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As we mentioned earlier this week, the Popped! Music Festival has been moved to Temple University’s Liacouras Center due this weekend’s expected rain. From the folks at Popped!: “Due to the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecasted by the National Weather Service over the next several days for the Philadelphia area, the POPPED! Music Festival, scheduled for Sept 23 & 24 at FDR Park, has been moved to the Liacouras Center at 1776 N. Broad Street on Temple’s campus, in Philadelphia.The producers of the event along with the Friends of FDR Park are taking the necessary precautions to insure a quality event and everyone’s safety. With the record rainfall the city has seen over the last month and the expected rain scheduled for the rest of the week, the ground will simply be oversaturated with water. In an effort to save the park from thousands of people congregating over 2 days in the excessively wet area and still be able to bring a safe, exciting event to Philadelphia, the decision was made to move the POPPED! Music Festival to the Liacouras Center.” Meanwhile, the festival’s much-ballyhooed food bazaar has been moved to the Piazza At Schmidts in Northern Liberties, according to uwishunu. As they note, “It’s also impeccable timing, and location, given the fact that the Girard Fest, put on in conjunction with the Philly F/M Festival, are taking over Northern Liberties and Girard Avenue this very same Saturday with live music, craft vendors, a beer garden, family fun and more.” For full details and ticket information, visit Popped! Music Festival’s website.
The Philadelphia Film And Music Festival is taking over 14 venues across the city this weekend for round two of the SXSW-inspired showcase. Now in its second year, the festival emphasizes locally-grown bands and music-centric documentaries, packing in over 100 acts and 10 films within the four-day event. Though each day provides the standard lineups of bands everywhere from North Star Bar to the TLA, the fest also plays host to a series of mini fests and events. Friday, for example, includes Our Band Could Be Your Life, a six-hour marathon of local indie bands playing covers of not-so-local indie bands (based on Michael Azerrad’s 2001 book of the same name) at 2424 Studios; Saturday welcomes the double-stage Riot Fest East at the Festival Pier. Saturday will also feature The Philly F/M Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Murphs Bar, giving stage time to four local acoustic acts. After scrambling across the city to catch headliners Deadmau5 or City Paper cover girl Nikki Jean, you can spend Sunday at the Ukie Club for The Key’s Philly F/M Festival BBQ Concert showcase, which begins 11 a.m. on the outdoor and indoor stages. The concert features quirky piano-pop band Jukebox The Ghost and pretty-voiced indie-folk musician Thao Nguyen With The Get Down Stay Down, among many other acts. The weekend ends with a three-band showcase downstairs at the World Café Live including Murder By Death. Tickets to The Key’s Philly F/M Festival BBQ Concert showcase at the Ukie Club are $15; for full details and ticket information visit the Philly F/M Festival’s website. —Marielle Mondon
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
The release of Grace Potter And The Nocturnals’ self-titled third album was definitely a proclamation of reform. The female roots-rock musician—who has significantly moved toward more accesible songs and a sex appeal-laden image—now almost seems like a good candidate for pop stardom. Yet, despite Potter’s alterations to her musical stylings and appearance over the years, she remains far from pop-diva status. Instead, she is a rock enthusiast who plays a Flying V while belting out soulful ballads. Her earlier records focused on blues-influenced arrangements and strong, emotional vocals. By contrast, her most recent album has moments of reggae and pop (such as “Goodbye Kiss”). However, don’t be too quick to dismiss the slightly changed Grace Potter: her vocal talents are still extraordinary and her live performances are reminiscent of a young (female) Robert Plant. Grace Potter And the Nocturnals perform with the Sam Roberts Band at 8:30 p.m. at the Electric Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $25–$28.—Caitlyn Grabenstein
Also Playing: Sharon Van Etten + Marissa Nadler, Hezekiah Jones at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $15); Opeth + Katatoni at The Trocadero (7 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Arctic Splash + Motopony, The Fleeting Ends at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, free); Ted Leo And The Pharmacists + Home Blitz at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $15); Turning Violet Violet + The Kickdrums, Steve Goldberg And The Arch Enemies, HighKick, New Motels at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $8)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Meg Baird + Glenn Jones, Watery Love at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15, 21+, $10); Andrew Lipke And The Azrael Quartet at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Ted Leo And The Pharmacists + Dry Feet at Johnny Brenda’s (1:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Black Landlord at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, free); Revolution, I Love You (record-release show) + Penrose, Panic Years at World Cafe Live (8:40 p.m., 21+, $11)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
The Homophones + Edie Segwick, Agent Moosehead, Marriage at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); Murder By Death + The John Byrne Band, The Sparklers at World Cafe Live (7 p.m., $15)
As part of the Philly F/M Festival, Shaking Through artists Sharon Van Etten and Hezekiah Jones will perform alongside Marissa Nadler at 7 p.m. Friday, September 23rd, at World Cafe Live. Tickets for the show cost $15 and available here; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Weathervane Music. You can also sign up for the Weathervane Music newsletter for a chance to win backstage passes, which include a meet-and-greet with the artists. You can revisit Sharon Van Etten’s full Shaking Through session here; Hezekiah Jones’ session can be found here. Below, you can listen to the final versions of each artist’s Shaking Through song.
