Jun. 1, 2012
Alternative albums thrived in May
Spring is a wonderful time of year. Not only does it fight away the blistering cold, but it also brings sweet, sweet music to people’s ears. And I’m not talking about chirping birds. This past May was a generous month for music lovers as far as album releases go. For those looking for fresh indie and alternative rock albums, here are four that stood out.
May. 11, 2012
We Were Promised Jetpacks treats fans with a spellbinding performance at Union Transfer
We Were Promised Jetpacks stepped onstage May 5 at Union Transfer without any lead-in music or introduction. They grabbed their instruments and promptly started their first song, “Short Bursts.”
Apr. 13, 2012
Empires brings indie rock vibe back to Philadelphia
The real rock ‘n’ roll dream is not fame; it is the ability to do something you love for a living. Music is about sharing what you create and building something bigger than just the men with the instruments. There doesn’t seem to be a present-day band that understands this more than Empires. The Chicago-natives brought their indie rock to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer April 6 and are proving they have the do-it-yourself-ethic and passion to create what makes a rock band.
Apr. 6, 2012
Howard plays sold-out set at World Cafe Live
“Never thought we’d make it to this side of the pond,” singer-songwriter Ben Howard said after expressing to the audience how good it felt to address a crowd as “Philadelphia.” Communion’s “Austin to Boston Tour” stopped at World Cafe Live March 27, selling out the upstairs venue. Communion, a record label that started as a club night showcasing new music in London, sent four of its artists on a U.S. tour with Howard and his band as the headliner.
Mar. 16, 2012
Albums to look forward to this spring
Almost a quarter of 2012 has passed by, and so far the year has been generous with new album releases. The end of winter also means an overwhelming amount of spring tours. Here are some bands with new records that will be stopping in Philadelphia in the coming months.
Mar. 9, 2012
Pa. natives Punchline begin 2012 tour in Philly
“This is our first show of 2012, and we wanted it to be in Philadelphia.”
Oct. 28, 2011
Wombats surprised with U.S. fans
If you don’t think the lyric “I like girls, girls and fast cars” can somehow be transformed into a profound and more complex statement than it appears to be on the surface, you haven’t listened to The Wombats. The Scouse indie trio writes fun, danceable songs with lyrics that have an unexpected cleverness and depth to them. These lyrics aren’t complex poetry; they contain lines that are often simple not empty like some of the pop songs making the Top 40.
Sep. 16, 2011
Two Door Cinema Club delivers dance music to sold out audience
Since Two Door Cinema Club last made a stop in Philadelphia back in January, the band’s popularity has exploded. Their songs are now heard regularly on the radio and stores such as Forever 21 and H&M now include the Northern Irish trio’s music on their soundtrack. The band’s music is infectious and spreading fast but not just because it’s catchy. Two Door Cinema Club produces upbeat songs that are also well-written rock pieces.
Aug. 26, 2011
Emmy The Great: ruler of comedic performances and soulful content
Before stepping off the stage at the Trocadero balcony, Emma-Lee Moss confidently delivered the lyrics to a song titled “Dinosaur Sex.” As the first song on “Virtue,” her sophomore album, it is an eye-catching title, unexpected to anyone unfamiliar with her work. As the final song of her set, or to any long time fans, it serves as a fitting example of what Moss, the Hong Kong-born, London-raised songwriter better known as Emmy the Great encompasses. Moss is bold and quirky and she can write lyrics about “how dinosaur sex led to nothing” in a way that is serious and meaningful.
Jul. 29, 2011
‘Vans Warped Tour’ brings new bands across America
Vans Warped Tour, a yearly fixture of many music fans’ summers, is notable for its variety of rock music, but what makes the festival stand out is the fact that it is a tour. Chicago has Lollapalooza, Tennessee has Bonnaroo and California has Coachella, but Warped Tour belongs to all of North America. There are kids that attend their hometown show every year and some that travel all over the country or come from outside the country. While the crowds are full of people from all over, so are the musical acts. Bands, like some fans, find themselves in places new and familiar, faraway and close to home.