Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blayer Pointdujour at Ortlieb’s, Alo Brasil at World Cafe Live, No Age at PhilaMOCA

blayer Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are playing at Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. The local eclectic, punk, hip-hop outfit recently released The Villain EP, featuring a collaborative piece with Philly experimental hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz called “Big Haiti’s Dream.” Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here. Get ready for the set by streaming and downloading the entire EP here. Listen to “Big Haiti’s Dream” below.

Alo Brasil is heating up the dance floor tonight at World Cafe Live, and are sure to continue a great performance from this summer’s XPonential Festival. The twelve piece traditional samba band is celebrating Brazil’s Independence Day with their amazing dance beat sound and dazzling dancers. Join in the celebration and get tickets for tonight’s show here. Get excited for the performance by watching clips from their February show below.

LA dynamo duo No Age is playing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The experimental punk outfit has been touring in support of their recent release of their fourth studio album An Object; which can be streamed by Sub Pop Records here. Find details and tickets for tonight’s 8 p.m. show here. Prepare for the show with their KCRW performance of “C’mon, Stimmung” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Mary Lattimore at Kung Fu Necktie, Philebrity Valentine’s Day special with Juston Stens at Underground Arts, plus more

Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name.  Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords.   Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here.  Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GZA with Blayer Pointdujour at The Trocadero, Antje Duvekot at Burlap and Bean, Alanis Morisette at the Electric Factory, Great American Canyon Band with Mock Suns and Oldermost

Former Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, or “Genius,” will be performing with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore at the Trocadero tonight in anticipation of his upcoming album, Dark Matter. The record, which will be his seventh solo album, is scheduled for an undetermined release date this fall. GZA has also been busy with a deluxe re-release of his legendary 1995 album Liquid Swords, which he’ll be performing in its entirety. Philly openers Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore released their debut album, The Bull, in September; it can be streamed here. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, watch GZA perform “Liquid Swords” with Wavves. 

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Unlocked: An eclectic playlist curated by Blayer Pointdujour (playing MilkBoy tonight)

Listening to Blayer Pointdujour and The Rockers Galore‘s debut LP The Bull, you can hear a broad range of influences at play. This eclectic taste becomes even more apparent in talking to Blayer, who gets excited about roots rockers like Adam and Dave’s Bloodline as easily as he does for rappers like Voss or alt rockers like The National Rifle. To wrap up this edition of Unlocked, we asked Blayer to give us an idea of the music he’s been vibing to; he hit us back with the 20-song playlist you can listen to below. Check it out, and celebrate the release of The Bull tonight at MilkBoy Philly.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Karaban at Tin Angel, Blayer PointduJour at MilkBoy, Jello Biafra at the Trocadero, and Arctic Splash at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jason Karaban returns home from L.A. tonight to celebrate the release of his new album, Shift, which came out on September 4th. Karaban joined WXPN’s Helen Leicht on her show Leicht Lunch on Wednesday to play a few songs from his new album and his song “Misplaced” was Wednesday’s My Morning Download. Now, WXPN is welcoming Karaban to the Tin Angel tonight for a 21+ CD release party. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10. Below, watch the video for “Misplaced” from Jason Karaban’s new album.

Haitian kompa musician Blayer PointduJour just released his first full-length album this week with his band, the Rockers Galore. To celebrate, PointduJour is playing a record release show at MilkBoy Philly. The 21+ show also features I Yahn I Arkestra, The National Rifle, and Philadelphia Slick. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10. Blayer PointduJour was also this week’s Unlocked band on The Key. Check out The Key’s album review of his new record The Bull here and listen to his song “One Hit” in the player below.

Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra is headed to Philly tonight for an all ages show at the Trocadero with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The show also features performances by The Ray Gradys, Honah Lee, and Thee Nosebleeds. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here for $15.

Finally, Philly bands Arctic Splash, Weird Hot are playing St. James & the Apostles‘s record release show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 here. Vinyl copies of St. James & the Apostles’ new album, Baphomet, will be available at the show.


Unlocked: Blayer Pointdujour on making music of the people, for the people

This week on Unlocked, we’re featuring The Bull, the debut full-length from Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore. A revolutionary fusion of dub, reggae, kompa and punk rock, the album’s themes deal equally in struggle, escapism and empowerment. I sat down with Pointdujour over drinks at McGlinchey’s last Thursday, and while the digital jukebox shuffled our background music from Nirvana to Carly Rae Jepsen, Blayer pondered the process of making music of the people, for the people – writing songs that echo frustrations but also uplift.

