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Atlas Sound in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church(PHOTOS + words)

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Below are the long lost(but found) Atlas Sound photos and words from the First Unitarian Church on December 16, 2011…

Atlas Sound(aka Bradford Cox, the frontman of Deerhunter) released four volumes of bedroom recordings titled “Bedroom Databank” in November of 2010. They were recorded over a few month period where Cox holed up in his room with his guitars, loop and effect pedals

On Friday night, Atlas Sound’s show was kind of like his bedroom albums. Cox was just hanging out with the people who were packed into the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church and played his music. He was in a very upbeat mood and hung out for nearly two hours, playing songs off his new record Parallax and older stuff as well. The night was a special treat for those in attendance that only a handful of cities got to experience. Luckily, Philly was one of them.

More photos of ATLAS SOUND below

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Youth Lagoon @ Milk Boy in Philadelphia – 11/16/2011 (words + photos)

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This post of Youth Lagoon was lost for a little, but it has been found! It was supposed to go up the day after the show…

There are few times a year when you get to witness an artist or a band play songs off one of your favorite records of the year. Last week I got to see Youth Lagoon play songs off one of my favorite albums of the year– The Year Of Hibernation — at a sold-out show at Milk Boy down on Chestnut Street.

His record, with its memorizing vocals and soft melodies, has literally been on repeat ever since it was released in late September, which led me to have high hopes for last week’s show. Not surprisingly, my expectations were not disappointed.

Trevor and his buddy/guitar player, Logan Hyde played all the songs off The Year Of Hibernation in a jumble ordered. Even though, his record has only been out for a month, people were singing along word for word, most noticeably during “17”. The sound on his album translated extremely well live with a little extra punch. The pre-recorded drums were very upfront but not too overpowering. His soft vocals and subtle piano were still present throughout. The highlights of the night were when he jokingly called out the fan who was smoking pot a few rows back, “July” and the soft singalong whispers during “17”. It was a very comfortable atmosphere put forth by the two dudes from Boise, Idaho.

After the set, Trevor and Logan hung out with crowd, taking photos and signing autographs, before they were on they’re way north to Boston. Trevor was very genuine with his fans and made sure he spoke to everyone who wanted to chat. To sum it up in one sentence, it was a rad show put on by two cool dudes.

More photos of Youth Lagoon @ Milk Boy below….

Written by Colin Kerrigan

November 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Philly F/M Festival kicks off next week

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The Philly Film/Music Festival is coming up next week(Sept 22-Sept 25)  and it’s playing host to some wonderful shows throughout the city. Some of the artists that will be playing are Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Toy Soldiers, Nicos Gun, Creeping Weeds, Deadmau5, and many, many more.

You can either buy tickets to individual shows or buy a one-time badge that will get you into any show you’d like. That can be found HERE. BUT if you buy a badge through JUMP Magazine, you’ll get it for $30 cheaper. So I would highly recommend doing that.

Complete schedule and list of artists can be found below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

St Vincent released “Strange Mercy” + playing Union Transfer in November

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St Vincent @ the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church in 2010

The lovely St Vincent(aka Annie Clark) released her fantastic third record Strange Mercy on Tuesday via 4AD and received raved(and well deserved) reviews across the board for it. Ms. Clark showcases her angelic voice and her hauntingly beautiful music extremely well on the album. More so than on her previous two records. One thing that stays true throughout all her LPs is the way she completely dominates the guitar. No one out there can play like her. Check out a few of her new songs below.

She announced a tour quite a while ago that will see her play Union Transfer on Wednesday, November 2nd. Tickets for the show can be found HERE. (St Vincent’s last show in Philly sold out so it might be wise to grab tickets sooner than later.)
Videos of new songs below….

Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Deradoorian(Angel from Dirty Projectors) playing Little Bar in South Philly next week

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Angel Deradoorian, who performs under just her last name– Deradoorian, is best known as one of the three stellar female singers in Dirty Projectors. In her down time from the band, she works on her solo tunes–recording and performing. She released her debut EP, Mind Raft,  in 2009 and more recently performed at the Animal Collective curated ATP Festival in the UK last May.

Luckily for us Philadelphians, she’ll be in town Thursday, September 22nd at Little Bar in South Philly with Hubble and Joe Kusy and the Big Shirts. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Get all the information you need about the show HERE.

More videos below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Johnny Brenda’s celebrating five year anniversary with seven(awesome) shows

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Our good friends over at one of our favorite venues in Philly — Johnny Brenda’s — are getting ready to celebrate their five year anniversary as a music venue. In order to properly celebrate, they’ll be hosting seven fantastic shows every Friday and Saturday from September 16th to October 1st. Check out the flyer below to see all the shows that are going on and head over HERE to purchase tickets for the show(s) you’re interested in.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Real Estate announce tour(Johnny Brenda’s in November) + new album “Days”

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New Jersey trio Real Estate announced a tour today that will stretch from coast to coast over a three week period. The tour will be in support of their sophomore album Days(cover art posted above), which will be the band’s first release on Domino Records. The record is set to drop on October 18th. Check out a new song “It’s Real” below.

The band’s tour will make a stop in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21st at Johnny Brenda’s with Big Troubles. Tickets for the show have not gone on sale yet, but when they do, we’ll post a link.

All tour dates and new song below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm