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Who was that guy impersonating Forrest Gump throughout XPoNential 2014?

Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Forrest Gump impersonator Paul Dengler | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

You never know what you’re gonna get at a music festival. At least that’s what Paul Dengler wanted to make sure life was like at XPoNential this year.

Dengler, a Forrest Gump impersonator, was seen from Friday to Sunday watching performances, interacting with festival-goers and starting conga lines. 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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honeyblood at MilkBoy, The Philadelphia Jazz Project at World Cafe Live, and Leon Russell at Sellersville Theater

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British ambient surf-pop babes Honeyblood take the stage at MilkBoy tonight.  Their self-titled album was released a little over a week ago and have been compared to acts like Best Coast, Speedy Ortiz and Savages.  A few days ago, they came out with a music video for their track “Super Rat,” off Honeyblood.  Watch the video below and pick up tickets for their show tonight here. Continue reading →

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Song of the Moment: Listen to a new Purling Hiss tune, “Learning Slowly”

Photo by Ebru Yidiz | http://www.ebruyildiz.net/
Photo by Ebru Yidiz | http://www.ebruyildiz.net/

Philly rockers Purling Hiss are releasing their new album, Weirdon (Drag City), on September 23rd. Below, listen to the first new song from the album, “Learning Slowly.” The song sounds like an amped up take on Petty’s “Listen To Her Heart,” and singer/guitarist Mike Polizze’s searing psychedelia sounds as clear as ever. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts bring the weekend to a tremendous close

Beck | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Beck | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wow. I really don’t know that there are any other words for it – wow wow wow. What a tremendous way to close this year’s XPoNential Music Festival: an outrageous, high-energy performance from the one and only Beck, with the stage being nicely set by the rousing rock anthems of Band of Horses and an intense performance from Central PA noisemakers The Districts. A triple-header that contained as much bottled-up energy as the rest of the weekend alone.

After the festival attendees were ushered from Wiggins Park to the Susquehanna Bank Center by Philly’s New Sound Brass Ensemble, The Districts took the stage shortly after 7 with an atmospheric and expressive performance of “Long Distance.” It was a bittersweet set for the guys, since it was the band’s last gig performing with founding guitarist Mark Larson. Continue reading →

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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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Listen to The Chairman Dances reconstruct The Death of Samuel Miller

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Philly indie-folk outfit The Chairman Dances released their newest album The Death of Samuel Miller last month. It’s a period piece type of album, tracing the life of a fictional character, single-parent Samuel Miller, from 1952 up to 1990. The album is a  follow-up last year’s Michael and the Prophetess. Earlier this year, the group released the video for “Dance to the Neighbor’s Stereo”. Continue reading →

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