines With “New”

Source: Rock On Philly

Rent Party may be recent Philly transplants, but they certainly aren’t waiting to be discovered. With a slew of local shows already under their belt, and a ubiquitous marketing strategy (it’s impossible to walk around West Philly without seeing one of their bumper stickers hanging around), the Silver Spring, MD natives haven’t wasted any time introducing themselves to the city. This weekend, Rent Party dropped “New”, their latest single; if you haven’t heard from this band yet, now’s certainly the time to check in.

“New” is a welcome offering chock full of dense, tightly-driven guitar lines that intermingle throughout the ...

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Joan Soriano Brings a Classic, Classy Dominican Bachata Party to Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

This past evening was a slinky feast of chiming, shimmering guitar overtones and dance beats that ran the gamut of music from the Caribbean and beyond. Lincoln Center’s Jordana Leigh described her mission as bringing “The height of quality art”  to the series of free shows at the atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd, and she wasn’t kidding. Dominican bachata star Joan Soriano is such an interesting, incisive guitarist that it was hard to sit and chill with a beer instead of joining the twirling circles of dancers out on the floor.

Are Soriano’s fans all snappy ...

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Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Version of Terry Riley’s In C: The Most Psychedelic Album of 2017

Source: New York Music Daily

Considering how much Indian music has influenced Terry Riley’s work, It makes sense that the iconic composer and pioneer of what’s come to be known as indie classical would give the thumbs-up to Brooklyn Raga Massive’s recording of his famous suite. The irrepressible New York collective can’t resist mashing up just about anything with classical Indian sounds: their previous album tackled a bunch of famous John Coltrane tunes. They’re playing the album release show for the new one – streaming at Bandcamp – on Oct 6 at 8 PM at the Poisson Rouge; $20 adv tix are recommended.

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PREMIERE: Flat Mary Road will pump you up on the “Littered” video

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PREMIERE: Flat Mary Road will pump you up on the “Littered” video

Flat Mary Road | photo by Dan Papa with illustrations by Steve Teare

Philly indie rock five-piece Flat Mary Road just released a new music video for “Littered,” a new song off of their early 2017 LP Driving With the Numen, and we’re happy to give you a first look at it today.

Directed by frontman Steve Teare and starring bassist Dan Papa and friend of the band Michael Wyant, this video has absurdity written all over it. It features a man in comical athletic clothes and a bandanna practicing an intense yoga and workout routine while mouthing the lyrics of the ...

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Rider Talks Relationships, Horses, And Her Future

Source: Rock On Philly

Rider is the next rising pop star. The American-born, London-residing songwriter came up as an studio singer recording for commercials and jingles before she released her debut single, “A Little Light”, earlier this year.

Rock On Philly sat down with Rider to discuss the story behind “A Little Light”, and speaking about Rider’s next steps as an artist. Read the full interview after the jump!

Rock On Philly: Have you ever been to Philly before?

Rider: I’ve never been to Philadelphia! But I was born in Bryn Mawr.

ROP: I’d like to hear you explain the story behind “A Little ...

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Bird With Strings Reinvented Live at the New School

Source: New York Music Daily

Wednesday night the New School auditorium on 12th Street drew a sold-out crowd for a live recreation of the Charlie Parker With Strings albums that transcended the originals. Sixty-plus years after they came out, the controversy hasn’t dimmed. Some see the two records as vital cross-pollination and a paradigm shift, others dismiss them as schlock and an ugly precursor to the syrupy orchestration that ruined a whole bunch of Sinatra and Wes Montgomery records. The involvement of Mitch Miller as orchestrator only bolsters that second argument.

The genesis of the albums is clouded as well. Conventional wisdom is that Charlie ...

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Aakash Mittal Pulls Together an Amazing Band to Reinvent Some Unexpected Tunes

Source: New York Music Daily

Alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal surveyed the scene from offstage, sometimes with a smirk, sometimes with his eyes closed, lost in the music at Rockwood Music Hall last week. This time he had his serious impresario hat on, and the band he’d pulled together was killing it. To his far right, pianist Arcoiris Sandoval drove hard to a crescendo, valkyrie fingers voicing wide-angle, upwardly cascading chords. Bassist Ray Parker shifted in a second from stark. bowed washes into a late 70s Ron Carter-style racewalk. Drummer Alex Ritz made a different, similarly devious shift, from triplets to a jazz waltz. Trumpeter Brad ...

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

Source: Rock On Philly

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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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Oso Oso headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Curtis Cooper, and more fill out the bill.

The festival will be taking ...

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Listen to Moses Sumney heavenly new track, “Quarrel,” see him at the Church

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Listen to Moses Sumney heavenly new track, “Quarrel,” see him at the Church

Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

If there is a heaven, or any kind of future otherworld, I’m pretty sure Moses Sumney’s gorgeous and comforting voice is what carries you into this next life. Particularly his new track, “Quarrel,” which you can listen to below.

Every little bit of this song’s epic, lush soundscape is fluid — as a myriad of sounds and textures meld and flow into one another with unbelievable ease. It’s a beautiful sonic journey that embarks with Sumney’s ethereal falsettos as your peaceful guide. Then before you know it, you’re traveling to different musical dimensions ...

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Incubus Brings 8 Tour to Camden, Electrifies BB&T

Source: Rock On Philly

All photography courtesy of Brittany Salerno 

After their 8th studio album release, properly entitled “8”, Incubus embarked on a 2017 World tour. Stopping in Camden, New Jersey alongside Jimmy Eat World and Tennessee’s own Judah and the Lion, the band proves their sound and intensity is as timeless as ever.

Judah and the Lion opened up the night with a high-energy performance including “Suit and Jacket”, a cover of The Killer’s Mr. Brightside, and a signature Judah cover of T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk”. Breaking out the auto-tune, the band was far from timid in simultaneously ...

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