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Aug 15 in Music History: Woodstock begins, Led Zeppelin release In Through the Out Door

Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door

 

1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blondie and Garbage at The Mann, Hurry at Everybody Hits, Amanda X at Ortlieb’s

Blondie | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s a double header of still-vital rock and roll pioneers at The Mann Center tonight with Blondie and Garbage. In the 70s and early 80s, Debbie Harry and her bandmates bridged downtown New York punk rock with the dance-driven international New Wave scene, and wrote a massive amount of hits in the process; in the 90s, Shirley Manson brought a bold dose of glam and pop sensibilities to the dreary grunge landscape. Thing is, neither band is resting on its laurels or going through the nostalgia motions. Blondie and Garbage have both released albums of new material in the past year that stand strongly alongside their work from 20 (and 40) years ago — Pollinator, from the former, totally rips, as Harry and the band proved at NonCOMM this year, and Strange Little Birds is Garbage at its most vulnerable and honest but still kicks out driving anthems. Watch videos for “Long Time” and “Empty” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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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.