The fabulous and frantic Janelle Monae came on the stage in a straight jacket (similar to her performance at the Roots Picnic two weeks ago) and broke free giving the audience a superb afternoon.
Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball
Getting stoked for XPoNential Fest? Same here. Jenny Lewis put on a kick-butt performance playing tunes from her new album and some Rilo Kiley numbers. Can’t wait to see her again next month. Continue reading →
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Though the members of Broken Social Scene resist the term “super-group,” they’re the closest thing contemporary indie-rock has to a Traveling Wilburys-type meeting of the minds. Founded and driven by Kevin Drew, Broken Social Scene has at various times included Feist, Amy Millan (of Stars), and Emily Haines and James Shaw (of Metric)—part of an ever shrinking and expanding line-up. The band has had incarnations both as an intimate quartet and as a stage-filling 19-member troupe. Broken Social Scene’s latest album, 2010′s Forgiveness Rock Record, continues the tradition built by previous records: layered songs about heartbreak, this time with a cohesiveness that was missing in earlier releases. Broken Social Scene performs with TV On The Radio at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $25–$39.50. —Kiley Bense
Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); Lightninging + Tutlie, Your Electric Instinct, Study Electricity at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); These United States + Southeast Engine, Goodnight Lights at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Two Door Cinema Club + Bombay Bicycle Club, The Lonely Forest (7:30 p.m., $33.25)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Although Peter, Bjorn and John joined the ranks of famous whistlers such as Beck, Bowie, and Axl Rose with the song “Young Folks” back in 2006, the band’s 2011 tour is centered around a different type of crowd pleaser: food. To promote PB&J’s sixth and latest album, Gimme Some, the band is offering giveaways from food trucks throughout the country. Sadly, Philadelphia is not one of the chosen cities. (At least you can still trudge over to the Wawa around the corner from The Trocadero for a hoagie.) The band is currently dealing with other tour issues, having to cancel two recent gigs due to drummer John Eriksson’s case of rotators-cuff tendinitis. According to a recent post on the band’s blog, Eriksson can’t lift his right arm. No news yet on whether tonight’s WXPN Welcomes show will be canceled as well—but fingers crossed Eriksson’s arm will be up and running well enough to play the album’s fast-paced (if whistle-less) tunes. Peter Bjorn And John performs with Memoryhouse and Work Drugs at 9 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $18.50–$21. —Marielle Mondon
Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); NewVillager + Coup Couroux (7:30 p.m., 21+, $12); The Early November at Electric Factory (7 p.m., SOLD OUT)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Kid Dynamite + No Friends, Spraynard at First Unitarian Church (5 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Grave Babies + Xray Eyeballs, Moon Women at Danger Danger Gallery (8 p.m., all ages, $5–$10)
TV On The Radio has just announced the upcoming digital release of a new live EP, World Cafe Live, which will become available on September 6th exclusively on Rdio. The five-song EP (track listing below) is a live recording of the band playing a set at WXPN’s The World Cafe hosted by David Dye.
With just over a week before TV On The Radio’s scheduled appearance at the Mann Center, the band has also released a new video for “Second Song,” the opening track off this year’s Nine Types Of Light. Back in July, the band released a video for “Caffeinated Consciousness,” the closing track off the album. You can watch both videos below. TV On The Radio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 9th, at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $35.40–$50.25.
World Café Live Track Listing:
1. Caffeinated Consciousness
2. Will Do
3. Red Dress
4. Province (CD and 12” vinyl only)
Congratulations to Philly’s own Corey Duncan, who recently announced that his band Oh! Pears will be opening for TV On The Radio in Munich in late June. The performance is part of a two-week-long European tour that kicks off a week from today, and will include a limited, tour-only single released via the Danish label Kanel Records. You can give that single, “Under The Olives,” a listen below.
TV On The Radio and Broken Social Scene have just announced that they will play several US tour dates together this September. The shows will come at the tail end of large summer tours for both groups, who have each had busy years. TVOTR has been touring practically nonstop in support of Nine Types of Light, and BSS has been active on the festival circuit.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8
TV On the Radio + Celebration, Saturn Never Sleeps at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $30.50); Univox + Deleted Scenes, Hammer No More The Fingers at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Surf City + Bardo Pond, Snowblink at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10)
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
The members of Black Lips embody modern punk rock in the sense that they vomit and urinate onstage, and yet still struggle to offend anyone. Case in point: the band’s supposed detainment in India for indecent exposure during a January 2009 performance turned out to be significantly less scandalous—and interesting—once the rumors were cleared up and the facts set straight. (One could argue that the romantic comedy (500) Days Of Summer—playing at The Sundance Film Festival right around the same time, and featuring Black Lips’ “Bad Kids” on the soundtrack—was actually more offensive than any onstage antics the band pulled in India.) More recently, the band ditched its grimy, self-produced ways to team up with scarf-wearing, Andy-Warhol-look-a-like superproducer Mark Ronson. The new album, Arabia Mountain, is due out in June and will feature Ronson beats, some horns, and a theremin; a few prereleased tracks have an unmistakable Ronson aesthetic, but still manage to maintain Black Lips’ minimalist sound. Black Lips performs with Vivian Girls and Moon Women at 9 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $17. —Dave Simpson
Also playing: David Liebe Hart + Power Animal, Snow Caps at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Colin Hay + Chris Trapper, Paul Dempsey at The Keswick Theater (8 p.m., $27.50-$33.50); Ezra Furman And The Harpoons + Tristen, The Apache Relay, Bulletproof Tigers at North Star Bar (8:30 p.m., 21+, $12)
SUNDAY, APRIL 10 Foster The People doesn’t have a proper full-length record under its belt yet—just an EP and some Youtube videos with, you know, several million views. The L.A.-based trio’s biggest song, “Pumped Up Kicks,” is perpetually hailed as an “indie anthem”: a laid-back, electronic, summertime song with a catchy hook. (Don’t let the poppy whistling and video—which features surfers and dancing band members—fool you: the song is actually about an unhinged teen shooting his classmates.) Despite having spent several years writing music for commercials and television shows, frontman Mark Foster seems in no rush to similarly cash in on Foster The People (for the time being); since the band’s formation in 2009, it’s been content with buzz-generating performances at major festivals and success on college radio stations. Questions about how much that will change—if at all—after the band releases its debut full-length, Torches, will have to wait until it comes out in May. Foster The People performs with Grouplove and We Barbarians at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.—Dave Simpson
Also playing: Loudon Wainwright III + Carsie Blanton at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., 21+, $28); KT Tunstall + Jesse Ruben at Theatre Of The Living Arts (8 p.m., $20); Birdie Busch + Brittany Ann, Vanessa Reddin, Natalie Acciani at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Capillary Action + HUME, Scott Churchman at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for TV On The Radio‘s performance with Celebration and Saturn Never Sleeps at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory on Friday, April 8th. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)