Sophia Verbilla’s Harmony Woods recently stopped by Bad Dad Music Productions and performed one of my favorites from her insane debut album Nothing Special. You can catch that below.
Titled “Negro Y Azul,” this track is loud and quiet and charged and soothing. Add in the narrative storytelling-type lyrics, and that crazy catchy guitar hook, and there’s a whole lot of feelings to go around. Continue reading →
Soundscaping punk army The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (mercifully abbreviated to The World Is) headline World Cafe Live tonight. The band, currently a ten-piece, is firmly rooted in late 90s emo but blends it with a post-rock sensibility, amplifying the catharsis to impressive levels. Their latest, Between Bodies, was released in October to much frenzy, and scene faves The Hotelier open the show. Also worth noting is the setting: World Cafe Live is one of our favorite Philly venues, but it doesn’t hold punk shows too often, so when it happens, you know it’s something special. Tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.
Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.
Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.
Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.
The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.
Wilmington’s Grand Opera House will welcome rock and roll / country icon Bonnie Raitt to its stage tonight. The ten-time Grammy Award winner released her 16th album Slipstream in April of last year, and American Songwriter called it “her best album in years”. During her 40-year career, Raitt has enjoyed remarkable success and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Get tickets to the event here and watch the video for her classic hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” below.
Longtime local favorite Joey Sweeney will celebrate Long Hair, his new album which comes out October 29th, at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Sweeney has conquered the worlds of music and journalism having fronted many bands (including The Trouble with Sweeney) and written for Philadelphia Weekly and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His latest pop-rock effort is an album that surely compliments his track record in the industry. Check out Sweeney and his band’s first live show, which was recorded for our Key Studio Sessions, here and watch a trailer for the album below. Tickets are available here.
Tonight at North Star Bar, you can catch Doylestown rock band Commonwealth Choir. Though the group only has one official song to it’s name, Commonwealth Choir is not a band to mess with. The single “Rest” is incredibly catchy, featuring a sleek chorus that’ll have you listening to the song over and over again. The group has already played several shows in Philly this summer, but this is the last for a while. Check out their single below and click here for concert information.