Last Wednesday’s oppressive rain was perfectly complemented by the bluesy punk of the duo of Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, better known as The Kills. Dropping into the Trocadero in between two appearances in New York City, they stormed through a set of songs that resonated with their Philly fans from start to finish.
Hop Along‘s Frances Quinlan looked over the moon happy in just about all the Instagram pictures the band posted last night, and with good reason; she was brought onstage to sing with Weezer in front of a sold-out Trocadero crowd. Continue reading →
“I guess we didn’t really think it through, does that kinda make us like dinosaurs?” Aaron Weiss—just as charmingly awkward as ever—asked the audience late on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, he and his longtime friends who make up mewithoutYou had taken the stage of the Trocadero to the swelling orchestral theme from Jurrasic Park, to celebrate their breakout album Catch for Us the Foxes turning 10 years old. Whether you see Catch as a fossil from mewithoutYou’s early days or the cornerstone of their career-writ-large, Saturday’s sold-out, hometown show was undeniably one for the history books. Continue reading →
Upper Darby-based rock group mewithoutYou brings its Catch For Us the Foxes 10-year anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. Their second full-length album came out in October of 2004 and cathartically explored the tension between heartache, faith and the complex emotions of youth. The record contained fan faves like “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” and “January 1979″, the latter of which won mtvU’s “Left Field Award for Most Original Artist,” and the album peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers.” Joining mwY tonight are Lawrence, Kansas post-rock group The Appleseed Cast and Philadelphia art-punk favorites Hop Along. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
As soon as an artist on a Philadelphia stage mentions cheesesteaks, that’s my cue to tune out. While I appreciate the stab at a regional reference, if that’s honestly the best you can do – like, come on dudes and dudettes, didn’t your tour van take you anywhere else today? – I’d rather just hear you play songs. Usually. So points are due to Paul Van Haver, aka Belgian dance pop sensation Stromae, for bantering about our local cuisine in a way that didn’t come across as patronizing, but totally within the context of the performer’s larger global vision. Continue reading →
Real hip-hop is alive and well. Sunday’s performances at The Troc, with KRS-One headlining, proved that not only is there so much to love about real, original hip-hop music but that like the people of Philadelphia that love comes in all forms. Mingling among 50-year-old men in bucket hats and crimson Adidas jumpsuits were skinny-legged hipsters, collar-popping bros and scores of others who defy categorization; an audience as boundless as the reach and appeal of the art. Continue reading →
Lifetime fans of Hoboken indie rock group Yo La Tengo can celebrate 30 years of music with the band at their upcoming anniversary show at The Troc. Three decades have passed since Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew teamed together in 1984 consistently delivering unconventional and boundary-pushing rock tunes. Continue reading →
Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini, has announced his North American tour dates, just in time for the U.S. release of his album, Caustic Love, on September 16th. The album, steeped in the soulful vibes of classic sounds of Stax/Volt records, is already a hit in the UK, debuting at #1 on the charts back in April when it was released. More recently, Nutini performed at the Glastonbury Festival where he captured the audience with his soulful performance of “Iron Sky,” off his Iron Sky EP.
Nutini will make his way to the Trocadero on September 20th. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, at 10am. You can find more info about the show and tickets here.
Watch the video for “Let Me Down Easy” recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, below.
Philly’s favorite jam band, The Disco Biscuits, recently announced their 3-day City Bisco from September 25-27. Their first stop will be the Trocadero on the 25th, the Electric Factory on the 26th, and the Mann on the 27th. A limited amount 3-day passes will go on sale today at NOON. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, get into the groove with the Biscuits.
It was once known as The Arch Street Opera House. Over the past century and a half, it’s been called a lot of things (according to its Wikipedia page, anyhow) including: Park Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Slocum’s and Sweatman’s Theatre (a personal favorite), and Sweatman’s Arch Street Opera House. Most recently it goes by the name The Trocadero Theater, or it’s more colloquial name, The Troc.
Fast forward 144 years past the recorded birth date, and I find myself trying to prove to a group of diligent, extremely friendly employees that I belong in this prestigious venue a few hours before doors open. A well-established home for movies, comedy, pop and – moreso, I think, than any other venue in Philadelphia – hard fucking rock.
The latter of which is why I was there. My credentials checked out, and I find myself walking through the empty lobby, out in to the spacious arena, around the elevated staging area, up an ancient set of stairs, down a dark, very ominous hallway, and in to “the back room” which also happens to be the literal back room.
I guess this is where the fantasy ends, though. [continue]