Divers, The Districts, DRGN King and more featured on Tri-State Indie’s Lou Reed tribute (12/7 at World Cafe Live)

Photos by Abi Reimold |
Photo by Abi Reimold |

This Saturday, a tribute to late rock and roll icon Lou Reed at World Cafe Live will raise money for hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance. Today, the event’s organizers – the Philly-based music blog Tri-State Indie – announced the lineup for the show, and it features a solid cross section of Philly musicians, including:

Levee Drivers
Pete Donnelly
Black Stars
Dominic Angelella (of DRGN KING)
Nero Catalano
The Districts
John Train
Pine Barons
Our Griffins

The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $8 and available here. Attendees are asked to bring canned non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance. Below, watch The Districts paying tribute to Reed at a recent festival with a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground.


Tri State Indie announces Lou Reed tribute at World Cafe Live; performers sought

loureedWith the sad passing of rock icon Lou Reed still fresh in the music community’s mind, Philly-based blog Tri-State Indie announced a tribute to the songwriter and founding member of The Velvet Underground at World Cafe Live on December 7th. The show will benefit hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance, and performers are still sought. If you’re a Philly musician and you’re interested in paying tribute to Lou, sign up here; for more show info, click here.


Photo Recap: A modest tribute to Elliott Smith with Our Griffins, September Call-Up and more

Our Griffins | Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

September Call-Up set the mood right with “Angel in the Snow”; Angel Ocana got choked up on “Rose Parade”; and the crowd adding the “Because I love you” line to Burned Out Still Glowing’s stripped-down version of “Kings Crossing.” Last night local blog, Tri State Indie, hosted a beautiful but modest tribute to the late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith at the World Cafe Live. Despite his tragic story, the performance was filled with a pleasant sweetness knowing that everyone in the room was there for the same reason – their intimate connection to Smith’s music. Read up on why the handful artists wanted to be part of the tribute here. Check out a photo recap of the show below.

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Philly songwriters on saying yes to Elliott Smith (tribute show tomorrow at World Cafe Live 8/21)

600full-elliott-smithI remember hearing Elliott Smith for the first time. It was the summer before my sophomore year of college. I just got through a semester long training for my school’s radio station, and having converted from my thrash punk stage to the more down-to-earth genre of indie rock only six months before, I excitedly asked my friends for suggestions to play on my upcoming show.

One handed me a mix CD of her favorites, and on there was a two-minute song that instantly tugged at my chest. A spidery whisper singing “I’m in love with the world through the eyes of a girl…” and checking the handmade lined-paper CD case, I fell in love with “Say Yes” and the haunting delicacy of Elliott Smith.

Celebrated for his quiet but powerful lyricism, Elliott Smith was a beautiful tragedy that left this world too soon. Inspired by the No Name concert series, local blog Tri State Indie has put together a tribute to the singer/songwriter held at the World Cafe Live tomorrow night. Starting the show at 8 p.m., seven artists will be featured, including Philadelphia’s Jonah Delso and September Call-Up.

Although a little skeptical of tribute shows in general, I knew this was going to be the closest I would get to actually seeing Smith live. I bought a ticket and checked out the all-local line-up. But as I listened though YouTube videos and looked at band websites, I started to wonder why each of the eclectic artists wanted to be part of such a tribute. Is it that their sound was similar to Smith’s? Or is there a deeper connection that pulled them to this performance? Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tri State Indie Awards at World Cafe Live, Modern Baseball at The Fire, Live WXPN broadcast of Mumford & Sons show at Susquehannah Bank Center

It’s a big night for local music – Tri State Indie will hold their second annual awards show at World Cafe Live, hosted by Toy Soldiers‘ Ron Gallo.  With performances by New Sweden (last year’s Delaware Indie Band of the Year), Cold Fronts and more, the event includes a red carpet walk with professional photographers and gift bag for all attendees.  Check out a list of all the nominees here.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below,  watch Band of the Year hopefuls Toy Soldiers perform “Tell the Teller” / “Forget How it Used to Be” at World Cafe Live.

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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]


Get your vote on with The Deli, Tri-State Indie polls

Attention aficionados of Philly music: two local polls beckon your opinions. The Deli Philadelphia‘s readers poll for emerging artist of 2012 is open through January 28th; you can cast your vote with them over here. And voting for Tri State Indie‘s 2013 Music Awards runs until midnight on February 11th; cast your ballot in that poll here. We were excited to be part of the nominating committees for both polls this year, and are looking forward to the results – and TSI’s gala at World Cafe Live on February 17th.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang at Kung Fu Necktie, Tony Trischka at the Psalm Salon, Norwegian Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Low Cut Connie at North Star Bar, and Black Horse Motel with New Sweden at Milkboy Philly

Celebrate the-maybe-last-night on Earth with Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang tonight at Kung Fu Necktie! In case all of this apocalyptic nonsense turns out not to be true, though, get pumped for Stens and his crew’s upcoming Key Session in 2013. The NJ nostalgia-rock group, fronted by Juston “Turbo” Stens formerly of Dr. Dog, released their album, Trash or Treasure, last March (pick it up on their Bandcamp page here). Tonight’s 21+ show starts at 7:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang’s cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: HighKick at World Cafe Live, Green Jelly at Kung Fu Necktie, Turning Violet Violet at The Balcony

West Philly quartet HighKick are bringing their rockabilly sound to World Cafe Live tonight in preparation for the release of their new demo. The band’s honest lyrics and steady Americana rhythms make their 2010 album, Paints a House, a must-hear for any fan of DIY roots music, and can be streamed here. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show are available on our concert calendar here; doors open at 7 p.m. Below, watch a video profile on HighKick from 6ABC.

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Jukebox the Ghost headlining Union Transfer in March

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson

Continuing to tour in support of their summer 2012 release Safe Travels, Jukebox the Ghost today announced a new string of winter / spring tour dates that lands them at Union Transfer on the ides of March. It’s their biggest headlining appearance in Philly to date, and tickets go on sale this Friday, November 30, at noon via the venue’s website. It’s probably a safe guess that we’re not the only folks in the Philly music scene that are psyched for this show. Below, check out a video that our friends at Tri-State Indie recently released – an interview with the band at Appel Farm from the summer.