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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

Nicos Gun video for “Soldier”

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Philly kids, Nicos Gun, have been all over the place as of late, playing The Roots Picnic, Camp Bisco, the XPoNential Festival, to name a few. They’re taking a little break from touring to record their debut LP, but found time to make a video for their song, “Soldier”. If you’re from the Philadelphia area, you’ll recognized the Fishtown/Kensington area in the film. Enjoy!

Sidenote: Check out the cover story about Nicos Gun I wrote/shot for JUMP Philly HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

August 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm

The Roots Picnic 2011 in photos(via Pitchfork)

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The 4th annual Roots Picnic went down this past Saturday at the Festival Pier. The Legendary Roots Crew called on hip-hop and indie artists to play the one-day festival including Nas, Ariel Pink, Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding, Nicos Gun, and more. The photo below is an outtake of a bunch of photos I shot for Pitchfork. Check out the live and portrait shows I did for them HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 6, 2011 at 7:03 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

Mountain Man announce tour dates(Philly show in July) + share new MP3

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The three ladies who make up the folk band Mountain Man announced that they will be embarking on month long tour starting in July. They released their debut album Made The Harbor last fall via Partisan Records. It showcased the trio’s beautiful vocal harmonies and minimalist approach to their music. You’ll be able to get a feel for that in the video and MP3 below.

Their tour will bring them to Philly on Monday, July 25th where they’ll play the intimate Chapel of the First Unitarian Church. It’s the ideal venue for their music. Tickets for the show are not on sale yet, but when they do, we’ll post a link.

All tour dates, MP3 and a video below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Bon Iver share new song “Calgary” + tickets for Tower Theatre on sale now

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Bon Iver shared a new song “Calgary” off the upcoming release Bon Iver, Bon Iver today. The album will be released June 21st via Jagjaguwar Records. Check it out below and/or download it HERE.

In related news, Bon Iver‘s Tower Theatre show went on sale last Friday. Find more info HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Toro Moi announces fall tour + playing Philly in September

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One of our favorite chill-bros Toro Y Moi just announced a month long fall tour that will start in Athens and end in Atlanta. Chaz Bundick recently released an his sophomore LP Underneath the Pine in February and wrapped up a spring tour last month.

He and his touring band will hit Philly on Monday, September 12th at the First Unitarian Church. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

All tour dates, videos and a mixtape below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm