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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: How to book a show at a Philly venue

Photo by John Vettese
The Bul Bey rocking the house in West Philly | Photo by John Vettese

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

Life as an independent artist in Philadelphia can be rough, especially when it comes to booking shows. When you approach a venue, what exactly are they looking for? Will your music appeal to them or turn them off? Where does social media presence lie on the spectrum? What will get your band a coveted spot on their calendar? Where is the damn instruction manual for booking a show?

We hear it from Philly artists all the time – they want to play out more often, but they haven’t had any luck getting promoters’ attention. Well, The Key is here for you! In an effort to provide some transparency in the live music world, we decided to hit up talent buyers for a handful of venues throughout Philadelphia to get an idea of what they expect, why they expect it, what will wow them and some general pointers on how to book a show. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Jonatha Brooke immerses us in her world through beautiful storytelling

Jonatha Brooke | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Jonatha Brooke | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Folk singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke played downstairs at World Cafe Live for this week’s Free At Noon concert and took the crowd on an emotional journey with her magnificent musical stories.

Brooke explained that she would be playing music from her recent one-woman play My Mother Has Four Noses, a reflection on her relationship with her recently passed mother who she became caretaker of after she became ill with Alzheimer’s. Without missing a beat, she faced the heaviness of the topic head-on with light-hearted quips, explaining that sometimes when you’re in times of pain, you can step back and see the humor in the situations that life places you in. Continue reading →

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Awesome summer shows continue to pile up with The Front Bottoms and LVL UP playing PhilaMOCA

The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese
The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese

The summer concert calendar keeps getting better. Most recently, Philly has added The Front Bottoms to the agenda on a show featuring special guests LVL UP. The two quirky punk rock crews will play PhilaMOCA this summer on June 5th and we’re pumped. Find more information on the show by heading over to their Facebook event page and be sure to check out some of their music below. Continue reading →

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Get ready, Kraftwerk are coming to Philly

Photo via Kraftwerk Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KraftwerkOfficial)
Kraftwerk | photo via facebook.com/KraftwerkOfficial

It’s official: the German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will be visiting Philadelphia come fall. The Electric Factory will host the influential four-piece for an October 2nd show that is sure to showcase its vibrant and influential personality. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Amos Lee’s Live at Red Rocks, watch him sing with Steve Martin and Emmylou Harris on Letterman

Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly favorite Amos Lee is a singer-songwriter powerhouse and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. As he moves forward with his co-headlining tour with fellow singer-songwriter David Gray, Lee announced that he will also be putting out his first live album: a one-night performance at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Lord Huron show their versatility with a surprise stripped-down show

 

Lord Huron | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Lord Huron | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Today’s Free At Noon concert featured folk rockers Lord Huron. The LA natives climbed on stage to a packed house downstairs at World Cafe Live. Frontman Ben Schneider remarked that they may be looking funny with just the four of them seated across the stage, explaining that their bus had broken down in New York earlier that day so they had grabbed what they could and made off for Philly. “We couldn’t miss World Cafe,” he said. Continue reading →

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Stream Hop Along’s highly-anticipated new record Painted Shut

Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez

The wait is over. Hop Along‘s eagerly anticipated Painted Shut just went up for streaming today via Spin Magazine, and wow. Filled with the offbeat rock and roll goodness that makes up their unique sound, the band hits hard on hits like “Waitress” and “Sister Cities.” But the record also explores new waters and a solid mix of moods, all punctuated by frontwoman Frances Quinlan’s passionate delivery. Continue reading →

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STS & RJD2 illuminate low-income struggles with new video for “Hold On, Here We Go”

 

Still shot from STS and rjd2's video for "Hold On, Here We Go"
Still shot from STS and rjd2′s video for “Hold On, Here We Go”

Philly duo STS & RJD2 have proven a force to be taken seriously. With their album, STS x rjd2, out on May 5th, the two are hyping up the release with a new music video for their track “Hold On, Here We Go.”

The song is an ode to the struggles of low-income families, and its video centers around a boy saving up for his first car, collecting his hard-earned money in a box under his bed. But when tragedy strikes his family, the boy thinks twice about how his money will be spent. Continue reading →

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Moon Bounce weirds us out with bizarre new video for “Fool”

 

Moon Bounce | Photo via facebook.com/moonbouncephilly
Moon Bounce | Photo via facebook.com/moonbouncephilly

Moon Bounce just released a new video for “Fool” and we have to say, we’re a little creeped out. The video picks up in an apartment of sorts, littered with images of people with eye patches drawn over their faces. Yeah. Creepy, right? And that’s just the beginning as we’re taken on a journey with a kidnapped woman tethered to a chair and two (kind of inept) psychopaths, conjuring up Clockwork Orange vibes diluted with ramen noodles, ridiculous facial expressions and rock / paper / scissors fights. Continue reading →