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Awesome summer shows continue to pile up with The Front Bottoms and LVL UP to play PhilaMOCA

The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese
The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese

The summer concert calendar keeps getting better. Most recently, Philly has added The Front Bottoms to the agenda on a show featuring special guests LVL UP. The two quirky punk rock crews will play PhilaMOCA this summer on June 5th and we’re pumped. Find more information on the show by heading over to their Facebook event page and be sure to check out some of their music below. Continue reading →

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Mitski is returning to Philly in July to play PhilaMOCA with Elvis Depressedly

Mitski |via facebook.com/MitskiLeaks
Mitski | via facebook.com/MitskiLeaks

Displaying serious songwriting talent, Brooklyn-based Mitski released the critically-acclaimed Bury Me at Makeout Creek last November.

The lyrics proved as intricate and hard-hitting as the sound, with Mitski crooning, “And did you know the liberty bell is a replica/Silently housed in its original walls / And while its dreams played music in the night / Quietly / It was told to believe,” on the haunting closing track, “Last Words of a Shooting Star.” Continue reading →

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Breaking Down the Boys’ Club: Why PhilaMOCA’s She Shreds showcase is so necessary

Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese
Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese

There’s a musical revolution going on in Philadelphia, hidden away in the corners of makeshift venues peppered throughout the city. It’s a revolution unbeknownst to many but a revolution that is, to borrow a phrase, hidden in plain sight. It’s a revolution against your parents’ rock music, a revolution against the historically prevailing notion of rock and roll as a boys club, a revolution against the idea that rock and roll should look and behave a certain way.

On April 4 at PhilaMOCA, this revolution will be on stage in full force, as Portland, Oregon’s She Shreds magazine hosts a celebration of musical women in Philadelphia. On the bill are rock stalwarts Swearin’ and Amanda X, punk heavies Mannequin Pussy, and power poppers Anomie (a solo project of Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne), along with DJ sounds by DJ SAD 13 (Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz).  [Girls Rock Philly band Jane Doe was scheduled but unfortunately had to drop out.]

It’s an event that will highlight a Philadelphia scene that excels in its acceptance, support, and diversity, one that can be held up as a model for the musical landscape at large. Continue reading →

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Five Years of Philly DIY: A musician’s perspective

Party Photographers at The Ox in 2010 | Photo by John Vettese
Party Photographers at The Ox in 2010 | Photo by John Vettese

In the wake of West Philly’s celebrated Golden Tea House closing its doors this winter, I’m torn between nostalgia and the hope that it’s not some trend of unconventional, all-ages venues throwing in the towel. In my heart of hearts I know that every time a DIY venue shuts down a demon gets it’s bat-wings or something, and there will be five more to take its place in a year or so. I hope so, anyway.

An intense show at the dearly departed Terrordome | photo via myspace.com/terrordomepa

This article will reminisce about the show houses that, in my opinion as a lowly musician, have dominated the Philly DIY “scene” the past four or five years. May this also be a rallying call to any person out there thinking about doing something similar: do it!

Get a PA, book a few bands to play in your kitchen or basement, make a rad flyer, invite everyone you know. You’ll be so happy you did, and if you just keep at it, this city will support you and you can eventually become as awesome (or more so) than the places in this article. GO! Continue reading →

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Watch the winning videos from PhilaMOCA’s first-ever Philly Music Video Showcase

The inaugural Philadelphia Video Music Festival kicked off last night at PhilaMOCA with a massively fun night of local music and filmmaking. Songs spotlighted in the Philly Music Video Showcase came in hip-hop, punk, avant garde or electronic; videos were animated and comic, experimental and surreal, narrative and cinematic; both were all-around impressive. Continue reading →

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4 events you don’t want to miss at Philly’s first annual Video Music Festival

Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com
TJ Kong in a still from a video by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com

Kicking off tonight and running through this weekend, PhilaMOCA will be hosting Philadelphia’s first ever Video Music Festival and it’s sure to be killer. With a four-day lineup of special events, showcases, presentations and dance parties, this weekend is going to be chock full of creative fun. Out of all the many to choose from, The Key selected four events that you don’t want to miss this weekend. Continue reading →

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PhilaMOCA releases full schedule for Philly Video Music Festival

A retrospective on MTV’s 120 Minutes will be part of PhilaMOCA’s Music Video Festival in February

The full schedule for the inaugural Philly Video Music Festival has been released and it will satisfy all of your music video needs, be they kitsch, classic, long-form or local. The event is co-curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler and music video historian Stephen Pitalo of The Golden Age of Music Video, with special guests (including The Key’s John Vettese and WXPN’s Robert Drake) hosting a few of the programs.

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Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth and Alex G. get together on “Too Long Here”

Alex G | Photo by John Vettese
Alex G | Photo by John Vettese

A collaboration between lo-fi musician Alex G and Canadian electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth may be the strangest thing to hear about. But Hemsworth has a clear interest in indie artists, like New Zealand’s Lontalius. For the bedroom-recording Alex G, on the other hand, this is a step into something completely new. The collaborative album, Alone for the First Time, was released in November 2014 and featured Philly native Alex G, Lontalius, and Chicago’s Dawn Golden. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background and more at PhilaMOCA, Cheerbleeders at Kung Fu Necktie

Laser Background

Blistering Ephemera Fest continues today at PhilaMOCA with Laser Background and many other acts. Curated by local promoter Nick Duval to celebrate his five years of living in Philadelphia, the festival is a day-long affair with ten bands performing. Headliner Laser Background had a busy 2014, playing shows with Mac DeMarco, Jamaican Queens, White Fence just to name a few. More information on the show can be found here. Watch Laser Background perform “Fizzy Lifting Drinks” below.

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