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Open Sound Concert Series brings Radiator Hospital, The Goodbye Party, Strawberry Runners and more to Lansdowne

Strawberry Runners | photo by Scott McCormick | courtesy of the artist

Just six miles west of Center City lies the small borough of Lansdowne, PA, and with its proximity to city things minus the steep city rent prices, the town is turning into a small hub for art and music. That trend will continue this summer with the Open Sound Concert Series — a free bi-weekly outdoor concert series at the Lansdowne Landing park and community space featuring some of the area’s best artists. Continue reading →

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King Britt will relaunch collab label The Buddy System

King Britt | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com
King Britt | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Legendary Philadelphia electronic artist, DJ and producer King Britt is known for his various artistic efforts around town, but the local visionary’s latest endeavor is actually an older project. Back in 2014, Britt started a record label called The Buddy System, which released monthly collaborative EPs — the twist being that the collaborators remained anonymous. Their names were revealed with each following release, surrounding the project with an air of mystery and anticipation. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Swearin’ at the First Unitarian Church

Swearin
Swearin’ | photo by Ali Donahue | courtesy of the artist

One of the best Philly bands there ever was will return home to the basement of the First Unitarian Church this fall. Local punk/DIY scene favorites Swearin’ rose to acclaim before breaking up in 2015, and for a while it seemed like the band was done for good. But last fall, news broke of their unexpected reunion, and they opened a few shows on Superchunk’s recent tour, including a stop at Union Transfer in April. As vocalist/guitarist Kyle Gilbride wrote in a press release, “Sometimes a band takes on a life of its own, and it seems this one came back to us when it was ready, and in its new form, to stay for the foreseeable future.” Continue reading →

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Film of Grateful Dead’s iconic 1989 concert at JFK Stadium to be screened in theaters this August

The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube
The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube

The iconic 1989 Grateful Dead concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium — the final show held at the stadium — is not likely to fade from the memories of those who were there anytime soon. But it’s a show worth reliving, and this summer fans can do just that — on the big screen. For this year’s 8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies, GratefulWeb will present a film of the concert (all 2 hours and 53 minutes of it) at several local theaters. The concert was previously released on DVD in 2010. Continue reading →

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Janelle Monae, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Miguel top Made in America lineup

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae | still from video

The Made in America lineup is finally here, and this year, the highly-anticipated annual festival will bring a diverse, dozens-strong roster of artists to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival will take place September 1 and 2 — just about 90 days away, not that we’re counting.

Up in the top headlining slots are rappers Nicki Minaj and Post Malone, but this is the kind of festival lineup that merits more than a glance at the smaller print. Some of the standouts include the eclectic and awesome Janelle Monáe, fresh off the release of her new album Dirty Computer, as well as R&B star Miguel, and pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara. Meek Mill, who has become somewhat of a hometown hero lately, will also appear for what is sure to be a triumphant set. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mitski will kick off North American tour at Union Transfer this fall

Mitski
Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist

Some consider her the queen of indie rock — and they may just be right. Still gliding on the success of her 2016 breakout album Puberty 2Mitski recently announced her next record, Be The Cowboy, which will be released August 17. The first string of full-band tour dates behind the new record will take Mitski through the UK and Europe, but lucky for us her just-announced North American tour starts off right here in Philly, with a Union Transfer show on October 19. Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield will open the show. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurry cover Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World” for The Alternative

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Hurry | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist | scotttroyan.com

Local favorites Hurry are a Philly band through and through — but recently, they took a trip out of the city to record a 7-track live session. This release follows their recent album Every Little Thought, released in February.

The session was recorded earlier this month at the New Brunswick studio AGL Sounds in collaboration with North Jersey-based music blog The Alternative for the latest installment in the AGL Presents series. It features a few songs off Every Little Thought, including that album’s title track, plus a few from 2016’s Guided Meditation, including “Nothing to Say” and “When I’m With You.”

Hurry also took the session as an opportunity to finally record their cover of Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World,” a staple of their live sets for at least a few years. The cover fits in seamlessly with the Hurry Original SongsTM and shows just how versatile the band is, as their own catchy tunes quickly become as familiar as the older hit. Listen below via Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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Worriers meditate on getting through the times in “No More Bad News” from Kevin Devine split

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Following a whirlwind album cycle last fall, Worriers are back at it once again. The recently-Philly punk band, led by vocalist/songwriter Lauren Denitzio, is currently out on tour, but found time to contribute a song to the latest installment in musician Kevin Devine’s Devinyl Splits series.

The song, “No More Bad News,” is a last-minute addition to the series, after scheduling conflicts forced the next slated Devinyl release to be delayed. But you couldn’t tell by listening to it. Matching the tone of Worriers’ latest LP Survival Pop, “No More Bad News” is a steady, slow-burning meditation on what makes us keep living our lives each day in a world constantly bombarded by bad news. Continue reading →

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Ruby the Hatchet, Radiator Hospital and more will play Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions in July

Radiator Hospital | screenshot from video

The June shows haven’t even begun yet, but Spruce Street Harbor Park has already announced its Waterfront Sessions lineup through July. Earlier this month, SSHP shared the June lineup of all-local musicians, which kicks off next Thursday, but now they’ve added openers and DJ sets to those shows and announced who will be playing the following four weeks, too. Continue reading →

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Hallowed Bells, Nick Millevoi, Birdie Busch and more will play Double Decker Music Series 2018

Jo Nelson plays DDMS 2017 | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

We have our fair share of unconventional music venues in Philadelphia, but this one may be the most innovative — and it also may be one of the Philly music scene’s best kept secrets.

Each summer for the last couple of summers, longtime Philadelphia tour guide Sebastian Petsu, in collaboration with Bowerbird, has hosted the Double Decker Music Series, which is pretty much just what it sounds like — a concert held on a double decker bus. These are the kind of buses you typically see toting tourists around Old City, but while you will see plenty of historic sites in this series, this is certainly not your everyday tour of the city. Continue reading →