River City Extension will headline Boot & Saddle 3/28 with Wild Rompit and Cranston Dean

River City Extension | Photo by Sean O’Kane Photography

This week, Jersey-based indie rock crew River City Extension announced a show at Boot & Saddle, which is sure to get a little rowdy. When I saw this band at The Note in West Chester, three of the members came down and joined the clapping and hollering crowd, wielding their guitars and drums. Originally from Toms River, River City Extension makes catchy, high-energy folk-infused indie rock in the vein of Titus Andronicus. Listen to their 2012 album Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger below. Get tickets to the show on 3/28 with Wild Rompit and Cranston Dean via the venue’s website here.


The Note in West Chester to close on January 31st

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The Note, a music venue and bar in downtown West Chester, is closing, according to this report in the Daily Local News. Reporter Jeremy Gerrard writes:

After providing nearly six years of live entertainment in the borough, The Note at 142 East Market Street is pulling the plug on the business and shutting down.

Notice of the closing was confirmed by The Note’s attorney William Shehwen III, who said the venue will close its doors on Jan. 31.

Shehwen said after the six-year run, owner Don Moore has “decided he needs a break from the long and arduous hours spent running the venue and plans on spending his free time with his family and reflecting on life, in general.”

The only show that was scheduled after January 31st was We Butter The Bread With Butter on March 23rd, and the show has been moved to The Barbary in Philadelphia. Go here for the complete story.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes a Tribute to The Last Waltz at The Trocadero, The Menzingers at The Note, Purling Hiss at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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Garth Hudson

Philly musicians from Andrew Lipke to Kevin Hanson and Wesley Stace will honor and recreate The Band’s 1976 farewell show, The Last Waltz, tonight at the Trocadero. The set will include a full performance of the seminal live album (and concert film), uniting old and new fans of the legendary roots rock band and featuring a guest appearance by original keyboardist for The Band, Garth Hudson. The show will also benefit Philadelphia public schools. Get tickets and information here. Watch a performance of “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Last Waltz below.

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Cassavetes release “Tie Down,” giving a glimpse into their forthcoming album

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Cassavetes, a heavy indie/punk rock band from Philadelphia, have been hard at work recording a full length album with Uniform Recording‘s Jeff Zeigler. They just debuted the first raw single off that forthcoming release, entitled “Tie Down.” Starting off with an entrancing guitar line, the drums kick in a cymbals crash and the snare drum is pummeled, ushering in an epic full band sound.

Josh Agran’s gritty shouting leads us through the drum fills and punchy bass until the song softens for a bit. During this time, we hear that Agran can sing on the lighter moments just as well as he can yell at the heavy ones. The track continues back into the explosive hook that leads to shrieking guitar and trudging rhythm, ending with all the instruments rolling together into one big awesome ball of noise.

Cassavetes will be part of a stacked lineup at The Note on November 30th, playing alongside The Menzingers, Modern Baseball, and Cayetana. Find tickets here.


The Wonder Years will kick off acoustic holiday party tour in West Chester, bring Young Statues along for the ride

YSWYPhilly-area pop punk heroes The Wonder Years announced a round of acoustic holiday party shows this December, kicking off on the 12th at The Note in West Chester. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and go on sale this Friday, October 18th via Ticketfly.

The band is still supporting its outstanding 2013 LP The Greatest Generation, released this spring. The album saw TWY’s songwriting scope broaden from slice-of-life stories told by a crew of South Philly punks to more resonant, introspective, dare-I-say philosophizing studies of the American Dream; how it means different things and plays out in different ways for different segments of the population. It’s The Wonder Years’s most mature offering to date, and worth exploring if you haven’t heard it yet. (Stream it via Hopeless Records’ YouTube channel here.)

Joining the band on the run is Young Statues, the South Jersey emo-pop five-piece who recently released the Age Isn’t Ours EP (as well as a couple collections of cover songs), and is hopefully due for a new full length in 2014. Along with Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife, the crew will tour up through upstate New York and Rhode Island, and hopefully they aren’t joking about the free cookies and hot chocolate for attendees wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

In related news, Philly epic punk crew Restorations announced today that they will be on the lineup of The Bouncing Souls‘ December 29th Home For the Holidays grand finale – along with Delaware hardcore heroes Boysetsfire – at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Four-night passes are available now via the Chunksaah Records website.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Mann Center, Chromatics at Making Time, Kate Faust at MilkBoy, The Last Bison / David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Kat Edmonson at Prince Music Theater

avettbros File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of  Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.

FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3: The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83’s “Midnight City” below.

Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.

Also Tonight:

The Dead Milkmen come to The Note – 8 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

WXPN welcomes Poco to the Carlisle Theater – 7:30 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

North Mississippi Allstars play at Union Transfer – 10:30 p.m., all ages, tickets and info here.



Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jawnzap7 at The Note, Fly Fest in Lancaster, Shawn Mullins at Sellersville Theater


Jawnzap7, though the name is confusing, can spit rhymes like no other.  Hailing from Philadelphia, he has a fast hip-hop flow and solid beats to match.  Though the rapper only has a large set of singles and EPs to their name, all of the releases are pretty impressive.  Tonight, Jawnzap7 plays The Note along with a lineup of other up and coming musicians.  Click here for ticket information and listen below to get in on the rap action.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tressels and Low Cut Connie at The Note, Douglas Thomas at World Cafe Live, Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center

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Photo by Abi Reimold |

Featuring members from The Weeds, Birdie Busch’s band and Buried Beds, Divers are about as local as a group of musicians can get. Their music falls somewhere in between folk, rock and a little country and can go from ambient tones to straight up rock in a heartbeat. They’re playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight; for more information on the 21+ show, click here. Below, watch Divers perform “Take Me Back” for Kettle Pot Tracks’ studio’s On the Hill series.

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Fiction becomes reality for Terrible Things frontman Fred Mascherino (playing The Note in West Chester tomorrow)

As frontman for West Chester-based rock band Terrible Things, Fred Mascherino doesn’t always write from his own experience.

His band’s self-titled 2010 debut was a concept album about the string of arson events which had taken place in Coatesville. It was something Mascherino observed affecting his neighboring community, but didn’t directly impact his life.

In the case of Terrible Things’ latest EP, an abstract idea for a set of songs did become a reality for Mascherino.

He dreamed up a storyline following a husband whose wife was in the hospital battling a terminal illness. Mascherino thought about the differing viewpoints each song could address, from the doctors and the nurses to the physical struggle of the wife and the husband’s emotional one.

He had fully written “Hospital,” the final track on what became the band’s Pre-Trasmission EP when this musical concept Mascherino had created hit home. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers opening for The Gaslight Anthem at The Electric Factory, The National Rifle at PhilaMOCA, Shelby Lynne at World Cafe Live, Twin Sister at Union Transfer, Modern Inventors at The Note

Philly punk rockers The Menzingers released their major label debut On the Impossible Past in February after wowing Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz.  Tonight, the Scranton-born outfit opens for New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem at The Electric Factory.  Tickets and more information can be found here.  Watch The Menzingers’ video for “Nice Things” below.

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