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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

RIP Ryan Dunn

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Ryan Dunn and Bam Margera @ McGillin’s Olde Ale House during a promo tour for Jackass 3D last fall

Sad news. Ryan Dunn, well-known as a member of the Jackass crew, died early this morning in a car accident. He was only 34. I grew up watching his crazy antics on Jackass and had the chance to meet him last fall. He was a really nice and funny dude. RIP Ryan.

“”Jackass” star Ryan Dunn was killed early Monday morning when his Porsche flew over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa., slammed into a tree and burst into flames, according to local police.

Dunn’s passenger — who police have not identified — was also killed.

Dunn, 34, was identified by his tattoos, according to a witness who was on the scene when the bodies were pulled from the wreckage.

The one-car accident happened on Route 322 around 2:30 a.m., according to Officer Geiger with West Goshen police. The Porsche shot through about 40 yards of trees before it hit the last one and exploded into flames, according to police. The police press release reads, “Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.””

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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RIP Clarence Clemons

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Clarence and Bruce on the cover of Born To Run

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist of the E Street Band, passed away at the age of 69 last night. Details below. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see play live along with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Spectrum in the fall of 2009. It was an absolutely fantastic show. RIP Big Man.

“It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.” – via Bruce Springsteen’s website

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

St. Vincent announces new record “Strange Mercy”

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St Vincent in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church in February 2010 – more photos HERE
St Vincent(aka Annie Clark) announced earlier today that she will be releasing her third LP Strange Mercy via 4AD on September 12th. Her last record Actor was released in 2009 and was absolutely fantastic. I expect her upcoming record to be of the same caliber, if not better. Now lets all hope her next announcement involves tour dates. More details about the album and a bunch of videos below including Ms. Clark covering “Kerosene” by Big Black and “Dig A Pony” by The Beatles.

“Having worked together on 2009’s Actor, Clark reunited with producer John Congleton, recording the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios. The 11 new tracks showcase Clark’s inimitable gift for melody, packing elegant arrangements with hefty emotional punches.

Clark’s virtuosity has long been recognised, and Strange Mercy finds her redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. On ‘Cruel’ she elicits punchy bursts like an R&B horn section. ‘Cheerleader’ froths and boils, with deep and fuzzy guitars bubbling up to the surface, while ‘Surgeon’ twirls about endlessly, Clark’s vocals dancing amid a blizzard of notes.

Strange Mercy isn’t an entirely solitary affair either, with Clark joined by a host of other musicians. Included among them are Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Grammy Award winning musician Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake’s MacKenzie Smith on drums, Daniel Hart on violin, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo.”
– via 4AD website

Watch videos below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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Northside Festival 2011 lineup

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Here’s another music festival that was announced a while ago, but deserves some recognition. The Northside Festival takes place all over Brooklyn, NY from June 16-19. It features hundreds of bands spread out in various festivals. Kind of like Austin’s SXSW but not in TX. A few artists/bands that will be there are Beirut, Wavves, Sharon Van Etten, Sun Airway and more. Tickets/badges for the festival can be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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Camp Bisco 2011 lineup

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The lineup for Camp Bisco 2011 was announced a little while ago, but I felt the need to show some love to fellow my Philadelphians– The Disco Biscuit— who host the annual festival in Mariaville, NY. They’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival with a pretty killer lineup. The band is known for their jam-band musical style, but it recent years have strayed away from that with a wide-range of artists. This year’s lineup includes Cut Copy, Wiz Khalifa, James Murphy, Yeasayer, and many more. Tickets for the festival that’s happening from July 7th-9th can be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The Antlers @ the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church w/ Little Scream 05/18/2011 (photos + setlist)

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The Antlers played in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church  on Wednesday night with Little Scream. It was the absolute perfect venue for their music.

Having just released Burst Apart last week, the Brooklyn band played a majority of the new album as well as a few oldies from Hospice. They kicked off the night with Burst Apart opener “I Don’t Want Love”, which was a great way to open the night, but the set lacked energy until the band went into the third song of the night– “Parentheses”. That song alone set the tone for the rest of the night. It’s loud drums, crazy synthesizer sounds and killer bass line on top of Peter Silberman’s vocals and guitar instilled so much energy into the crowd.

“Bear” was the only song from Hospice in the main set and it was fantastic as always. It would have been nice to hear more from the album, but it’s understandable that they focused mostly on Burst Apart since they just released it. However, the Antlers did treat the crowd to a four song encore with three of them being from Hospice.

All in all, the Antlers put on a fantastic, emotion-filled show as expected. Hopefully they’ll be back again soon. Photos below.

More photos of The Antlers and Little Scream below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm