Nine video documents from the final night of music at The Trocadero

Pissed Jeans, Stinking Lizaveta, and Workhorse III | stills from videos

In March, the beloved Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia’s Chinatown announced it would close after several decades as a staple in the local rock, indie and hip-hop scenes. The building, located at 10th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia, opened in the 1870s as the Arch Street Opera House and in the early 1900s became the Trocadero Theatre, serving as a burlesque venue until the 1970s. In 1973, the theater even joined the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. After a short period as an art house movie theater, the building was renovated in 1986 and took on its final form as a concert hall with a capacity of 1,200.

By the early 1990s, the Troc was hosting shows by prominent rock artists from around the country and from overseas, from Slayer to Sleater-Kinneyas The Key remembered earlier this spring — along with essential pop and hip-hop acts later on. Continue reading →


Mal Blum works toward optimism on new album Pity Boy

Mal Blum | courtesy of the artist

On Pity Boy, New York’s Mal Blum pushes their typical tender and introspective songwriting into hard rock and pop punk territory with powerful results. The new album, which came out last Friday on Don Giovanni Records, is full of robust instrumental arrangements that help the singer-songwriter point their songs toward a nuanced sense of optimism and acceptance. Joy is Blum’s rational goal. Continue reading →


(Sandy) Alex G releases touching new track “Hope,” announces tour and Union Transfer show

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-bred alt rock star (Sandy) Alex G has released “Hope,” the second single from his forthcoming album Houses of Sugar, along with an accompanying video. This touching reflection on death and friendship follows the lead single “Gretel” from last month, which found singer and guitarist Alex Giannascoli exploring complex instrumentation and startling new approaches to production. Continue reading →


Hardwork Movement trumpeter Marty Gottlieb-Hollis releases two solo tracks as Martronimous, including one featuring rapper Joie Kathos

martronimous | photo by Zack Garlitos | via

Earlier this month, local trumpet player Marty Gottlieb-Hollis released two new R&B tracks under the moniker Martronimous — one rich instrumental and one slow jam featuring local rapper Joie Kathos.

Gottlieb-Hollis is known for his work with a number of Philadelphia-based hip-hop, R&B and pop acts, including the bubbly nine-piece hip-hop group Hardwork Movement. Hardwork Movement have released two full-length albums, but Gottlieb-Hollis’s two new tracks “Renew” and “Incompleteness” are the first independent works he has shared as Martronimous. Continue reading →


Signals Midwest announce new album Pin and tour dates, including Everybody Hits gig

Signals Midwest | via

Earlier this week, Signals Midwest, the indie rock outfit fronted by Philadelphia’s Max Stern, announced that their new album Pin will come out August 2nd on Tiny Engines. The band originally formed in Cleveland, and they have now been recording music together for more than ten years; their first Bandcamp release was Burn the Blueprints in 2009, and their most recent was At This Age in 2016. Continue reading →


David Wax Museum announce tour and new LP produced by Carl Broemel, release single “Uncover The Gold”

David Wax Museum | photo by Vivian Wang | courtesy of the artist

Popular folk duo David Wax Museum recently announced that they will release their next LP Line of Light on August 23rd. The LP will be the seventh by the duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak, and it features production and guitar playing by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, as well as bass playing by Tom Blankenship, also from My Morning Jacket. Continue reading →


Bon Iver announce new album i,i out August 30th, release two curious new tracks

Bon Iver | photo by Graham Tolbert & Crystal Quinn | courtesy of the artist

On Thursday morning, Bon Iver released two new tracks and announced that their fourth album i,i will come out on August 30th on Jagjaguwar. An extensive press release on indicates that i,i will feature thirteen tracks — the most of any Bon Iver release to date — and will “complete a cycle: from the winter of For Emma, Forever Ago came the frenetic spring of Bon Iver, Bon Iver, and the unhinged summer of 22, A Million. Now, fall arrives early with i,i.” Continue reading →


Tegan and Sara announce new album Hey, I’m Just Like You out September 27th, accompanying new memoir High School


Earlier this week, beloved alt pop duo Tegan and Sara announced that their new album Hey, I’m Just Like You will arrive on September 27th.

recent Facebook post explains that the identical twin sisters Tegan Quin and Sara Quin were inspired to record the album when they discovered two long-forgotten cassette tapes full of demos they recorded between the ages of fifteen and seventeen — they came across the tapes while working on their new memoir High School, which will also come out in September.

“Defiant and melodramatic,” the sisters describe, “the songs captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to the friendships we had as teenagers.” Continue reading →


Watch Bruce Springsteen crash Southside Johnny and Gary Tallent’s show at the Stone Pony

Bruce Springsteen at The Stone Pony | still from video

On Saturday evening, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony for the first time in eight years — his last appearance there was at a benefit for Monmouth County’s Ranney School in 2011, but his historic rise in the 1970s has long been associated with the beloved rock venue. Continue reading →