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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 →

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Hot Fun: ATL’s Shaky Knees Festival in pictures

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Shaky Knees Festival | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

The second you enter the Shaky Knees Festival grounds, you realize that is not going to be like most festivals. The whole event was very relaxed, there was plenty of space to get around, lines weren’t excessively long (with the exception of the pedestrian bridge – we’ll get to that), no one was too out of control. Everyone seemed to be there because they loved music and wanted to explore new artists. Continue reading →

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Sixteen Years Later and Worth the Wait: At The Drive In show The Fillmore how it’s done

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For many people in last night’s sold-out crowd at The Fillmore, June 13th was a day they had been waiting sixteen years for. It had been that long since At The Drive In played a show in Philadelphia; many fans didn’t even get to see them before they broke up.

Back in January, the band announced its reunion and a full North American tour, with a handful of dates across the world. All original members were in tow last night – except guitarist Jim Ward, who was replaced shortly before the start of the tour with Sparta guitarist Keeley Davis.

At The Drive In is arguably one of most influential punk bands of all time. They have paved the way for hundreds of bands over the years. Last night at The Fillmore, they showed just how it’s done. Continue reading →

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Explosions In The Sky light up The Fillmore for a sold-out instrumental show

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Explosions in the Sky were welcomed by a sold out crowd to The Fillmore Philadelphia on Friday night. It was the bands first show in the city in five years. They are currently on tour in support of their latest album The Wilderness, their first full length release since 2011. The Austin instrumental band captivated audiences with both new and old material. Check out photos from the show below.

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Daughter doesn’t look back at Union Transfer on Thursday

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Daughter | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
British songbird Elena Tonra and her bandmates in Daughter first broke on to the U.S. scene with a string of EPs, one of which featured the original version of their most popular song “Youth.” The band has since released two more albums and was on tour in support of its latest release, Not to Disappear, when it stopped by Union Transfer on Thursday.

Daughter is known for evoking tons of emotion in Torna’s beautiful, simple songs. Her newer work has a synth-pop edge, though, and as Daughter rolled off song after song, I couldn’t help but wish the band would play some older material. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Del Sordo’s five artist to put on your musical radar in 2016

Petal | Photo by Rachel del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo travels down the electronic music rabbit hole of 2015.

Brandon Can’t Dance

The first time I saw Brandon Aryes step on stage, I had no idea what I was about to experience. With the vocal stylings of Morrissey and the synthesizers somewhere between disco and fuzz pop, Brandon Can’t Dance offers a musical experience completely different from most of the music coming out of the Philadelphia right now. Continue reading →