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The Sidekicks, All Dogs, Lithuania and MARGE put on a stand-out show at PhilaMOCA

The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

It isn’t too often I can say a show felt curated perfectly. However, each band on Friday’s bill at PhilaMOCA seemed meant to play together. The evening started off with hard-hitting Philly punk rockers MARGE. If you haven’t yet checked them out yet, I suggest you do so: if you can swing it, see them live. This band put on a dynamic performance that had audience members captivated from start to finish. Continue reading →

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Eraserhead‘s “The Lady in the Radiator” to headline PhilaMOCA’s 2015 ERASERHOOD FOREVER event

Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com
Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com

Can’t get enough of acclaimed director David Lynch’s work? You should attend PhilaMOCA’s annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of all things David Lynch. Yes, it’s a thing. Yes, it’s awesome.

And what better way to celebrate than with the one, the only Laurel “Lady in the Radiator” Near from ERASERHEAD? The Lady will perform the classic and often-covered song “In Heaven” from the movie, backed by Philly’s own Divine Hand Ensemble. No lip-syncing like in the film – she will actually sing it, and that’s way more fun! Continue reading →

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Elvis Depressedly and Mitski turned it up at PhilaMOCA. Way up.

Elvis Depressedly | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Elvis Depressedly | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

I’m not saying they’re easygoing on record or anything. Even when an artist’s studio work skews quieter and contemplative, it can have nuance and depth. Sure, their Bandcamp discography is filled with chilled-out and downtempo moments, but Asheville’s Elvis Depressedly is the antithesis of a beachy bro-band; Brooklyn’s Mitski is a singer-guitarist who writes songs, but she’s hardly a naval-gazing singer-songwriter. Both acts boast a reserved intensity, and when you put them in front of a crowd, it turns up and explodes. Which is what made them great tour partners, and made their sold-out show at PhilaMOCA last Wednesday so captivating. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Spraynard

West Chester power trio Spraynard is having their second go as a band, and it sounds phenomenal. Regional punk scene vets Pat Graham (guitars / vocals) and Pat “Dos” Ware (drums / vocals) formed the band in the aughts and had a pair of cult fave LPs with 2010′s Cut and Paste and 2011′s Funtitled. Their cathartic, shout-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs brand of introspective / extroverted punk made their shows feel like a community, and it teetered on the point where the band was beginning to look looking like it could be their full-time gig. But then some internal second-guessing and self-questioning put the breaks on that when they wrapped a three-month tour in 2012. (Graham opened up about that experience in this Q&A with Noisey last year.)

After a couple years in side-projects like NONA and Martin, the Pats decided to test the waters with a pair of reunion shows: one at Grand Slam USA in Malvern, for their superhometown crowd, and one in Philly in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. Both shows were a rousing success (check out our Megan Kelly’s photo-documentation of them) and with new bassist Jake Guralnik in tow, Spraynard set to work recording Mable, their excellent new record out on Jade Tree this month. Continue reading →

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Bethlehem’s VoirVoir reminds us what local music is really about

VoirVoir | photo by Jess Cuttic | via facebook.com/Voirvoir
VoirVoir | photo by Jess Cuttic | via facebook.com/Voirvoir

Bethlehem, PA was once a towering empire, thanks to Bethlehem Steel, America’s second largest steel producer during much of the 20th century. Now, as the buildings and machinery of a bygone era rust away, a new empire is taking the reins in Bethlehem: the music scene.

With the help of annual events like Musikfest, as well as the addition of the SteelStacks and Sands Bethlehem Casino venues, Bethlehem’s music scene is growing at an astounding rate. Behind the scenes, local and underground venues are popping up all over the city. This is good news for bands that are working their way through the music world. One of these bands is indie rock outfit VoirVoir.

I had a chance to talk with one of the band’s masterminds, Matt Molchany. We chatted about the recording of VoirVoir’s debut album, their upcoming shows, and what’s happening in the Bethlehem music scene. Continue reading →

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Spraynard’s Mable may sound more mature, but it’s still a whole lot of fun

Mable | photo via jadetree.com
Mable | photo via jadetree.com

Do you remember where you were when Spraynard hung their hats in 2012? That was a sad day in the PA music scene. The trio was known for its unique brand of pop-punk that praised the quirks of suburban living rather than the “I-hate-this-town” bashing that other bands sung about. They took their bland surroundings of their home in West Chester and built something amazing.

Luckily, the breakup didn’t last long – Spraynard sold out reunion shows at Grand Slam USA in Malevern the First Unitarian Church, and the members decided they wanted to commit to the band again full-time. Continue reading →