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Everybody Hits, and Everyone Everywhere hit it out of the park

Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Falling in love with bands that fall off the earth is something I do well.

When I first heard of Everyone Everywhere, it was mid-2013, and the band had just released their second self-titled the previous summer. I was in college far away from Philadelphia, so the chances of seeing them were slim to none. And just as I came home, they had pretty much vanished from the earth. It was like in dream in which I was visited by the most beautiful music, only to wake up the next day and remember nothing.

I’ve realized that the band did in fact play a few shows in 2013, but I was just beginning to dive into the Philly scene – and yeah, I missed my chance. Many times. But not this time around. Continue reading →

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Philly songwriter and producer Danny Sembello passes away at 52

Danny Sembello - credi - Momma Kanga
Danny Sembello | Credit: Momma Kanga / YouTube

This past weekend, Philadelphia singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Danny Sembello passed away at age 52. According to a report, his body was found in the Schuykill River on August 15th.

The brother of Michael Sembello (who sang the 80s hit song “Maniac”), Danny Sembello had his own share of accomplishments. He wrote songs for countless artists, including “Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters and “Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle. Chaka Khan, Monica, Jeffrey Osborne, and Irene Cara were among some of the other artists who performed songs written by Sembello.

He won a Grammy for his contribution to the Beverly Hills Cop movie soundtrack. Continue reading →

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Marietta clean up nicely for their sophomore effort, As It Were

Marietta | photo via whereismarietta.bandcamp.com
Marietta | photo via whereismarietta.bandcamp.com

A long two years ago, Marietta brought their first full-length release, Summer Deathto local listeners eager to hear more than just a few demos and singles. With the death of legendary Philly twinkly emo bands Snowing and Algernon Cadwallader about two years before, the masses seemed ready to lay Philly emo to rest for a while. But Summer Death presented a fresh, revitalized take on the genre, catapulting Marietta into every basement of the city, and everyone’s heart.

Marietta specialize in high-energy live performances with an abundance of anthemic group chants. These antics landed them on gigs with indie/emo heavyweights like Braid, Old Gray, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Modern Baseball. But towards the end of these tours, and when the band entered the studio to record their second full length, I was left wondering “What will their next album sound like? Will it be a slump?” And I’m sure a lot of other people were asking the same question.

Well, here’s your answer: a resounding, group-chanted NO!!!!!! Continue reading →

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Eraserhead‘s “The Lady in the Radiator” to headline PhilaMOCA’s 2015 ERASERHOOD FOREVER event

Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com
Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com

Can’t get enough of acclaimed director David Lynch’s work? You should attend PhilaMOCA’s annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of all things David Lynch. Yes, it’s a thing. Yes, it’s awesome.

And what better way to celebrate than with the one, the only Laurel “Lady in the Radiator” Near from ERASERHEAD? The Lady will perform the classic and often-covered song “In Heaven” from the movie, backed by Philly’s own Divine Hand Ensemble. No lip-syncing like in the film – she will actually sing it, and that’s way more fun! Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sleeper Hold” from Saintseneca’s new album Such Things

Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Just a few days after announcing a show at Johnny Brenda’s, Ohio’s Saintseneca have announced their new album, entitled Such ThingsIt’s due out October 9 via ANTI-.

The album’s first single, “Sleeper Hold”, features slurry guitar and the beautiful harmonies of Maryn Jones and frontman Zac Little. It’s a rocking, autumnal folk song with an anthemic chorus, the perfect premiere for Saintseneca’s most accessible output to date. Continue reading →

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Close out your summer the right way: by seeing DRGN King, Aphra and more play a NJ cabin

show flyer | courtesy of the promoter
show flyer | courtesy of the promoter

The end of summer is fast approaching, so now is the time to get your last hurrahs of the season. To help you out, we suggest an awesome, scaled-down music festival called Chronologies.

This Saturday, August 22nd, four bands will be playing throughout the night on a NJ family homestead built in 1923, accompanied by visuals and ambient undertones. The 3+ acre location encourages overnight camping, and includes a hammock station, a fire pit for s’mores, and a creek for swimming and canoeing. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Good Old War took the crowd’s breath away, onstage and off

Good Old War | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Good Old War | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly’s own Good Old War received a warm hometown welcome at today’s Free at Noon, and delivered a dazzling set. Tim Arnold – who left the band last year to raise his family – was back on the drums, once again adding his voice to the band’s signature 3-part harmonies.

Good Old War just returned from a tour in support of their fourth studio album, Broken Into Better Shapewhich was released this past June.  They played several cuts off that record, as well as old favorites.

The band was quite spirited on stage – vocalist/keyboardist Keith Goodwin showed off his dance moves, and guitarist Dan Schwartz kept an electric guitar on a stand, occasionally stepping up to shred some electric solos. Continue reading →

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Watch the music video for The Wonder Years’ powerful slow-burner, “Cigarettes & Saints”

Forget the obsession with pizza and complaining about your hometown. Everyone has to grow up sometime, even pop-punk bands. It looks like Lansdale, PA’s The Wonder Years are finally coming to terms with that fact.

The band just released the new music video for their song “Cigarettes and Saints”, taken off their upcoming fifth studio album, No Closer to Heaven. The video was directed by Jeremi Mattern and shot in Austin, TX. It depicts a girl who’s upset with her current life. She runs away and leaves behind only a note. Continue reading →

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Get up and dance: Sonnder’s July single is here!

Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young
Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young

Philly modern rockers Sonnder are back with a new single, “I Need.” It’s the latest installment in their “single-a-month” project, which has been gaining them considerable momentum since the beginning of the year.

The track commands attention right off the bat, opening with a blasting, dancy hi-hat groove complimented by ambient keyboard and shining guitar. Ryan Weidman’s instantly recognizable voice ticks off a list of dangerous things he needs instead of love, because he’s “not ready to be anyone’s anything.” Continue reading →