In 1990 the Soundgarden frontman gathered some friends together and formed Temple of the Dog as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. The supergroup (which featured other members of Mother Love Bone and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam) recorded an album and then called it quits, but now it’s time for a victory lap.
New York duo PWR BTTM just announced an international tour that will keep them on the road for most of the fall. The outing hits PhilaMOCA on November 22nd for a headlining slot along with Seattle’s Lisa Prank.
Your friendly local punks in Thin Lips will be hitting the open road again, this time joining Georgia musician Allison Weiss on a run of September dates. The crew swings through Philly on September 20th for a show at Boot & Saddle.
Swedish favorites Peter, Bjorn and John will bring their latest Breakin’ Point LP stateside for a tour this fall, stopping at The Trocadero on September 23rd. The record marks the indie rockers’ seventh studio effort.
If you would have told me five years ago that Modest Mouse and Brand New would not only tour together in 2016, but co-headline, I would have shrugged said “Eh, I’d probably go see Modest Mouse.” Unlike many of my peers, I didn’t get into Brand New in my formative years, so Modest Mouse became the impetus for me making the pilgrimage out to the Mann Center Saturday night to see the most head-scratching double-header of 2016 summer touring season. While Modest Mouse’s brand of post-shoegaze certainly isn’t anything close to what I’d call “lighthearted,” it’s a far cry from the wallowing, starkly emotional crushers from Long Island’s Brand New. While a lineup like that might provoke confusion, it doesn’t trip on it’s way to the bank — the Mann’s entire 14,000 capacity was entirely sold out mere days after tickets were on sale. The tour proved a big truth: While either band would likely struggle to sell out the amphitheater, the sum is greater than it’s constituent parts. The same could be said about each band’s distinctly divergent career. Continue reading →
Boundary-pushing Philly nine-piece ensemble Ode to Omni blurs the lines between rock, funk, big band brass and soul, and next week the crew pays tribute to one of its very similar-minded Philly influences: The Roots. The band sets up shop at World Cafe Live on Friday, July 29th for their new Homegrown Series paying tribute to Black Thought, Questlove and crew. They’ll be joined by locally-rooted MC Mic Stew, who’s in town from Texas for the show. I swapped emails with Ode to Omni drummer Marcus Myers to get a vibe on the show, the series and what it is that they love about The Roots. Continue reading →
’90s alt rockers Jane’s Addiction headline The Fillmore tonight in somewhat of a throwback supershow. Their current tour is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album, Ritual de lo Habitual. Joining them on the Sterling Spoon Tour are Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour. For more info on tonight’s show, head here. Continue reading →
Every American president since Herbert Hoover has gotten a Presidential Library named in his honor, located in a town in or near where each president has grown up. In each library, it’s common to find artifacts of the corresponding presidency, many of which offer a chilling look into the president’s personal life.
For instance, in George W. Bush’s library, you can find letters written to him by U2’s Bono praising him for his humanitarian work in Africa; at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, there are copies of President Clinton’s daily schedules from the White House’s Office of Scheduling and Advance; and at the Presidential Library for John F. Kennedy, you can see a picture of JFK with his future wife, Jackie Bouvier, playing tennis at Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s residence in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
President Obama’s presidential library won’t open for a few years after he leaves office, but one thing’s for certain: Inside, the library will contain a letter written to him by none other than Philadelphia’s own Adam Weiner of boozy rock and roll band Low Cut Connie. Talk about being the cool president*. Continue reading →
Back in May, the Worchester, Massachusetts dudes that make up The Hotelier set out on a two month long tour with Told Slant, Loone, and Bellows. This killer tour made its way to Philly last Wednesday night, June 13th, for stop at Union Transfer. Continue reading →
Richmond indie rocker Lucy Dacus brings her debut album No Burden To Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Also playing tonight is RFA. Dacus’ entire record was recorded in Nashville in just one day, and despite that short amount of time it’s still a gem. Listen to No Burden below, read Tyler Asay’s interview with her here and get tix to the 21+ show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →