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Minus the Bear were worth the wait at Underground Arts

Minus The Bear | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Minus The Bear | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

There is always magic to be found in seeing a band you love in a smaller, more intimate setting, especially if they’ve spent a few years filling larger clubs (or maybe even stadiums).  There is nothing to throw a wrench in to the experience quite like waiting around in a (seemingly) overpacked, poorly ventilated basement.  I love Minus The Bear, and I love Underground Arts, but when the two met a couple Saturdays ago, it almost got ridiculous. Continue reading →

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The Kills give fans something to cheer about at The Trocadero

The Kills
The Kills | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Wednesday’s oppressive rain was perfectly complemented by the bluesy punk of the duo of Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, better known as The Kills. Dropping into the Trocadero in between two appearances in New York City, they stormed through a set of songs that resonated with their Philly fans from start to finish.

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Dads takes on one of the last regularly scheduled shows at the First Unitarian Church

Dads | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dads | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last month R5 productions announced that they would be scaling way on booking shows at the legendary First Unitarian Church basement (read full story here). Emo heavyweights Dads hit the stage Thursday night as one of the last regularly scheduled at The Church. Dads is on tour in support of their new album I’ll be the Tornado which was released October 17th on 6131 Records. I’ll be the Tornado shows huge strives in maturity for the band. They do away with the two minute tracks and tongue in  cheek lyrics seen on their first full length American Radass (This is Important) and put forth forth a much more thoughtful sophomore album. They brought fourth a huge amount of depth in their live performance, mixing slower, more introspective songs with their usual fair of loud high energy fair. In true First Unitarian Church style crowd surfers flew onto the stage during old favorites “Shit Twins” and “Groin Twerk.” Seeing Dads live I am always amazed by how the band can get such complex sounds with sofew people on stage. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brother Ali at Union Transfer, Zammuto at Boot & Saddle, and Cass McCombs at Underground Arts

via brotherali.com
via brotherali.com

Tonight, Brother Ali will be playing Union Transfer. Starting his career in 2000 with the release of his album Rites of Passage, Brother Ali  has worked with artists like Immortal Technique, Brand Nubian, and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. His most recent release, a DVD/EP called The Truth is Here takes a more pragmatic faculty of hip-hop, opting out of subject matter like material wealth and various activities in the club and instead choosing to tackle political and societal issues. As he says, he used an atmosphere that “makes us think we’re in different worlds because of race, religion, class, sex, etc.” and “tried to make something that shows how alike we really are”. The show will feature Bambu and DJ Last Word. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Temples and The Districts excite the Union Transfer crowd

Temples | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Temples | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

English psychedelic rock band Temples hit the stage at Union Transfer on Saturday night playing to a packed crowd. Touring in support of their debut album Sun Structures, which was released in February, the UK four-piece already has a close following. For such a young group, they have received positive album reviews and praise from respected musicians such as Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Seoul Delhi at The Fire, Josh Olmstead at Bourbon and Branch, The Dead Milkmen at the Chameleon Club, and more!

Seoul DelhiPhilly-area rock group Seoul Delhi will be playing The Fire tonight at 6:00 p.m. Known for a balanced blend of alternative and classic rock complimented by original and organic songwriting, the local five-piece band will be supported by Tasty Face, Minor Setbacks, and Hanna Paige. Tickets for the show are $7 ($5 with a student ID), and it’s open to all ages. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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RAC: The One-Man Remix Machine

RAC
RAC

In 2007, Andre Allen Anjos started the Remix Artist Collective, or RAC: a coalition of musicians who wanted to take the dance focus away from remixes of popular music and instead take a more creative and original approach to remix composition.

Since then, Andre is the only remaining member, but he’s not letting that stop him from doing some serious remix work. RAC is responsible for a 200+ track remix catalog that can be found here, and he is currently touring to promote his newest album, entitled Strangers, from which he’s already released two tracks: “Let Go,” featuring Kele and MNDR, and “Hollywood” featuring Penguin Prison. RAC has done either commissioned remixes or bootleg remixes of artists like U2, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, The Shins, Bloc Party, Chromeo, Lana Del Rey, and Two Door Cinema Club, and Porter Robinson, to scrape the tip of the iceberg.

The RAC sound is definitely unique; as previously mentioned, the main goal when the group was formed was to create remixes that fit outside the dance-oriented remix culture. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Dilworth Park, War on Women at First Unitarian Church, Sugar Tongue Slim at PhilaMOCA and more

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly newcomers Son Little have a fantastic debut EP called Things I Forgot coming out on Anti- Records next month, and they headline a free outdoor show this evening at Dilworth Park at City Hall. Founded by Aaron Livingston, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist who has worked with The Roots and collaborated with RJD2 on the Icebird project, Son Little pushes his creative boundaries even further, dabbling in soul, hard rock, and Radiohead-esque minimal electronica. The band recorded a knockout Key Studio Session this week; download the song “Joy” below and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →