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POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012, 2:11 PM

This Sunday, October 14th, make your way down to Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, in West Philly to connect with nature in an awe-inducing and interactive way. Hosting the event is Data Garden, an online magazine and record label that encourages the discovery of electronic music through the windows of history, science and community. Data Garden also explores the synthesis of biological and digital technologies as a channel of human expression. Participants will have the opportunity to wander throughout Bartram’s Garden and connect with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurs the distinction between biological and digital worlds.

Musicial performances for the evening include:

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Is the best band of 2009 still the best band of 2012? We investigate.

How strange it must be to be Animal Collective in 2012. In the past 3 1/2 years since the release of “breakthrough” record Merriweather Post Pavilion (actually their eighth, but the first taste for many fans), the Baltimore foursome transitioned—from strange dudes writing lush, trippy music to strange dudes writing lush, trippy music that every high school freshman was blaring from their Mom’s SUV on the way to soccer practice.

But MPP was more than just a crossover record—it was beloved by bloggers, ivory tower critics, and quote-on-quote “hipsters” alike, managing to score the #1 spot on Pitchfork’s yearly list of records AND songs. So where does that leave the band now, in 2012, as they prepare to release their ninth full-length, Centipede Hz?

POSTED: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 10:48 AM
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A carefree summer record that’s all big pop hooks and Beach Boy harmonies

Every year at the beginning of the summer I undergo what I like to refer to as Pet Sounds-itis, or an insatiable need to listen to The Beach Boys’ 1966 record Pet Sounds again and again. To me, nothing epitomizes sunny weather quite like driving down the shore, windows down, and Brian Wilson’s sweet, sun-kissed melodies blasting from the stereo.

This year though, as weather heats up (to ungodly temps already!) there might be a new contender in the “summer vibes” category. Oxford, MS’s Dent May might not hail from the Surfing Capital of the USA—but he still knows a thing or two about lush summer pop, as sophomore record Do Things makes clear.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:32 PM
Filed Under: Blues | Folk | Psychadelia

This July, Folkadelphia is at it again presenting us with two concerts worth checking out- Jacob Augustine with Prairie Empire and Lauryn Peacock on Sunday, July 1 and Saintseneca and Shakey Graves with On The Water on Wednesday, July 11.


POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011, 12:46 PM
Filed Under: Events | Psychadelia | Rock

One of Philadelphia’s most loved bands, The Armchairs, played their very last show on Friday  to a very packed house at Johnny Brenda’s. Opening acts included Orbit to Leslie, Circadian Rhythms, and Dinosaur Feathers. We'll miss you guys!

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:27 PM
Filed Under: Folk | Psychadelia | Rock

The first show features The Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones, both hailing from Philadelphia. Together the artists created a collaborative record as Spinning Jones and Hezekiah Leaves. Hezekiah Jones has a new album dropping February 18 titled "Have You Seen Our New Fort?" which can also be previewed here.
Along with the concert an artist discussion, led by William "Biff" Kennedy of Charterhouse Music Group and WXPN, will take place during portions of the show. Afterward, both artists will be on The Folk Show with Gene Shay (8-11 pm).
Folkadelphia Concert Series
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Sunday, February 6 Open: 1-3 PM
$7 or free for PFS members.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:52 PM

Moody, theatrical Baltimore band Celebration have been making music for more than 5 years now—although my first real taste of them came just last fall, when I fell in love with the song "Young love", front woman Katrina Ford's contribution to Dave Sitek’s Maximum Balloon project. (Check out the track—and fall in love for yourself—here.)

So why was this band just a blip on my radar previously? Well, it's hard to say, exactly…but it might have something to do with their intense focus on making music—rather than making a name for themselves—which led them to make a very UN-it-band decision, and drop their contract with indie bigwigs 4AD in order to focus on doing things their own way.

"We'd show up to these fancy places, get fed and talk to lawyers, negotiate budgets with the behemoth, get our picture taken, go on press tours," explains Ford in an interview with Rockin’ the Stove.  "We did that and we were given some great opportunities and had some fun. ... [But] we come from the old school you know, ridin' around in a dirty van, playin' some kid's mom's basement selling 7"s and homemade patches. So, we were like the Beverly Hillbillies when it came to the business. ... In the end, the benefits did not outweigh the costs."

POSTED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 3:14 AM
Filed Under: Indie | Pop | Psychadelia

The Armchairs played at KFN Sunday night along with Paper Masque's, Virtual Virgin, and Horse's Mouth. January 16th, 2011. All photos by Teresa McCullough/

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