Live show and festival coverage from TSI contributors across the country!

Black Lips Rock a 17 Song Set at Union Transfer, Philadelphia 4/18

Black Lips @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia | Photo: Megan Matuzak

“Turn the magic on,” Cole Alexander said to the lighting tech. Black Lips wasted no time name-dropping Boy George, who they had played with earlier at WXPN’s free at Noon. The two groups covered T.Rex’s “Bang a Gong”, much to the delight of those who were lucky enough to get in before the line was

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TBS & The Used Rocked the House @ Webster Theatre 4/11

Tonight Alive @ Webster Theatre

It was a packed house down at Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT on April 11th, as the crowd waited anxiously for the show to begin. The crowd was quite diverse and I spoke with many individuals from different age groups. You had your die hards who were there since the beginning, and  the younger generation

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The Gantry and Birdy at Main Street Music on Record Store Day


Astoria Queens, The Gantry will perform at Manyunk’s Main Street Music Store on Record Store Day, this Saturday April 19th. Two members of The Gantry are originally from Philly , their lead, Kevin Goldhahn and bass player Tim Cornish. Tim is actually still living in Philly at the moment. The band is in the process of working on a new

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The Holmes Brothers Show Love at Ardmore Music Hall

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Photography and story by Steven Philips. #StSteven I am a lover of blues, especially if there are soul, gospel, and/or funk influences. The thing about old bluesmen is that they have generally spent so many thousands of hours playing their music, whether sitting on the front porch, performing in juke joints, bars, and clubs,

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[LOOK BACK] So So Glos @ SXSW – TSI Lounge Session

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Rolling Stone & Consequence of Sound’s Best of 2013 Indie Punk band So So Glos stormed through SXSW back in March.  We were able to catch a couple shows and catch up with them to get the inside scoop on the past and why they’ve cut the fat and gone back to the basics. Check

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Cloud Nothings and Ryley Walker Click Instantly at Union Transfer

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During Ryley Walker’s set, you could have sworn that Ray Manzarek was alive and well from the keyboardists’ performance. Ryley, front man and guitarist, called back to the late 60s, roll in the flowers vibe with his light blue button up, light jeans and pastoral lyricism. Ryley took several opportunities to gently rest his chin

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Hezekiah Jones and West Philly Orchestra Present Music from the Balkans to America

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Photographs by Steven Philips Story by Steven Philips with inspiration and help from Kevin Killen The room is heating up, and they’re three deep at the bar at the Ardmore Music Hall. I’m starting to wonder if these folks came here to drink or to listen. The Jones’ are milling about, bristling with the

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[INSIDE SCOOP] Nathan West of East of Eli Talks New EP “Nothing Ordinary”, RHCP and Philanthropy in Entertainment

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Nathan West’s musical project, East of Eli, held their EP Release Party at the fun and funky Chez Andre at The Standard East Village. Jam packed with people the band played around a 45 minute set which included songs from the EP such as “Farewell” and “Nothing Ordinary” and covers like Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”.

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Real Estate’s Vibe was Nothing Short of Mellow at Union Transfer, Philly

Real Estate @ Union Transfer | Photo by: Timothy O'Donnell

Union Transfer was transformed into an atmosphere of blissful ambiance last Thursday night, as Ridgewood New Jersey’s Real Estate took the stage and performed a lengthy set. Their third full-length album, Atlas, dropped exactly a month prior to the show, and the band played nearly the entire record. Spanning their entire catalog of music, their

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[LKBK] April Showers Welcome Pattern is Movement Back Home to Boot & Saddle

Pattern is Movement @ Boot & Saddle

April showers welcomed local favorites, Pattern is Movement, back to Philadelphia on Thursday night for a SOLD OUT show at Boot & Saddle. Greeted with warm weather and a warm welcome, the local group returned from a long winter tour across the states and Canada to celebrate the release of their long-awaited self-titled album. The

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