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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juana Molina at Boot and Saddle, Family Vacation at World Cafe Live and Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Strand Capitol PAC

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Photo via facebook.com/juanamolina

Tonight, singer-songwriter Juana Molina will play at Boot and Saddle. The Argentina native released her moody sixth album Wed 21 late last year and is known her songs’ complex arrangements and undeniable sincerity. Watch “Eras” below and get tickets here.

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DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival Records

Photo courtesy of Dan King
Photo courtesy of Dan King

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pine Barons / Family Vacation and many more at Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest at The Fire and Dead Meadow at Underground Arts

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Courtesy of the artist

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.

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Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival happening next month at The Fire

Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography
Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography

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.

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Watch the Family Vacation auditions in the band’s new “Mountain Dreams” video

FV1Philly 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.

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The Quarterly Project releases fall charity compilation (listening party & concert at The Fire 11/21)

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.

Find tickets and information to the listening party and concert here. Stream the fall compilation below and pick it up on Bandcamp.

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Family Vacation announce new album Trails, stream “Mountain Dreams” now (playing Moonbase Nix on 9/6)

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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.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Elvis Costello, Psychic Teens, The Quarterly Project)

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Listen to new local music from Family Vacation, Purling HissThe Lawsuits and more [link]

Light Heat, Bardo Pond and Chris Forsyth will play August’s installment of the Race Street Pier free music series [link]

New show announcements include Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck and Willy Mason

Legendary New Jersey venue Maxwell’s closes after 35 years [link]

The Head and the Heart share a new song called “Shake” off of their upcoming LP [link]

Brian Wilensky Unlocks Psychic Teens‘ new record COME with a new song, review and more [link]

Get caught up on the weekend’s shows with John Diliberto’s review of Yes at Susquehanna Bank Center and photos from the 2nd Street Festival [link and link]

Dana Falconberry stopped by for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

My Morning Downloads featured tracks from Saint Motel and Deer Tick [link]

Celebrate undiscovered local music with the Broad Street Music Group‘s launch party on 8/17 [link]

The Quarterly Project will released a charity compilation and will host a listening party / benefit concert at PhilaMOCA on 8/29 [link]

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New Music: Family Vacation “Goosebumps”

FamVIt’s a question all of us have asked, some more often than others: “What am I doing with my life?” Fortunately, the refrain of Family Vacation‘s snappy new single “Goosebumps” has an easy answer in the short-term: you’re on tour, dudes. They’re going out on the road with like-minded up-and-coming regional pop-rockers Keepers, kicking things off tonight with an outdoor show in West Chester and bringing it back home on August 18th at the Michael Jordan House. In the week and a half in between, this snappy jangle-jam will make for good road music in the van (and anticipation music back home). Steam it below, and grab a download at Bandcamp.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Union Transfer, Family Vacation at Steel City Coffeehouse, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Reef the Lost Cause and Voss at The M Room

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been around since the late 70s, garnering critical acclaim as masters of new wave and earning the title “intelligent pop” from the release of their self-titled 1981 full length. Except for a small gap in the 2000s, the group has been consistently releasing material since the late 70s, including their most recent release, English Electric, which came out this summer.  Tonight, the godfathers of new wave play Union Transfer.  Click here for ticket info and check out one of their classic hits below.

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