Gold Lake perform at North Star Bar tonight. The Madrid / Brooklyn based band released its debut record Years last year, a dreamy collection of indie pop songs in the vein of Local Natives with wisps of Warpaint’s elusiveness. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Gold Lake perform “We Already Exist” below.
WXPN will welcome June Rich to the Ardmore Music Hall on June 20th. The folk rock band was integral in the local music scene of the nineties, releasing two records and performing at the opening night of the Electric Factory in 1996.
The best Philadelphia music festival you haven’t checked out yet, Center City Jazz Festival took over the Sansom Street corridor on Saturday afternoon with 20 performers stationed at five different venues. In terms of bang for your buck, it’s an incredible deal: a $15 ticket lets you bounce from space to space, maximizing the music you take in.
If you know nothing about jazz, it’s a robust introduction to the scene – ultra-modern originals mixed with traditional standards and crossover covers of Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin and Nirvana. If you’re more versed in the jazz world, CCJF shines a light on the variety our community has to offer. Continue reading →
Hard-hitting Boston punks Pile take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band has been kicking around for eight years, and dropped its latest – the abrasive and aggressive You’re Better than This – back in March. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Northampton rock four-piece Speedy Ortiz have an awesome new record called Foil Deer and a headlining show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band gets the 90s tag a lot, and in a sense, rightfully so – their sound can be mind-bendy and experimental as easily as it can be super hooky and poppy, not unlike Helium or Throwing Muses. But they make it something contemporary and unique, especially on jams like the slick “Puffer,” which you can listen to below. Joining the band tonight is buzzing artist Mitski, whose LP Bury Me at Makeout Creek won hearts like crazy last year. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →
Okay, it’s night three, and by now you know the drill: #KeyFest is happening, and we obviously want you all to come there – it’s a great cross-section of the Philly R&B and hip-hop scene. But, you know, there are other shows too. And you should know about them as well. Dom Angelella and Eric Slick’s band Lithuania hits up Bourbon and Branch tonight for the last week of Suburban Living’s April residency. Their ten-years-in-the-making debut LP Hardcore Friends is coming out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it finds the duo at its most polished and rockingist. Read my interview with Slick and Angelella here and get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.
“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”
Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →
Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →