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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

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

Maps & Atlases @ the First Unitarian Church 04/20/2011 (photos + video)

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It was hot and steamy in the basement of the First Unitarian Church when Maps & Atlases played last Wednesday night. The band hadn’t been in Philly since August when they were at Kung Fu Necktie. Everyone in the venue were in high spirits after celebrating(or not) the holiday know as National Marijuana day; it was a beutiful, spring day on top of that.

Maps & Atlases made sure to keep everyone in such spirits throughout the night. First they played through an hour long set, on stage, running through both old & new songs from Perch Patchwork. Despite the show not being completely sold out, the crowd made it feel like it was. They were loud and, at times, rowdy particularly the people in the front. Rowdy in a good way though.

After the electric set, the band went out into the crowd and played an intimate acoustic set in the middle of everyone. The last time they were here, Maps & Atlases did a similar set outside of Kung Fu Necktie. They did a handful of songs both times and each time it was fantastic. One of the best ways to end a show. If you weren’t there this last time, my good friend at The Calcutta Blog caught the acoustic show on video. Check it out all the way at the bottom of the photos.

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

April 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Black Lips @ the Trocadero Theatre 04/09/2011 (photos)

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The first time I ever saw the Black Lips was two years ago at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. I had never heard of them, but I was in NYC for a few days so my friends  and I decided to check them out. We definitely were not prepared for the craziness that went down that night: band members giving crowd members beers, band members walking on the hands of the crowd and the guitarist whipping his dick out and playing guitar with it. Needless to say, it was wild.

Last night the Atlanta band played the Trocadero and it was crazy, but not THAT crazy. They played an hour set with some new songs off their upcoming record Arabia Mountain mixed with old songs. The band and crowd were on the same energy level all night, in particular guitarist Cole Alexander(the one who whipped his dick out in NYC). He even threw a Coor Light into the crowd but the security guard quickly took it away. That caused the band to go on a hilarious rant about how they and the crowd were allowed to drink whenever they wanted to. All in all, the Black Lips put on a great show in their signature rowdy fashion. Check out the photos below..

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

April 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Creepoid played the First Unitarian Church last night (photos)

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Philly band Creepoid played the First Unitarian Church last night, opening up for Twin Shadow and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart(whose new album just got Best New Music). If you’ve never heard of these three dudes and gal, you’re missing out. Big time. They have a sound comparable to fellow Philly comrade, Kurt Vile. However, they have they’re louder and more diverse. They have three different people singing on any given song and switch up instruments. Vile can be extremely loud live, but Creepoid is loud both on record and in person. It’s a good thing.

If you missed out on their set last night, you can catch them next Saturday(04/09) at UPenn’s Pilam. Keep an eye out for this band. They’ll be heading out on tour this summer for three weeks with another Philly band, Nothing. You can also check out/buy their new record over at their bandcamp.

More photos and video for Grave Blanket below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

April 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm