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Marco Benevento and his crew jammed out at today’s Free At Noon and knocked our socks clean off. Playing music from his new album, Swift, the artist spent his time on stage slamming away at the piano, giving hearty solos and laying down insane rhythms, while managing vocals and underlying synths as well. Continue reading →
Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight. The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP. In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length. As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road. They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon. Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.
Some of you might remember seeing / hearing the jazzy Benevento / Russo Duo when they opened for My Morning Jacket at an XPN-broadcasted concert in December of 2006. As a solo artist in his own right, Marco Benevento’s sound is very eclectic; he covered MMJ and The Knife on his 2009 solo album Me Not Me, and his more recent psychedelic / synthesizer-oriented material was described by Entertainment Weekly as “somewhere in between Dan Deacon and Animal Collective.” Continue reading →
Philadelphia’s Toy Soldiers will be bringing their roots rock-inspired music to Johnny Brenda’s tonight as a debut for the band’s documentary The Maybe Trails. The documentary, shot by Seth Klinger, follows the band as they travel across the U.S. The film’s soundtrack was done entirely by Toy Soldiers, and as the event page on Johnny Brenda’s says, will have glimpses of songs that will be on their upcoming album. Beginning their band as a two-piece, since then, Toy Soldiers has expanded and reduced in size to its current status as a five-piece, while at its most having ten members. They have six releases on their bandcamp as of now, more than enough to have a great time listening to their medley of blaring, heartfelt, and upbeat tunes. Tickets and information for the show with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the showing of the documentary The Maybe Trails can be found here. Below, watch the trailer for Toy Soldiers’ documentary, as well as a HotBox Session for their song “Throw Me Down”.
The culmination of music, beer and food in one spectacular celebration known as Bloktoberfest returns to Philadelphia today on South Street between Broad and 18th. The event, now in its fourth year, will have two stages set up with live acts including Toy Soldiers and Grandchildren; the full line-up can be found here. While participants must be 21 for a Beer Bracelet, Bloktoberfest is an all-ages free event, and it begins at noon. More information can be found here. Below, download Toy Soldiers’ single “Been Here All My Days.”