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Photo Recap: Riot Fest East featuring The Descendents, Dead Milkmen, X, Plow United, Weston, + more

All photos by Madeleine Lesperance

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Today and tonight in concerts: Popped! Music Fest, Philly F/M Fest, Riot Fest with X and the Dead Milkmen, Meg Baird, Revolution, I Love You, Ted Leo, Andrew Lipke


Take a deep breath and get ready to rock: it’s an eventful Saturday in Philly. Today both the Popped! Music Festival and the Philly F/M Fest continue.

Popped! is at the Liacouras Center at 1776 N. Broad Street on Temple’s campus. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Lineup for Popped! is:

Nikki Jean 11:25am
Anamanaguchi 11:50am
Patty Crash 12:15
Black Landlord 12:40
Zee Avi 1:05
Mates Of State 1:35
Cults 2:15
Sun Airway 2:55
Budos Band 3;35
Charles Bradley 4:15
Titus Andronicus 4:55
Rakim 5:35
Kreayshawn 6;15
Foster The People 7:00
Girl Talk 8:00
Pretty Lights 9:30

Today’s Philly F/M Fest highlight is the two stage Riot Fest at Festival Pier. Gates open at 11:30. Purchase tickets here.

Riot East Stage
12:00 p.m. – The Heels
12:40 p.m. – Brothers From Another
1:40 p.m. – Population Zero
2:40 p.m. – The Holy Mess
3:40 p.m. – The Menzingers
4:40 p.m. – Samiam
5:40 p.m. – 7Seconds
6:40 p.m. – Suicide Machines
7:50 p.m. – Hot Water Music
9:10 p.m. – X (plays “Los Angeles”)

Riot West Stage
12:20 p.m. – Lionize
1:10 p.m. – The Claw
2:10 p.m. – Larry And His Flask
3:10 p.m. – Shot Baker
4:10 p.m. – Weston
5:10 p.m. – Excitebike
6:10 p.m. – Naked Raygun
7:10 p.m. – Plow United
8:30 p.m. – Dead Milkmen
9:50 p.m. – Descendents

Other highlights:
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)

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Popped! Music Festival, Philly F/M Festival, Riot Fest East, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals,

ALL WEEKEND
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)

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The Key Studio Sessions’ Riot Fest preview with Plow United and Weston

Joel Tannenbaum (left) and Brian McGee of Plow United

With a hard-hitting lineup split between two stages at the Festival Pier, there’s no doubt that this weekend’s punk rock extravaganza, Riot Fest East, is going to be an exciting, exhausting, exuberant day. For fans of the Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley Scene circa 1996, it will be especially so, since cult favorites Plow United and Weston reformed to play the big show. Both groups stopped by WXPN this month for semi-acoustic Key Studio Sessions; Plow took a rockabilly/folk approach with theirs, moving in step with singer-guitarist Brian McGee‘s impressive body of work as a solo artist, while Weston’s performance wound up floating in a dreampop reverie (they even play an unreleased new cut called “Love And Rockets”). Neither group sounds like you’d expect them to when your point of reference is loud amps and pounding drums, and that’s exactly what I love about these recordings. Tune in to XPN2 tomorrow at 7 p.m. for an extended Key Studio Sessions Hour; you’ll hear both band’s full sets (which included covers of Sam Cooke and The Pixies), Jake Rabid’s interview with Weston, and my interview with Plow—wherein they make a big announcement or three. (More tracks by Plow United, Weston, and Brian McGee after the jump.)

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