Listen to “Come Home With Me” by John the Conqueror (playing Gunner’s Run on 12/6, MilkBoy on 12/27)

Named after the African-American folk-hero who falls in love with the Devil’s daughter, Philadelphia’s John The Conqueror echoes the powerful soul of a man oppressed, and combines that sound with the southern drawl effectuated from being blackout drunk in the back of a stolen pick-up truck. While the band was formed in 2011, their style has deep roots in Delta Blues, Southern Rock and Philadelphia Soul, and they have no problem citing their ancestors as influences. The single is nothing if not good, old fashioned, gut-bucket rock & roll with a modern voice. Their debut album was released by Alive Naturalsound Records and can be found here on their website; catch them live at Gunner’s Run on Thursday, December 6, and at MilkBoy on Thursday, December 27. Continue reading →


Watch Thee Idea Men’s BITBY video (playing CMJ Music Marathon in NYC tomorrow night, Gunner’s Run on 10/28)

Part of the Philadelphia delegation heading up to New York City this week for the CMJ Music Marathon, local rock band Thee Idea Men will be playing the TurnStyle showcase at Ella’s Lounge tomorrow night.  Following CMJ, Thee Idea Men return to Philadelphia for a show with Lucy Stone at Gunner’s Run; the hometown show is free, and more information can be found here.  Thee Idea Men recently recorded a video with Bands In the Backyard for their song “She’s Got the Walk,” which you can watch below.

Other local acts taking part in the CMJ Music Marathon include Gracie, City Rain, Ape School, The Lawsuits, Lushlife, Pissed Jeans, Dangerous PoniesDaughn Gibson and Free Energy.


Watch St. James and the Apostles entire album release show on YouTube (playing Gunner’s Run tonight)

Photo by Gavin Thomas Valente

Philadelphia acid-garage-rock trio St. James and the Apostles celebrated the release of its new LP Baphomet with a feisty set at Johnny Brenda’s last night. If you missed it, the entire show has already made its way on to YouTube. The band was scheduled to play the Northern Liberties Music Festival at Liberty Lands park today, but inclement weather caused it to be postponed – meaning St. James is moving its show into the dryer confines of Gunner’s Run. They hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. tonight. Get psyched for the set by watching the album release show below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honey Watts and Don Black at Kung Fu Necktie, Arctic Splash at Gunner’s Run, Lyle Lovett at Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, and City Rain / Cold Fronts at PhilaMOCA

Philly folk duo Honey Watts are playing with Infantree, The Jantiques, and Don Black (Avolcano/Ghiant) tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Don Black and his project Avolcano/Ghiant just played a great set at Folkadelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA this week. The 21+ show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are on sale for $10 here. Check out Honey Watts’ song “It’s a Shame I Know” in the player below.

Local rockers Arctic Splash (featuring Joey Sweeney of Philebrity) are celebrating their one year anniversary with a free show at 9PM tonight at Gunner’s Run. Check out the band performing “Denim Tuxedo” for Bands in the Backyard in the player below.

WXPN welcomes Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group to the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center tonight at 7:30PM. The show is in support of the Grammy-winning artist’s most recent album, Release Me. Tickets prices range from $54 to 64 and are available here.

Finally, Philly bands City Rain, Cold Fronts, and The Mendles are playing a variety show with local comedians Lisa Yost, James Hesky, and Alex Grubard at PhilaMOCA tonight. There is an $8 donation fee at the door and a portion of proceeds will go to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Doors open at 6:30PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Visit the event page here for more details. Listen to the title track off City Rain’s upcoming EP, Montage, in the player below.


Rock out to “So What,” a new single from Philly’s Bridge Underwater (playing Gunner’s Run on Aug. 12)

Philadelphia indie pop power duo Bridge Underwater released a snappy new single today, “So What,” which you can grab a free download of below. The band, Patrick Mellon and John Basile, have a knack for crafting bite-size, rough ’round the edges music that hooks you in and leaves you wanting more. “So What” is no exception, leaving traces of surf drumming, 50s pop melodies and rockabilly energy lingering in my headphones after a two minute / five second burst of energy. Over the past year, Bridge Underwater has released about a half dozen songs in similar fashion: catchy tunes presented as standalone singles, which begs the question when their eventual next full-length might be enroute. While we wait, this song is a good one to rock out to, and their back catalogue and live appearances (next one at Gunner’s Run in Northern Liberties on Aug. 12) are twice as nice.