Friday, October 19th
Breast Cancer Awareness Event6:00 - 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 Church2125 Chestnut St8:00 pm Tickets
Silver Snakes w/ Foreign Tongues, Good Graces The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave. 7:00 pm Tickets
Saturday, October 20th
Out of Town Films is a group of friends dedicated to the art of music documentation that has collected nearly 50 video recordings of some of the best indie talent to pass through Philadelphia this year. Exclusive interviews and an intimate, front row seat to Dr. Dog, Nicos Gun, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Delta Rae, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, among many others, is just a taste of what is available on their Youtube page.
This Wednesday at Johnny Brenda's, Out of Town Films will be kicking-off their first in a series of showcase concerts featuring Free Energy and Edison. Out of Town Films' co-founder Michael James Murray plays lead guitar in Edison, so this night will truly be about celebrating. Plus, they will be streaming their debut album Living Room this week on SoundCloud so you can get a taste for the sweet tunes you can expect to hear. Stay up to date with Edison's other upcoming happenings by following their Tumblr and Twitter.
"Living Room" by edisonsvoice
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
French artist Melody Prochet crafts gorgeous, haunting dream pop
It might be the eight years of French lessons talking—but I’ve always had a thing for French pop. From the playful vocals of Stereolab to the ass-kicking beats of Yelle (never mind Justice, Daft Punk, and—how could I forget—PHOENIX) there’s a sensibility all these artists share that moves beyond pure country of origin. Rather, these artists are all masters at creating their own identity and world—from Daft Punk’s signature helmets to Justice’s illuminated crosses to Yelle’s trademark bob and rainbow brights.
Fellow Francophile Melody Prochet (aka, Melody’s Echo Chamber) might be a newcomer to the scene, but already is proving she too can craft a unique identity. A classically-trained, 25-year-old, design school drop-out, Prochet’s world is undoubtedly darker and murkier than those of her aforementioned colleagues. But that doesn’t make it any less stunning, as her debut, self-titled record makes clear.
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.
Francisca MagisOccasionally, 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.
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.
After Claire Boucher (Grimes) released the one-minute trailer for her forthcoming ‘Gensis’ video this week, the internet was buzzing in anticipation (something that only happens when your at the peak of your internet hype phase). The cryptic clip didn’t reveal much other than Grimes dancing eerily through the desert in platform creepers. Yesterday, though, the full video hit the web featuring Grimes and her crew marauding through the desert and Beverly Hills (maybe?) in rave outfits playing with swords, a medieval morning star, and a python. It doesn’t really make much sense, but when you’re as popular as Grimes is, does it really have to? No. Somehow the parade of club kid–esque socialites (including L.A. rapper Brooke Candy) just works. We’ll let you see for yourself. Regardless, we’re still down for her show at Union Transfer next month.
It's no secret that master designer Alexander Wang loves to collaborate with up and coming stars of the music scene, especially for his T ad campaigns. Previous campaigns have included Wang working with the likes of Diplo, Santigold, Spank Rock and Die Antwood. That's why his latest partnership with sassy, bad girl rapper, Azealia Banks, comes as no surprise. I mean, she was Wang's date for the 2012 Met Gala and she did provide music for his Spring 2012 AW campaign with Liya Kibede. In the latest video for T Alexander Wang she rocks it out in a vareity of crop tops we wouldn't mind getting our hands on as she raps "Van Vogue" from the EP that made her rap darling of the moment, 1991. Check it out below.
“She exudes a certain rawness that makes her a very unique talent,” Wang says. “I loved working with her on this video for T Fall 2012, and think the collaboration captures a collision of energies.”
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
The Brooklyn band returns with their 6th LP, which might be their most accessible yet
Dirty Projectors are, in many ways, the ultimate critic’s band—their quirky, spastic melodies and cryptic lyrics the type of highbrow art rock that makes bloggers and journalists go crazy. (Is it any surprise that Pitchfork named their 2009 record Bitte Orca the year’s second-best?) For me though, I confess I’ve had a hard time getting into it—all those tempo changes and ululations seem like so much work, and I generally prefer music-listening to be fun. I even remember going to see the band live in 2010, and being alternately amazed at their raw talent, and annoyed by their decision to include several blinking lasers on the stage, which—when turned on—seemed to beam directly into the eyeballs of the crowd, practically searing retinas. Looking back, those lasers seem like a metaphor for everything I found distasteful about the band—those fervent moments of in-your-face pretension that were impossible to ignore.
Of course, Bitte Orca came out three years ago…and like any band worth its weight in buzz, since then, Dirty Projectors have evolved. Their new record, Swing Lo Magellan, is still a complex and quirky listen. But unlike Bitte—which favored creativity and form over all else—Swing Lo focuses more on song-craft and emotion, resulting in the most accessible and rewarding listen yet.