The Lumineers and a few thousand fans headline The Tower Theater (photos, review, setlist)

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 →


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Roots Picnic, ONUINU and #LetBonnerShoot)

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The lineup for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic includes Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife and more [link]

Dave Hartley‘s Top of the Key returns to tell you why the NBA should #LetBonnerShoot [link]

Folk-inspired Philly songwriter Gretchen Lohse records a stunning Key Studio Session [link]

The latest album from Joe D’Amico gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Portland dance-rock artist ONUINU chats about his upcoming show at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

Get your vote on in The Deli and Tri-State Indie‘s year-in-review polls [link]

Pitchfork gave Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP a bad review, then premiered it anyway [link]

UK pop singer Jessie Ware played Union Transfer, reminisced about World Cafe [link]

Listen to Simian Mobie Disco recorded live on Making Time RADio [link]

Elder grunge statesmen Soundgarden brought their reunion tour to The Tower Theater [link]

Listen to Yo La Tengo cover The Spinners’ classic “I’ll Be There” from Free at Noon [link]

Ohio singer-songwriter Dolfish is spotlighted in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]


Recap: Soundgarden at The Tower Theater (photos, setlist)

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 →


Soundgarden Alert: Tour Announcement (playing The Tower 1/19) and new video, album stream

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.


Lumineers announce February show at The Tower

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.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Energy at Johnny Brenda’s, Primus at The Tower Theater, Flobots and Rone at MilkBoy

Local pop-rock outfit Free Energy play Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show presented by Out of Town Films.  Tonight’s event is the first in what Out of Town Films hopes to be a regular event, a showcase bringing high-caliber acts to smaller, more intimate venues.  Free Energy recently announced details for their forthcoming sophomore record called Lovesigns, which will be released through the band’s own label on January 15th.  Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are $12; the doors will open at 8:00 p.m.  Below, watch Out of Town Films’ video with Free Energy for “Hold You Close” from the summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thom McCarthy and Ron Gallo at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dispatch at The Tower Theater, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at First Unitarian Church

Photo by Ryan Jay

This month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA is curated by The Swollen Fox’s Kevin Kennedy, so you know each night will feature some stellar local acts (read an interview with Kennedy previewing the series here).  Tonight’s event is a doubleheader with Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo each playing a set, followed by a screening of a film that “may not be directed by (and starring) a legendary silent-film era comedic star.” The event is open to all ages; doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. with the movie screening beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Below, watch Thom McCarthy perform his song “Tiempo” at PhilaMOCA from May 2011.

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Photo Recap: Ben Folds Five and Kate Miller Heidke at The Tower Theater

The much-anticipated Ben Folds Five reunion tour made its way to the Philadelphia area last night for an appearance at The Tower Theater. Australian singer-songewriter Kate Miller-Heidke opened the show; check out a photo recap of both performances in the gallery above.


Recap: David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Tower Theater (photos, setlist)

Last night, David Byrne and St. Vincent played the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, performing songs from their collaborative album Love This Giant, as well a selections from each of their solo catalogs – including a rendition of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).” Take a look at a gallery of photos from the show above, and see the setlist below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda Palmer at the TLA, Bob Weir at The Tower, Sondre Lerche at World Cafe Live, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Ashleigh Haddad
On the eve of her latest album’s release date, Amanda Palmer and her touring band The Grand Theft Orchestra bring their road show to The TLA on South Street tonight. Tickets to the all-ages show are $23, and are available here. Theatre Is Evil is released tomorrow on Palmer’s own label, 8 Ft. Records. Below, watch a performance of the album track “The Bed Song,” filmed for The Boston Herald. Continue reading →