502 South accepting submissions for Philly Rock Comp Vol 3

502 south
502 South’s Philly Rock Comp | via

DIY culture is an integral aspect of any music scene. In fact, most cities would not have worthwhile music without it. Show space 502 South is doing their part to promote the best of Philly’s DIY with their Philly Rock Compilations. Each year they take submissions from punk rock and indie acts in the greater Philadelphia area to release a free record that highlights the scene. Last year’s compilation featured songs from Honah Lee, Pulling Punches, and pop-punks Welter. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Francis at The Abbey, Ex Friends at The Fire, XPN Welcomes Arlo Guthrie to the McCarter Theatre

Pixies frontman Black Francis comes to The Abbey Bar tonight.  When his influential college-rock band called it quits in 1993, Francis (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) turned the sudden void in his life into the start a solo career that now includes a couple of 4AD releases, multiple aliases and an eventual Pixies reunion.  Recently Francis struck up a collaboration with Reid Paley, which resulted in the 2011 LP Paley & Francis.  In addition to Paley and Francis providing guitars and vocals, the Nashville-recorded album features Muscle Shoals studio stalwarts Spooner Oldham (piano) and David Hood (bass).  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reid Paley can be found here.   Watch a live video of the duo performing “Magic Cup” below.

Continue reading →