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Listen to Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease’s mellow new track “Digital Light”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Native Philadelphian Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and playing music since the 80s. Though he has gone through many iterations (including The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, and Arctic Splash, as well as solo work), his brand-new project Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease is already making quite the impact. Neon Grease first appeared on our radar earlier this summer with debut single “Baptized In Vibe,” a song about Sweeney’s upbringing in 1970s Fishtown, followed last month by retro jam “Black Ice.” Continue reading →

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Just Released: Listen to Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease’s Debut Single “Baptized In Vibe”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney has been a familiar presence in the Philly music scene since the 80’s, and from solo efforts to his earlier projects such as The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney to publishing cityblog Philebrity.com the Philly native has worn many different hats over the years.

Sweeney is now ready to introduce his latest project Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, releasing the alt-rock group’s easy-listening debut single today. “Baptized In Vibe” tells the story of Sweeney’s upbringing in Fishtown and overcoming struggles. Sweeney tells Impose Mag (which premiered the single) Continue reading →

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions return this week

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Oldermost | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Fans of awesome, live local music rejoice — the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series is returning this week with a stacked lineup of artists from throughout the area. Every Thursday evening from June to August, Spruce Street Harbor Park will be showcasing a myriad of talent right on the Waterfront, kicking off on June 9th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with rock ‘n’ rollers Oldermost and singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney. Continue reading →

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El Caribefunk, Black Landlord, Needle Points are on the lineup to this Year’s 2nd Street Festival, which is going to be really really fun

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The weird red devil-looking dude who’s the mascot of the 2nd Street Festival | photo courtesy of facebook.com/2ndStreetFestival

One of Philly’s best free festivals / block parties is back for it’s sixth year, and this is looking to be the one best yet.

The 2nd Street Festival, which takes place on 2nd street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street in Northern Liberties, will be jam packed with craft vendors, tasty food and tastier beer. But most importantly, great music. The lineup has some pretty great acts including TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Needle Points, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Black Landlord, DRGN King, Weird Hot, El Caribefunk, Milton, The Hello Strangers, Mock Suns, and more. You’re excited already, aren’t you? Well then make sure you head over to NoLibs on August 3rd to join in on the fun! And remember, it’s free, so bring your friends and family and any other random people you may know.

The complete lineup can be found after the jump, along with music from some of the artists on the bill.

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Joey Sweeney covered Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” at Communion

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At the Communion Showcase on May 8th, Joey Sweeney performed a cover of “Bring It On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke.  Sweeney wandered around the crowd as he crooned while his band The Long Hair Arkestra held things down on the stage.  The clip was filmed by Bob Sweeney at Underground Arts, and you can check it out below.  Next month’s Communion Showcase will feature the UK’s Catfish and the Bottlemen, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and more.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Oldermost, Levee Drivers, Khari Mateen, Johnny Showcase and more head up the Art Star Craft Bazaar

Khari Mateen | Photo by Abi Reimold

The annual Art Star Craft Bazaar comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the weekend of May 10th and May 11th, and as usual, it’s chock-full of free performances from local musicians. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup, which features a set from editor Joey Sweeney and his band The Long Hair Arkestra; also on tap are atmosphericana rockers Oldermost, outlaw country rabble-rousers Levee Drivers, classical / jazz inspired troupe Liz and the Lost Boys, beat-driven one-man-dance-party Khari Mateen, and more. And that’s just the first day (we’re psyched to see Johnny Showcase on Sunday). Check out the full lineup and set times here, and check out music from the artists on the show below.

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Go shopping with Joey Sweeney in a pre-Record Store Day video for “Records and Coffee”

jsrcscreengrab1“I’ve been scrutinized, been sad and blithe,” sings Joey Sweeney. “And so many other often times, the only thing that made me feel civilized was records and coffee.” It’s a lyric that rings true for any of us who have spent an inordinate amount of time thumbing our way through boxes of vinyl, sitting in a corner of cafe with a dark roast and a hangover, making sense of our ever-changing world through one constant we can rely on: music. Through the ups and downs of life, it’s always there.

With Record Store Day fast approaching (check out our rundown of local events here), Sweeney and BITBY (who released the vinyl edition of his 2013 album Long Hair) debuted a new video for the toe-tapping “Records and Coffee.” It follows our narrator as he wakes up on his couch – where an excitable pup greets him as an LP spins – to the aisles of A.K.A. Music, down the nearby streets and back home where he reviews and revels in his purchases. If the music nerdery wasn’t enough of a winning point, the beautifully shot Old City streetscapes will get you.

Check it out below, celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 19th, and be sure to catch Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts on May 8th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Download Joey Sweeney’s cover of “Head On (Hold On to Your Heart)” by Man Man

Photo by Michael Bixler
Photo by Michael Bixler
Taking a short break from recording his own material, local musician Joey Sweeney has covered the #5 top song of 2013 (as voted by XPN listeners).  His take of Man Man’s “Head On (Hold On to Your Heart),” which originally appeared on last year’s On Oni Pond, takes the song back to how it might have sounded while Honus Honus was writing it.  Sweeney sings “Head On” earnestly and introspectively against the backdrop of just an acoustic guitar, transforming the track from cinematic and quirky to intimate and perceptive.  Download the cover and listen to the original below.  Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra play the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday with Heyward Howkins and Slo-Mo & Hoagy.  Tickets and information can be found here.