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Man Man returns to play Philly Music Fest 2019 alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Vacationer, Restorations, Arnetta Johnson and more

clockwise from left: Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | Arnetta Johnson | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Vacationer | photo by Joe Bloss for WXPN | Sun Ra Arkestra | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly avant-garde rockers Man Man have risen from hibernation this year, and will headline the 2019 edition of the Philly Music Fest, just announced today.

The project of songwriter Ryan “Honus Honus” Kattner and drummer Chris “Pow Pow” Powell was a highlight of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival, but has since gone bicostal, with Kattner releasing solo music. Along with some previously-announced west coast tour dates, this gig marks their formal return to action, and their first time playing the city where they got started in four years. Continue reading →

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Watch Restorations play acoustic versions of “The Red Door” and “Melt” for NPR Night Owl

Restorations at Federal Donuts | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly rock five-piece Restorations are known for their loud, punk rooted sound — but they have a quiet side, too. As part of NPR’s Night Owl sessions, the band performed after hours at Federal Donuts in Fishtown, playing acoustic versions of “The Red Door” and “Melt” from latest album LP5000, out now on Tiny Engines Records. Their presence carried over in the intimate setting, the songs taking a gentle warmth, showing the band in a softer light. Continue reading →

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Restorations brings a wiser perspective to LP5000, now streaming at NPR First Listen

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Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie five-piece Restorations conceived their latest album LP5000 during a period of turmoil and transition. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, and facing setbacks within the independent realm of the music industry, the band took a mental health break. Each member pursued their own projects or made strives in their personal lives: for Jon Loudon, the giant leap was marriage, for Dave Klyman it was heading to grad school, and for Ben Pierce it was opening his own vegan restaurant in South Philly, The Tasty. After switching record labels and taking time to get it together, the band returned for this piece of work — which is streaming a week ahead of its release date over at NPR Music. Full of reflective songwriting and pensive lyrics, LP5000 portrays a slightly wiser perspective and heightened awareness of the world. Continue reading →

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Restorations tease LP5000 with new track “Nonbeliever”

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Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Philly DIY vets Restorations are slowly teasing new material ahead of their fourth long-player, LP5000. Their latest, “Nonbeliever,” follows up lead single “Red Door,” the high-speed contemplation on the rapid changing cityscape. On “Nonbeliever,” Restorations slows the pace yet continues on the themes of displacement and change. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Erykah Badu, Rico Nasty, Restorations, Anthony Green and more

Rico Nasty | via facebook.com/officialriconasty

Can it be? A week with fewer than ten concert options? Are we slowing down as the summer wears on? Nah — it’s just a breather, and you should enjoy it, Philly. Here are eight concerts you can see in the next seven days, beginning Thursday with a queen of neo-soul at the Dell and going though Saturday and an acoustic modern rock bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Restorations will celebrate LP5000 with a show at the Church

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Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

After Restorations release their new album LP5000 this fall, they’ll be making a stop at the First Unitarian Church for a proper hometown gig. The long-running Philly punk rockers have been through a time of changes since their last release a few years back, and for the new record they’ve been channeling those feelings of displacement and transition into new tunes, which we’ll finally be able to hear live at the Church on October 21. (Restorations also have a show at Spruce Street Harbor Park on August 2, but for that one they’ll be playing LP1 in its entirety.) Continue reading →

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Waterfront Sessions continue through August with Restorations, Killiam Shakespeare, Hardwork Movement and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

This August brings us not four but *five* Thursdays, which can only mean one thing — more Waterfront Sessions. The free outdoor concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off in June with a different local band and DJ set each week, and continues with four more performances throughout July. Now, August lineup is here, giving us more tunes to look forward to as the summer marches on. Continue reading →

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Restorations tackles overdevelopment and displacement on “The Red Door”

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Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Last month, we shared the news that long-running and beloved Philly punk rockers Restorations will be releasing a new record, called LP5000, in September, and today we can finally hear the first tune from the forthcoming album. “The Red Door,” a charged anthem full of all the energy we’d expect from Restorations, and you can hear it below. Continue reading →