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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer, Sonnder at Boot and Saddle, TJ Kong at Underground Arts and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident throughout the ten track album. Youth Lagoon will bring his eclectic performance to Union Transfer tonight. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the music video for “The Knower” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sonnder’s brooding Halloween single “Silhouettes”

Sonnder | photo via sonnder.bandcamp.com

“When you use a synth pad called ‘Just Horrible,’ you know you’re in for a good time,” Ryan Weidman tells me. This pretty well sums up “Silhouettes,” the latest (and most seasonally-connected) track in his band Sonnder‘s single-a-month project. It’s got Halloween written all over it, with ominous soundscapes and sweeping and cathartic arrangements – as well as some killer riffage that reminds me of Jimmy Eat World’s clarity. Tonight, the band celebrates with a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. Tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Two more singles to go, y’all. Let’s do this. Continue reading →

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Sonnder’s September single takes the monthly installment in a “New Direction”

Sonnder | photo via sonnder.bandcamp.com
Sonnder | photo via sonnder.bandcamp.com

Last month, local alt-rockers Sonnder took a delicate approach to their single-of-the-month entry “About Time,” favoring light guitar strumming and a focus on Ryan Weidman’s airy vocals. This month they decidedly and emphatically changed their style up on the newest installment, appropriately titled “New Direction” — which you can check out below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at Steel Stacks, Sonnder at Siren Records, Alt-J at Festival Pier and more…

Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog at The Electric Factory | Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com

Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.

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The Show Goes On: Escape the Pope weekend crowds with these awesome gigs just outside of Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sonnder

Last December, I got an unassuming email from Ryan Weidman, frontman of Philadelphia modern rock outfit Sonnder. It was my introduction to him and the band, but I immediately liked what I heard: he basically laid out plans to launch a single-a-month project for the year 2015. I try to be a goal-oriented person myself, so I dig it when I see musicians doing the same thing – see also: Ben Hughes (album a month) and That Dream Was our Life (EP a month). Once I made up my mind to keep tabs on what Sonnder was delivering, it was hard to miss. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Get up and dance: Sonnder’s July single is here!

Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young
Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young

Philly modern rockers Sonnder are back with a new single, “I Need.” It’s the latest installment in their “single-a-month” project, which has been gaining them considerable momentum since the beginning of the year.

The track commands attention right off the bat, opening with a blasting, dancy hi-hat groove complimented by ambient keyboard and shining guitar. Ryan Weidman’s instantly recognizable voice ticks off a list of dangerous things he needs instead of love, because he’s “not ready to be anyone’s anything.” Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →