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A Few Familiar Faces: Catching up with local artists at SXSW

Cold Fronts at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

 

Back in March, I hopped into a van with Vita and the Woolf and headed down to SXSW for the very first time. I had no idea what to expect. It was loud, crowded chaotic and confusing. The beauty of it all lied it everyone coming together to support music and support each other. Amit the clutter and chaos I met up with eight Philadelphia artists who also made the journey to Austin. We talked in all types of spots, from chilling poolside with Caracara to sneaking around a fancy hotel with Vita and The Woolf to tracking down Speedy Ortiz after their showcase’s venue had to get moved in the middle of the show. Music was literally everywhere and I couldn’t wait to dive in.

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Scenes from the #AmplifyPhilly party at SXSW

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly turned up at the annual SXSW festival in a big way this year. Coming soon, we’ll have portraits and perspectives from some of the locals who made a splash in Austin last week. Today, we’ve got a look at an event that’s become a central hub for Philadelphians in Austin — the annual AmplifyPhilly showcase, which brought a full night of artists to 6th Street at the bar/venue Pour Choices last Monday the 12th. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou celebrate the 15th Birthday of A->B Life with sold out TLA gig

MewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

 

Fresh off the heels of a full US tour, mewithoutYou returned home to Philadelphia Sunday night with a sold out show at The TLA. Fans packed the venue to celebrate the band’s return, but also the fifteen year anniversary of their first full length album, [A -> B] Life — which they played in full. The performance was truly a celebration of the band’s work, both old and new. Continue reading →

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Tash Sultana delivers a mind-blowing performance at Union Transfer

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

A sold out crowd warmly welcomed Tash Sultana to Union Transfer yesterday evening. Sultana, a twenty two year old multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne, Australia, has been making waves all across the globe with her jaw-dropping one woman show, as well as her debut EP Notion. She employs sound looping to build layers of melody and rhythm onstage, giving the illusion of a full band when, in fact, its just her. This technique, mixed with mind-blowing guitar performances left the audience speechless. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca and Smidley packed the Union Transfer

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Hometown heroes Tigers Jaw returned to Philadelphia Friday night with a packed gig at Union Transfer. The band is touring in support of their latest album Spin which was released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Accompanying Tigers Jaw on this tour is the indie folk band Saintseneca along with Smidley, a new project from Foxing lead singer Conor Murphy. Check out the full photo gallery from the night Continue reading →

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Punk and Community: Something in the Way Festival and lots of Philly bands take on Webster Hall

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last Wednesday, a mob of punk rock fans engulfed Webster Hall in New York City. The occasion was Something In The Way, a one-night-only festival thrown by Run For Cover Records which featured three stages and fifteen bands crammed into an five-hour time window. The festival was a race against the clock for the sold out crowd to see all the great music packed into the Manhattan venue. Continue reading →

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PUP returns to Philly for out of this world headlining show

Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

I saw PUP for the first time in 2014, on their first US tour, at a weekday Golden Tea House gig. I had never seen a band command a crowd of about 25 people the way they did. In iconic fashion, frontman Stefan Babcock scaled the balcony of Golden Tea House while preforming a cover of the Beastie Boys hit “Sabotage.” I knew at that point this wasn’t the last I would be hearing of PUP. Continue reading →

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After six years, Envy on the Coast returns for Reincarnation tour

Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Punk, emo and post hardcore band reunion tours might have been the biggest trend in music in 2016. Everyone from Saosin to Thrice to At The Drive In returned to the stage this year. One of the more surprising additions to this trend was Envy on The Coast. The band played their last show in August of 2010 and swore to fans they would never get back together. This year the band reunited with two of its founding members, lead vocalist Ryan Hunter and guitarist / vocalist Brian Byrnes. Continue reading →

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Mitski finds a home in Philadelphia

Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

 

Last week indie rock heavyweight Mitski came to Philly in a big way, playing three shows in two days. First there was sold out show at Boot and Saddle, followed by an impressive Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live, ending with another sold out show, this time at PhilaMOCA. It was clear that Philly could not get enough of Mitski, and for good reason. She is currently on tour in support of her new album Puberty 2, her highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek. Mitski stacked her tour with promising new artists as well. Continue reading →