Small Texan Festival Delivers Big – [Coverage] Utopia Fest 2014
Sep22

Small Texan Festival Delivers Big – [Coverage] Utopia Fest 2014

The “festival bubble” is a concept that has been thrown around a lot recently in music conversation. The recent spike in both size and number of mass-scale concerts directly mirrors a new emphasis placed on live performance as a main revenue source as the shift away from record sales continues because of streaming and piracy. The Austin-based behemoth festival, Austin City Limits, is one example of an event that has grown...

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[Coverage] Grouplove, Vance Joy, Sir Sly & more @ Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party
Sep18

[Coverage] Grouplove, Vance Joy, Sir Sly & more @ Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party

The last Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party of the season took place on a drenched Festival Pier last Saturday. Diehard fans of the line-up secured the front rows early, waiting in the crowd with their umbrellas shielding them from the storm, while the partiers kept their big beers dry under a large canopy in the back. All music lovers eventually migrated to the wet sand of the Pier to enjoy the sold-out show. Brick + Mortar, no stranger...

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[Recap] The Drums Explore Their Encyclopedia
Sep18

[Recap] The Drums Explore Their Encyclopedia

Although the show was supposed to be at First Unitarian Church, Underground Arts proved to be a better home for The Drums’ weighty Brooklyn brand of 50s rock fused tunes.  “Bell Laboratories”, a solemn tone setter for the last third of Encyclopedia, was the band’s first choice for the night. “This song is very important to me,”  The Drums’ front man, Jonny Pierce, introduced “Book of Revelation”. “It’s about reason.” Portamento (2011)...

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[Coverage] Dr. Dog, Front Bottoms, Hop Along, & Mac Demarco @The Mann
Sep17

[Coverage] Dr. Dog, Front Bottoms, Hop Along, & Mac Demarco @The Mann

Photos By Steven Philips StSteven.com, Words By Toby Koekkoek  On Saturday night Philly music fans were treated to an all night party on the lawn atop the hills of West Fairmount Park at The Mann Center. The musical fiesta taking place on the Lawn of Mann was headlined by Dr. Dog with support coming from Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac Demarco. It appeared to be a dreary Philadelphia day from the start, but as the bands came a...

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[Coverage] The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World & Against Me!  – The Mann
Sep16

[Coverage] The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World & Against Me! – The Mann

This was one of two shows with this line up. Against Me! opened the show in support of their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues on this beautiful Friday evening. They played to a considerably smaller – but no less enthusiastic – crowd. The highlight of their set was probably their rendition of the popular “I was a Teenage Anarchist.” Jimmy Eat World may be about to kick off their tour for the 10th anniversary of Futures,...

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White Lung, Power Trip & Sick Feeling Play Red Bull Sound Select NY
Sep16

White Lung, Power Trip & Sick Feeling Play Red Bull Sound Select NY

Late on friday night, fans began lining up at the newly opened Bushwick venue Palisades for a Brooklyn Vegan curated, triple-threat bill of White Lung, Power Trip, and Sick Feeling. This Red Bull Sound Select showcase kicked things off with local New Yorkers Sick Feeling; the newly formed band features members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, and Trash Talk. The audience at first seemed slow to rise to sonic challenge but by the...

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