Orion Sun, Hero / Victim will play benefit and training event to combat opioid crisis at Vox tonight

The numbers are chilling: 1,217 people in Philadelphia died following a drug overdose last year, according to the Department of Public Health. These figures have steadily increased over the past decade – they’re up 34% from just 2016 – leading to what is currently being described as an epidemic.

While it might be easy for those who aren’t dependent on opioids to ignore this crisis, users don’t exist in a vacuum. They are our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and their plight is very much intertwined with ours. The arts and music scenes have historically been heavily affected by drug and alcohol abuse. This is also true today in Philadelphia, with numerous musicians and artists dying after overdoses just in the past couple years.

Because of stigma surrounding drug use, the conversation around how to prevent these tragedies is oftentimes muted. Sarah Kim is trying to change that. The artist and journalist has helped put together an event tonight at the Vox Populi art gallery that is both panel discussion and training for the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, as well as a concert featuring electronic acts Hero/Victim and Orion Sun.

Money raised at the door will go towards the local harm reduction organizations Project SAFE and Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Initiative (POPI). Continue reading →


Miner Street / Weathervane compilation album will help benefit Philadelphia Public Schools

Hemming’s Candice Martello and Cayetana’s Augusta Koch with Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig in Miner Street Recording | photo by John Ryan | courtesy of the artist

Fishtown studio Miner Street Recordings and non-profit Weathervane Music have been collaborating to produce some of the most exciting musical projects in Philadelphia for awhile now — you may recognize them from the Shaking Through documentary series (which just released its latest episode with Jesse Hale Moore this morning). Now, the two organizations have announced their latest endeavor: a compilation album to benefit Philadelphia Public Schools.

Called Equal Loudness, the album will feature music from various Philly-based artists, including Cayetana, American Trappist, Square Peg Round Hole, Hemming and more, who have each donated a song to the compilation with the goal of raising awareness and bringing about change to schools in need. Continue reading →


Just Announced: The Districts and Hardwork Movement to co-headline Beyond the Bars benefit show this May

The Districts
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Local acts Hardwork Movement and The Districts have been announced as special guests for the next Beyond the Bars benefit concert, hosted at World Cafe Live this May. Both acts are no strangers to the stage downstairs, as the hip-hop soulsters performed a free at noon set just last month, and the Philly-via-Lititz rockers played in one of the first BtB benefit show in April of 2016. Now, the two local forces are coming together for a special co-headlining event, all to benefit the local organization dedicated to exposing youth who have been impacted by the incarceration system to musical outlets and to provide safe spaces where they can express themselves. Continue reading →


The Rail Park presents #partyforthepark benefit show with Sango, Xavier Omar, Bosco and more

Image via TIcketleap

Want an easy and fun way to give back to the community and have a good time? We got you.

The Friends of the Rail Park are hosting a benefit concert to help build the Rail Park, a unique public space made of three miles of unused rail lines in Philly. The event will take place at Voyeur Nightclub this Thursday, March 8th from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The line up includes some incredible up and coming names like Philly’s Sango and Xavier Omar, as well as Atlanta’s BOSCO, with three dope Philly DJs, DJ Lean Wit It, DJ SYLO, and Hvn Lee. Continue reading →


Hear new tracks from Honeytiger, Doggo, Anna Ladd and more on The Hook’s benefit comp EP

Honeytiger | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |
Honeytiger | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Philly music blog, The Hook, recently compiled a benefit EP titled The Winter Album, which features tracks from local artists Honeytiger, Doggo, Downtrodder, Anna Ladd, and Psycle.

Each of the five tracks on the EP are new, unreleased songs, which range from Honeytiger’s bluesy garage rock fuzz of “Going to England,” Doggo’s crunchy and swirling, “Donnie McNarb Super Bowl Champion XXIII,” Downtrodder’s blaring bout of truth in “Trashlisted,”  Anna Ladd’s moving, soft-folk ballad, “Jawline,” and Psycle’s heavy battle cry, “Face the Fire.” Continue reading →


Just Announced: Vacationer headlines Peace + Noise at Boot & Saddle on 1/24 (the latest in the venue’s month of benefit gigs)

Vacationer | photo by Matt Schwartz

After ringing in 2018 at Fishtown’s Frankford Hall with local buddies Commonwealth Choir, Philly’s Vacationer — the electronic pop project of bassist and songwriter Kenny Vasoli — just announced that they will headline Boot & Saddle’s Peace and Noise benefit series on Wednesday, January 24th. They’ll join opening acts Palmas and Younger me on a show that will raise money for Project H.O.M.E., an outreach and advocacy nonprofit that helps Philadelphia’s homeless. Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 and on sale now; more information can be found here. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Boot & Saddle’s 2018 Peace & Noise benefit shows to feature Cayetana, The Wonder Years, and more

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Last January, Philly’s favorite music venue Boot & Saddle staged a three-part series of benefit shows featuring some of Philly’s favorite music acts. Good news: it appears that this series, called Peace & Noise, is becoming an annual event, and this time will feature an even more ambitious lineup of local bands. Happening over three Wednesdays in January, the upcoming shows will benefit local charities The Attic Youth Center, Project HOME and Rock to the Future. Continue reading →


Madalean Gauze, Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath team up for Valley Youth House benefit gig

Madalean Gauze | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a gig that also benefits a good cause, look no further than this Boot & Saddle show. A stacked lineup of locals are coming together January 5 for a benefit show to support Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides services for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The show will also be an EP release celebration for headliner Madalean Gauze; the Philly singer-songwriter’s new effort FUNeral will be released that day and is the follow-up to last EP Cool and Fun. The bill is rounded out by dream pop outfit Queen of Jeans, retro rockers Louie Louie and West Philly DIY regulars Empath. Continue reading →


Summer Scouts and Sonnder will play the Rock The Troc benefit for Play on Philly

Summer Scouts
Summer Scouts | photo by Sean Tierney | courtesy of the artist

Lehigh Valley modern rock five piece Summer Scouts and their Philly peers Sonnder are the first artists to be added to the lineup of the Rock The Troc benefit concert. Taking place at The Trocadero in Chinatown on May 19th, the show will raise money for the music education nonprofit Play On Philly. Continue reading →