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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steady Hands at Boot and Saddle, RFA at The Fire

Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly
Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly

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 →

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Download Silver Linings Charity Compilation by Punk Talks

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Silver Linings | artwork by Leah Kroger

“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 →

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Watch Steady Hands’ folk-punky Schuylkill Sessions performance

Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions
Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at Rittenhouse Square, Steady Hands and W.C. Lindsay at The Fire, Leana Song at Penn Museum

Katie Frank and the Pheromones
Photo by Will Hoover


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 →

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Steady Hands and The Hundred Acre Woods will shake up the Tin Angel

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Steady Hands | photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

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.

Steady Hands – “Southern Dream” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.

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My Ruined Life: Poking fun at everyday troubles with the help of some Philly musicians

Brian Cowden and Eric Wunsch | photo courtesy of facebook.com/pages/My-Ruined-Life/
Brian Cowden and Eric Wunsch | photo courtesy of facebook.com/pages/My-Ruined-Life

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 →

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Hear an “acoustic” new Steady Hands single, “Southern Dream,” via FeedbackLoop

Photo by Allison Newbold
Photo by Allison Newbold

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.

Steady Hands – “Southern Dream” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. David Wax Museum, Pill Friends, At Fest)

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This week’s show announcements include The Last Bison and David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Hop Along and The Sidekicks at The First Unitarian Church, Man Man at Union Transfer [linklink and link]

Stream and download Laura Stevenson‘s Folkadelphia Session [link]

You gotta hear “Find a Way” by Elastic Bond this week [link]

Get a free download of Wild Ones‘ bubbly “Curse Over Me” from their debut LP [link]

Local dream-poppers Lockets share b-side “Girl” from their upcoming single release [link]

Steady Hands release new video, free download for “I Swear Like a Sailor” [link]

Get inside the studio with Jesse Baker Band in the video for “We’re Gonna Make It” [link]

Stream two new tracks from Pill Friends‘ new LP Blessed Suffering [link]

The Trocadero will screen the world premiere of Philadelphia Folk Festival documentary At Fest on 8/7 [link]

Explore Alex Savoth’s new direction with The New Black [link]