Philly’s hottest ticket in town tonight is Creepoid‘s album release show at Johnny Brenda’s with Sick Feeling and Ecstatic Vision as support. Creepoid will be giving Philly a live taste of the new record Cemetery Highrise Slum after NY’s Sick Feeling make you sweat and Philly’s psychedelic guitar heroes Ecstatic Vision make you see things you’ll never fully comprehend.
Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s has less than 30 tickets left and they are only $13 so make sure you get yours now here or at the venue!
Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15PM.
I could not be more excited to epically start off the weekend tonight seeing Viet Cong and Lower Dens at Making Time tonight! The Calgary 4-piece Viet Cong and Baltimore natives Lower Dens both had new albums come out this year, so expect to hear new music from both bands at the show. Tonight’s Making Time is extra special because it celebrates 15 years of Philadelphia’s favorite party.
Making Time starts at 9PM with free Tecate, Heineken, and Sailor Jerry Rum drinks from 9-11! Tickets are only $10 before midnight available online here, at Voyeur tonight, and with no service charge at the Doc Marten store at 17th and Walnut and The Last Drop Coffeehouse at 13th and Pine.
Listen to Viet Cong and Lower Dens below and prepare to get your dance workout tonight Voyeur!
I felt extremely blessed to see the Philadelphia premiere of the Asif Kapadia directed Amy Winehouse documentary AMY, due out July 10th. AMY was equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking, a true insight into one of my favorite artists.
The documentary features personal and live video footage from the beginning of her career to her untimely end. AMY begins with video footage from the very early part of her career, from getting signed at age sixteen to the excitement she had buying her own home early on and touring around the UK. It was amazing to see her playing in small clubs with people talking during the whole show and to hear her mesmerizing voice cutting through the crowd. Watching her sing, whether live or in the studio, and seeing how that bold, iconic and strong voice came out so seamlessly was testament to her extreme talent. Her songwriting might as well have been diary entries, as she wrote from her life and how she was feeling. Writing was an outlet for her to get through depression at a very early age.
From the beginning of the documentary you could tell that Winehouse didn’t care for the fame side of being a musician, she just wanted be comfortable enough to continue doing it as a living. But when her music caught fire you could see how much of a nightmare it was for her to become that famous and recognized. It was unnerving to watch videos of the aggressive amount of paparazzi she had to deal with everywhere she went.
Winehouse loved deeply, and maybe a little too deeply. You could see that her problems with drugs and alcohol stemmed from her romantic relationships. Being in love and losing it got Winehouse to a point with drugs where she couldn’t completely enjoy her Grammy win sober. One of the most heart-wrenching parts of the film was hearing the sadness in her friends’ voices as they explained how hard they tried to get Amy Winehouse sober throughout her struggle. One of her friends was even met with resistance from her father, and manager at the time, to keep her in the UK instead of going on tour in the US where she would have easy access to her vices. It seemed as if some of the people on her team cared more about her making money than her well-being. An irony and unfortunate as she never cared about the money or fame side of making music in the first place. As a viewer, you hope the story changes and her friends get through to her over everyone, knowing while you are watching that’s not the case.
This is not just a film to show the rise and fall of one of the greatest artists of our time. It is also a celebration of her life and a true insight into how she affected those who were lucky enough to know her, and even more, so many people around the world with her music.
Make sure you see AMY in theaters near you on July 10th!
Is it too late to join the band? Public Access T.V. announced that they are moving to London for the summer after touring the US with Palma Violets. I was lucky enough to catch this electric, wild and super fun show in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s, check out the pics below!
Public Access T.V. will be finishing their US tour with Palma Violets tonight in LA at The Teragram Ballroom, for tickets click here!
John announced the move on Facebook a few days ago and says the band are looking for places to play. Read his post and feel free to email the band if you want them to play at your local bar, venue, or living room:
Miss Public Access T.V. and Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s? Check out my photos from the show!
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Saturday night, BRAIDS opened the second sold-out Purity Ring show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, taking the stage after Born Gold. Although I’m sure most of the crowd was there for Purity Ring, I was buzzing to see BRAIDS again. I’ve been a long time fan and I really wanted to see and hear some of their new music live, and what an absolute gift that was. By the end of the show it was clear that most if not all of the Purity Ring fans at Union Transfer left a fan of BRAIDS as well, and rightfully so. BRAIDS played an absolutely moving set, and their new single “MINISKIRT” which they released a new music video for yesterday was one of the many highlights.
The opening bands that night had some computer/technical issues with their sets, and after condemning Apple for a few minutes, BRAIDS came back harder and more powerful than before. I’ve been seeing BRAIDS live for a few years now and it’s incredible to watch them grow as a band, writers, and performers. Not to mention, seeing three true friends having an absolute time with each other on stage added to their uplifting, moving and fun show. With soaring vocals, powerful lyricism, and epic instrumentals BRAIDS cut through the crowd and even had the drunk people in the back completely quiet and listening. The live set had me wanting their new album Deep in the Iris on vinyl immediately. The band played like they were the headliner and they easily could have been. The Born Gold, BRAIDS, and Purity Ring tour continues in Vermont tonight, for tickets and more tour information follow them on Songkick here.
Check out their video for “MINISKIRT” below and get their new album Deep in the Iris here.
Dance pop extraordinaires Avan Lava will be kicking off the weekend early tonight! A perfect hump-day treat, Avan Lava will get you through the rest of the holiday week by kicking you back into party mode. The show starts at 8PM with El Malito at Milkboy and tickets are only $12! You can get your tickets now here or at the door.
Listen to their new EP Make It Real below and warm up for the dance floor tonight at Milkboy!
Cruise into your Thursday on the chill, trippy, feel-good wave that is Swim Deep‘s new single “To My Brother”.
With this taste of new music from the band, you can really hear how their sound has evolved from the release of their debut album Where the Heaven Are We in 2013, and I love what I hear. “To My Brother” is available for download now on iTunes and Amazon and the single is streaming now on Spotify.
Swim Deep are playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this weekend at Corn Exchange on Saturday! If you are heading to the festival make sure you catch them. Although Swim Deep haven’t released any upcoming US tour dates, they are playing several festivals in Europe this summer. Check out their tour dates on Songkick and you can follow the band from Birmingham on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.