Last night’s Armin van Buuren concert at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier felt like a sort of religious revival pimped out with glow sticks, fog machines, lasers, LED walls and electronic bass so deep and so loud your internal organs quivered to the beat. Adoring trance music fans didn’t find God, but a communal aural euphoria that held them tight through the two-hour set.
The technical skills and taste that earned van Buuren his No. 1 world deejay ranking for five years by DJ Mag, the EDM bible, were on display as fans danced, smoked, drank beer, pounded their fists to the sky and generally had a freewheeling great time.
Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz (aka the Flaming Lips) have tacked on Philly to a limited-run club tour of six U.S. cities. She’s coming to the Electric Factory on December 5th.
The singer is back in the public eye again after hosting stints on the MTV Music Awards and this weekend’s debut of the 41st season of Saturday Night Live. In the middle of all that she released a new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a stripped-down, no-twerking-in-sight collaboration with Flaming Lips that she dropped for free via her Smiley Miley record label in August. She performed two songs from the album on SNL this weekend, including this particularly soul-baring number:
The last time FIDLAR plowed through Philly was in May, when they were the penultimate act of a co-headlining tour with fellow punk rockers Metz at Union Transfer. The result? Absolute chaos. Everything about the night was the embodiment of an old-school punk show, complete with mosh pits, crowd surfing, jean jackets and spilled beer. Since that time, FIDLAR’s released their sophomore album, Too, unleashing an EP’s worth of songs to dance to—almost all of which are about lead singer and songwriter Zac Carper’s rehab and newfound sobriety, including lead single “40oz on Repeat.”
Playing on your phone while you’re at a concert? That’s fine by Brad Denenberg. In fact, he’s banking on it.
Denenberg just launched a new app called Decibly, a fan-engagement tool which allows users to share photos, communicate across multiple social media channels and buy merchandise — all while inside a concert venue. Perhaps its most important functionality is the ability for bands to push content directly to fans — leading to more media impressions, more downloads and more merchandise sold. Read more »
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.