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Just Announced: Blondie and Garbage team up at The Mann this summer

Blondie | courtesy of the artist | photo by Alexander Thompson
Blondie | courtesy of the artist | photo by Alexander Thompson

Here’s a doubleheader blast from the past! Legendary outfits Blondie and Garbage are joining forces for a summer fling dubbed The Rage and Rapture Tour, and today they’ve announced an August 2nd date at The Mann. Debbie and Shirley will be touring behind new records with their respective bands, the former with the also-just-announced Pollinator (out May 5th) and the latter with last year’s triumphant Strange Little Birds return.

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Nirvana, Garbage recording sessions remembered in The Smart Studios Story doc, screening at PhilaMOCA

Steve Marker in Smart Studios, 1987. Note the studio Mac computer to his right. | via facebook.com/thesmartstudiosstory

It’s hard to believe that a nondescript, seemingly-abandoned brick building on a street corner in Madison, WI could produced records like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkin’s Gish, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans, but that’s exactly what Smart Studios did.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Parliament Summer Arts Market, Garbage at The Fillmore, Big Thief at Boot and Saddle

Strand of Oaks
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local rockers Strand of Oaks are taking part in an awesome FREE concert this afternoon in York, Pa., orchestrated by the Summer Art Market in York. The show will also feature New York’s Quilt, the psychedelic Boogarins and Big Thief on the York College Stage at Royal Square District. More info on this first-year event can be found right here; watch a video for Strand of Oaks’ “Same Emotions” below. Continue reading →

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In Conversation with Garbage’s Butch Vig

Garbage
Garbage | photo courtesy of the artist

Garbage have had a lot of ups and downs over their twenty-plus years together. Through it all, however, they’ve consistently managed to produce pristine, propulsive pop-rock hybrids that sounds as thrilling and just ahead of the curve now as they did on their self-titled introduction to the world back in 1995.

Their current album, Strange Little Birds, is already being heralded in many circles as their best album since then, and not without good reason. Over its eleven tracks, the band’s signature sound stretches and sprawls with a playfulness and precision they haven’t shown in over a decade. We’ll get to see how it stretches out live too when they play The Fillmore this Saturday night.

Alas, drummer and co-founder Butch Vig will not be in attendance. Grounded from flight on doctor’s orders after a bout of sinusitis, this freed him up for a chat about the new album, how the band fits into the musical landscape of today, and what’s kept them band together all of these years… Continue reading →

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Photos: Garbage at The Electric Factory

Photo by Pete Troshak | Flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa/

Nineties alternative-radio-rock staple Garbage made its first Philadelphia appearance in eight years on Saturday night at The Electric Factory. The band was on tour in support of its fifth album, 2012’s Not Your Kind of People; check out a few images of frontwoman Shirley Manson and bandmates Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson in the photo gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Candice Martello at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, Garbage at The Electric Factory

ThaoXPN welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Underground Arts tonight.  Touring in support of their third full-length We the Common, the San Francisco group is a socially-aware folk band working under the guise of dance-happy indie pop concoctions.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside can be found here.  Below, watch Thao perform the title track to the new LP at a rally in support of the women inside Central California’s Women’s Facility and download the album cut.

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