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Just Announced: Vacationer, American Babies, Cheers Elephant headlining 6th annual Fishtown River City Festival

Vacationer | Photo by John Vettese
Vacationer performing at 2nd Street Fest | Photo by John Vettese

The Fishtown River City Festival just announced the lineup for its sixth annual installment, and the free concert on October 5th will be topped by electro-pop crew (and recent 2nd Street Fest headliners) Vacationer. The band – fronted by Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line – is still riding high on its 2012 LP Gone, and earlier this summer it recorded a fantastic Key Studio Session. They’ll take the stage along with jam rock crew American Babies, psychedelic pop boys Cheers Elephant and more. More information and set times can be found at the River City Festival website. Below, watch video of Vacationer recording their Key Session, and download tracks from Cheers Elephant and American Babies from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1.

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Cheers Elephant’s Derek Krzywicki gets funky on some new French disco

Photo by Cora Rivera
Photo by Cora Rivera

As reported by the band’s Twitter, Cheers Elephant frontman Derek Krzywicki recently worked with a French producer who goes by the name of Digital Badbeat. The product of their collaboration? “The Coach.” A Daft Punk-esque disco track that’s obviously worth a listen (or two or three). From the opening, wildly infectious beat, to the onslaught of heavy synthesizers that shortly follows, there’s never anything even close to a dull moment on this tune. Still not convinced it’s worth it? Just wait for (what sounds like) the choir of schoolchildren to help out on backing vocals near the two and a half minute mark. Check it out for yourself below via Soundcloud.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheers Elephant at Underground Arts, Rusted Root at Musikfest Cafe, Meg Hutchinson at Burlap and Bean, Stinking Lizaveta at Kungfu Necktie

IMG_1455-620x413Philly-based Cheers Elephant have been busy lately. When they’re not rocking the City Hall Presents concert series, they’re probably off in Brooklyn performing on rooftops for Paste Magazine. The local indie-rockers will be back at it once more tonight, when they’ll be bringing their delightful psych-pop to Underground Arts, for a show with Wild Adriatic. The band’s latest, Like Wind Blows Fire, came out in May of last year. Tickets and info can be found here, and watch the video for their song “Doin’ It, Right” below.

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Cheers Elephant plays rooftop set for Paste Magazine

photo_3314_0Invited to Paste Live Sessions NYC, Philly group Cheers Elephant took to the sky for a rooftop performance in Brooklyn. Even with the bare bones set-up, the local quartet made sure residents of the southernmost borough could hear their psychedelic pop-rock loud and clear. Check out the video from the live session of Cheers Elephant’s “Leaves,” a spunky track that has been featured on NPR and Spotify. After a brilliant set at City Hall Presents summer concert series, Cheers Elephant will play a few more local shows this summer — stopping at MilkBoy on July 20th and participating in the second annual Brandywine Folk Festival on August 24th.

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Photos: Cheers Elephant rocked the City Hall Presents concert series

IMG_1455Philly psych-pop four-piece Cheers Elephant brought a high-energy set to the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard yesterday evening for the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Their hour-long set drew heavily on their two most recent albums – Man is Nature and Like Wind Blows Fire - and the band momentarily lapsed into an impromptu cover of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” as the clock tower chimed 6 p.m. Cheers Elephant plays locally a couple more times this summer, hitting the Pastorius Park concert series on July 17th and MilkBoy on July 20th. And of course they’ll be on the lineup of the Caravan Music Festival in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, this August. Check out a gallery of images from the show below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Best Coast at TLA, Cheers Elephant at City Hall, Sea Wolf at Sundown Concert Series, Tayyib Ali and Mr. Lif at The Blockley

best_coastTonight, California rockers Best Coast head to the TLA for what’s sure to be a high energy concert.  The group, who take a page from lo-fi, garage and surf rock released their sophomore album, The Only Place, last year.  Joining them will be the NY band Guards and another California group The Lovely Bad Things.  You can find tickets for the concert here.  Check out the title track to their second album below.

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Caravan Music Festival announces its 2013 dates / lineup, and it’s massive

The fourth annual Caravan Music Festival will once again bring a boatload of Philadelphia bands to the woods of Maine of a three day concert of music, fun, lake swimming, exhaustion, and who knows whatall else. The massive lineup of the festival – which happens August 2nd, 3rd and 4th – includes a lot of returning favorites like Cheers Elephant, hosts / organizers Penrose, The Lawsuits, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang and more. There are also some newer-ish names like Pine Barons, and perplexing others such as The Jawn and Vitamin Cheese. As a general rule I’m skeptical of the word “cheese” getting used in band names, but I’ll give these guys the benefit of the doubt. Lineup and details after the jump. Below, watch Cheers Elephant performing “Party On, Darwin” at Caravan 2011.

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City Hall Presents free music series begins May 29 with Summer performances from Kurt Vile, Dice Raw, Alo Brasil, Norwegian Arms, Cheers Elephant and more

Photos by Abi Reimold | AbiReimold.22slides.com
Photos by Abi Reimold | AbiReimold.22slides.com

City Hall Presents begins its new season next Wednesday, May 29 with Philly based Brazilian band Alo Brasil in the City Hall Courtyard at 5:30PM. City Hall Presents is a series of free performances that showcases the diversity and richness of the Philadelphia performing arts community. The events are free and take place every Wednesday at 5:30 in the City Hall Courtyard. WXPN has curated several of events this Summer including the opening event with Alo Brasil, followed by Cheers Elephant on June 5, and Andrew Lipke with the Azreal Quartet on July 10. There will also be a special Make Music Philly edition of City Hall Presents on Friday, June 21 featuring Norwegian Arms and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. WXPN’s Dan Reed will be broadcasting live from the City Hall Courtyard next Wednesday starting at 4PM for the kick off of the series with Alo Brasil.

Other highlights of the season include: The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts on June 19, Illstyle & Peace on June 12, Dice Raw & Company on August 7, and the series closes with a special performance from Kurt Vile. Go here for more information and the complete schedule.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN welcomes Charles Bradley to Union Transfer, Morning River Band at MilkBoy, XPN welcomes Mary Chapin Carpenter to the Keswick Theatre, MAD Dragon Anniversary Concert at The Trocadero

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XPN welcomes Charles Bradley to Union Transfer tonight.  The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” entertained the crowd during a recent Free at Noon performance with his exuberant showmanship and knock-out funk / R&B songs.  Following up his 2011 full-length debut, the 64-year-old crooner released Victim of Love earlier this year.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Paul & the Tall Trees can be found here.  Watch the former James Brown impersonator perform “Why Is It So Hard?” live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW below.

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Listen to Hoots & Hellmouth, Toy Soldiers, Andrew Lipke from the MAD Dragon 10th anniversary compilation (MAD Dragon concert at the Trocadero

MADdragon Drexel’s student run Mad Dragon Records is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert at the The Trocadero on Friday, May 17. Performers include Cheers Elephant, Hoots & Hellmouth, Kuf Knotz, Andrew Lipke and the Prospects, Matt Duke, and Wild Rompit. Tickets are available here. The label will also be releasing a 10th Anniversary compilation of previously released and unreleased material from bands that have recorded for the label. The CD will be distributed at the show and will be made available for sale following the concert. Below, listen to a few songs from Ten Years Of MAD Dragon Records.

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