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Watch a live video of Waxahatchee covering Guided by Voices’ “Game of Pricks” (playing First Unitarian Church 1/26)

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Waxahatchee | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yesterday the crew over at Philebrity dug up a video of Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) performing an acoustic rendition of Guided by Voices‘ “Game of Pricks” at a high school in Pomona, CA last year. Crutchfield’s ability to sing confessional music in an off-the-cuff manner sounds just as honest and stripped down with an acoustic guitar as it does with her three-piece power trio band. She brings the emotional charge of emo and the sound of indie pop in a way similar to that of Frances Quinlan from Hop Along.

With the GBV cover, Crutchfield handily transforms their snappy minute and a half power pop jammer from the 1995 album Alien Lanes into her own thing; watch the video below, and compare  it against the original. Waxahatchee’s 2013 album Cerulean Salt is available here; she plays the First Unitarian Church on January 26th with All DogsCayetana, and Heavy Bangs. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Mark your calendars for the 215 Festival, October 17th through the 20th

215fest The 215 Festival returns this October 17-20th, and as in previous years promises to offer a festive celebration of the literary arts under the direction of creative director Joey Sweeney of Philebrity. Throughout the four-day event there will be dozens of literary events. Some of the confirmed writers are Neal Pollack, Nicholson Baker, Bruce Smith, Liz Moore, Wesley Stace, Tom Moon, Jason Fagone, and Lord Whimsy. The 215 Festival Benefit & Preview will be held on Friday, September 13th 2013 at the legendary Port Richmond Books, featuring appearances by Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo, comedian/author Doogie Horner, poet Elizabeth Scanlon and author Sarah Rose Etter. Go here for more information about the event. For more info on The 215 Festival, here and follow them on twitter @215festival. Below, check out the smooth jazz stylings of Ensemble Novo.

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Watch Dice Raw perform at Race Street Pier for BITBY (playing Third Thursdays Live and Local tonight)

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Local rapper / singer / all-around-showman Dice Raw recorded a short video for Bands in the Backyard, previewing the new free music series, Third Thursdays Live and Local, which happens at the Race Street Pier every month. In the video, Dice gives a short yet compelling performance of his song “1995″, and gives further info (sort of) about the upcoming show at the pier. The series, presented by Philebrity and in conjunction with Black Music Month Week, will kick off tonight with performances by Dice Raw, Lushlife, Jade Alston, and D’Vina. Find additional info here, and check out more videos from this week’s artists after the jump.

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Awesome Record Store Day event alert: Philebrity and AKA Music present Restorations, Bridge Underwater, Heyward Howkins and Mikele Edwards on Saturday, April 20

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20th. Started in 2007, RSD brings together independent brick and mortar record stores and musicians to celebrate music and to offer some amazing special releases. Locally, many stores are participating, including A.K.A. Music, who are teaming up with Philebrity, for an event from 1PM-5PM featuring performances from Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Mikele Edwards, and Bridge Underwater. Below, sample some of the goods, including a free download of a “Kind Of Comfort” by Restorations, which we offered as part of our recent Unlocked series on the band. Go here for a list of participating stores in your area.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Mary Lattimore at Kung Fu Necktie, Philebrity Valentine’s Day special with Juston Stens at Underground Arts, plus more

Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name.  Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords.   Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here.  Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.

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Why Nothing will make the First Friday crowd wish they packed earplugs (AKA Instore on 2/1)

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Let’s not mince words here – Philly’s Nothing is loud. Boldy, righteously, circuit-overloadingly load. This is why we love them, this is why A389 Records released their recent Downward Years to Come EP; the Philly band’s blend of punk guitar overdrive and shoegaze-inspired sound-sculpting is equally suited for zoning out or thrashing about. This is also why the crowd that comes to 2nd Street every month looking to see art openings and sip wine might be taken aback by the concert raging this Friday evening inside A.K.A. Music.

For the two-years-and-change anniversary of Philebrity‘s tenure operating out of upstairs office digs at long-standing Old City record shop, Nothing will play an instore set beginning promptly at 7:30. Details can be found here; below, watch a video of Nothing in quieter times, recording their Key Studio Session before Bands in the Backyard cameras and a live studio audience.

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885 Greatest Rock Countdown Guest List: Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney shares his greatest rock songs

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As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Our six choices for today come from Philebrity Editor (and Arctic Splash frontman) Joey Sweeney.

1. Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back In Town”
2. The Clash – “White Man In Hammersmith Palais”
3. The Rolling Stones – “Plundered My Soul”
4. ZZ Top – “Waitin’ For The Bus”
5. Led Zeppelin – “Rock N Roll”
6. Rod Stewart – “True Blue”

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Philebrity presents The Music Stage at the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing


This coming Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th is the Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The Bazaar is an outdoor retail art and craft show that is organized & juried by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 140 local & national artists will be selling their work along the riverfront at Penn’s Landing. The live music for the day is being curated by Philebrity.com and will include performances from local bands including Oh! Pears, Attia Taylor, City Rain, Market East, Blayer Pointdujour & Rockers Galore and more. The music begins at Noon on Saturday and Sunday; you can check out the complete schedule here. Philebrity has put together a tasty 8 song sampler of bands performing at the Art Star Craft Bazaar that you can listen to below. Go here for more information about the Art Star Craft Bazaar.

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Stream the new Blayer Pointdujour EP being released on the Philebrity Label August 30th

Below, stream the new Blayer Pointdujour Port Au Prince EP coming out on the Philebrity label, honcho’d by Joey Sweeney of Philebrity (and host of Philebrity Radio on XPN2). Blayer and his band Rockers Galore recorded the EP at Milkboy and is being released on August 30th. He performs Thursday, August 25th at Kung Fu Necktie.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney performs his first solo show in five years at XIX

Joey SweeneyBefore Joey Sweeney became the editor and publisher of one of Philadelphia’s most-recognized blogs, he was just another indie-rock dude who played guitar and sang about the many trials and tribulations of being a privileged white male. As far as that kind of thing goes, Sweeney was pretty good at it, too: The Trouble With Sweeney‘s 2004 EP, Fishtown Briefcase, earned a respectable 7.8 from Pitchfork (which noted that Sweeney “mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful—and unabashed—enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda”). Since 2004, Sweeney—who recently began hosting his own show on WXPN (“Philebrity Radio,” Thursdays 3-5 p.m.)—has primarily concentrated on blogging about the city’s media, gossip, nightlife, sports, and politics scenes. Last summer, however, he dusted off his acoustic guitar and headed into the studio to record a seven-song EP with The Lilys’ Kurt Heasley. Joey Sweeney performs at 8 p.m. at XIX (200 S. Broad Street, 19th Floor); tickets to the show are free.