Twenty One Pilots released their self-titled debut album in December 2009. Since then, the band has become a duo and has released two albums, “Regional at Best” in 2011 and “Vessel” in January 2013. Vessel was their first album that was released on a record label. They performed their first headline show Nov. 26 in […]
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There is nothing quite like a seeing a jam band live. You have to understand that you don’t know what you’re going to get, see or hear, but the experience is going to be amazing. No two sets are ever the same, the lighting and visuals will captivate you, and the crowd will be notably […]
Radio 104.5 hosted its fourth Block Party of the summer season Aug. 3 at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s alternative radio station, has been hosting the free monthly summer concert series since 2010. The fourth show of the season featured Walk Off the Earth, Alt-J, and Panic! at the Disco. […]
The Firefly Music Festival returned to the Dover International Speedway June 21. I began my weekend at Firefly by leaving my house in Bucks County at 8 a.m., arriving in Dover, Del., at 10:30 a.m. to get in line for my camping assignment, seemingly with plenty of time to reach the festival by its start […]
Even though the weather is not feeling the Christmas spirit, the Philadelphia Orchestra most certainly is. Cristian Macelaru and Charlotte Blake Alston ushered in the Christmas season Dec. 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Holiday Spectacular” at the Kimmel Center. The concert showcased classic Christmas music from around the world and many cute surprises. The “Spectacular” […]
A challenge that many bands are facing as of late is how to translate electronic music into an entertaining live display. While an energetic light show certainly does not hurt, I have personally witnessed a great number of electronic acts hampered by their reliance on keyboards, which keep the audience hopelessly in the dark on […]
The Gaslight Anthem thrashed the stage of the Electric Factory Nov. 27 amid a full house of fans. The five-piece act from New Brunswick, N.J., was supported by Chester County native Matthew Ryan and punk band The Menzingers from Scranton, Pa. A soft, ambient chord, surrounded by gritty, desperate vocals brought the crowd together at […]
Conor Oberst performed to an enchanted audience Nov. 18 at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Supported by Daniel Johnston and featuring accompaniment by Rachel Cox and Ben Brodin, the 19-song set seemed too short for the concert’s attendees. Johnston, somewhat of a cult icon in the indie scene, began the evening. He rose to […]
Senior music industry students Blair Ollendorf and Brandon Bost were randomly paired as roommates in the fall of 2009, and that is when Wild Rompit was born. “We started playing music together and going to some open mics around Philly. We asked [senior film and video student] Sean Huber to play drums and recorded our […]
Two Door Cinema Club won itself new fans Sept. 29, after playing an amazing electro pop-filled set at the Electric Factory to a sold out crowd. If you’re not already familiar with the band, which is made up of frontman Alex Trimble, bassist Kevin Baird, guitarist Sam Halliday and temporary touring drummer Benjamin Thompson, the […]
Sam Sparro, the Australian musician whose electro-funk hit single “Black & Gold” made waves back in 2008, visited Philadelphia for the first time April 23 to perform at World Cafe Live in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd. Sparro rocked an ivory coat, retro wayfarers and his finely groomed mustache during the performance, which […]
“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 […]
Have you ever seen or heard something that you just had to explain, but you couldn’t find the words? I have been rendered speechless after seeing “Shpongle presents The Masquerade” March 31 at the Electric Factory. For those of you who are familiar with Shpongle, you know exactly why it is so hard to describe […]
With a promising fifth studio album on the way, what else is a successful pop-punk band to do with their free time? Celebrate their victories, of course. Starting Aug. 19 in Los Angeles, Calif., Motion City Soundtrack embarked on a “4 Albums. 2 Nights. 7 Cities.” tour to exhaust their entire discography thus far. Their […]
While it’s been two years in the making, Drexel’s new music venue is preparing to launch. The venue’s name is Flux, and it represents the change and continuous diversity in music. The student-run venue is located on the lower level of the James E. Marks Intercultural Center at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut streets. […]
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