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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

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

Woods played Johnny Brendas last Friday 08/12/2011(photos)

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Brooklyn band Woods played at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night where they brought along their lo-fi, folky and, at times, spacey jams. It was a pretty packed crowd, but there were weird vibes going on between the audience and the band members. The band didn’t really say much while the crowd didn’t really know when to applaud due to the songs blending into one another. Most of the tunes carried on well individually but a few of the band’s long, spaced out jams caused audience members to lose interest and carry on with whatever conversation, whether in-person or via text message, they had going.

More photos below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

August 15, 2011 at 2:00 am

Today Is Monday

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What to do in Philly on Monday?

  • Ume, House Bat, Night Sins @ Kung Fu Necktie – 8pm – 21+ (tickets)
  • The Lloyd Cole Small Ensemble @ World Cafe Live downstairs – 8pm (tickets)
  • Earth, Ô Paon @ Johnny Brendas – 9pm – 21+ (tickets)

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Today Is Sunday

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Kurt Vile @ Johnny Brenda’s in 2010

What to do in Philly on Sunday?

  • Rosetta, Tidal Arms, Drummers, Modern Wasteland, Niche @ The Barbary – 6pm (tickets)
  • Kurt Vile & the Violators, Pissed Jeans, Meg Baird @ First Unitarian Church – 8pm (tickets)
  • Desoto Jones, Find Vienna, Collisions @ Kung Fu Necktie – 8pm – 21+ (tickets)
  • Natasha Bedingfield,  Kate Voegele & Kevin Hammond @ TLA – 8pm

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm