Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philly Drum Project’s Beats, Brews and Banter at Rbar UPDATE: Snowed out!

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Tonight at Rbar, Philly rock drummer Patrick Berkery (The War on Drugs) will make an appearance at this month’s Beats, Brews, and Banter event presented by Philly Drum Project. The monthly series aims to create a space for local musicians, music teachers, and music lovers to discuss their work, experiences, and where music falls on their priority spectra. Berkery will also share his experiences playing and recording with acts such as Wesley Stace, The War on Drugs, Danielson, and The Bigger Lovers. Get more details on the event here and watch vintage footage of Patrick Berkery playing with The Bigger Lovers on NBC’s “The 10! Show” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ari Hoenig with Loop 2.4.3. at World Cafe Live, Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA, and Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

arihoenig Ari Hoenig and Loop 2.4.3. will help celebrate the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary tonight at World Cafe Live.  Working with locally and nationally known drummers, Philly Drum Project hosts monthly meet ups where percussionists can trade tips, check out gear, set up gigs and participate in workshops with the likes of Eric Slick and Chuck Treece.  Tonight’s event features a trio led by Hoenig, a Philadelphia native who has worked with many influential musicians including Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis.  Also on hand are Brooklyn percussion duo Loop 2.4.3., currently on tour in support of their 2012 LP American Dreamland.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hoenig perform “The Way You Look Tonight” with his band.

Cinedelphia Film Festival‘s month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA continues tonight with a screening of Loud! Fast! Philly!.  With its rare footage from the early 80s through today, the film uncovers and recalls Philadelphia’s hardcore punk history through the lens of bands and fans that were (and are) integral parts of the cultural environment.  Bands featured in Loud! Fast! Philly! include The Dead Milkmen, McRad, Decontrol and more – check out a preview of the film below.  Tickets and information for the 10:30 p.m. and showing can be found here (8:00 p.m. is sold out).

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.


Listen to “As a Child” by Loop 2.4.3 (playing Philly Drum Project’s 1st Anniversary at World Cafe Live tomorrow)


On their third record, titled American Dreamland, Brooklyn duo Loop 2.4.3 explore the social constructions and tendencies of American life through their percussion-based compositions, running through themes inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Easy Rider and other nostalgic pieces of Americana pop culture.  “As a Child” opens with a Sigur Ros-esque calm and rosy colored innocence before juxtaposing the retrospective viewpoint of, perhaps, the song’s narrator as an adult, who realizes some things can’t last forever.  Loop 2.4.3 play World Cafe Live tomorrow night for the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary show, alongside Philadelphia native Ari Hoenig.  Tickets and information for the event can be found here.  Watch a video for “As a Child” below.


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

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Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]


The Philly Drum Project celebrates its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd

Loop 2.4.3 will perform at the Philadelphia Drum Project's one-year anniversary | Photo by Dan Gottesman
Loop 2.4.3 will perform at the Philadelphia Drum Project’s one-year anniversary | Photo by Dan Gottesman
The Philly Drum Project has announced a One Year Anniversary show at World Cafe Live on April 23rd.  The local organization began as a monthly hosted seminar called Beats, Brews & Banter with the intention of creating a forum for drummers in the Philadelphia area to share gear, shows and lessons with each other (past hosts include Eric Slick, Chuck Treece and Tim Arnold).  After finding success with the program, The Philly Drum Project is now in the midst of fundraising for its one-day summer seminar geared towards high school students called DrumPhil.  For the Anniversary show, Founder and Director Ryan Krump has invited a number of musicians to take part including a jazz trio led by Philly native Ari Hoenig, percussion duo Loop 2.4.3 from Brooklyn and University of the Arts’ School of Music Drum Department chair Rob Brosh with Will Alpers.  Tickets and information for the all-ages event can be found here.  Student discount tickets are available.  Below, watch a video of the Drum Project’s November 2012 meetup featuring Dr. Brosh and his students.


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]


Philly Drum Project welcomes Chuck Treece to Beats, Brews & Banter at the Back Room at Roosevelt’s Pub on 2/4

Local musician and pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece will be the host of February’s Beats, Brews & Banter event presented by The Philly Drum Project.  Treece was a founding member of 80s skate punk band McRad and has toured with Bad Brains and Urge Overkill, in addition to being a preeminent Philly session musician.  Started in April of 2012, Beats, Brews & Banter is a monthly gathering that brings together the best in Philadelphia drumming for an evening of discussion and demonstration; read Dan Brightcliffe’s interview with the group here. February’s event will take place in the Back Room at the Roosevelt Pub and is free to attend.  For more information, go here.  McRad appeared in one of our very first Key Studio Sessions from September 2010. Download “No Mystery” from that session below: