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Django Django brings Born Under Saturn to Union Transfer

Django Django | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Django Django | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British art-rockers Django Django played an entrancing show at Union Transfer on Friday night. Touring in support of their sophomore release, this year’s Born Under Saturn, the quartet played a captivating of new material but pulling strongly from their acclaimed self-titled debut album. The well-balanced set included fan favorites such as “Hail Bop,” “Default,” and “First Light.” Continue reading →

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MisterWives electrified The Fillmore with Our Own House

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MisterWives | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-pop band MisterWives played The Fillmore on Wednesday night, bringing their dynamic Scrapbook Tour performance to Philadelphia. After much anticipation, the crowd went crazy as the band made their entrance on stage. Touring in support of this year’s debut studio album, Our Own House, MisterWives already has an intensely strong following and it’s easy to see why.

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From a Different Era: Leon Bridges brings classic soul style to Union Transfer

Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer Leon Bridges played a sold-out show at Union Transfer on Saturday night, bringing his retro-60s soul sound to Philadelphia. Currently on a world tour in support of his debut album Coming Home, which was released in June, most of Bridges’ shows have sold-out following his impressively quick rise to fame. Throughout the show, a solid six-piece band backed Bridges as he performed a set off Coming Home, as well as a few songs recently written while on tour. Vocalist Brittni Jessie provided beautiful backing vocals and harmonies to Bridges’ rich, smooth vocals. Saxophonist Jeff Dazey was also striking with his prominent solos and instrumental harmonies throughout the performance. Continue reading →

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The Dodos play an entrancing set at Johnny Brenda’s

The Dodos | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Dodos | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Playing yet another 2015 Philly show, indie rock duo The Dodos returned to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday for a great night of music. Touring in support of their sixth full-length album Individ, the band played an upbeat, high-energy set showcasing new material and drawing from their back-catalogue. Throughout their set, guitarist/vocalist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber maintained a symbiotic exchange of intricate guitar melodies and drum rhythms layered with guitar backing loops, creating a full, rich sound. Continue reading →

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Melody Gardot plays a moving homecoming show at the Merriam Theater

Melody Gardot | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Melody Gardot | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly jazz singer Melody Gardot emotionally told the crowd “I missed you, Philly” in her headlining show at the Merriam Theater last night. Gardot has been touring the world in support of her latest album, this year’s Currency of Man, and last night she dedicated the song “Our Love is Easy” to the audience. Throughout the night, Gardot and her band encouraged the crowd to clap along and sing along, while the horn players incorporated coordinated movements for visual effect. Continue reading →

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Frank Turner turns up the volume for night two at The Fillmore Philly

Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British folk-punk rocker Frank Turner and his backing band The Sleeping Souls played an ultra-high energy set at The Fillmore on Friday night. Entering the stage, Turner wore a personalized Phillies jersey and the crowd went wild. He then shared a story about his experience so far in Philly – explaining how he had to learn “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to sing at the Phillies game earlier in the day. Turner said he was was excited and honored about being the second act to open The Fillmore the night, right after Hall and Oates. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf headlines a fantastic all-Philly bill at Johnny Brenda’s

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Johnny Brenda’s was filled with an awesome triple bill of live local music on Thursday night, capped by Vita and the Woolf‘s biggest hometown headlining appearance to date. She just wrapped up production on an EP that she plans to release in the spring, and was kicking off a short fall tour acorss the Northeast. Continue reading →

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Of Monsters and Men captivated the crowd at The Mann’s Skyline Stage

Of Monsters and Men | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Of Monsters and Men | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men brought a dynamic performance to a packed crowd at the Skyline Stage at The Mann on Tuesday night. Complete with heavy fog, an impressive light show, and the addition of touring band members, Of Monsters and Men gave the audience a highly produced and exciting performance. With nine musicians on stage, the band was able to create a complex and textured soundscape that included guitars, keyboards, percussion, brass, and accordion. Continue reading →

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Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Chris Farren took on Union Transfer

Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly native Dave Hause rocked an awesome homecoming show at Union Transfer on Wednesday night. A full band made up by his brother Tim on guitar and keys, a couple of friends on drums and bass, and Chris Farren on guitar and keys backed the punk rock singer-songwriter. Touring in support of his sophomore solo album Devour (2013), Hause played an energetic set of songs from it as well as his debut solo LP, Resolutions (2011). Midway through the set, the band left the stage for a little while so Hause could play a couple recently written songs solo. Throughout the entire set, the crowd sang along to the music loving every minute of it. Continue reading →

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Ben Folds and yMusic bring impeccable musicianship to World Cafe Live

Ben Folds and yMusic | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ben Folds and yMusic | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer/songwriter/pianist Ben Folds and NYC instrumental sextet yMusic played a sold out show at World Cafe Live on Tuesday night as part of Folds’ three-night Philly residency. From the start, it was clear that this performance would be something special. yMusic entered the stage first and set the tone for the show as they performed one of their original pieces, “Beautiful Mechanical.” yMusic, consisting of Gabriel Cabezas on cello, CJ Camarieri on horns, Nadia Siroti on viola, Alex Sopp on flute, Hideaki Aomori on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Rob Moose on violin, provided a wonderful accompaniment for Folds’ song arrangements that the audience knew and loved. Continue reading →