Just Announced: Lucy Stone fall tour dates (playing World Cafe Live at The Queen 9/20)

Lucy Stone and her band just announced new tour dates for the month of September, including shows supporting Rusted Root  in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada. Stone’s tour includes a stop at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington with Jen Creed on September 20th, as well as a TBA Philly show on September 28th. Tickets for the all-ages show at The Queen are on sale here for $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m. See Lucy Stone’s entire tour schedule and watch the band cover Young the Giant’s “My Body” below. Continue reading →


Watch The War On Drugs perform a Waterboys cover at Pickathon 2012; playing Electric Factory 10/6

Locals Adam Granduciel and David Hartley of The War On Drugs performed a cover of “A Pagan Place” by The Waterboys during their set at Pickathon 2012. Watch a video of the performance below, recorded by NPR affiliate KEXP. Don’t miss The War On Drugs perform with The Walkmen at the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 6th. Tickets are $22 in advance (available here) and $25 at the door, which opens at 8:30.


Download “Motorcycle Heathen,” a new Grave Goods track featuring Home Covers

We were introduced to Philly production wizard Zach Sewall, aka Grave Goods, through the recent string of Cold Graves collaborations with indie punk band Cold Fronts. Those songs are snappy electronic pop fun, but today we’re presenting the weird world of Sewall – a former affiliate of Chiddy Bang and No Diavalo – when he’s outside of the rock zone. “Motorcycle Heathen” is a new Grave Goods track featuring members of folk trio Home Covers on vocals. It’s warbly and warped, beaty and awesome; check it out below.


Kung Fu Necktie wins community support for bike corrals; Johnny Brenda’s vote on 8/21

City-installed bike corral at Sydenham and Walnut. Johnny Brenda's and Kung Fu Necktie are seeking to have similar corrals installed.
Last night residents of South Kensington voted in support of Kung Fu Necktie‘s efforts to have the City install in-street bike parking at the venue, according to Philly Bicycle Coalition Communications Coordinator Nicholas Mirra. Johnny Brenda’s is also looking to take advantage of the City’s offer to install free bicycle street parking at interested businesses. The community vote for JB’s will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. To vote, you must live or own a business within the Fishtown Neighborhood Association boundaries or within a quarter mile of Johnny Brenda’s. More information about the meeting is available on the Bicycle Coalition’s blog. With community approval, the issue will next go to City Council who will vote to decide if bike corrals should be installed at the venues.

You can read our original post on this issue here.


Hear a new song by Bon Iver written for Silver Lake Chorus; see him in Philly on 9/16

Indie-folk hero Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has written a slew of original songs for L.A.-based Silver Lake Chorus to be featured on their forthcoming EP, Wreckage, due out September 18th. Below, stream one of those songs, “From The Snow Tipped Hills.” The song presents a stunning display of sounds forming painterly natural images, presented in a style suggestive of traditional 19th century choral music, all delicately wrought through human voices alone.  The 25-member group’s EP is produced by Ben Lee and also includes original songs written by A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers. (Don’t miss Bon Iver in Philly at the Mann Center on Sunday, September 16th. Tickets and information are available here).


Three days of celebration at MilkBoy Philly begin tonight

In 1999, a partnership began between Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner, and the result was the MilkBoy empire we know today. Starting out above Zapf’s Music off of Roosevelt Bouelvard, the two joined forces to take Joyner’s MilkBoy Recording Studio to the next level. After two years at the North Philadelphia location, Lokoff and Joyner chose to move the studio to a space in Ardmore, where it resided for just over ten years until moving to its current location – 7th and Callowhill, the same building as the Electric Factory. Before the studio was even moved, they chose to expand their brand, create something more out of MilkBoy, something that everyone could enjoy. I got to chat with Tommy and Jamie about how they went from just a recording to studio to a full out bar, venue, coffee shop combo and their upcoming MilkBoy Philly anniversary shows.

Photo by Tony Wood

The Key: How did you go about expanding the recording studio to become a venue and a coffee shop?

Tommy Joyner: We were approached by people in the town and became very involved in Ardmore. I was on the Board of the Ardmore Business Association, and Jamie on the Board of Ardmore Initiative. The coffee shop/music venue was opened in February 2006 followed by the Bryn Mawr location in 2007, which no longer exists. Then just over a year ago, the folks who owned the property in Center City contacted us. We were looking to get into Philly so it was really perfect timing.

TK: What is the difference between MilkBoy Coffee and MilkBoy Philly?

TJ: MilkBoy Philly is a bar and a rock club. It’s larger, and we’re able to do louder shows because the PA is robust, to say the least. The stage is bigger, and you’re more likely to see a national act perform at MilkBoy Philly. We have to be choosy about doing all-ages shows there, whereas MilkBoy Coffee is smaller, more for acoustic-oriented acts, and always all-ages and BYOB. They are both booked really well to showcase the best talent, but they feel really different from each other. Continue reading →


Watch a new music video for “Cold Bread” by Turning Violet Violet (playing Kung Fu Necktie tonight)

Turning Violet Violet just released a theatrical video for their single “Cold Bread”, starring Rob Baniewicz from sketch comedy group Camp Woods and Niff Nicholls from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. They acting out the song’s vignette of a detached married couple at the dinner table, while the band serves as a greek chorus of sorts. Check it out below, and catch the band tonight when they play Kung Fu Necktie with The Sky Drops and Birthmark (featuring Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc). Tickets to the 21+ show are $8, and available here.

Cold Bread – Turning Violet Violet (official) from turning violet violet on Vimeo.


Lantern documents their Rust Belt tour; releases dates for Fall East Coast tour

Photo by Kyle Costill

Local grunge punks Lantern took a brief tour through America’s Rust Belt earlier this summer, visiting towns like Chicago and the Cleve with stops in a couple Canadian cities to boot. They documented their tour in a short video posted to their tumblr today. The band was touring on the heels of their latest album, the dystopic Dream Mine, released in May. Lantern will be heading out for an East Coast tour later this fall, the details of which you can check out here. Below, watch the video of their summer tour.


How To Dress Well announces Fall tour, playing Johnny Brenda’s in October

How To Dress Well has announced a Fall tour and is playing Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, October 10th. HTDW releases a new album on September 18th, Total Loss, on the Acephale label.

HTDW is the stage name of songwriter and producer Tom Krell who began his career in 2009. Having just moved from Brooklyn to Berlin, he released his music online via a hugely prolific string of free, digital EPs posted in anonymity on his blog. Combining a gorgeous falsetto with fractured R&B-influenced beats, an instinctive ear for subtly devastating melody and elements of noise, sound collage and avant-garde composition, Krell’s debut album Love Remains offered a beautiful window into a startlingly realised artistic imagination. Praised for both its conceptual strength and immediate emotional resonance, Love Remains duly garnered vast critical acclaim and highlights such as “Ready For The World” saw Krell accredited with having given birth to a new, narcotized strain of R&B that has since spawned a host of imitators.

Below, download a cover of Janet Jackson’s “Again,” by How To Dress Well. Go here for tickets and more information about HTDW’s show at Johnny Brenda’s.

Go here for tickets and more information about the show.