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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The End of America at Johnny Brenda’s, Mercury Girls at Boot & Saddle, Haley Bonar at World Cafe Live

The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty
The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty

The time has come for The End of America to celebrate the release of their new LP at Johnny Brenda’s. We premiered the self-titled record last week, getting an early listen to the trio’s songs about hope and challenges written after some difficult experiences. Check out “Russian Fortune” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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PREMIERE: The End of America explore life and all its challenges on self-titled LP

The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty
The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty

Local trio The End of America have a talent for wrapping their thoughts and feelings into soul-striking harmonies and folk-rock melodies, something heard on 2013’s Shakey and now on the outfit’s new self-titled LP. We’re premiering the latter today, a few days ahead of it’s official September 2nd release, so you have extra time to dig into the questioning and hopeful songs that fill its sonic walls.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at The Foundry, The End of America at Boot & Saddle, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo via facebook.com/aaronwestandtheroaringtwenties

Dan Campbell brings his Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties project to The Foundry tonight. The Wonder Years’ frontman by day, Campbell started this conceptual folk-rock band as “a character study conducted through music” last year. His first release under the moniker was We Don’t Have Each Other, which will be performed in its entirety tonight. Tickets and information for the show can be found here; watch “Our Apartment” below.

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The End of America record gorgeously harmonized folk-rock cover of Circa Survive’s “Act Appalled”

The End of America | photo by Roger Wingman
The End of America | photo by Roger Wingman

The End of America, a folk-rock band from Philadelphia, recently started a video cover series called “The Decade Sessions.” Each month, the trio records a cover of a 10-year-old song that has influenced them personally as well as their music. This month, the band covers “Act Appalled” by Philly’s own Circa Survive. The video features two microphones in the middle of the room surrounded by the band, who powerfully play two guitars and a banjo to create a unique, folk-infused cover of the iconic song. Maybe even more impressively, the band uses harmonies to make the acoustic cover feel big and dynamic. Continue reading →

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Download The End of America’s cover of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band

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Americana trio The End of America have released a cover of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” originally recorded by The Band.  It’s Philadelphia’s first introduction to the outfit, which recently relocated from New York City.  In addition to the cover, the trio has released two full-length albums since starting out in 2010.  On their original material, The End of America strikes a balance between The Last Bison, Dry the River and Good Old War – focused on harmonies and melancholy melodies with an eye towards Laurel Canyon-esque instrumentation.  Listen to “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” below, followed by the title track from their 2013 LP Shakey.  You can catch The End of America at Boot & Saddle on Thursday, June 12th when they open for Simone Felice.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Restorations turns down their amps for a Philabundance benefit at Yards Brewery this month

restorationsPunk-rooted Philly five-piece Restorations are among the bands playing the Philly Beergasm, a charity concert at Yards Brewery to benefit local hunger relief organization Philabundance. The music-and-brews themed event on March 28th will bring together local breweries, like the folks from Ambler’s Forest and Main, with local and regional musicians. Along with Restorations – who are about to drop their killer LP2 on SideOneDummy Records – the bill features Two Cities, an alt-punk duo whose Little Ghosts EP was recorded with local hardcore superproducer Wil Yip, and New York folk-influenced rockers The End of America. Tickets to the 21+ event are available at the Philly Beergasm website. Below, listen to music from each of the bands on the bill.

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