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The Week Ahead: Miguel, Gepe, Deb Callahan, CRUISR, Palm and more

Miguel | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

As I type this, people around me are fretting about snowfall predictions and travel routes home; kind of unusual for a spring equinox. At the same time, we’ve got the first weekend of the new season ahead of us, and a whopping six concerts to choose from this Friday to kick it off, so things are looking up. From a couple shows from country icon k.d. lang to expansive experimental sounds from Philly’s Palm, punk rock from Yankee Bluff and hip-hop from Tiani Victoria, here are 18 concerts you can’t miss this week. Continue reading →

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Spruce Street Harbor Park’s summer concert series includes Donn T, Louie Louie, Cruisr, Derrick Hodge and so many more

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Donn T | Photo by John Vettese

Free concerts at the Delaware Waterfront’s Spruce Street Harbor Park have become a highlight of every summer over the past four years, and this year brings one of the strongest lineups yet.

Kicking off on June 1st with Straw Hats and The Retinas, the series runs every Thursday night through August 31st, when it wraps with two sets by West Philadelphia Orchestra. In between, Philly artists like singer-songwriter Donn T, retro rock four-piece Louie Louie, indie pop outfit Cruisr, jazz bassist Derrick Hodge, rapper Chill Moody, rockers Oldermost and more will perform. The shows are all free and open to the public. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at Ortlieb’s, Tift Merrit at World Cafe Downstairs, and Lily Mae at World Cafe Live upstairs stage

CRUISR
CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

Local indie-pop favorites Cruisr will headline an ACLU Benefit show tonight at Ortlieb’s. Though the trio’s been taking some time away to work on their new album, their single “Take That” is playfully peppy enough to keep fans jamming until the release. Rounding out the lineup for the night will be local synth-pop extraordinaires, Suburban Living, and beachy-punk outfit, Cold Fronts. Get more info on the 21+ show here, and listen to Cruisr’s infectious track “Take That” below. Continue reading →

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Cruisr, Suburban Living, Cold Fronts team up for ACLU benefit at Ortlieb’s

CRUISR
CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, March 29th, Cruisr, Suburban Living, and Cold Fronts will host a show at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties with proceeds supporting the American Civil Liberties Union. The trio of indie pop / rock favorites have added their names to a growing list of local bands that are organizing benefit shows and releases in the days since inauguration.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Cruisr at The Barbary

CRUISR
CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie pop favs CRUISR come home tonight when they play The Barbary. They most recently released “Take That,” a glimmery but defiant summer tune, and rerecorded B-side “The Fritz.” Anyone who has kept tabs on the local music scene in recent years probably knows how fun these guys are — it’s what’s gotten them opening gigs with Imagine Dragons, Misterwives, and PVRIS. But tonight they’re the headliners (with support from Swimming With Bears), so grab your tickets to the show here. Continue reading →

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CRUISR share new single “Take That” along with a re-recording of “The Fritz”

CRUISR
CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

I’ve been a fan of Philly indie-pop juggernauts CRUISR since they still had the E in their name. I remember hearing their song “The Fritz” from their self-titled EP four years ago, and its been stuck in my head since. Today, they shared another catchy new single, “Take That,” along with a re-recording of “The Fritz” as a B-Side.

“Take That” continues with the band’s brand of poppy windows-down surf rock, similar to their hit “All Over,” but with more of a dance-based beat. Vocalist Andy States sings “We can make the rules, we can break them too” in a youthful voice that makes you want to throw all your cares to the wind. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Andrew Lipke at World Cafe Live, CRUISR at The Fillmore and Jonathan Richman at The Chameleon Club

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke performs 11/2 at The Fire

South African multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke will be performing with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at World Café Live. This exciting collaboration is part of the Intersect event which aims to celebrate the combination of genres by bringing together the chamber orchestra with some of the most gifted musical talents in the Philadelphia area. Tonight they will be with Andrew Lipke, who has made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed arranger, producer, composer and performer. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Cruisr goes hard on their home turf at the TLA

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”

Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.

For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out With Cruisr: A photo essay by John Vettese | 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“All Over” gets the room singing, screaming and swooning.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Another angle on ecstatic Van Dine.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

As “Kidnap Me” draws the show to a close, Catrambone does a dramatic spin on one leg. “I’ve never done that before,” he says. “I can’t believe I pulled it off.” Apt for both the spin and the gig this size.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Posing with the crowdfor a post-set photo care of CJ Harvey.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Over at the merch stand, Almquist shifts into salesman mode…

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

…while Catrambone signs autographs out in the crowd.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

There’s lots of gear to be loaded out…

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

…but one more group shot of the Philly bros was in order.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Bahner loads out Cheerleader’s drumkit…

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

…Cook is tasked with folding the backdrop up…

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

…and others chill with Narraganset pounders.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

The back wall of the TLA is decked out in an Isaiah Zagar mosaic, but unless you’re a performer or a staff member, you probably didn’t realize it. Here, the production crew grabs a smoke after the set.

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

It’s 12:30, the crowd is gone, South Street is winding down. And Cruisr is back where its started, white van parallel parked in front of the TLA and gear in hand. It’s been a long day but, as we keep seeing on the band’s faces, a good one. Here’s to more like it.

Below, check out a full gallery from the Cruisr / Cheerleader / Vérité / Cold Fronts show, which took place at The TLA on September 12, 2015. A bit further down, see some videos from the set. Or click here to go back to the start.