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If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a little more complicated.
Vinyl Revival Records in Lansdowne will be kicking off the day not only with limited edition and first releases, but a near all-day free concert event featuring some of the finest in Philly’s underground/punk/indie scene. On the bill, we’ve got Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum, Wild Rompit and DRGN King, who is warming up for a Sunday show opening for New Madrid at Boot and Saddle.
Listen to DRGN King’s most recent single “Solo Harp” below, get a sampling of the other artists on the bill after the jump and check out the full lineup here.
Tonight at The Fire, day two of Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival is in full swing with slated performances by a bunch of local acts including Pine Barons, Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Keepers, Chelsea Mitchell (of Dirty Dollhouse). Hailing from New Jersey, experimental indie-rockers Pine Barons released their self-titled debut album last year. Last month, the four-piece joined us for a Key Studio Session where their signature harmonies stole the show. Listen to “Smile America” below. North Philly’s Family Vacation released their indie pop album Trails last year. Watch “Mountain Dreams” below and get more details on the event here.
The Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival returns to The Fire on February 11th to the 16th. With six straight days of local music showcases, the annual event will feature over 20 acts covering every genre from hip hop, folk, indie pop and more. The event kicks off with Grizful Dead on the 11th, a tribute to the Grateful Dead from Griz and friends. Other bands participating this year include Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Cee Knowledge, Adrien Reju and Up the Chain. Tickets and information will be available here. Check out some of the bands below.
Philly indie rock four-piece Family Vacation last night released its first music video, “unveiling the origins of FV” – a rooftop audition with an awkward panel of contenders singing Destiny’s Child and doing the Lindy Hop. That is, of course, until bassist Cody Bluett shows up and blows his future bandmates’ minds to the tune of “Mountain Dreams” from their 2013 album Trails. Watch the video below, and see the band play The Poop Deck on Friday.
The Quarterly Project recently released their Fall compilation, featuring local artists like Pocket, Cruiser, These Polar Opposites, and Molly Rhythm. The bands cover every spectrum of the Philly music scene, from rock n roll to emo, and you can’t help but be impressed. Not only does this project support the diversity of Philly’s music scene, but it works to help young Philadelphians develop the skills to be musicians. The proceeds from this compilation album (and the concert) go to local nonprofit Rock to the Future, which provides free music education to Philadelphia youth.
On Thursday November 21, The Quarterly will hold their fall listening party and concert at The Fire. The eclectic mix of Philadelphia musicians is sure to put on a good show, with music ranging from Family Vacation‘s nostalgic indie rock to Brian Fitzy‘s improvisational electronic funk. Also expect raw sets from the ambient yet powerful Last Full Measure and emo rockers When Ships Collide. Each of these bands have released killer new material in the past year, so make sure to check them out even if you cannot make it to the show.
Family Vacation is a quartet out of Temple that released a debut EP last year, landing a spot on The Key’s favorite Philly music discoveries of 2012. The up-tempo and reflective songs on the self-titled recording presented a mix of styles, from the Youth Lagoon-esque “Vacations” to the more Americana vibey “Call Me Guilty, Say I’m Blind.” The four-piece will follow the EP up with a full-length next week called Trails. We’ve already heard “Goosebumps” from the new record and this week we get “Mountain Dreams” – a poppy, brightly recorded track that shows a lot of sonic growth from the EP. Stream the track below and celebrate the release of Trails with the band at Moonbase Nix on September 6th.