The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?
The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →
Sean Huber steps out from behind the drumkit and to the microphone in Steady Hands, the folk-punk outfit he’s been fronting when percussive duties with Modern Baseball don’t have him traveling around the world. This year, Steady Hands released the very lively and revved up Tropical Depression EP – a feisty set that reminds me a lot of fellow Philadelphians Mischief Brew in the way it sonically holds The Germs and Op Ivy in equal esteem as The Pogues and Billy Bragg. Tonight, the band headlines Boot and Saddle for the final night of Weathervane Music’s December residency, and rumor has it one lucky ticket holder will win an autographed vinyl copy of MoBo’s You’re Gonna Miss It All LP. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track to Tropical Depressionbelow. Continue reading →
Every Tuesday, Boot & Saddle, see you there. This December, Weathervane Music will officially be taking over one of our favorite music venues to round up participants and friends of their acclaimed Shaking Through music documentary series. Continue reading →
“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →
Accented by cool fall foliage and the passing of vehicles on I-76, Sean Huber of Steady Hands performed two tracks along the river for the Schuylkill Sessions video series. Huber, who is also the drummer for Modern Baseball, strummed through sunny acoustic riffs on “Warren.” The full-band track features gritty, heavier punk vocals, but this take shows Huber’s mellower side. “The Libertines” is a folk-punk anthem and in the stripped-down version, Huber comes across gritty yet honest. Check out the two acoustic tracks below and you can watch additional Schuylkill Sessions on their YouTube channel. Continue reading →
Katie Frank and the Pheromones play a free show tonight at Rittenhouse Square as part of Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park series. Last year, the band recorded a rockin’ Key Studio Session and released their debut single, “Tunnel Vision.” This year, the band’s timeless debut LP Counting Your Curses came out. In an interview for the band’s feature on The Key’s Unlocked, Frank explained the difference between performing solo to performing with The Pheromones: ““I feel so much more empowered when I’m onstage with the band. I can be timid when it comes to singing my songs.” Catch the empowered Katie Frank and the Pheromones, along with DJ Lisa Love and Divers tonight. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track from Counting Your Curses below. Continue reading →
Pop / punk outfit Steady Hands – the solo project of Modern Baseball drummer Sean Huber – is joining forces with folky DIY scene faves The Hundred Acre Woods for a coheadlining at Tin Angel on May 29th. This is probably the most raucous lineup the laid-back Old City venue has seen. Ever.
In addition, Huber has promised to play some new jams for the performance, which is always a bonus. For more info check out the facebook event page here. Get tickets for the performance here. Watch Sean Huber of Steady Hands perform “Southern Dream” for FeedbackLoop below.
Lee Porter has a fascination for two things: film-making, and local folk scene mainstay David Falcone’s monstrous beard.
Sprinkled in with a bit of comedy, he’s combined the two together, somehow convincing Falcone, who frequently plays World Cafe Live, and his facial hair to make his acting debut in a three-minute webisode called “Sales” (about shaving, who would have guessed?) for Porter’s series, My Ruined Life.
In the episode, actor Nathan Holt tries to sell shaving cream for the company he works for by targeting random passer-bys in a park.
Holt remains unsuccessful, but the comedic aspect of the short begins when Falcone enters the shot.
Dressed casually, he walks up to Holt and stands with his massive beard and long, fluffed locks of hair, staring at Nate and camera. End scene, cue laughter.
And though this is Falcone’s first acting performance, it isn’t Porter’s first time behind the camera.
“This is my baby,” Porter said. “This is my project I started myself.”
He gathered a group of four actors along with animators, musicians and more together to form the series in 2011. Now, the group is in their third season, releasing a new three-minute short every Sunday at 5 p.m. The plot now stars two characters, Brian and Eric, played by actors Brian Cowden and Eric Wunsch who meet up after work on a various park benches in the Philadelphia area to comedically discuss “their ruined lives.”
To keep things exciting, Porter started reaching out to Philly musicians during the second season. Continue reading →
Philly punk one-man-show Steady Hands has just released its latest endeavor. Founded in 2012 by Sean Huber, who is also the drummer for Modern Baseball, the band released a version of its new single “Southern Dream” today, recorded with Philly-based new music incubator Feedback Loop.
The video shows Huber standing in a room, backlit by two bright spotlights. Glistening with sweat, he sings “I don’t remember if I told you I loved you or not / Well, I don’t remember the feeling of losing anyone” in a gritty voice. Though the video is an “acoustic” version of the song (as one of our Facebook commenters pointed out, Huber is clearly playing an electric guitar -ed.), it’s still completely indicative of the band’s typically punky, in-your-face sound.
Feedback Loop describes itself as a “music discovery platform that fuels creativity.” The project records video sessions, sessions and gives listeners a “behind-the-scenes” look at the creative process. Steady Hands’ “Southern Dream” video is the first of its Feedback Loop sessions, though the studio version of the song is available by subscribing to the project. Learn more here and watch the video below.