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Family and friends gather at Rittenhouse Square for The Silver Ages’ annual performance

Silver Ages | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Silver Ages | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

Each year The Silver Ages find a date everyone is available to sing beautiful songs A Capella to a small audience at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. Many of the musicians making up this unique Philly choral group are in other more rock-oriented bands or have their own solo projects they do the rest of the year; band leader Charlie Hall plays drums in The War on Drugs, along with two other members of the Silver Ages. This year’s show, which took place Saturday night, also featured their good friend Anthony LaMarca sing a few songs halfway through the night.  Continue reading →

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Last Days at The Tin Angel: Old City listening room closes its doors after 24 years

Tin Angel | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Tin Angel | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

The Tin Angel, which has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene since 1992, held its last show on February 4th. This unique second floor listening room has seen numerous legendary artists take the stage to entertain music fans over the past 24 years. Its final week included a string of sold out shows with locals Eric Bazilian playing with Wesley Stace on the first of February and Ben Vaughn closing the venue with a double-header three days later.

These last couple of shows were not just your typical concerts; they were two nights of great music mixed with smiling fans and lots of conversation reminiscing about the past 24 years of music. Continue reading →

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Ben Vaughn Quintet threw a pre-holiday record release party at Boot and Saddle

Ben Vaughn Quintet | Photo by Ellen Miller | http://ellencm.com/
Ben Vaughn Quintet | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

December 23rd is typically a day that is filled with shopping and cooking to prepare for holiday parties. However, there also tends to be many holiday concerts happening on the 23rd. This year, the Ben Vaughn Quintet took people’s minds off of the stress of the season Friday night with an outstanding record release show.

You may know Ben Vaughn from his WXPN show “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn.” While on that show he plays less of his own music, more by an encyclopedic range of other artists, “Many Moods” tends to fit his own music as well. Continue reading →

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Slow Burner: Creepoid entrances Kung Fu Necktie in celebration of its new EP

Creepoid Record Release Show | Photography by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com
Creepoid Record Release Show | Photography by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com

Last Friday night, psychedelic Philly punk band Creepoid had Kung Fu Necktie packed with friends and fans who were awaiting the release of their new EP Burner. On the bill for the night, in addition to Creepoid, included with three local openers: Birthworms, Body Spray, and Dark Web. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Behind the scenes of Birdie Busch’s Philly Opry at Johnny Brenda’s

Birdie Busch’s Philly Opry | Photo by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com
Birdie Busch’s Philly Opry | Photo by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com

On a Saturday evening in early October, Fishtown institution Johnny Brenda‘s is bustling with hungry and thirsty customers, out for a fun night. Patrons are enjoying drinks and conversation, challenging friends and strangers to numerous games of pool. While everyone is chatting away downstairs, Emily “Birdie” Busch spends the afternoon and evening transforming the upstairs venue space in preparation for her big show later that night. Continue reading →