An experiment in placing emerging local musicians in a historic local landmark, the inaugural One Song Rock Festival kicked off on August 9. Over the course of the month, it will put some 27 regional bands onstage in the 600-seat Media Theater for the Performing Arts (pictured). You can check out the full lineup at the festival’s Facebook Page; one night not to miss is Friday Aug. 24, when The Sparklers, The Tressels and The Quelle Source bring the indie-Americana ruckus to town. Get an overview of the festival lineup in the Soundcloud playlist below.
The Sparklers are a new alt-country four-piece from South Philadelphia who this weekend are celebrating the release of their debut full-length, Crying at the Low Bar. Named for the matchbook-sized pub that was a go-to hang for the Passayunk Avenue crowd of the early ’00s, the record is a tribute to late nights and hoarse throats done up in rumbling guitars, honky-tonk piano and Replacements-style catchy hooks. Stream the album below, grab a pay-what-you-wish download over at The Sparklers’ Bandcamp page, and catch the show tonight. The Sparklers with Creem Circus and The Naked Heroes play Connies Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th Street, June 29 at 9 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is $10, or $15 including a CD and 7″.