After re-emerging with a late summer gig at SteelStacks last summer, indie rock icons Modest Mouse are back to the Bethlehem venue tonight with their latest album in tow. Strangers to Ourselves follows up 2007′s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank in fine form, with frontman Isacc Brock’s wry, observational wordplay taking center stage around driving guitars and pensive arrangements. Tickets for the show are still available and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
New Orleans prodigy Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has honed his brand of Jazz Funk to an art form. He’s been strong on the festival circuit, ubiquitous on HBO’s series Treme, and seems to consider Philly his second home. He opened a late Saturday night show (technically Sunday morning, considering the midnight stage time) at the TLA with a jumping version of suite “Slippery Lips / Craziest Things/ Backjump” which showcases both his trombone playing and vocals, which have become more prevalent of late. Continue reading →
Okay, so obviously Made in America is today, but not everybody has tickets to that. So as far as OTHER concerts to check out, Trombone Shorty is a good one. A ridiculously talented trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Shortly writes music that can really be defined in about a billion different genres, including rap, funk, jazz, and rock. You can buy tickets to his show here. Check out the video below of the band performing in New Orleans, which, by the way, will blow your freaking mind. Continue reading →
Trombone Shorty and the Orleans’ Avenue, led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, is known for their energetic performances. The nickname comes from the fact that Andrews has been playing trombone from an early age, when the trombone was bigger than him. In a 2009 session with the World Cafe, Andrews described the catchy fusion of funk, hip-hop and jazz as “supafunkrock”.
Last year, the band released Say That to Say This and have been touring in support of the new album. Compared to previous albums, Backatown and For True, the album has much more of a live-performance vibe, especially on the title track. Andrews was just in town a few weeks ago as a part of the live recording of Home at the Kimmel with Jeff Bradshaw.
Watch the band’s incredible performance of “Fire and Brimstone” at this year’s Coachella Festival below. Get more information for their upcoming show at the TLA August 30th here.
“My love affair with Philadelphia has been in the making for about ten years now,” Seth Avett cried into the mic just before starting “The Once and Future Carpenter.” “It seems to just continue and continue and continue.”
The hootenanny began with New Orleanian dance-funk extraordinaire Trombone Shorty warming up the stage. The center crowd was already on their feet boogieing to Shorty’s jazz-swing mix, cheering for every guitar solo, trumpet trill and trombone slide. Meanwhile, the people in the wings anxiously jostled in their spots to test their sightlines for the main act.
The lights dimed low and the crowd eagerly cheered to a still stage. A couple of minutes went by before Joe Kwon (cellist) and Mike Marsh (drummer) entered. Now feverish with anticipation, the crowd almost burst with excitement with when Bob Crawford (double bassist) and Scott and Seth Avett walked out and began the set with new single “Another is Waiting.”
The Avetts put on a delightfully nostalgic show, playing crowd favorites like “Live And Die” and “Down With The Shine” from last year’s The Carpenter, and many throwbacks from older albums including “Backwards With Time” (from The Gleam EP), “Gimmeakiss” (from Four Thieves Gone), “Die Die Die” (from Emotionalism), and “Pretty Girls At The Airport” (from Mignonette).
“We’ve been overseas, to Canada,” Scott Avett said between songs. “But playing in Philadelphia is like playing at home.”
Ending the set with the whole crowd chanting the “three words that became hard to say,” the Avetts ran off the stage shaking hands of the front row and anyone else that could squeeze their way up. The crowd called out for the band to reappear for an encore, and Seth came back to the mic, guitar in hand, to ask “Are you sure y’all want this?” Playing a Doc Watson cover, “Shady Grove,” and new song, “Vanity”, The Avett Brothers ended the night with “Head Full Of Doubt / Road Full Of Promise.” Implying a return in the future, Seth Avett called out, “Philly, we’ll see you soon!”
Below, check out a gallery of photos from both The Avett Brothers and Trombone Shorty’s set; after the jump, read the setlist and watch a collection of fan videos from the show.
File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.
FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.
File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3:The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83′s “Midnight City” below.
Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.
Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.
In case you missed this article on Pitchfork this week about the 20 Essential Festivals of Summer 2012, of the ten they chose for North America, two are right here in Philly. While we need to actually make it through their choice of the Jay-Z curated Labor Day Made In America festival to see whether or not it will turn out to be “essential,” one thing we know for sure: their choice of The Roots Picnic tomorrow and Sunday is right on target. For the last four years The Roots have thrown one of the best festivals in town and this year, they’ve expanded the picnic to two days (Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd) at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup features The Roots, De La Soul, Rakim, Danny Brown, St. Vincent, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem), Diplo, Major Lazer, Kid Cudi, Chill Moody, OCD: Moosh & Twist, tUnE-yArDs, Shabazz Palaces and more. Two day and single day passes are available here. You can find the complete lineup here.
SATURDAY, June 2nd
WXPN Welcomes the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival featuring Dawes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rodney Crowell, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sara Watkins, Jukebox The Ghost, Cheryl Wheeler, Mason Porter and more. (11:30 a.m.; all ages, $5.00 for kids ages 3-12; $40.00-$50.00 for adults).
SUNDAY, June 3rd
Singer-songwriter JBM returns to town and plays Milkboy Philly with Tim Rogers of YOU AM I. JBM (real name: Jesse Merchant) JBM’s new album, Stray Ashes, is a gorgeous and haunting collection of songs that recalls the sparse beauty of records by Jose Gonzalez. (Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm; tickets to the 21+ show are $12). Below, watch the video produced by Philly’s Out Of Town Films they did with Jesse when he played at Jonny Brenda’s several weeks ago.
If you’ve not made your Sunday evening plans yet, there are two excellent shows tonight in Philly; Beirut plays at the Electric Factory at 8 p.m. and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform at Union Transfer at 8:30 p.m. In case you missed it, read our interview with Paul Collins of Beirut here. Listen to David Dye’s interview with and performances from Beirut on World Cafe here. Below, listen to one of our favorite songs from the recent Beirut album, The Rip Tide, and stream Trombone Shorty’s recent album, Backatown.
After performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival last month, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are returning to town and will perform at Union Transfer on Sunday, November 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $25.00. Click here for information. This past Tuesday Trombone Shorty released a new album called For True. Below, watch a video with Shorty and his band from WXPN’s Non-comm music conference at World Cafe Live on June, 2010.