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:
Few television series implemented music as well as The Sopranos. The HBO show featured an incredible soundtrack comprised of different styles of rock, standards, classical music, and R&B. Music from the series was reissued for Record Store Day this year. The re-released Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs vinyl not only made for one of the standouts... Continue Reading →
Record Store Day 2019 is almost here. The twelfth edition of the international event includes limited releases from big names like Courtney Barnett and David Bowie. Philly record shops are doing a lot more than selling collectible vinyl and used CDs on April 13. Discounts, in-store performances, libations, and even specialty coffee and donuts are among the... Continue Reading →
As is often the case with the Music Monday series, I don't always get the chance to spotlight the shear amount of great indie music out there. The monthly leftovers column for March shares some amazing discoveries, plus a little on the shallow Jezebel take on a classic record that went viral.
It is not often you buy an album where a sticker underneath the price tag has a snarky comment about the artist, but that is the beauty of record stores and Major League Baseball umpire Joe West's country music. Longtime baseball fans are more than aware of Joe West, an umpire who has been a... Continue Reading →
In addition to being one of the world’s biggest bands, the Foo Fighters have been a frequent contributor to Record Store Day. In 2011, Dave Grohl’s group released an instant classic. One of the most in-demand RSD releases ever, the Foo Fighters' Medium Rare is a cover album filled with rarities that still stands as a favorite of my vinyl collection.
While perusing the 2019 Record Store Day list, I couldn’t help but be surprised by one product: three-inch vinyl. That’s right. Mini-albums. In addition to the usual wealth of Classic Rock deep cuts and indie treasure, Record Store Day is now associated with bite-sized vinyl and its own three-inch turntable. As record enthusiasts know, vinyl... Continue Reading →