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The Winery Dogs make their Philadelphia debut tonight at the Keswick Theater

The Winery Dogs | photo via www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
The Winery Dogs | photo via www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs

Given the road-tested virtuosity of all three members, hard rock supergroup The Winery Dogs could easily have been overwhelmed by instrumental pyrotechnics. After all, the band consists of guitarist and vocalist Richie Kotzen, a charter member of the shred-centric Shrapnel Records roster in the early ‘90s before stepping in as the replacement for C.C. DeVille in Poison and Paul Gilbert in Mr. Big; bassist Billy Sheehan, who went fret for fret with Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s first solo band and co-founded Mr. Big; and drummer Mike Portnoy, who anchored prog-metal masters Dream Theater for 25 years until his departure from the band in 2010.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: People Get Ready at Johnny Brenda’s, Aaron and the Spell at Pastorius Park, Nine Inch Nails at Susquehanna Bank Center

 

People Get Ready | photo by  Catalina Kulczar-Marin
People Get Ready | photo by Catalina Kulczar-Marin

Brooklyn’s People Get Ready bring their Physiques tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The indie super group, which features members from Yeasayer, A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Lizzie Trulie released the LP in June earning praise from NPR for its blend of rock, dance and performance art.  Watch the video for the title track below and pick up tickets here.

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Hang out with Alex G and friends at The Fire on August 17th

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie singer-songwriter, Alexander Giannascoli, better known as Alex G, will be playing at the Fire on August 17th to celebrate the release of his new LP, DSU. The album has gotten a lot of attention lately, from Pitchfork and Rolling Stoneand, of course, the Key. In his review, John Vettese pictured Giannascoli as “a creative introvert holed up in some West Philly apartment or Fishtown warehouse, layering guitar drones and drum loops, harnessing the right feedback tones, crafting songs that expunge his ennui to tape.” Continue reading →

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Enjoy an eclectic evening with Lil Sean at PhilaMOCA August 30th

Photo via facebook.com/philamoca
Photo via facebook.com/philamoca

The always interesting PhilaMOCA has announced its latest celebration, Lil Sean Day, held August 30th. The event is curated exclusively by its namesake, the Eraserhood venue’s 12-year-old neighbor: a reported connoisseur of art, film and music. Last year, Lil Sean performed at PhilaMOCA’s Mausoleum Pizza Party. He also released his first two songs on Bandcamp in late July.

The day starts off with a live performance by Pat Finnerty, a Scranton based comedian and musician. Continue reading →

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Listen to 10 Million’s post-punk riot on “Defcon”

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Photo via tenmillionband.tumblr.com

Local electro-dance group Instamatic recently rebranded themselves as 10 Million, and along with the name change came a shift in musical direction. Instrumentally, the band has added guitar and live drums, which you can watch them playing here. There’s also less focus on electronic beats and more emphasis on the instruments and vocals.

The group recently released their first song, “Defcon”. The music has elements of post-punk, with its characteristic clash of guitars and drums. Continue reading →

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Rock out with JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts October 11th

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Nashville garage-rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood return to Philly this fall to play at the Underground Arts. Last year, the duo put out their Past 7 Recordings box set, which collected their out-of-print 7″ singles following 2012′s amazing (and Dan Auerbach-produced) Hypnotic Nights. They also put on an epic show at the Kung Fu Necktie. Recently, the Brotherhood announced a released of covers Dig the Classics out September 30th, which includes covers of My Bloody Valentine and Beck among others. Continue reading →

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Congrats on selling out Boot and Saddle, Strand of Oaks! Watch their supernatural “Same Emotions” video

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

After playing a fantastic set at this year’s XPoNential Festival and a great Free at Noon a few weeks back, excitement for Philly’s Strand of Oaks and their outstanding new record HEAL is high. Today, we got word that the band’s two homecoming shows at Boot and Saddle on September 19th and 20th are now sold out.

Today, we also saw their newest music video for “Same Emotions.” Continue reading →

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Go behind the scenes of the next Philly Tapes Philly release with Wilbur and Satellite Hearts

 

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle
Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle

Philly Tapes Philly will present its fifth monthly collaboration this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, featuring local acts Wilbur and Satellite Hearts.  The two bands spent some in the PTP headquarters earlier this month to create a pair of brand new songs that will be recorded onto cassette tapes and given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at the release show.  Videographer Bob Sweeney was on hand to film the recording session, and you can see some behind the scenes footage (along with an instrumental preview of one of the tracks and photos taken by Wendy McCardle) below.  More information for the free release show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Learn more about the Philly Tapes Philly project here.

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Listen to Lotus revive rock for the Gilded Age

Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Through their extensive discography, Philly jam band Lotus have hit almost every possible genre (and created some unique sounds along the way). They recently released their newest album, Gilded Age. The album is a followup to last year’s hip-hop based Monks, which had a decidedly futuristic feel to it. Continue reading →

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