What kind of music do I take on a road trip? This question might be priority 85 for most people. This is something I spent more time on than planning the route (or really anything) from Philly to Lake Winnipesauke, New Hampshire. The ten-hour, six-state, 437-mile drive is a long time. Podcasts are not really an option. I listen to baseball and pop-culture podcasts. My wife prefers current event and true crime podcasts. Music it is.
The Black Keys are about to release their ninth album. The record, Let’s Rock, is the band’s first since 2014. Before Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach add another hit LP to their discography, here are the 10 most essential Black Keys songs:
HBO always plugs great music into their TV shows. It is impossible to watch the smash drama Big Little Lies without noticing the song from the opening credits. The song is "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka. It is a perfect choice for the show's theme music and a brilliant start to Big Little Lies.
There is always the potential to see something you have never seen before at a baseball game. It could be a statistical anomaly that hasn't occurred since 1908. Saturday's game was my first Phillies postgame concert at Citizens Bank Park. A new-ish regular promotion, the gigs are a fun and relaxed way to spend a Saturday.
Whether it is festivals, smaller gigs, or the Fourth of July spectacular on the Parkway, there are hundreds of shows in Philly from June to Labor Day. Here are some of the great places to watch concerts in Philadelphia this summer:
Instead of the boys of summer, Billy Joel and The Who kickstarted the new season with an epic weekend of concerts at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies ballpark hosted shows headlined by each act over Memorial Day Weekend. The pair of shows provided a rush of nostalgia. Along with opener Peter Wolf, the two concerts combined for 57 songs steeped in Classic Rock history.
Anyone who squeezed into Union Transfer last Friday was rewarded with a full-throttle show from Strand of Oaks. Supported by Wild Pink, the concert was the last on their joint North American tour leg. The bands packed passion, energy, and a lot of guitar into the homecoming gig for Philly's Strand of Oaks.
Few discographies are as special as The War On Drugs. The essential collection of The War On Drugs songs reveals everything you need to know about the band's music. The Philadelphia group has packed stellar musicianship, emotional lyrics, and incredible energy into four must-hear albums that date back to 2008.
Philadelphia has a robust music scene. The city has become a hotbed for young artists and many local Philadelphia bands have grown national profiles. There has not been a “Philly sound,” either. Artists and songwriters have a diverse musicality that creates an exciting environment for fans. Here are some of the Philly artists who are making amazing music in 2019: