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Magnificent Birds of Prey and The Defused @ The Hard Rock Cafe.

July 22, 2014

Magnificent Birds of Prey @ Hard Rock Cafe_071714_Photo by Jason Melcher_IMG_3618Text and images by Jason Melcher.

Philadelphia-based four-piece band Magnificent Birds of Prey (above) teamed up with South Jersey’s The Defused to play a show together at Hard Rock Cafe last Thursday. The two bands are now touring together after recently releasing their joint project, Split-EP.

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Cheers Elephant, Toy Soldiers and Cheerleader @ Union Transfer.

July 22, 2014

CheersElephantUT09Text and images by Mina Lee.

Cheers Elephant, the former Philly pop-rock act that recently moved to California, played a homecoming show at Union Transfer last Friday.

The packed floor of diverse fans welcomed the band back to their hometown. Limbs swung along comically, yet proudly off beat. Lead vocalist Derek Krzywicki belted out hit songs like “Leaves” and at one point during the set ditched his microphone for a battered megaphone. Read more…

WIN FREE TICKETS: See Christina Perri @ Revel in Atlantic City.

July 22, 2014

We don’t usually do giveaways for stuff outside of Philly but there are three reasons we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Christina Perri at Revel in Atlantic City on Friday:

1. She’s a local girl, hailing from Bensalem. She graduated from Archbishop Ryan. And she has the Philly skyline tattooed on her arm.

2. The Revel may soon close, so you should go see it before it does.

3. You were probably going down the shore anyway.

Oh, and the video above? It’s been viewed 30 million time.

So, if you want the tickets, email us (put “Perri” in the subject line and your full name in the content box). If you don’t want to take a chance, you can purchase tickets online here.

Lantern: Rituals of Rock.

July 22, 2014

LanternMB02Text by Brittany Thomas. Images by Michael Bucher.

While speaking of songs with references to black leather and conjuring spirits, Emily Robb and Zachary Devereux Fairbrother sip tea in a sunny South Philly rowhome adorned in earthy tones, rustic wood and sleepy cats napping. It is an unexpectedly soothing home environment for the couple, better known as the songwriting duo behind local psych rock band Lantern.

“Losing yourself in the music and maybe borrowing from the magical and mystical language that the blues and rock ‘n‘ roll took on,” says Fairbrother of the lyrical inspiration for their most recent album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach. “Rock ‘n’ roll as a ritualistic thing – costumes, leather, the ecstatic, lose yourself kind of experience.”

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Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Prowler, Mumblr and DJ Sylo @ Underground Arts.

July 21, 2014

RBSSspankRock06Images by Michael Bucher, Teresa McCullough and G.W. Miller III.

Big thanks to all who came out to party with us on Saturday at Underground Arts for the Red Bull Sound Select show featuring Spank Rock with Prowler, Mumblr and DJ SYLO.

It was a super fun night, capped off by Amanda Blank joining Spank on stage for a few songs and SYLO spinning late into the night with everyone jumping on stage to dance.

We’ll have another big event on September 27, with details coming soon. Find pics from our first Sound Select show with Plastic Little here.

Pizza Underground, Ang & The Damn Band and Modern Colour @ The Oval.

July 21, 2014

Pizza Party on the Parkway_Brianna Spause-28Text and images by Brianna Spause.

It was a pizza lover’s dream.

In celebration of the August 8 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Awesome Fest threw a huge Pizza Party on the Parkway and they made sure they did it right.

In 15 minutes, the free slices Pizza Hut handed out to the first 200 guests were gone but the party had just begun. More than 1,000 people gathered at The Oval, the newly renovated space out front of the Art Museum, late Friday afternoon for the free all-age event.

Local bands Modern Colour and Ang & the Damn Band created a bluesy atmosphere on stage in the back of the park as people spread out in the eight-acre space that artist Candy Coated turned into a Magic Carpet.

What was a not-so-special asphalt parking lot a month ago is now a pedestrian hotspot with a fresh coat of fluorescent pinks and greens. It’s a chessboard, a summer stage, a hub for food tricks and a tastefully lit beer garden. It was finished just in time to host Awesome Fest’s pizza party.

With the sun hanging low in the sky, a man appeared on stage. The not-quite Andy Warhol doppelganger strutted up to the microphone, his brown hair peeking out of the bottom of a disheveled blonde wig.

“Untie your garlic knots, open up your oven doors of perception. It’s Pizza Underground,” he said as the five members appeared.

Child actor Macaulay Culkin (above, left) and his band mates dressed in black and wore sunglasses as they powered through eight super cheesy songs about pizza in the style of the Velvet Underground, including “All the Pizza Parties” and “Take a Bite of the Wild Side.” The background melody? Well that was made up by Culkin on the kazoo, Deena Vollmer on the pizza box, Pheobe Kreutz on the glockenspiel, Matt Colbourn on the guitar and Austin Kilham on the keyboard/tambourine.

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Glass Cloud and Scale the Summit @ The Barbary.

July 21, 2014

GlassCloud04Text and images by Chad Sims.

Last Wednesday at The Barbary, Glass Cloud and Scale the Summit co-headlined an amazing all ages metal show. Luckily, someone was smart enough to have the show start early so that most of the younger crowd actually got to see the headliners. However, the audience was fortunate that all of the bands made it.

Early in their set, bearded Glass Cloud front-man Jerry Roush (above) explained that one of the band members had been arrested the day before while driving their tour van, which was stolen. Or so the rental company had thought after mixing up their van with another. Before making it from DC to Philly, the band had to drive back to their hometown of Hampton, VA to sort out the mess but they made it to the show with little time to spare.

It was a blessing that the band was able to make it to town just before the end of the show because they were incredible. Roush held nothing back in his performance and had the crowd going nuts including a guy who was allowing people to jump off his back onto other audience members.

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