Deer Tick, The Felice Brothers at Royale, Boston – 11/18

Newport Folk Festival favorites, Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers, displayed their undeniable talent to a sold-out crowd on Friday. Both bands’ raw power was enough to jolt life into the crowd, despite the oddly early set times (Royale becomes a nightclub after the bands finish). The show climaxed with lead singer John McCauley viciously and repeatedly stabbed his own amplifier with a cymbal stand. The night was a comforting...

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Ben Lee Pulls in the Crowd at the Electric Factory

Monday night was a jam packed night at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.  The parking was tight and the place was crowded from the start.  There were no stragglers wandering in after the opening acts.  People wanted to see the whole gig.  In this case there were two openers and one was Ben Lee. Ben hails from Down Under and he brings his singer songwriter talents along with some Aussie humor to us and we should be glad he did. ...

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Minus the Bear at the Electric Factory 10/15

Last Saturday (the 15th), one of the most popular indie rock bands returned to Philly for part of their 10 year anniversary tour. You guessed it, Minus the Bear. I was so excited to see these guys again. Last time, also at the Electric Factory, was right after I started my own music blog, Philly Mostly Vegan, and hadn’t yet started taking pictures. I remember waiting outside in the FREEZING cold just so that I could be as close...

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Lily And The Parlour Tricks-EP Release And CMJ Gigs

New York based band Lily And The Parlour Tricks take a modern twist on the classic girl group line-up. This six piece ensemble featuring three women vocalists up front and an able trio of guitar, bass, and drums behind them has it’s roots in female vocal trios of days gone by such as the Ronnetes or even the McGuire Sisters, but the sound is certainly fresh and current. Think perhaps the Shangrilas doing music for the soundtrack of...

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These Branches debut The Payoff On WMCX 88.9 FM

Nick Hertzberg and Bryan Batiste of These Branches bring the punk to college radio airwaves this Friday on WMCX 88.9 FM’s specialty show “White Trash Radio” to debut their third album, The Payoff. For Theses Branches, The Payoff is their first album written as a two-piece band, but being short and to the point has never really been a problem for Hertzberg and Batiste. This 10 minute record steers away from topics of...

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