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Watch Harmony Woods cover boygenius’s “Me and My Dog”

Harmony Woods | still from video

Philly indie rockers Harmony Woods played a gig at PhilaMOCA last night, and singer-songwriter Sofia Verbilla included a cover of the boygenius song “Me and My Dog” in the band’s set. The supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker, who are all well-known for their solo careers, boygenius formed last year and was met with instant acclaim. Continue reading →

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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 →

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Just Announced: The Menzingers will bring new album Hello Exile to Franklin Music Hall this fall

The Menzingers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Menzingers will return with their sixth album this fall. The local punk-rock favorites just announced that Hello Exile will be released on October 4 via Epitaph, and their lead single “Anna” is out now. After a show in Lancaster, PA with Queen of Jeans at The Chameleon Club this Friday, they’ll return on November 29, playing a show at Franklin Music Hall with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse.

Hello Exile follows The Menzingers’ 2017 album After The Party. The band returned to producer Will Yip’s Conshohocken studio to record the new album. “That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with Will,” vocalist Greg Barnett said in a press release. “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.” Continue reading →

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Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home will be screened at BlackStar Film Festival

Solange’s When I Get Home film | still from video

The upcoming BlackStar Film Festival has expanded its previously announced lineup to include a screening of Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home during its closing night on August 4. The short film features music from Solange’s album by the same name and is currently available on Apple Music. BlackStar will screen an extended director’s cut of the film, featuring new scenes and musical arrangements. Continue reading →

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Philly Dogs: Watch David Bowie serenade the Tower with “Rock and Roll Suicide” from the David Live recording

David Bowie | still from video

In July of 1974, David Bowie took over the Tower Theater for an unconventional week-long stint of performances. The iconic glam rocker played the Upper Darby venue, known for its unique acoustics, every night from July 8th through the 12th. These shows served as the source material Bowie’s his first concert album, David Live. Continue reading →

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Listen to the first single from Queen of Jeans’ new album If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid

Queen of Jeans | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Philly trio Queen of Jeans just announced that their new record If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, will be released August 23 via Topshelf Records. The lead single “Get Lost” is out now, and its accompanying video explores what it’s like when you just need to smash something with a baseball bat. Continue reading →

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The women of Tate have had enough in new “Cheerleader” music video

Tate | still from video

Tate released their latest creation just last week: their first ever LP After You. The new record is chock full of unapologetic introspection, set to the tune of floaty melodies and Tate Kamish’s tender vocals. The band’s brand new music video for “Cheerleader” delivers a visual display of the album’s emotions.

The video features three scenes where the women of Tate are looked down upon by men — in a bar, on a basketball court, and in the workplace. At the end, they come together in cheerleading uniforms, only to “quit” cheering for the men that surround them.  Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sister Buddha,” the first single from Belle and Sebastian’s new film soundtrack

Belle and Sebastian’s Days of the Bagnold Summer | via Matador Records

Days of the Bagnold Summer began as a graphic novel written by Joff Winterhart in 2012. It was recently turned into a forthcoming feature film, for which alternative folk-pop group Belle and Sebastian wrote the soundtrack. Containing 11 new songs and two re-recorded ones (“Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying”; “I Know Where the Summer Goes”), the album will be released on September 13th via Matador Records. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheeky’s new electro-pop single “Pretty”

Cheeky | still from video

Kaylee Sabatino, better known as Philly electro-pop artist Cheeky, has just released her new single “Pretty.” It comes a year after she put out her latest EP Flora in June of 2018.

Cheeky’s new single rides a low-key groove, with intricate sounds blended together with her gentle vocals laid overtop. Heavily percussive, most of the sounds are sharp hits, and the melody is carried by her voice and a distant melodic drone. Continue reading →

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This Is Not A Drill: Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis will play a free show in Clark Park for Community Unity Music Festival

Bootsy Collins | via facebook.com/communitymusicfestival

Yes, you read that correctly. Philadelphia’s 2019 Community Unity Music Festival will feature funk-soul legend Bootsy Collins, along with celebrated saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The festival will take place in West Philly’s Clark Park on Saturday, August 3rd, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading →