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.
“We actually never really call it a ‘festival.’ It’s in the name, but I think the word ‘fest’ is more about the vibe of many things happening at once over a longer period of time.”
That statement from co-founder Keba Robinson pinpoints the underlying motivation of annual music, art and film event Walla Fest.
“We prefer calling it something along the lines of a ‘gathering.’ It’s a gathering of people but also a gathering of art and experiences.”
Now in its third year, Walla Fest is breaking away from its suburban roots in Norristown to take up residence at PhilaMOCA on August 8th and 9th. And with that venue’s alternative approach to showcasing art, this seems like a match made in heaven.
Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival, returns this year in the Callowhill district of Philadelphia (aka The Eraserhood) on June 18. The festival celebrates the city’s restaurants, gourmet food trucks, and coolest neighborhoods. There will be street eats abound, plenty of art galleries, and what we care most about at The Key – live music!
Drummer Patrick “Dos” Ware’s stint with NONA, as well as guitarist/vocalist Pat Graham’s projects Adult Braces and Martin, have come to an end for the foreseeable future. That means all three members are back full time, and they’re releasing their third album Mable on July 10 via Jade Tree. The album is now up for pre-order.
One thing Spraynard has perfected is never taking life too seriously. Not even their hiatus could change this attitude, as the new single proves. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →