Rock The Troc is now Rock the Cause: Music education benefit relocates to World Cafe Live

Ace Enders of The Early November will be part of the Rock The Cause benefit concert in May | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Since we first told you about the 2019 edition of Cole Selleck’s annual music education benefit show, some changes have occurred, and Rock The Troc is now simply going by Rock the Cause. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the concert has to relocate from its original location at the famed Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown and to a new room, and date. The concert will now take place on Sunday, May 19th, at World Cafe Live downstairs. Continue reading →


KDU and Philly AIDS Thrift want to take you dancing at Thrifty Disco benefit

Rana Ransom | photo by Lauren Freney | courtesy of the artist // DEL | photo by Tim Blackwell | courtesy of the artist // MANIK | photo courtesy of the artist

The Thrifty Disco will return to Philly AIDS Thrift later this month. Hosted in conjunction with Drexel’s freeform student-run station WKDU, the event will begin the evening of Saturday, February 16 and go all night long, with several electronic artists providing the tunes.

At the top of the lineup is California-via-NYC electronic house/techno DJ MANIK, who has put together an exclusively disco set for the occasion. Also on the bill are Philly soul/funk producer and DJ DEL, and Philly’s Rana Ransom, who combines retro disco with Middle Eastern elements. Continue reading →


Hurry, Joshua Chase Miller, and Keith Goodwin of Good Old War, are among the artists playing the second Rock the Troc benefit for Rock to the Future

Joshua Chase Miller | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN // Keith Goodwin | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Hurry | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

If you follow Radio 104.5’s Cole Selleck on social media, you probably know that 70% of the content he posts is about something called Rock The Troc (with some percentage of the remainder being about Applebee’s Quizzo). If you’re unfamiliar, RTT is a benefit concert Selleck launched last year at famed Chinatown venue The Trocadero to help fund public education in Philly, and today he just announced the lineup of the second edition. Continue reading →


Radiator Hospital, Shannen Moser, The Guests, Hurry and more will play benefit gigs at Boot & Saddle this month

Radiator Hospital | still from video // Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Hurry | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

As 2019 gets into full swing, Boot & Saddle will continue what’s become an annual tradition for the venue. Throughout the month of January, local bands will take the stage for two series of shows benefitting various local charities.

The third annual Peace & Noise series kicks off this weekend, with a show featuring The Guests on Saturday, Jan. 5, and continues later in the month with Radiator Hospital. The Peace & Noise shows will benefit charities including the Philadelphia Tenants Union and Decarcerate PA. Continue reading →


Laser Background covers “Strange Eyes” for Magnetic Fields tribute to benefit No More Dysphoria

Laser Background | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren

A new benefit compilation, You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute to 69 Love Songs, will pay tribute to the classic Magnetic Fields album in honor of its 20th anniversary while also raising money for a good cause. The full, 69-track compilation features a different artist interpreting each song on the album, and proceeds from its sale will benefit No More Dysphoria, a non-profit that helps trans and nonbinary individuals with medical costs. The roster of artists lined up for the comp include Palehound, Sidney Gish, illuminati hotties, and lots more; we previously heard Worriers’ cover of “Grand Canyon.”

Now, there’s another single out before the entire compilation becomes available: Laser Background‘s cover of “Strange Eyes.” The Philly psych pop outfit put their own twist on the song, swapping out the original’s upbeat electronic sound for a more hushed, staticky sound that gives it a haunting feel. Continue reading →


Worriers covers The Magnetic Fields’ “Grand Canyon” for No More Dysphoria benefit

Worriers | photo by Molly Adams | courtesy of the artist

Punk outfit Worriers are the closing artist on the new benefit compilation You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute to 69 Love Songs. The album pays tribute to The Magnetic Fields’ landmark opus, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next September, and raises money in the process for No More Dysphoria, a non-profit that provides trans individuals with financial assistance for medical costs.

Worriers’ frontperson Lauren Denitzio covered “Grand Canyon” for the project; on the original album, it is the 29th love song (or disc two, song six), but the compilation resequences the record so it ends on “Grand Canyon,” and Denitzio’s solo electric rendition gives it a resonant, Billy Bragg-ish quality to close out the set, as compared to the shimmering synthpop of the original. Continue reading →


The Wonder Years and its fall tourmates cover one another on a benefit EP

The Wonder Years | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

Still riding high on the 2018 release of their sixth album Sister Cities, Philly punk outfit The Wonder Years are featured on a four-artist split EP with their current tourmates: Maryland rockers Have Mercy, Long Beach emo outfit Oso Oso and Detroit solo indie artist Shortly. On Tour Split, each band covers one another, including The Wonder Years’ cover of Shortly’s “Finders Keepers.” Continue reading →


Sammus, Pinkwash and more will play benefit gig for MLC at Everybody Hits

Sammus | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Music might be the healing force of the universe, as Albert Ayler famously proclaimed, but it’s also just an excellent way of getting people together. That’s the idea behind Friday’s benefit show for the Mass Liberation Campaign at Everybody Hits with Sammus, Pinkwash, Soul Glo, and Likes.

The MLC is part of Reclaim Philly, a grassroots organization that, “endorses and supports progressive candidates and policies that fight for a vision of putting working people before the profits of corporations and the super rich,” according to their website. Specifically this campaign is aimed at reducing the number of people affected by mass incarceration. Continue reading →


“The ethic of taking care of ourselves” fuels new benefit comp with tracks from Void Vision, Plastic Ivy, and more

Casey Grabowski performs as Secret Societies | still from video

Cancer is a cruel disease. It kills slowly, sometimes over the course of years, and even when it’s been cut and irradiated out of the body there’s still always that worry it may come back. Likewise, there is no quick solution, no easy fix. Treating cancer can take years and is incredibly taxing on the body, mind, and last but not least the wallet.

Local musician and artist Casey Grabowski has been living with stage four pancreatic cancer since 2017. Known both in electronic music circles – he played as Nearest, Obligate Surrogate, and Secret Societies and booked events for years – and as the founder of the Philadelphia Zine Fest, Grabowski, a civil engineer by trade, has been unable to work during that time. His wife and main caretaker Michelle Dewey set up an ongoing digital fundraiser that has allowed the couple to tread water while he receives medical care.

Still, even with the help of friends and strangers, they are seriously struggling to get by. Continue reading →


Celebrate the life and music of Philly rapper Rich Quick at a memorial show and benefit next month

Rich Quick
Rich Quick | still from video

Following the passing of Rich Quick earlier this month, friends of the local rapper have scheduled a memorial show in his honor; it will take place October 12 at Voltage Lounge. The event was organized in part by Philly rapper Voss and will be hosted by local hip-hop artist Chris Vance. Performers will include Reef the Lost Cause, Corfu, Skrewtape, Marrissa Joy and more. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Rich Quick scholarship fund. Continue reading →