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POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:36 PM

Thursday 10/25: Jeffrey Lewis at WCL

New York “anti-folk” singer (what does that mean anyway?) Jeffrey Lewis is a lyrical genius, whose witty, heartfelt, and frequently sardonic lyrics reveal an artist who is smart, cynical, and searching for answers in a messed-up world. An artist by trade, who also boasts an impressive comic book output, and who picked up music more than 10 years back on a whim, Lewis is now touring in support of his sixth LP, A Turn in the Dream Songs. Expect fun banter and catchy gems such as “Cult Boyfriend,” in which Lewis explains his fringe appeal, and “Time Trades.” 

8:00 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., $8. Tickets available here

POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012, 5:10 AM

Friday, October 19th

Breast Cancer Awareness Event
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Aoki Boutique
115 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets available:
Online
(or)
Prince Music Theater Box Office
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

OFF! w/ The Spits, Double Negative.
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St
8:00 pm
Tickets

Silver Snakes w/ Foreign Tongues, Good Graces
The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave.
7:00 pm
Tickets

 

Saturday, October 20th

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:57 PM

Friday, September 28th


Yuengling's Philly Free Beer Toast
6:30 pm
Full list of participating locations

Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Silk City
435 Spring Garden St.
9 pm
$10



Friday Happy Hour DJs - DJ Perez
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N Frankford Ave
6 pm
No Cover


Skeletonwitch w/ Havok, Early Graves
The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave
8 pm
Tickets


Mark Kozelek
First Unitarian Sanctuary
2125 Chestnut St
8:30 pm
Tickets

Saturday, September 29th

Anything U Can Shake YRHips2
Silk City
435 Spring Garden St.
10 pm
$3 girls $7 guys

POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 10:46 AM
Filed Under: Garage | Indie | Phrequency Approved | Rock
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San Fran rockers casually release one of the best rock records of the year

I was at a bar the other day, talking with a friend, when he commented on the Death of Rock Music these days—how a good number of our popular bands consist of neon- and tight-pants-wearing, knob-turning, drum-kit-programming electro-rockers, who are far more influenced by New Order than by Joy Division. He may have a point. (We’re looking at you, Chaz Bundick/Ariel Pink.) Which is why I’m so enamored with bands like Thee Oh Sees, who’ve been casually crafting spastic garage rock nugs for nearly a decade, with nary a vocoder in site.

The project of prolific master John Dwyer, a scene vet since the late ‘90s who’s jammed with just about everyone, Thee Oh Sees follow a similar trajectory to one of my all-time favorite bands, Guided by Voices. Just as GBV started as a figment of Bob Pollard’s imagination, morphing from low-key garage project (with a rotating cast of regulars) to incredibly prolific indie rock giants—so too have Thee Oh Sees—transitioning from Dwyer’s solo project to an established force of ever-changing members. Since 2004, the band has released no less than 14 records (including 2 last year), and developed a small but strong following. But if there’s ever a time for Thee Oh Sees to burst forth into the public consciousness, in a moment of Bee Thousand-esque splendor, that time is now—after the release of fantastic new LP, Putrifiers II.


POSTED: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 10:54 AM

Summer might not officially end until September 21, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel like fall—from the shorter days and longer nights to the throngs of college students carrying backpacks and smoking cigs outside Starbucks (or maybe that’s just my neighborhood.) Luckily for all, September is also prime record release season…here are 8 records we’re excited about this fall. 

David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love This Giant. When two people as individually brilliant and creative as David Byrne and Annie Clark collaborate, you know the results are going to be incredible—and this record (described by Byrne as “a more intertwined collaboration than most I've done”) promises to be a high-energy romp through horn-laced experimentations. Check out the vid for first single “Who” right now—then stream the whole thing for free via NPR

POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

All summer long excitement was in the air as people waited anxiously for the arrival of the highly anticipated Made in America Festival that Jay-z announced in May. This past weekend, the festival finally arrived, and it was just as magical as we'd all hoped it would be, if not more.

With acts like Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Drake, The Hives, Calvin Harris, Santigold, a surprise performance from Kanye West and of course, Jay-z himself, this is an event that Philadelphia will never forget. Photos by Marie Alyse Rodriguez.

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 2:44 PM
Occasionally, when I start to really consider the city we live in and its music scene, I start to feel really lucky for all the live music we have the opportunity to experience with ease. This summer has done nothing but assure that feeling. Between Union Transfer, The Electric Factory, First Unitarian Church, and Morgan's Pier (I'll stop now because the list could go on) we have a pretty awesome set of venues that help to build up our music scene. Not to mention the festivals that have hit (or are about to hit) Philly this summer such as The Made In America festival, Identity festival,  The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Mad Decent Block Party. Although we're sad to see the summer go, it's clear that the we'll continue to be going to some awesome shows as we bring in the Fall season. Here are 9 concerts that you don't want to miss:

Purity Ring 9/20


Purity Ring will be performing with Evian Christ and Headaches at the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, September 20, courtesy of R5 Productions. Get tickets here.

Grimes 9/27


On Thursday, September 27, WXPN presents Grimes with Elite Gymnastics and Myths at Union Transfer. You can get tickets here (before it sells out again!).

Minus The Bear 9/28


If this doesn’t remind you of highschool, well… I don’t know what else will. Check out Minus the Bear along with Cursive and Caspian at The Electric Factory on Friday, September 28. Tickets are available here.

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:30 AM
Filed Under: Indie | Phrequency Approved | Rock
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Spoon + Wolf Parade “supergroup” super rages

In general, I’m a big fan of inter-band collaborations. The 2011 Mister Heavenly record (featuring Nick Diamonds of Islands, Honus Honus of Man Man, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse) was one of my faves of the year; the 2009 Monsters of Folk record (featuring Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James and Mike Mogis) might be one of my faves of the decade. So naturally I was pumped to learn about Divine Fits, the new indie “supergroup” composed of Spoon’s Britt Daniel + Wolf Parade/The Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, with New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown on drums. (I use the term “supergroup” in quotes here because while Spoon seems legendary to us, to the rest of the world they’re but a utensil used to eat soup.)

Formed on a lark between mutual friends Boeckner and Daniel, Divine Fits quickly evolved into a full-fledged band late last year, releasing their first single (the fantastically catchy “My Love Is Real”) in early summer. Now just 3 months later they’ve readied their debut record, A Thing Called Divine Fits—which you can stream right now via NPR.


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