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Dweller bridges the gap between abstract and concrete on debut album, This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long

Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist
Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist

Luke Harsel and Cody Bluett have been making music together for many years, and at this point they are two sides of the same coin. They met early on in college at Temple University and spent most of their time at school with Family Vacation, the breezy beach-pop band who recently called it quits when the several band members decided to go in different musical directions.

“We just wanted an outlet for other musical ideas than we were getting at the time through Family Vacation, and once that band broke up we put all our focus on just writing and recording new songs,” said Harsel about Dweller, the duo’s new project that just recently released their first album, This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Weller at Union Transfer, Lloyd Cole at World Cafe Live, Jacco Gardner at MilkBoy

Paul Weller
Paul Weller | photo via Facebook

Paul Weller headlines Union Transfer tonight. The prolific musician is touring in support of last month’s Saturns Pattern LP, his 12th solo record. Weller began his career as the frontman for British punk / mod-rivivalist band The Jam in the 70s before transitioning to The Style Council in the 80s. Watch Weller perform the title track from his new record on Later… with Jools Holland below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Photos: I Am the Avalanche and The Swellers at The Barbary

I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

On the heels of their newly-released album Wolverine, New York punk crew I Am The Avalanche headlined an all-ages show at The Barbary on Thursday night. Also on the bill were Flint, Michigan’s The Swellers, Virginia band Turnover and locals The Sixties. Check out photos from the show below.

I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Waxahatchee at Morgan’s Pier, Paul Weller at Union Transfer

Tonight we’ve got an incredible double header at Morgan’s Pier.  Indie punk stalwarts Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play with newcomer Waxahatchee for the low price of free (though you must be over 21 for the event).  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists released their incredible sixth studio album The Brutalist Bricks back in 2010 and it’s just as catchy as ever, featuring a musical combination of punk, rock pop and dub.  Waxahatchee, the solo project of Kate Crutchfield joins the band to bring an acoustic punk element to the event.  Her second album, Cerulean Salt, was released in March to critical acclaim and continued in her off-kilter folk-rock stylings from the past.  It’s a combo you really don’t want to miss. Click here for more information and check out some songs from the bands below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: NOT The Swellers at The Barbary (because it is cancelled)

Paper Masques
Paper Masques perform tonight at Johnny Brenda's

We’d be lying if we said that we didn’t have tonight’s The Swellers, Everyone Everywhere, Bright And Early, and Still Rings True show at The Barbary circled on our calendar as our pick for today. Unfortunately, R5 Productions tweeted the bad news last night: “Tomorrow’s show with THE SWELLERS has been canceled. They apparently can not get out. Now you can all watch The Eagles game.” So, what else is on the calendar? Philadelphia-based “punk-drenched chamber-folk” collective Paper Masques—which will go into the studio early next year to record its second album—performs with former Philly residents Homesick Elephant and NJ natives Attic Dancers at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); meanwhile, over at The Fire, Grey Sky Turn performs with Something Black, Tim Malley, and Chris Munden (9 p.m., 21+, 7 p.m.)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: AllegrA at Kung Fu Necktie and Chelsea Wolfe at TLA

 

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AllegrA | photo by Rose Savage | courtesy of the artist

Philly via Pittsburgh artist, AllegrA merges somber lo-fi bedroom pop with sunny licks and personal, charmingly quirky lyrics (i.e. the adorable “cuties”). They’ll be bringing this shining combination to Kung Fu Necktie tonight alongside Dog Tears, Mean Sider, and Susie Derkins. Bonus, not long after, prep to see them again at JJ’s Diner along with Weller and Three Man Cannon on November 4th, not to mention their album release party at Planet Phitness on November 17. Listen to the beachy dream tune “42nd St” below. Continue reading →