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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →

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Photos: A lively homecoming for RJD2 at Union Transfer

RJD2 | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com
RJD2 | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com

Philly beatmaker RJD2 played a homecoming show on Friday night before a colorful and hula-hoop-bearing crowd at Union Transfer. On the tail end of a tour in support of his 2013 outing More Is Than Isn’t, Ramble John Krohn made the Union Transfer show an all-Philly affair, with hip-hop impressionist Lushlife opening the show heavy on new material and DJs Aaron Ruxbin and Jack Deezl of Actual Records spinning in between sets. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at MilkBoy, The Wood Brothers at Prince Music Theater, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival and more

Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic
Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic

Foot-stomping folk rock band Katie Frank and the Pheromones will fill MilkBoy with their Americana roots sound tonight. This is the band’s record release party for Counting Your Curses, their debut full-length from Elizabethtown, Pa. native Frank. The band broke through with their country-influenced, twangy sound and shared their tunes with us in a Studio Session. Fit to their sound and style, their newest record was recorded in a homey, carriage-like recording studio outside of Philadelphia with Kawari Sound, according to an interview they did about the new album with The Vinyl District. Joining them will be indie-pop folk favorites The Lawsuits and folk/Americana artist Kevin KillenThis 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased here.

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Watch RJD2 depict the (potential) future of music in “Descended from Myth”

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Photo: http://jasontoddcooper.com/site/#1

Producer/musician RJD2 lets the instruments play themselves in his new video for “Descended from Myth” from his latest album More Is Than Isn’t. In the clip, there is a giant contraption of different instruments such as horns, drums, and a keyboard that are all playing the instrumental track without any human forces. You see the sticks hitting the drums and the keys on the keyboard being pressed but no one is there. About halfway through, a man and woman emerge and marvel at the sight. Could this be the future of music? You decide below. Get tickets for RJD2′s show at Union Transfer on February 21st here.

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Dive into RJD2′s vinyl collection with Fuse TV’s Crate Diggers (playing Union Transfer 2/21)

rjd2-at-the-canal-club-featured“My first and foremost thing when I was young and digging was, I was just looking for a record that I’d never seen before,” Philadelphia based DJ RJD2 says in this week’s episode of Crate Diggers. “I do believe that if you do this long enough, you just get a sense of intuition…you know when a record intrigues you and you know when it doesn’t.”

After last week’s release of More Is Than Isn’t, RJD2 lets Fuse TV dig into more than just his personal vinyl library. In 17 and a half minutes, get to know how collecting records has impacted the DJ / producer / musician’s life, both in and out of his career. Also this week, RJD2 announced his first performance in support of the new album; he’ll be at Union Transfer February 21st, tickets and details here. Check out the Crate Diggers episode below.

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Listen to a new RJD2 song, “Temperamental,” featuring Phonte Coleman

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Photo: http://jasontoddcooper.com/site/#1

Philly DJ, beatmaster, multi-instrumentalist and maker of all-around good grooves RJD2, releases his new album More Is Than Isn’t on October 8th. Assisting RJ on the album is Aaron Livingston (who is in Icebird with RJ), STS and Khari Mateen, Blueprint, and singer/rapper and songwriter Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange) who sings on “Temperamental.” The soulful track was premiered yesterday via Esquire Magazine, along with an interview – listen to it below, and read their conversation about what RJD2′s been up to here.

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RJD2 shares “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” off of More Is Than Isn’t (playing Morgan’s Pier on 8/1)

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Set for release on October 8th via his own Electrical Connections label, RJD2‘s More Is Than Isn’t will be the Philly DJ / producer’s 5th record released during his 15 year career.  “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” is the first single from the LP and nudges RJ Krohn’s sound in a world music direction while keeping things grounded with a three-dimensional percussion layer that features a gritty clap line and scratchy synths.  RJD2 plays a DJ set at Morgan’s Pier on August 1st; tickets and info for the 21+ event can be found here.  Stream “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” below.

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