Local rockers Purling Hiss celebrate the release of Water On Mars at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The new LP is the trio’s major label debut (through Drag City) and presents the bristly lo-fi guitar rock of previous releases in a more polished, hi-fi resolution while retaining the amped up excess of feedback and noise. The Key explored Water On Mars for a March edition of Unlocked, which you can check out here. Mike Polizze’s band will be joined by his Birds of Maya bandmate Jason Killinger’s newish basement fuzz rock project Spacin’, as well as AXIS:SOVA. Tickets and information the 21+ release show can be found here. Below, watch Purling Hiss’ video for “Mercury Retrograde.”
It’s time for Philadelphia devotees of Stephen Patrick Morrissey to go into high alert. After orbiting the city this winter with shows in Atlantic City and Reading, then taking a touring break due to health issues, Moz just announced a show within easy reach of the Market-Frankford El. On April 6, he will headline The Tower Theater, and tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1, at noon via Live Nation. Below, rejoice to the strains of “Action Is My Middle Name,” a new song performed on Letterman this winter, as well as the classic Morrissey video for “November Spawned A Monster.”
If ever there was a mystery about how The Lumineers became so popular so fast, last night’s appearance at The Tower Theater solved it: they involve the fans in their concerts as much as themselves.
Having catchy songs with singalong refrains helps, sure. But even given those, other acts might make performances a one-directional thing – they play, you watch, and applaud when it seems appropriate. The Lumineers, on the other hand, make the crowd feel involved and at home, all the way to the coat rack and living room piano they deck the stage out with. Continue reading →
Reunited grunge-era luminaries Soundgarden played to a sold-out crowd at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater last night, showcasing tracks from their 2012 reunion album King Animal, dipping into their back-catalogue for classics like “Spoonman,” “Blow Up The Outside World,” “Rusty Cage” and “Hands All Over,” and digging all the way back to their 1988 debut Ultramega OK for nuggets “Flower” and “Beyond the Wheel.” Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above, and read the setlist after the jump. Continue reading →
Anticipating the November 13th release of King Animal, their first record in sixteen years, ’90s rock band Soundgarden has just announced a tour featuring a stop at The Tower on January 19th; tickets will be available here on November 16th at 10 a.m. As if this weren’t enough from a band who swore they’d never reform, today Soundgarden has also released the video for “Been Away too Long,” the first single from King Animal, which you can watch below. You can also stream King Animal on iTunes here before it drops on Tuesday.
Denver trio The Lumineers are returning to Philadelphia at the Tower Theater on February 9th. The roots-pop group, who are currently scheduled to play with Dave Matthews Band at the Wells Fargo Center December 22nd (tickets available here) took off this year with the breakaway hit, “Ho Hey.” Although the group has been together since 2005, their self-titled debut album was released in April. Tickets for the February show will be available starting at 10 AM Friday, November 2nd here. Below, watch the video for “Ho Hey.”