Archive for August 2010
Crystal Castles played the Electric Factory on Wednesday as the headliner of the Hard Tour. The other artists included Rusko, Sinden and Destructo.
As expected, the entire show was a hot sweaty, dance party. When Alice Glass and Ethan Kath took the stage, the crowd really started to go crazy. Ms. Glass helped get the crowd into by acting like a complete badass on stage. She was drinking whiskey straight from the bottle, smoking cigarettes and jumping into the crowd every chance she had. It was quite the experience seeing her rock out so hard. Overall, it was an excellent, beat driven performance from Crystal Castles. PHOTOS BELOW.
The other day Sufjan Stevens announced a bunch of fall tour dates including a show at the Kimmel Center. Today he came out of nowhere with a surprise EP entitled All Delight People EP. You can buy it HERE and/or stream it below. More details about the album below too.
“The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped (oh we hate making workshop a verb, but time is money!) on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).”
-Asthmatic Kitty Records
Javelin, Warpaint and Beach Fossils played Johny Brendas on Monday night. Unfortunately, I missed Beach Fossils’ set but I caught the other two.
Going into the show, I knew nothing about Warpaint except they were pretty good, which turned out to be true. The all female four-piece played a mixture of Mogwai like post rock with the occasional upbeat jams. The bassist and drummer were the most vibrant of the four. For those of you who missed them this time around, they’ll be back in October with the xx.
The Brooklyn duo Javelin, who are actually from Rhode Island, headlined the show. Their dancy video-game-music called for a lively dance party on the floor of Johnny Brendas. They played a bunch of songs off No Mas. “Vibrationz” and “On It On It’ were the show highlights. PHOTOS BELOW.
The Morning Benders @ the Electric Factory in June – more photos HERE
The Morning Benders have had quite a year so far– releasing their LP Big Echo earlier this year and opening for Broken Bells and The Black Keys on recent tours. They were supposed to open for The Black Keys here in Philadelphia last month, but unfortunately had to cancel due to sickness. It was a huge bummer. However, for those of you who had hoped to see them last month will get a chance to see them this fall.
The four dudes from San Francisco just announced a fall headlining tour. It’s set to start in Dallas, TX and end in New York, New York. In between those dates, they will make a stop at the First Unitarian Church on Thursday, November 11th. Tickets for the show went on sale today(8/20) and can be found HERE.
The Chicago band Maps & Atlases played to a sold-out crowd at Kung-Fu Necktie on Saturday night. It was a cool summer night in Fishtown. The venue was packed inside which made for a warm crowd. They took the stage around 9:30 and played an hour set. Their intricate guitar and drum work was carried out with precision. Dave Davison’s voice complimented the instrumentation perfectly as the band played most song off their recent release Perch Patchwork. .
They were much tighter this time around, in comparison to when they opened for Frightened Rabbits in April. Since then, their new record was released in June and they have been on the road ever since. It seemed like they were more comfortable and confident on stage. Davison was very friendly with the crowd and explained to them how everytime they come to Philly, they always stay longer than intended.
One song that stood out was “The Charm”. The song started off as a soft ballad of guitar and keys and ended with a complete onslaught of snare-driven drums. Everyone in the band, except for Davison, played their own seperate drum quite intensely and the finished very suddenly and precisely. They all have a tight chemistry with eachtoher. The band recently filmed a version of the song with a middle school drumline for YoursTruly. Check that out HERE.
After the show, the band treated their fans who were willing to stick around to an acoustic set on the sidewalk next to Kung Fu Necktie. People stood quietly around the band as they played the short set. It was definitely the highlight of the night for those who stuck around. The performance was more personal and down to Earth in that setting. It would be nice if more bands would do what they did on Saturday night. Photos from both sets below.
Black & White photos by Michael James Murray
Maps & Atlases
Math indie-rockers, Maps & Atlases, released their debut LP Perch Patchwork earlier this summer and have been on the road since then. Their tour is winding down with only a handful of shows left. One of which will be tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Tickets for the show are still available. However, a recent R5 Productions’ tweet indicated theres about 20 tickets left. You can check HERE for tickets or try your luck at the door.
DOWNLOAD: Maps & Atlases – Solid Ground (MP3)
The French band/Grammy award winners, Phoenix, are still riding the huge wave of success from 2009 ‘sWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and will be doing so until the year’s end. Since the albums release in May 2009, the band have been on the road for the majority of the year. They literally have had no time off the road.
That trend is set to continue for another few months and before it ends they’ll make a stop at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, October 23rd. Tickets for the show go on sale right now(10am) and can be found HERE. They put on a fantastic live show and it’s bound to be a special one at the Tower. There’s a strong possibilty this will sell out rather quickly so get them ASAP.
Sufjan Stevens @ Johnny Brendas in September 2009 – More photos can be found HERE
The last time Sufjan Stevens played Philadelphia, it was a two night stint at the small, intimate bar/venue Johnny Brendas last September. This fall, he will once again play the city of brotherly love but this time around, he’ll play a much bigger venue. Sufjan will play the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 10th. Tickets for the show go on sale today(08/13) and can be found HERE.
Titus Andronicus, a North Jersey band, played(and killed it) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other night. They released an album, The Monitor, earlier this year and having been touring ever since. They’ll be in Philly this fall with a show at the First Unitarian Church on Thursday, September 24th with transplant Philly band Free Energy. Tickets for that show can be found HERE.
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten – Love More
The first time I ever heard Sharon Van Etten was on The Antlers’ LP Hospice. Even though she was featured for only a short time on the song “Thirteen”, I knew she was going to be something great. Her part in that song just blew me away and still does every time I listen to it. Now fast forward a year and she’s releasing her own album entitled epic. Grab the MP3 above to catch of glimpse of what she’s all about(it’s pretty amazing). The record will drop October 5th via Ba Da Bing Records.
A little more than a month after that, she was embark on a tour opening for Junip(Jose Gonzales new band). The tour will stop at the World Cafe Live on Monday, November 1st. Tickets are not on sale yet but when they are, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the mean time, enjoy the MP3 above and the Vincent Moon Take Away show below.