On Saturday night, hard-hitting Philadelphia rock band Restorations throw an enormous party at the First Unitarian Church to celebrate the release of their third full-length album, appropriately titled LP3. Friends, family and local fans poured into the Church to share in the celebration. Restorations also brought with them some fellow Philadelphia bands to share the stage with them. Continue reading →
At this time last week, Matt Scottoline was playing in a Weezer cover band with members of Bleeding Rainbow and Blowdryer. Not because he didn’t have anything better to do than spoon down Little Baby’s Ice Cream and practice “My Name is Jonas” a bunch of times. (But that does sound like a delightful life…) Continue reading →
Awesome event alert: in support of Yards Brewery’s annual Pynk charity ale, a bunch of players from the Philly DIY scene are getting together to cover Weezer this Friday beginning at 7:30 at the Philly beer company’s Delaware Avenue tasting room. The program features classic records Pinkerton (get it?) and The Blue Album – which is great news for fans who are on the fence about going to the recently-announced “we’re-playing-our-new-album-in-its-entirety” Trocadero show later this month; this Friday’s homespun gig will have all the fan favorite cuts that you really want to hear (but likely won’t) from the band itself. Continue reading →
Indie power-pop trio Hurry is getting ready to release its debut record, Everything / Nothing, and recently dropped the new single “I Won’t Wait,” an upbeat track with a 90s punk flare. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this track, but it is the first time we’ve heard it sung by Hurry. Continue reading →
Philly fuzz-pop three-piece Hurry – who we last saw rocking our first-ever competitive Key Studio Session the other week – just announced details on its long in-the-works debut LP, Everything / Nothing. The album will be released on October 7th via Hot Green Records, the local label that also released Hop Along’s stellar Get Disowned in 2012, and will come out on a limited run of 500 vinyl copies, the first 100 coming with a cassette containing demos from the record. Continue reading →
In a strange, roundabout kind of way, this session you see before you today only exists because of Twitter. Two Philly DIY scene players, the fuzz-poppy Hurry and the punk poppy Mike Bell and The Movies, had been social media beef-ing - or faux-beefing, perhaps, as they seem like friendly and amiable dudes all around – discussing who would win in a “power pop battle.” At one point, Bell called on The Key’s Twitter to “settle this once and for all” – and equally jokingly, I replied “what are we talking, a DJ-off or, like, a boxing match? Or a dueling studio session?” Evidently the latter was actually a viable option, all parties were into it, and ground rules for our first-ever competitive Key Studio Session were established. Each artist got three songs: one of their own songs, one of the other band’s songs and one cover of their choosing. We would record both bands live in the studio on the same day. And the reults wound up being so efficient and fun, I’m thinking about recording artists in battle format more often. Continue reading →
This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.
Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.
Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.
Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.
The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.
Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.
UK retro-rockers Yuck kicked off their winter tour at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night with a fuzzy set of songs from their 2013 outing Glow and Behold as well as their 2011 self-titled debut. While founding member Daniel Blumberg left the group during the making of Glow, new guitarist Ed Hayes meshed well into the four-piece, bouncing around the stage with high energy as the crowd bopped around delightfully to their Sonic Youth via Dinosaur Jr. tones.
The opening acts mixed well into the set; excellent Toronto five-piece Alvvays nearly with a set offering a shoegaze / dreampop flipside to Yuck’s propulsive fuzz-rock approach. Splitting the difference in the first opening slot was Philly’s Hurry, whose short set mixed both dreamy melodies and punk energy – plus a snappy cover of Guided by Voices’ “Teenage FBI.”
Boot and Saddle welcomes local bands Hurry, Dreambook, and Mock Suns to its stage tonight. Hurry just released a new single “Oh Whitney”, which you can stream below, from their upcoming LP Everything/Nothing. The band is the solo product of Matt Scottoline of emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Dreambook released Only Shadows last year which features their signature distorted guitar sounds and layered drum beats. Psych-pop headliners Mock Suns released their debut album Here Nor There back in 2012. All three acts are lo-fi dream pop-oriented with a splash of something unique. Get tickets here and check out tracks from the bands below.