One of the best performances we saw at this year’s Made In America festival was, hands down, Armani White. The Philly rapper and singer kicked it in the first artist, first day slot, and had a packed crowd of people leaping into the air at the foot of the festival’s Skate Stage.
That performance plays heavily in the visual for Armani’s new single “Onederful,” an uplifting singalong that closed out his MIA set on a euphoric, Chance-level high. But instead of being a mere concert video, this becomes a mega-meta video where a YouTube screen literally comes to life, the song’s lyrics get spelled out in captions and comments, new browser windows open on top of other browser windows, and the system comes perilously close to a blue screen of death. (Watch it below, or watch it on YouTube itself for the optimal video-within-a-video experience.) Continue reading →
Boston indie rockers Pile make a headlining stop back at First Unitarian Church with +HIRS+, Gnarwahl, and Palberta. The band’s recent record A Hairshirt of Purpose records stripped-down dreams with simple sounds, creating that DIY aesthetic perfect for the sweaty underground of the Church. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to kick off the new year in style, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! By ‘in style,” I mean to say that there is a mountain of brand new tracks to play for you tonight, so you should definitely tune in if you’re a fan of Wild Nothing, Deep Sea Diver or Prince Rama. In fact, there might be too much new music to play tonight. We’ll preview these new releases and a whole lot more:
Four young and talented post-punk bands brought their peculiar musical stylings to First Unitarian Church on Wednesday. This show marked the first stop of tour for Boston’s Pile and New York’s Big Ups, and served as a solid homecoming for Amanda X and Spirit of the Beehive, who recently returned home from a month-long tour across the US. Continue reading →
The summer concert calendar keeps getting better. Most recently, Philly has added The Front Bottoms to the agenda on a show featuring special guests LVL UP. The two quirky punk rock crews will play PhilaMOCA this summer on June 5th and we’re pumped. Find more information on the show by heading over to their Facebook event page and be sure to check out some of their music below. Continue reading →
Hard-hitting Boston punks Pile take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band has been kicking around for eight years, and dropped its latest – the abrasive and aggressive You’re Better than This – back in March. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Tonight (March 27th) Ed Kowalczyk of the band Live and Pete Donnelly are performing an intimate epilepsy awareness concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1986 Pennington Road in Ewing New Jersey.
I asked organizer Eric Miller about the series that he began as a house concert program. Here’s what he said.
I started as a house concert series that I would webcast online.
I started these epilepsy awareness efforts following the passing of my wife, Carolina, as a result of a seizure. She was just 25 and at the time of her passing, neither of us knew the risks of epilepsy being fatal. I’ve since learned that about 50,000 people a year die from seizure related causes. So I’ve been doing this in the hopes that people will become more enlightened about epilepsy, stigmas may be broken and that someday, someone else will not experience such a loss.
I now do the series at Trinity UMC, a 300 seat church in Ewing NJ. Their pastor, Brian, saw one of the articles in the newspaper and reached out to offer his space for the series and we’ve been great allies ever since.
I should also share that in March 2013, I did 50 Concerts in 50 States for Epilepsy Awareness (ended up with 114 events across all 50 states). Some shows I booked, some were arranged by local advocates and some were existing shows we were blessed to have volunteers to hand out info about epilepsy at. Artists that participated in that include – Eric Clapton, Garbage, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan & Sara and literally 100+ more.
On Friday, April 4th the band Living Colour will be performing at Trinty UMC. For ticket information, go to candlelightconcert.org. Below, watch a video from an October performance by Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and his Sweet Tea Project for the concert series.
Making my way through the introduction, I wasn’t sure if I could agree with Chris DeVille’s decision to “bridge” this New York based four-piece with the hypersensitive bleeding hearts of bands like War On Terror for the “emo illiterate among us.” So I asked AGBPOL’s guitarist Matt Fazzi (ex-member of Taking Back Sunday and founding member of Happy Body Slow Brain) how he feels about the list.
“I think it’s cool that they consider us part of that. I find the whole term emo to be funny to begin with. But I get it,” Fazzi responds. Mentioning that he personally considers AGBPOL to be a 90s alternative throwback band, Fazzi continues on to say that Stereogum’s brief description of “Snack Attack,” the opening track of July release You’re Always On My Mind, is congruent to the band’s light-hearted air in their music. “[It’s] a good way to explain what’s at the heart of the band.”
To give a brief background, AGBPOL was formed by singer/guitarist Pete Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy after their last band, Farewell To Arms, was dismantled. Working together, the two wrote and self-produced The Fiery Works EPs debuting AGBPOL in 2007. Just before their first full-length release, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex, they went to Craigslist and found power bass player Tucker Yaro, changing the band from a duo to a trio for the next few EP releases. Fazzi met the band at a concert in Brooklyn that Happy Body Slow Brain and AGBPOL played together. Following the care-free, down-to-earth band for the next few months, AGBPOL asked Fazzi to fill a needed guitar position for a world tour in 2011. Fast forward about two years of writing, creating, and touring to the full outfit’s sophomore release; which has the same nostalgic vibe as Prefrontal Cortex in more efficient melodies.
“We cut the fat, so to speak,” Fazzi says while describing the new record. Rather than bringing the whole band together and composing in one room, each member worked on the songs independently from one another because they all lived in different areas; Weiland living in Conneticut, Soucy and Yaro in Brooklyn, and Fazzi in Queens. Fazzi mentioned that the goal with this album was to extract all the extra instrumentals and create concise arrangements “that really hit you in a punchy way right from the get-go.” With almost all the work done before the studio, the band was able to fit the whole production into 12 days of recording with the help of producer Ed Ackerson, who has previously worked with bands such as Motion City Soundtrack.
We’ve got a really great show for you tonight: Questlove, legendary drummer for The Roots and R&B singer D’Angelo have teamed up for some amazing jams over the past year, melding their musical skills into somewhat of a super-duo. This Wednesday, the two are playing in Questlove’s hometown at The TLA. If you wanna see an amazing pre-Parkway show, be sure to check them out. Click here for ticket information, and watch a video from their set at the Brooklyn Bowl below.