Tag: Live Music
Dec. 6, 2013
Twenty One Pilots ascends to new heights at the TLA
Twenty One Pilots performed their first headline show at the Theatre of the Living Arts Nov. 26. Tyler Joseph provides vocals and instrumentation for the alternative duo and Josh Dun plays the drums.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 Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts with local Philadelphia station Radio 104.5 sponsoring the concert. The show sold out in minutes, and you could see the excitement on the audience’s faces long before the show started. Many fans donned face paint, ski masks and skeleton hoodies just as the band commonly does onstage and in videos. After a show that lasted roughly three hours, it is easy to see that this is just the beginning for the duo, comprised of singer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.
Sep. 13, 2013
Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey’s McGee electrify lights and concertgoers
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 friendly. It’s an overly positive, addictive and very beautiful atmosphere. Viewing a jam band like Sound Tribe Sector 9, also known as STS9, or Umphrey’s McGee is something that anyone who loves musical exploration should put on their bucket list.
Aug. 9, 2013
Panic! packs Block Party at Piazza
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.
Jun. 28, 2013
Firefly Festival returns to Dover
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 at noon. For the next seven hours, we, along with thousands of other patrons, sat in standstill traffic waiting for our assignments. Though Thursday night camping was available for an extra fee, I’d estimate that half of the ticket holders did not make it inside the festival before 6 p.m. Friday.Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was one of the many bands to perform at the second annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware June 21 through June 24 at the Dover International Speedway. Other acts included Calvin Harris, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty. Photo courtesy of Dave Stephenson The first band I wanted to see played at 4 p.m. Friday, and I was stuck in traffic that made it almost impossible to get there in time — until I had an idea. While my friend stayed in the car, I ran two miles up the highway with about 50 other people to catch Twenty One Pilots on the Backyard Stage. The one song that I did get to see, “Guns For Hands,” was completely worth all the running. The duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, put on an absolutely unreal show for each and every person watching. Their crowd involvement is unmatched, and they have a very unique drum solo, which they occasionally play from within the pit. Twenty One Pilots will be in Philadelphia in September with Fall Out Boy, and I definitely recommend checking them out. I returned to the campground where we set up camp and quickly made our way back over the bridge to the festival grounds just in time for The Avett Brothers. I had never listened to their music previously, but they genuinely impressed me. I could tell that they had many true followers in the crowd, and there were people of all ages dancing around me. They ended their 20-song set with “Slight Figure of Speech.” Next up was Calvin Harris. I am usually skeptical about seeing disc jockeys live because I feel as though all they have to do is push play on a computer, but Harris definitely proved me wrong. His set was so energetic; it was absolutely one of the highlights of the weekend for me. He was mixing some songs from the stage, and of course he played his hits “We Found Love” and “Feel So Close.” The only disappointing aspect of the set was when he played “I Need Your Love,” which features Ellie Goulding, yet he did not have her come out to sing it live. I know most of the crowd was also expecting Goulding because she played the festival a few hours prior. I closed out Friday night watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Firefly Main Stage. RHCP had been on my band “bucket list” after having been a fan of them for years, so I was extremely excited for this set. When I approached the stage, I quickly learned that I was not going to be able to see the band members because about 20,000 people were in front of me. None of that mattered once they hit the stage. Their live show was meant for that many people to see. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis owns the stage and demands the attention of anyone who can hear his voice. The crowd was completely captivated by the band as they serenaded us with an 18-song set including “Dani California,” “Otherside” and “Snow,” concluding with “Give It Away.” I definitely suggest seeing the Chili Peppers live if you ever get the opportunity! Saturday was my first full day at the festival, so I was able to see several performances, the first of which was Alabama Shakes. They definitely took the world by storm this year, and their rapid success made them a must-see for most Firefly attendees. Brittany Howard has such a raspy yet soulful voice that makes the band’s music seem like it’s from a different era. They are definitely a jam band, and they make you want to move your feet. Soon after, I ran to a smaller stage to see Chvrches, coming all the way from Scotland. Chvrches is a synth pop band made up of female vocalist Lauren Mayberry, accompanied by Iain Cook and Martin Doherty on computers. The performance was definitely something new for me. It was weird to hear so many different instruments and sounds come from a computer and then have the singer belt out the lyrics like there was a full band behind her. I had a great time dancing to their music, and it didn’t even matter that I didn’t know any of the lyrics because I was having so much fun. They closed with “Recover,” which I highly recommend adding to your summer playlist. Immediately following Chvrches was Youngblood Hawke, which I had been waiting months to see live. I made my way up to the barricade so I had an amazing view of the stage. At one point, lead singer Nik Hughes sang the lyrics to “Last Time” right to me! Alice Katz, the other singer, also came into the crowd to sing to a group of people right next to me. The duo never stopped moving the entire time, and their positive energy was infectious. They closed with their current single, “We Come Running.” I was looking forward to seeing MGMT later that night, but they just did not live up to all the hype. Instead of turning the songs on their CDs into an experience for their fans, they just played the songs note for note and seemed to lack passion. I was only at Firefly on Sunday for one thing: the return of Foster the People. It had been over a year since the trio had played a show in the United States, and I was ecstatic to have them back. They opened with two of my favorite songs “Helena Beat” and “Life On The Nickel.” They kept the talking to a minimum, but frontman Mark Foster shared a story about living in a dirty Hollywood hotel before playing a new acoustic song titled “Fire Escape.” FTP had the difficult job of getting sleep-deprived and unshowered kids to wake up and get excited, and they absolutely succeeded. They ended with “Pumped Up Kicks,” and the chorus of 20,000 people screaming the lyrics was a perfect end to the weekend. All in all, I had a great time. The lineup was awesome, the entertainment tents were innovative, the food and drinks were reasonably priced and the location was perfect. The only thing Firefly needs to improve on is its organization. Next year the campgrounds should open on Thursday night so guests don’t miss bands that they paid money to see, and the event organizers should not schedule similar bands to play at the same time. Firefly announced that the festival will return for a third run in June 2014, and tickets went on sale this week. See you next year at The Woodlands!
Dec. 7, 2012
Kimmel Center decks the halls
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.
Dec. 7, 2012
Passion Pit entertains fans despite dull performance
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 how music is being made and keep musicians tethered to their instruments. Electro pop band Passion Pit attempted to conquer this problem Nov. 29, coupling the obligatory light show with an impassioned performance by lead singer Michael Angelakos. While they were successful to a degree, their performance was not without some problems.
Nov. 30, 2012
Gaslight Anthem enthralls Philly with extensive set
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.
Nov. 30, 2012
Conor Oberst performs songs from several projects
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Monsters of Folk performed Nov. 18 at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center. Opening for Oberst was indie artist Daniel Johnston .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.
Nov. 30, 2012
Philly Artist of the Week: Wild Rompit
Drexel student band Wild Rompit first formed when Blair Ollendorf and Brandon Bost became roommates during their freshman year.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.
Oct. 5, 2012
Cinema Club packs the factory
Two Door Cinema Club played the Electric Factor Sept. 29 to a packed crowd. Playing fan favorites like “Sleep Alone” and “Something Good Can Work,” the electro pop band left the small venue swarming with concert-goers.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.