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Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound

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Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at Boot & Saddle, Restorations at Johnny Brenda’s, Mavis Staples at Berks Jazz Fest and more…

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Wildhoney | photo by Zach Inscho | courtesy of the artist

Baltimore outfit Wildhoney bring last year’s Your Face Sideways to Boot & Saddle tonight. The album blends bright indie pop with refracted shoegaze for a collection of songs that sound like a prism sitting in sunlight. Listen to “Laura” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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Restorations, Spaceship Aloha, John The Conqueror and more to play The Key’s Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor and Blue Cross RiverRink

Restorations play 8Seconds for FEST 13| Photo by John Vettese
Restorations | Photo by John Vettese

After a cool winter season curating the live music at the Delaware River Waterfront’s Winterfest, we’re psyched to announce our summer lineup. The Key’s Waterfront Sessions kick off next Thursday, June 11th, with a free concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park by Americana faves Song Dogs and blues-rock rabble rousers John the Conqueror. Continue reading →

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Restorations dusts off “Val d’Or” for a Static Sessions video

Restorations play 8Seconds for FEST 13| Photo by John Vettese
Restorations play 8Seconds for FEST 13| Photo by John Vettese

A little power issue didn’t stop Philly rockers Restorations from playing a power-packed performance for the local video series Static Sessions. The band performed an uncut version of “Val d’Or,” which is an older track from Restorations’ self-titled debut. Symphonic guitar riffs and reverberating drum hits keep this track rocking from start to finish. Jon Loudon’s raspy, intense vocals are backed by a solid distribution of fierce rhythms from his bandmates on guitars, bass and keys. By the looks on the their faces, they were in the zone for this session. Continue reading →

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Restorations, Young Statues and Broken Spirit captivate at Johnny Brenda’s

Restorations | Photo by Sameer Rao
Restorations | Photo by Sameer Rao

A brief, humble salutation by a recently de-beareded Jon Loudon preceded three snare hits before Philly’s own beloved Restorations launched into “Misprint” and kicked off a searing set at Johnny Brenda’s. This was the quintet’s first Philadelphia show in months, capping off a long tour in support of their excellent and sophisticated LP3, whose roomy and anthemic songs punctuated key points throughout the set (which also featured many songs from 2013’s LP2). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ai-Que at Obscura, Restorations at Johnny Brenda’s, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy at Melodies Cafe and more

Ai-Que | Photo by HLS Photography | via reverbnation.com/aiquethemc
Ai-Que | Photo by HLS Photography | via reverbnation.com/aiquethemc

The seasonal hip-hop / soul / rock / poetry showcase Obscura holds its spring installment tonight at Sara’s Place in Brewerytown. Heading up the bill is Philly MC Ai-Que, a dude who spits thought-proviking verses over relaxed backings not unlike The Roots, Tribe, De La or any number of other 90s faves. You can listen to his track “Now or Never” below, and that alone should convince you to check this show out. Also on the bill are ethereal singer Aiani-Koli Mars, as well as rappers Cazzie Jetson and Rhetoric Wallace, and DJ John Morrison. Admission to the show is $5, more information can be found at its Facebook event page. Below, listen to a roundup of some of the performers.   Continue reading →