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Joey Sweeney holds on to the past with an ode to memories, “Polaroids on the Floor”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | courtesy of the artist

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease have dropped yet another single off upcoming album Catholic School, out September 7th. “Polaroids on the Floor” is laced with 80’s nostalgia, a bouncing tune with choppy keyboards and threaded with saxophone solos reminiscent of anything from Springsteen to early ska. Continue reading →

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Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease share new single “And Soon,” debut album Catholic School out Sept. 7

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | courtesy of the artist

After almost a year of slowly rolling out single after single, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease have shared the long-awaited announcement of their debut album. Called Catholic School, it’ll be out on Sept. 7, and if that’s not reason enough to be excited, a press release describes it as “an album so steeped in dad-rock influences that it’s wearing a Members Only jacket and trying to get a job working for the city.” We’re also promised plenty of saxophone solos, so honestly, September can’t come fast enough.

The album’s lead single “And Soon,” which features vocals from Renée LoBue of Elk City, is out now. The mellow track takes a laid-back, laced-with-hopefulness approach to working through the experience of loss and finding comfort in grief, with a lyrical reference to the Sandy Denny song “Who Knows Where The Time Goes?” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joey Sweeney at Maas Building, AllegrA at All Night Diner, Muscle Tough at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly songwriter Joey Sweeney and his band The Neon Grease lead the lineup at Jojo’s Holiday Variety Show tonight at the Maas Building. The pay-what-you-will event benefits Rock to the Future and is also a release party for Sweeney’s new holiday EP, Smilin’ Through. The event will also feature some other musical acts, including Beat Jams, Hi Soft, Settled Arrows and the Birdsall Band, plus comedy from Doogie Horner and Jaime Fountaine. Listen to Sweeney original song “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas,” off the new EP, below and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Erica Corbo at Connie’s Ric Rac, Cabinet at Ardmore Music Hall, Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease at Boot & Saddle

Erica Corbo | via ericacorbo.bandcamp.com

The night before Thanksgiving can be a quiet time for concerts, but Philly didn’t disappoint this year. First up is Erica Corbo — she was an Items Tagged Philadelphia find earlier this year and her release I, America is a theatrical pop gem with a unique steampunk aesthetic. Corbo is the featured artist at open mic night at Connie’s Ric Rac, which should provide perfect solace from the holiday rush. Get there early for happy hour and open mic signups; find more information here. Continue reading →

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Listen to Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease’s mellow new track “Digital Light”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Native Philadelphian Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and playing music since the 80s. Though he has gone through many iterations (including The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, and Arctic Splash, as well as solo work), his brand-new project Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease is already making quite the impact. Neon Grease first appeared on our radar earlier this summer with debut single “Baptized In Vibe,” a song about Sweeney’s upbringing in 1970s Fishtown, followed last month by retro jam “Black Ice.” Continue reading →

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Just Released: Listen to Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease’s Debut Single “Baptized In Vibe”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney has been a familiar presence in the Philly music scene since the 80’s, and from solo efforts to his earlier projects such as The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney to publishing cityblog Philebrity.com the Philly native has worn many different hats over the years.

Sweeney is now ready to introduce his latest project Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, releasing the alt-rock group’s easy-listening debut single today. “Baptized In Vibe” tells the story of Sweeney’s upbringing in Fishtown and overcoming struggles. Sweeney tells Impose Mag (which premiered the single) Continue reading →

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Joey Sweeney drops a contemplative demo ahead of Trenton Avenue Arts Fest

Joey Sweeney | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Joey Sweeney | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Heading up to an appearance at this weekend’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Philly singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney (of Philebrity fame) recently dropped a new acoustic demo on his Soundcloud. The song, “It Ain’t Important Now,” is a mix of hearty strumming and rootsy leads, with Sweeney’s vivid lyrics – “Nobody talks about addiction when everybody’s addicted to just getting by” – in the forefront. Continue reading →

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Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney picks his five All Time Worst Songs for the 885 Countdown

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With voting for the XPN’s 885 countdown ending tomorrow, we’re bringing you some local celebrity lists to help inspire your own picks for the 885 All Time Greatest (and Worst) Songs.  Philebrity editor (and local musician) Joey Sweeney zealously submitted, in all caps, his five choices for All Time Worst Songs, which you can check out below.  Contribute your own All Time Best and Worst songs list here before voting ends tomorrow.

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