Philly born and bred Tiani Victoria performs at the Theater of Living Arts tonight, not long after her XPN Studio Session this past week. Her vocal skills have made her an up and coming Philly performer you should look out for; check out some video from the session below, and get ticketing info for the all ages $29 concert here.
Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.
Swearin’ is throwing its record release show for their new album Surfing Strange. Gaining popularity in the underground scene, the punk four piece is known for shout-along lyrics, multiple vocalists, and raging guitar hooks – something you also hear on its 2012 self-titled release. With the excitement building around their new album, which received a 7.6/10 on Pitchfork, Golden Tea House is hosting Philly’s punk show of the night. Pick up Surfing Strange here and get more information on the show here.
Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.
In celebration of their October 1st release of Sunlight On The Moon, fantastical psychedelic indie rock outfit Elf Power is coming to Boot and Saddle tonight. The album is the fourteenth full-length the band has released since forming in Athens, Georgia almost two decades ago. Check out the title track from the album below, and find tickets and information for tonight’s show here.
Noah and the Whale just announced the U.S. release of their latest album, Heart Of Nowhere. The band’s fourth release overall, it will be out September 24th on Caroline Records. In celebration, the British indie rock outfit will be touring the states this fall, including a Philly show at Theater of Living Arts on October 17th. Find more information and tickets for show here; below, check out the recent video for “Lifetime” from Heart Of Nowhere. It was created by Fourteen-Nineteen, a London-based young photographers’ collective.
Exciting news for the club kids: UK dance-pop sensation Example is making his Philadelphia debut this fall with a headlining show at The TLA on October 15th. The stage monicker of one Elliot John Gleave, Example got his start as a rapper in the dubstep scene in the late aughts, but gradually branched out into pop music with more mass-appeal, beginning with his 2010 offering Won’t Go Quietly. The album was a high-energy blend of beats, loops, raps and vocal hooks, and as Example progressed on further releases – and he began performing for bigger and bigger crowds at O2 arenas and Glastonbury-esque festivals around Britain – the club-pop got toned way up and the rap got phased out. But that’s fine, since is music remains catchy, earworm-y and undeniably fun (albeit super super poppy). Last year he released his fourth album, The Evolution of Man, and is reportedly working on a new release for 2014 that he says “is inspired…by Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Faithless, Underworld”; aka everything I listened to between 1996 and 1999. This is going to be great, and tickets are on sale now via The TLA website. Below, watch the videos for “Say Nothing” from The Evolution of Man and “Kickstarts” from Won’t Go Quietly.
Shortly after the first night of XPoNential Music Festival wrapped up at Wiggins Park, a horde of people lined up South Street for the sold-out after party with rabble-rousing eclectic world rock of Gogol Bordello. Though the band has embraced its self-styled “gypsy punk” aesthetic since the 90s, their sound has considerably broadened over the years, as Anna Novikova pointed out in her review of the band’s new LPPure Vida Conspiracy.
The set last night mixed in elements of dub / reggae, South American music, and even pop moments with the band’s punked-up Eastern European. Singer Eugene Hütz was a commanding presence at the head of the slam-dancing, stampeding, pogo-ing crowd, leading them in chants of “break the curse of aging” and emptying most of a bottle of wine on the front row in spirling, splashes of bright red. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.
Last May, CocoRosie released their fifth album, Tales of a GrassWidow. The sister duo is known for their experimental sound which combines folk, hip-hop, electronica and quirky audio collages. Their latest album is no exception, featuring just as many genre-bending songs as ever. In support of their latest LP, the group is going on a large tour which will include a stop at The Theater of Living Arts in Philly November 9th. Below, watch the curious video for “After the Afterlife” featuring lots of nature, the two sisters and a yeti-esque monster.
We’ve got a really great show for you tonight: Questlove, legendary drummer for The Roots and R&B singer D’Angelo have teamed up for some amazing jams over the past year, melding their musical skills into somewhat of a super-duo. This Wednesday, the two are playing in Questlove’s hometown at The TLA. If you wanna see an amazing pre-Parkway show, be sure to check them out. Click here for ticket information, and watch a video from their set at the Brooklyn Bowl below.