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What I’m listening to: Animal Collective

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 11:32 AM
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... Read more

Photos + Review: Broken Social Scene + TVOTR at The Mann Center

Monday, September 12, 2011, 4:22 AM
When Broken Social Scene took the stage on Friday night as openers for TV On The Radio at the Mann Center, the rather large venue was pretty empty. It was empty compared to what they’re used to (they sold out two nights at the TLA last fall), which prompted lead man Kevin Drew to say, “We... Read more

MT's last summer fling of 2011: Cold Cave + Austra at Voyeur

Monday, August 8, 2011, 12:55 PM
It was the final Making Time of the summer, and hundreds poured into Voyeur Friday night to catch local new wave revivalists Cold Cave alongside Canadian up-and-comers Austra. Austra took the stage first and quickly transfixed the crowd with a set of dreamy, hypnotic concoctions. A 6-piece based in... Read more

Making Time gets twisted: Dom, Craft Spells, Gardens & Villa at Voyeur

Monday, August 1, 2011, 12:11 PM
It was a warm, rainy summer night last Friday: the perfect night for a dance party. Not surprisingly, hundreds poured into Voyeur for the penultimate Making Time of the summer, featuring much-hyped rockers Dom, along with sultry bedroom collective Craft Spells, plus whimsical popsters Gardens &... Read more

XPoNential Fest ’11 is sweaty and inspired

Monday, July 25, 2011, 11:34 AM
Attending a music festival in 100+ degree heat takes commitment. It is not an activity for the weak of heart. If you are willing to venture outdoors and spend all day in the grass in such conditions, it is because you, my friend, are hardcore. And when ALL festival goers are of the hardcore variety... Read more

Matt and Kim conquer the heat at The Trocadero

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 2:23 PM
It was the first hot and humid night in the city of Philadelphia. The Trocadero was brimming with sweaty, voracious concert goers for a sold-out show. All were willing to risk their lack of stamina and body fluids to see the pop punk Brooklyn-duo, Matt & Kim. As the lights went low, the crowd... Read more

Raphael Saadiq sends Electric Factory into soulful frenzy

Friday, May 27, 2011, 3:51 AM
If you love bell bottoms, funky guitar riffs, Motown vibes, and mind-blowing vocals, and you were not at Raphael Saadiq’s concert last night, then you missed out on an excellent show. The evening was opened by the super adorable and outrageously talented singer Yuna, whose sultry smooth voice... Read more

Lykke Li creates a spectacle of sight and sound at TLA

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 4:51 AM
Lykke Li is an inspiring figure within my sphere of pop culture. Considering that she's had a short stint as a fashion model, I think she's very gracefully made the transition into "pop star" without needing to add the usual elements and sex and sugar. It's no secret that she's got stunning good looks... Read more

Best Coast & Wavves prove that summer is forever

Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 1:21 PM
With Philadelphia covered in snow and ice, I was in need of some serious summer vibes. A large crowd packed into the warm Starlight Ballroom for the "Summer Is Forever Tour". The night featured the beautiful Cali sounds of No Joy, Wavves, and Best Coast. Kick-starting the crowd into a jumping frenzy... Read more

The triumphant return of The Dismemberment Plan

Friday, January 28, 2011, 2:58 PM
Seven years after The Dismemberment Plan broke up, reunited for one weekend only, broke up, then reunited again—there’s still no one else who sounds quite like them. There are several other bands who were inspired by them, for sure (Pitchfork, the source of Everything That is Right, calls... Read more
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