The Key: This album tackles a lot. For one body of work, it’s three very distinct subjects. Was it a challenge, as a writer, to cover all this territory?

Blayer Pointdujour: I feel like the whole thing is very voyeuristic. I’m picking these moods. I’ll hear a drum beat – it always starts with the drums – and I’ll think ‘this mood fits that.’ And then I’ll write around it, and rewrite it, and rewrite again until it’s firm. It doesn’t feel hard; I’m just picking my moods, and finding the words to fit them.

TK: Seeing what stories fit what moods.

BPDJ: Yeah!

TK: And it’s not just your story. You talk about your family, your uncle. You take a third-person view, talking about history. And there are the guest vocalists. Everybody is weighing in, but all around the same area.

BPDJ: It’s crazy how just the music draws that out of people. Like, I cut this demo with Voss, a rapper – he’s kind of like Rone, like a pop rapper. But I sent him this one track, and he took the opportunity to talk about all this different stuff, all this real stuff. All the singers, all the guests, when they hear the music they’re like oh, now I  can talk about something real. Continue reading →


Download “1804,” the new single from Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore (playing 2nd Street Festival in August)

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Philly’s premier Kompa-rock outfit Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore just released a new single, “1804,” recorded with Larry Gold at Milkboy Studio. The track musically references “Rockfort Rock” by The Skatalites (one of Pointdujour’s favorites), and its title is a nod to the year Haiti gained independence from France after staging a successful slave revolt. Pointdujour says the song “deals with me trying to connect my family history to where we are today.” Grab a free download of the song below, check out the band’s Key Studio VIDEO Session here, catch them in concert at this year’s 2nd Street Festival in August, and look for Blayer’s full-length debut The Bull in September.


Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter


Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Why? at First Unitarian Church, Hank And Cupcakes at Milkboy Philly

“Why?” is the ultimate universal question—the quest for some kind of understanding in an answerless world. (Well, that’s what the band claims, at least.) With a statement like that, a listener might expect to hear bleak emo music from the California-based group. However, the songs have quite the opposite effect. With bouncy bells, group sing-alongs and hip-hop influenced beats, WHY? provides up-tempo tunes that are deceiving considering the peculiar lyrical content. Songs that involve drugs, race, and sex are infused with metaphors and ambiguity. So why see WHY?? Maybe the members of the band will impart you with some great universal truths (though that is very doubtful). More likely, they’ll put on an exciting show that will not leave any attendees with lingering questions. WHY? performs with Serengeti at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

Also playing: DRGN King + Railbird, Norwegian Arms at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $5); Ghostland Observatory + Ed Blammo at The Trocadero (9:30 p.m., 18+, $22)

When it comes to indie-rock bands that are composed of romantically involved couples (Mates Of State, The Rosebuds, Handsome Furs), Hank And Cupcakes offers something slightly off-kilter. For one thing, the married pair hails from Israel; for another, along with their silly adopted monikers, the two sport a cheerfully irreverent sensibility. The video for “Hit” features Hank And Cupcakes cavorting in nothing but body paint. With growing popularity and a new album in the works, Hank And Cupcakes is poised to spread its dance party aesthetic beyond the band’s Brooklyn base. Hank And Cupcakes performs with Gang and Pink Skull at 9 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Kiley Bense

Also Playing: Blayer PointDuJour + The National Rifle, Adam And Dave’s Bloodline at The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (8 p.m., $10); Purples + White Birds, Mike Quinn at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Mutlu + George Stanford at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $21–$31)

Dropkick Murphys + Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Mahones, Parkington Sisters, at Electric Factory (5 p.m., $39.70); Liam Finn + Thom McCarthy at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $19–$35)


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Blayer Pointdujour at Kung Fu Necktie

This summer, longtime Philadelphia music scene fixture and big-beat purveyor Blayer Pointdujour (formerly of Kid Kreyol, Miss Argentina, The Ghouls) has emerged as a rising player. After releasing a demo, Access Card, last year, he has since recorded the Port Au Prince EP (due August 30th), played Penn Treaty Park with his band The Rockers Galore in June, and—just last week—was in the WXPN studio to record a Key Studio Video Session, which we’ll be running next month. In the meantime, you can listen to the Port Au Prince EP below. Blayer Pointdujour performs with The Midnight Beat and Facts! at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Port Au Prince EP by blayerpdj