This week, we’ve ALSO got a pair of tickets to give away for the Philly F/M Festival BBQ Concert on September 25th, which features performances by 15 bands on two stages, including The Head And The Heart, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, Jukebox The Ghost, Reading Rainbow, Birdie Busch, Good Old War, Toy Soldiers, Wigwams, The Parson Red Heads, Nicos Gun, and more. (More information about the concert can be found here.)
For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)
WXPN Welcomes two shows at this year’s Philly F/M (Film & Music) Fest happening September 22-25th. The first show features Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler and Hezekiah Jones on Friday, September 23rd at World Cafe Live. On Sunday, September 25th 15 bands on two stages will be at the Festival BBQ at The Ukie Club starting at 11AM. Some of the bands include Jukebox The Ghost, The Head and The Heart, Reading Rainbow, Birdie Busch, Good Old War, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Toy Soldiers, The Parson Red Heads, Nicos Gun and more. Ticket information for both shows can be found here. Below, some videos of Hezekiah Jones, Reading Rainbow, and Sharon Van Etten from WXPN’s and Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series.
Last night, we learned that—if you’re ambitious, dedicated, and lucky enough—you can catch a bunch of performances by local bands in one night, thus getting a ton of value out of the $100 you spent on your all-access Philly F/M Fest pass. The next lesson we learned is that, if you do manage to pull off such a minor miracle, you’re likely to sleep in the following morning and get to work late (not to mention hungover). Thankfully, if you’re like most 9-to-5 office drones, you don’t have to worry about going in to work tomorrow—which means you’re free to take in as much live music and alcohol as your system can handle tonight.
With so many shows to choose from, we’re giving you not one, but two different options for the evening. For those who dug the Northern Liberties route we put together yesterday, we’ve got another one tonight. The good news is that that you don’t have to worry about squeezing in the performances by Adam & Dave’s Bloodline or Busses, because you can see them both on Saturday night at The Key’s Launch Party at The Blockley. The bad news is that all of Friday night’s shows start at pretty much the same time—so you’re going to have to run around the neighborhood between sets in order to see five different bands at four different venues. Are you up for it? If so, your first destination is Silk City, where you’ll catch the early 8 p.m. performance by indie-pop sextet Gildon Works. Thankfully, you should have plenty of time to cut northeast through the neighborhood to El Bar to see the Dirty Hands Showcase featuring When I Was 12 and Baltimore’s Secret Mountains (which we wrote about earlier this week). The moment those bands are done, though, you’ll have to run out (which, unfortunately, means missing New Madrid Faults and Goodnight Lights) and head a quarter-mile south to Johnny Brenda’s, where British rock quartet Field Music should just be getting started with its headlining performance. WXPN favorites Toy Soldiers then have a late show only half a mile away at The Fire.
Gildon Works @ Silk City: $6
When I Was 12 and Secret Mountains @ El Bar: $10
Field Music @ Johnny Brenda’s: $10
Toy Soldiers @ The Fire: $10
All told, that means you could add another $36 to the weekend’s tally. Or, you could skip all of that running around and just see The Dead Milkmen (whom we showcased in last week’s Key Studio Sessions), Black Landlord, and Felix Lighter at World Cafe Live. It would only count for $10 against your goal of $100—but, you know, it’s just a suggestion.
