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Gogol Bordello will headline The Electric Factory on New Years Eve

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Things we know about Gogol Bordello: over the past 15 years, the New York-based troupe has blended Eastern European folk with punk rock energy kind of the same way The Pogues (to whom they’re oft compared) did with traditional Irish music. They know how to bring the party: their live shows are high-energy and sweaty, as we saw at the sold-out XPoNential Music Festival afterparty in 2013 that they headlined. And now we know what they’re doing on New Years’ Eve: headlining the Electric Factory in Philly. Continue reading →

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Aunt Dracula’s new “Yapoto (Rainjacket remix)” video belongs in an art gallery. Check it out.

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Aunt Dracula | Photo courtesy of the artist

Experimental Philly musician Aunt Dracula is kind of our own local, homegrown Animal Collective – fearlessly blending electronic oddities and freaked out boundary-pushing textures with a easygoing pop flipside. Last year they reissued their 2009 release Face Peel, and this year they’re readying a remix project of songs from that record called Peel Face. The album will feature reworkings by Prince Rama, Indian Jewelry, Excepter, Eric Copeland, Damon Tutunjian from Swirlies, and Japanese Gum. This week, the band released the Oval version of “Yapoto” (dubbed the “Rainjacket remix”) as well as an accompanying music video, which I could seriously see on display in an art gallery. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Adams’ amazing new self-titled album via First Listen

Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Ryan Adams is shaping up to have an outstanding fall. After a handful of well-received summer festival appearances – including a slot at our own XPoNential Music Festival – his fourteenth album, the self-titled Ryan Adams, is in stores next week. And holy cow it is good – an incredibly skilled songwriter in top form. Continue reading →

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Watch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s irreverent new video for “Don’t Come Home Pretty Woman”

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com
Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com

A wedding ceremony goes irreverently awry in the latest video from Philly’s TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. The tragicomic short was filmed at Gloria Dei / Old Swede’s Church in Fishtown by Caitlin McCann – whose work has previously been featured on The Key in a music video by Pine Barons and photos of Katie Frank and the Pheromones – and stars a few names from the Philly theater scene. Continue reading →

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Before the Rain: Made In America day two grooves with Grimes, Danny Brown, Vacationer (and two songs from Spoon)

Grimes | Photo by John Vettese
Grimes at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

Let’s go back for a moment. Before the torrential downpour, before the lightning and thunder, before Spoon got cut off after a rousing “Don’t You Evah” two songs into their first time on the Made In America stage. The second day of Jay Z’s Philly megafestival (now in its third year and first time with a bicoastal setup) offered a lively assortment of groovy summertime pop, roof-raising EDM, badass rap and solid rock and roll. Continue reading →

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Made in America day one blasts off with Kanye West, The National, J Cole, Mayer Hawthorne and more

Kanye West | Photo by John Vettese
Kanye West at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

This year’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with an exhilarating lineup of performers along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day spanned 11 hours and a spectrum of genres, from the discofied openers in Cherub to the hardcore punk / metal of Glassjaw; EDM hitmaker Baauer to funky fresh hiphop vet Big Daddy Kane; sweet soul grooves from Mayer Hawthorne to an explosive set from The National. And of course, the man of the hour was Kanye West, whose closing 90-minute performance was at peak energy throughout. Continue reading →

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Testing out new tuneage with Madalean Gauze and Family Vacation at Ortlieb’s

Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese
Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese

It was a quiet pre-Labor Day Thursday night and Ortlieb’s wasn’t exactly packed, but that didn’t daunt singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze or indie rock four-piece Family Vacation. The two Philly artists used their time and the warmly receptive group of folks listening to test out new tunes from their respective projects in progress. Continue reading →

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Illvibe Collective’s new monthly party launches at MilkBoy with STS, Hezekiah and more

S.T.S. | Photo by John Vettese
S.T.S. at the Illvibe Collective party | Photo by John Vettese

“The Philly hip-hop scene needs something fresh,” Hezekiah told the audience at MilkBoy. The Philly MC was in literal master of ceremonies mode at the center city venue last night, hosting the launch of a new party organized by Illvibe Collective that had clever wordsmith S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim) in the headlining spot. Hezekiah explained to the crowd that their goal was a new showcase of the city’s emerging talent that also celebrated its established names on a planned monthly basis. Last night’s kickoff was modestly attended – decent for a Wednesday night though – but the people who went were pumped to be there. “We’re family,” Hezekiah and DJ PHSH said throughout the night, and indeed there was a warm and engaged vibe among the people on the floor, and the talent on stage did not disappoint. Continue reading →