Punk-rooted Philly five-piece Restorations are among the bands playing the Philly Beergasm, a charity concert at Yards Brewery to benefit local hunger relief organization Philabundance. The music-and-brews themed event on March 28th will bring together local breweries, like the folks from Ambler’s Forest and Main, with local and regional musicians. Along with Restorations – who are about to drop their killer LP2 on SideOneDummy Records – the bill features Two Cities, an alt-punk duo whose Little Ghosts EP was recorded with local hardcore superproducer Wil Yip, and New York folk-influenced rockers The End of America. Tickets to the 21+ event are available at the Philly Beergasm website. Below, listen to music from each of the bands on the bill.
Kudos to The Deli for spotting this yesterday: Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr, formerly of Philadelphia’s Br’er, just released a single under their new experimental pop project, Eskimeaux. The haunting track, “Trinkets,” can be heard on the Prefix Magazine website here. “Trinkets” will be part of the duo’s forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled for release November 8th. The album is being released through the label Human Kindness Overflowing and will only cost $5.00, with $2.50 going towards meals for Philabundance while the remaining $2.50 is split between the artist and the label’s future contributions to charities. Eskimeaux will be playing at Moviate in Harrisburg November 13th; ticket and show information can be found here.
Benefit show for The Fire’s Derek Dorsey “When it comes to shows at The Fire the fantastic lineups of Philly artists that it brings in wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for main booker Derek Dorsey. Derek has tirelessly worked hard to promote several bands and songwriters throughout the scene, and has given a countless amount of musicians their break into the Philly music scene. Unfortunately, Derek has been has been going through rough times of late due to a recent car accident, and has been feeling some low times. So to help him on the road to recovery some of his friends will be coming together on Sunday to throw him a special benefit.” (The Deli)
Feed Philly 2010: Live Music @ the Fire for Philabundance “Meh, I’ve never been a big fan of The Fire. They’ve had a handful of notable groups pass through their doors, but I rarely seem to see anything good listed there these days… well, with the exception of this month’s Feed Philly 2010 concert. An event organized to help raise awareness of the hungry situation in the Philadelphia region, this concert kicks off on October 9th. Philabundance is involved, and local groups Jonas Sees In Color and The Jean Marie are performing.” (Geekadelphia)
“Teach”: The useless tears of Tony Danza “At a time when public schools are on the ropes, teachers unions are less popular than LeBron James, and everyone is waiting for a Superman to save our floundering education system, one man has accepted the challenge. Unfortunately, that man is Tony Danza.” (Salon)
A Modest Proposal: Somebody Turn South Street Tower Records/Walgreen’s Into ETSY MART “Brownstoner reports that the South Street Walgreen’s (which used to be Tower Records and we still miss on Christmas morning when there’s nowhere in Center City to buy last-minute gifts) has done what all South Street big-box businesses do these days: Suck, then die.” (Philebrity)
Matador’s “The Lost Weekend” Streaming Live From Vegas Starting Tonight “We kinda wish we were in Vegas this weekend — the weather’s almost certainly better, and Matador is holding its 21st birthday party festival (a.k.a. ‘The Lost Weekend’) at the Palms that we first told you about back in June, featuring tons of bands that have made the label great over the past two decades. If, like us, you didn’t/couldn’t make the trip out west, there’s a consolation prize — you can listen to a live webstream of many of the sets over at MySpace (whoa, they’re still around?)” (Make Major Moves)