Well, now you’ve gone and done it. You were just so pumped about the inaugural Philly F/M Festival (which kicks off tonight) that you took the plunge and purchased one of those shiny all-access passes, didn’t you? At the time, it made sense: With most shows costing between $10-$20, why wouldn’t you drop a cool $100 and get access to everything? (Of course, if you’re a student, you were able to get one at the discounted rate of $70; if you’re a slacker who didn’t get around to purchasing a pass until after September 22nd, that sweet beauty cost you $150.) Only now—with the first of more than 350 musical performances and film screenings mere minutes away—do you realize what you’ve gotten yourself into. Now you’ve got to sort through a near-overwhelming schedule of events at more than 30 venues, and figure out how you’re going to get your money’s worth out it. Or you could just let us take you by the hand, and walk you through things.
First things first: Stop whatever you’re doing right now, get on your bike, and make your way to Yards Brewing Company in Northern Liberties, where Ben Arnold performs at 5:30 p.m. (Seriously, stop reading this right now and go. You can get the rest of the itinerary from your iPhone once you’re there.) Enjoy the set, maybe even get a drink, but don’t get too comfortable—the rest of the night is going to take some real effort on your part.
Ben’s set should end just in time for you to run over to Silk City (less than a mile away) and catch a set by psyche-rock quintet Music For Headphones between 7-7:45 p.m. After that quick stop, you’ve got the longest trek of the night (just under a mile and a half)—but don’t worry, it’s smooth sailing after that. Head north to W. Girard Avenue, where you’ll pass The Fire and go all the way to Kung Fu Necktie on N. Front Street. For the next couple of hours, you’ll likely find yourself sprinting back and forth between The Deli‘s showcase at KFN—which features Univox, The Homophones, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, and Hair Rocket—and the A Sunny Day In Glassgow/East Hundred/Honeychurch show at Johnny Brenda’s, which is just a little ways around the corner. Given the two shows’ staggered starting times (doors are at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively), and operating under the assumption that both shows will be running late by the same amount of time, you should be able to catch a good portion of all seven sets.
If you want to get a little bonus value in, skip out early and catch either Metropolis America back at The Fire or Slow Animal‘s headlining performance at El Bar just up the street from Johnny Brenda’s; we suggest the latter, which costs a little less, but will make the trip up to The M Room to see late performances by Kohoutek and Notekillers a little shorter.
All told, here’s your tally for the evening:
Ben Arnold @ Yards Brewing Company: $10
Music For Headphones @ Silk City: $6
A Sunny Day in Glasgow + East Hundred, Honeychurch @ Johnny Brenda’s: $10
Univox + The Homophones, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Hair Rocket @ Kung Fu Necktie: $8
Metropolis America @ The Fire: $10 OR Slow Animal + Stucco Jones, The Left Lingo, Revolution I Love You @ El Ten: $8
Notekillers + Kohoutek, American Speedway @ The M Room: $10
If you manage to pull all of that off, congratulations: You just got up to $54 worth of value in the first of the festival’s four nights while only covering about two and a half miles of distance. Also—we’re really, really impressed.
In many ways, the Philly music scene of the early ’90s wasn’t all that different from the one we have today. It was an era of irresistibly bouncy pop, plucky DIY ethics, and a lot of band-member-sharing going on between different groups. (Though, to be fair, the ’90s scene had a lot less reverb.) That environment gave birth to Baby Flamehead, an indie-folk foursome that featured singer Eden Daniel backed by Philly sceneters from Junior Mints (guitarist Andy Bresnan, bassist Chris Unrath) and The Dead Milkmen (drummer Dean “Clean” Sabatino). Their only album, Life Sandwich, came out in 1990, and the band parted ways after deciding they’d had their fun. But the passage of two decades has brought with it nostalgic Flamehead reunions. After a well-received showing at The M Room in April, the band will perform at Tritone on Saturday, September 25, as part of the Philly F/M Festival. Make sure to do your homework before the show; check out “Life Song” below, and read everything you ever wanted to know about Baby Flamehead at Rock Town Hall. —John Vettese