The Mann Center in Fairmount Park was left a smoking heap of cedar ash and charred lawn Wednesday night, after the Phish from Vermont burned the entire place down over the course of their two-night run, on August 11th and 12th. Both shows had a classic Phish flavor, with set lists heavy on both vintage and new jam vehicles, bucket-list bustouts, quotes from the band’s most recent Halloween show in Las Vegas, and a five-song second set on Wednesday.
As noted in the constantly updated a cappella number “Grind,” the band has collectively lived more than 70,000 days. Though firmly in their fifties (or perhaps because of it?) they are absolutely in peak form, debuting new material on this summer tour like the straight-ahead funk rocker “No Men in No Man’s Land” that has earned a warm reception from diehard fans—but sounds normal enough to make an appearance on adult-rock radio.
Few things are more satisfying than waking up one morning, deciding you’re going to call out of work and declaring the rest of the day “Treat Y’rself Day.” With that in mind PhilaMOCA is hosting a whole daylong festival dedicated to treating y’rself and, in turn, treating s’meone else.
This weekend’s Treat Y’rself Fest is a benefit supporting October’s March to End Rape Culture, organized by Square of Opposition Records, Permanent Wave, Philly activist group Pussy Division and Pittsburgh music blog Grey Estates. For the day, curators have lined up a dozen bands, and a host of record, craft, clothing and food vendors so you can treat y’rself in a variety of ways.
For your ears: local bands The Pretty Greens, Littler and Mercury Girls will headline alongside Ohio’s Leggy. Other acts, like Ghost Gum and Kississippi will perform throughout the night. Vinyl retailers Sit & Spin Records and Rainbow Records will be on hand to sell you tunes that you can crank up at home.
Is it possible that the year 1995 feels just as relevant in Philadelphia twenty years later? Rittenhouse Square has been overrun by loitering teens that look like the prodigal children of Kathleen Hannah and Kurt Cobain. Hometown retail hero Urban Outfitters is proudly profiting from fashions last seen in an episode of Dawson’s Creek. Most importantly, artists who haven’t hit the road or the recording studio since the end of the decade are reviving their formerly defunct music careers.
Sure, generations X and Y may have different relationships with the ’90s, but there is nothing like good rock music from the bygone era to bring the two together. A band particularly well-versed at facilitating these misfit, mosh-pit-friendly family reunions is Failure, and on the 14th, they’re hosting one at the Electric Factory.
This Tuesday and Wednesday the Phish from Vermont return to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park, for two sold-out nights of their uniquely unclassifiable rock ‘n’ roll freakout, complete with immersive light show and traveling circus of devotees.
This run will be Phish’s eighth and ninth appearance at the Mann Center, two highly anticipated shows midway through a 25-date summer tour. Highly regarded for its gorgeous-sounding, 4,700-seat cedar wood pavilion, the Mann is an intimate venue that hosted two excellent shows by the band on July 8 and 9, 2014.
Electric lady Janelle Monáe and her Wondaland posse will be hitting up Philadelphia at a secret venue on Wednesday, August 12th for “The Eephus Tour.” Similar to Prince’s spontaneous pop-up concerts, you can see Monáe and the Wondaland lineup at no cost—but you have to sign up online to find out location details. You can RSVP here to get details when they’re released—and you should; the lady puts on one hell of a show. Artists accompanying Monáe will include St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, and Jidenna.
After using Ortlieb’s as the launchpad to debut his new project earlier this year, Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines, Captain Audio) directed the course of his intergalactic electronica outfit Cosmicide back to Philly, touching down on Penn’s Landing during Saturday’s sunset. Coming off the release of their first video for the simultaneously sprawling and driving “A New Disaster” earlier in July, the band proved eager and prepared to showcase their new-wave flavored, melancholy synth-pop.
Curtis’ new band, comprising members of Brooklyn synth-psych group Lip Talk, manage to echo back to the textured dream pop of the Secret Machines as much as it marks a new step into more electronic, loop and sample-oriented waters.