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Miles Away: Explore a dream gig of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ted Leo at the First Unitarian Church in 2001

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | still from video

The maddening thing about music from the post-internet, pre-social media aughties: it is woefully under-documented in the digital ephemera of today.

This is after guerrilla videographers stopped hauling bulky camcorders to shows and before digital cameras were capable of filming anything that wasn’t a pixelated mess. This is when concerts were photographed mostly on film, and the photographers maybe didn’t have enough time to get five HQ scans of their images, much less fifty. This is the era of tours still being plotted and shows still being logged on paper, and maybe those notes have not yet been transferred with any sense of definitiveness to Setlist.fm (if they exist at all anymore). This was before Friendster even existed, much less MySpace, much less Facebook.

That’s why we have to say things like “what appears to be Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ first Philadelphia concert,” since we’re not 100% certain they didn’t play at least once before this gig on December 16th, 2001. Continue reading →

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs return in triumphant form to bring the rock to the 215 Block Party

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

This past weekend, Chicago brewery Goose Island hosted their traveling Block Party at the Electric Factory. The event included reasonably priced food trucks, $3 Goose Island beers (from the 4.5% ABV variety all the way to their fancier fare upwards to 13% ABV) and oh yeah, music! The lineup was a mix of Philly, Chicago, and the return of New York’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The weather in Philly up until this weekend had been like walking around in a warm bath. While it is nice that the humid icky weather finally broke on Friday, having the 215 Block Party outside on an overcast drizzly evening put a slight damper on what was intended to be an end of summer party.   Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play their first Philly show since 2013 at Goose Island’s 215 Block Party

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Last year, NYC-rooted rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs emerged from their extended hiatus to celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band with a reissue of their debut Fever to Tell and a documentary to go along with it. Now they’re set to play their first Philadelphia show since 2013 when they headline Goose Island’s 215 Block Party at the Electric Factory on Saturday, September 8th.  Continue reading →

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs take fans back in time with Fever to Tell reissue and tour documentary

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Though they’ve been on a hiatus for what feels like forever, beloved indie rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been cooking something up lately. Whispers of some sort of reunion have been floating around for awhile, following the band’s announcement of a few not-quite-tour dates. Now, news has broken that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are reissuing their 2003 debut album Fever to Tell, and put together a tour documentary to go along with it. Continue reading →

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An explosive night on the river with Yeah Yeah Yeahs (photos, review, setlist)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

On Tuesday night as Autumn fell upon us, the rockin’ NYC troupe Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a packed set at the River Stage at Penn’s Landing. Simply because it was a Tuesday night and an outdoor show, the evening ended just as the clock struck 10 p.m. But they didn’t let the early curfew stop them from playing favorites from their 2004 release Fever to Tell such as “Man” followed by an encore of “Maps” (of course) and ending with “Date with the Night”. YYY’s also performed new songs from their most recent release Mosquito that only a select few in the crowd picked up on lyrics-wise, but everyone still jumped up and down dancing and head bobbin’. Karen O ceased to to let the crowd down, entertaining while putting the microphone in her mouth…and in her pants. She emerged in her signature red fringed jacket and changing twice into her KO leather jacket and into a silver shiny overcoat. The fun didn’t stop when a cloud of paper white “Y”‘s exploded from the stage onto the audience. Check out photos from the set below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at The Strand Capitol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Penn’s Landing, Ivory Tuskk at PhilaMOCA, Lord Huron at Electric Factory

Photo via RollingStone.com
Photo via RollingStone.com

Fresh off their full-album tribute to Nirvana’s In Utero, Providence rockers Deer Tick headline the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York tonight. Their new record Negativity drops in a week, and the band just premiered a new track called “Trash” yesterday. Check out the song here via RollingStone.com, watch the video for “The Dream’s In The Ditch” below and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. More good news for Pa. music heads – Lititz crew The Districts open the show.

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Just Announced: Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing River Stage at Penn’s Landing next month (tickets on sale Friday)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at NPR Music's SXSW showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by John Vettese

Aughties alterna-rock noisemakers Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been kicking ass on the festival circuit this summer, and as that season draws to a close, they’re heading out on a run of solo dates that brings them to River Stage at Penn’s Landing on September 17th. If the other recent appearances we caught are any indication, the show should feature giant inflatable eyeballs bouncing around the crowd, at least two costume changes from frontwoman Karen O and an outstanding performance of songs from across the band’s career, from the Master EP to this year’s Mosquito LP (heinous cover art and all). Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Below, watch the band perform at SXSW back in March via NPR Music.

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Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform new songs on Jools Holland (playing Firefly Festival June 21-24)

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Appearing in support of their respective new albums, Vampire Weekend (pictured) and Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed on Later… with Jools Holland recently.  Vampire Weekend highlighted their new Modern Vampires of the City LP with “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers,” while Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang the lead single from Mosquito called “Sacrilege.”  Both bands will be at Firefly Festival this summer, happening in Dover, DE on June 21-23.  Tickets and information can be found here