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Silk Rhodes – Silk Rhodes

December 11th, 2014
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Rebirth of the Cool

With his latest undertaking, Michael Collins has once again managed to resurrect a long-dead genre. In the past the Baltimore native found success under the influence of another drug-laced allusion, Salvia Plath. On The Bardo Story, the only release put out under the Salvia Plath moniker, Collins took on 60s Beach Boys styled pop psychedelia like a Rhodes Scholar. Collins’ latest effort with vocalist Sasha Desree, Silk Rhodes, derives its drug-addled innuendo from a former underground black market internet site that sold illegal drugs, though the name was originally lifted from the name of ancient trade routes through China and India to the Mediterranean begun during the Han Dynasty. And rightly so should the name be steeped in history, as Collins knows how to study the past. Read more…

By Jamie Robash Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews , ,

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced Including Nominations For Alt-J, St. Vincent And Ryan Adams

December 5th, 2014
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The nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced. The nominees include artists such as Alt-J, St. Vincent and Ryan Adams.

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By Adriana Chavez Posted in News

Motion City Soundtrack (10 Year Anniversary) w/ The Early November & Citizen @ Electric Factory 1/29

November 20th, 2014
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Motion City Soundtrack will be headed out on a 10th Anniversary Tour to celebrate their album, Commit This To Memory. The album, which was released in 2005, will be performed in its entirety throughout the upcoming tour. Motion City Soundtrack will kick things off this January in Minnesota (their home state) and will eventually make their way to Philly on January 29th when they’ll perform at The Electric Factory.

For their 10th Anniversary Tour, Motion City Soundtrack will be bringing a slew of bands in support, including Hit The Lights, Hawthorne Heights, Vinnie Caruana, The Early November, Copeland, Team, Hellogoodbye, William Beckett, and more. For our Philly date, we’ll get to see The Early November and Citizen, when they open up the show this January.

Motion City Soundtrack have been at this game for a long time, having formed back in 1997. They have released five studio albums wince their debut EP, Kids for America. Their debut album, I Am the Movie, was released in 2002. And since then they have have been busy putting out records and touring the country seemingly nonstop. Commit This To Memory, the album responsible for the upcoming tour was released in 2005. The album was produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, who they had toured with the previous year. The album, Hoppus’ first producing effort, became a big success for the band. Their lead single, “Everything is Alright” became their signature song and is still a crowd favorite at their shows.

Head to The Electric Factory this January to see Motion City Soundtrack perform the album in full.

Motion City Soundtrack @ Electric Factory

Thursday, January 29

Show @ 8:00

Tickets $27

By Jackie VanZelst Posted in Philadelphia , , ,

Guano Padano – Americana

November 11th, 2014
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Italian Americana

Guano Padano is a dynamic force of Italian experimental prowess. Achieving the Mike Patton rubber stamp of approval through the release of both their 2012 release of 2 and their recent release Americana, this band has proven time again that they are masters of psychedelic weirdness that will serve as the background tunes to many of life’s important moments. Americana is a grand master styling and experimental modernization of the traditional Americana and Western music and would cause even the most serious cowboy to tip his hat. Read more…

By Colin Moore Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Medicine – Home Everywhere

October 30th, 2014
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Home Is Where the Medicine Is

Medicine’s latest offering, Home Everywhere, seems to be the product of an LSD bender between Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, the Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles and a very jovial Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys who spawned the legendary SMiLE during a period in which the Fab Four unleashed their similarly colorful collection. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in Reviews


October 7th, 2014
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Dig ‘Em?

JEFF The Brotherhood, a band of brothers from Tennessee, have recently released a new EP of covers entitled Dig the Classics. Now, covers are an art form in and of themselves. It is hard to take a song and change it enough so that it is a reflection of the original tune while still doing something different: Counting Crows were able to do this with their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” and so did The Dixie Chicks’ cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide.” Read more…

By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in Reviews

Live Nation Wants To Acquire C3, Lollapalooza And Austin City Limits

October 7th, 2014
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Live Nation Entertainment is currently negotiating its acquirement of the majority stake in C3 Presents, a company that produces several major U.S. music festivals.
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Morrissey Says He Has Received Cancer Treatments: “If I Die, Then I Die”

October 7th, 2014
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World renown alternative rock icon Morrissey who has been hospitalized numerous times over the last year and a half due to many different health issues, has finally admitted that he has undergone cancer treatments.
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By Kevin Amodia Posted in News

Train w/ Matt Nathanson @ ACL Live 12/16

September 30th, 2014
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Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, California. The band currently consist of Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar), Jerry Becker (rhythm guitar and piano), Hector Maldonado (bass), and Drew Shoals (drums). Train achieved mainstream success when they released their debut self titled album in 1998. The debut consisted of their single “Meet Virginia.”

Train’s follow up album, Drops of Jupiter, was released in 2001 and contained the lead single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).” The single won two Grammy Awards in 2002, and the album was later certified double platinum in the United States and Canada. The album remains the band’s best-selling album to date. In late 2009, Train released their album, Save Me, San Francisco, which spawned three singles including “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me.” The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified “Hey, Soul Sister” six times platinum. The album itself was certified gold by the RIAA and the Australian Recording Industry Association.

Train’s most recent albums, Bulletproof Picasso, is their seventh studio album. The album was released on Columbia Records in September of this year. “Angel in Blue Jeans” was the first track to be released from the album, and was followed by “Cadillac Cadillac.” See them perform the songs live on their latest national tour!

Train with Matt Nathanson at ACL Live

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tickets: $49

Doors: 6:30 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin , ,

Aphex Twin – Syro

September 26th, 2014
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We Care Because He Does

Much has been made this year of the strength of music released 20 years ago. In 1994 we saw many legendary “alternative” albums released, yet hidden from nostalgia for the likes of Dookie and Superunknown is acknowledgment of just how important the year was for beats. These were the first days of Nas and Biggie, of Portishead and Outkast. Beck announced his presence with three albums, anchored by the slacker grooves of Mellow Gold and “Loser.” Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor rose from the depths with The Downward Spiral, Natural Born Killers, and a memorably muddy set at Woodstock’s 25th anniversary. But 1994’s real winner may have been English electronica madman Richard D. James: He produced two EPs under lesser aliases, made the recently unshelved Caustic Window LP, put together a compilation of early singles and, most importantly, released the groundbreaking Selected Ambient Works Volume II as Aphex Twin. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews