I admit that I have a serious soft spot for Levee Drivers, after they stopped me dead in my tracks as I was reaching for the door to leave the Millcreek Tavern about four years ago. I ended up booking them for The Deli Philly’s first curated showcase, which was held at Johnny Brenda’s and was most likely the first time they took its stage. The band has gone through a bunch of changes since then, but their music has always remained hard-hitting yet sensitive, a combination often lost in our current state of music. Well, they’ll be returning once again to JB’s tonight where they’ll be co-headlining with fledgling, rising local act Divers and support from Swedeland. This evening will also mark Levee Drivers return as a four-piece rock band so come out and get rowdy! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran
As the heat appears ready to take residency in our lives, balance is a skill Cold Fronts seems to have mastered. Their energetic up-tempo pop-rock picks the right moments to prove its power while still maintaining an air of laidback, chill mystique. Warner Bros./Sire Records just inked the group, who will be at KFN tonight opening for Steel City natives Nevada Color. Cold Fronts is the type of band that you’ll refreshingly hear blasting out of car windows all summer long. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Matador Records just shared the new music video from Kurt Vile for the track "KV Crimes," which was directed by The Best Show on WFMU's Tom Scharpling. Yes, this is the one that you gathered together for the parade in Fishtown. We love that Wawa's hoagies were represented! Also, on August 28, Mayor Nutter has officially declared it to be Kurt Vile Day. Vile will be playing a free solo concert in City Hall Courtyard (5:30pm) for the season finale of the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Before his set, the City of Philadelphia will present him with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens. The award is given only to native Philadelphians for recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity. Yeah, it's safe to say that Kurt Vile and the Philly indie music community has come a long way in the last few years. Much love!
Reason 7 (MSRP: $449) is here - and you could win it from The Deli and SonicScoop’s Pro Audio Giveaway! Not only that, we are also throwing in Propellerhead’s sleek Balance interface (MSRP: $449). For more details and to enter for your chance to win this rad prize, go HERE. The contest ends tomorrow so don’t delay. Good Luck!
It's always sad to hear when a band that's part of the local music community decides to call it quits. Catnaps (formerly know as When I Was 12) just announced via Facebook before their performance last night at the RUBA Club that the band will be going their separate ways after their final show on June 19 at PhilaMOCA with Pet Milk. We wish them the best, and you should definitely come out to the Eraserhood art space to send them off properly.
Do you like free music? Of course, you do. And we love sharing it with you. It’s going to be another beautiful day out so swing by the City Hall Courtyard for a performance by pop-rock quartet Cheers Elephant. Known for their energetic performances and infectious hooks, the band will surely energize the crowd to help get us through this workweek. It is all part of the free summer concert series from City Hall Presents. City Hall Courtyard, 21 N. Juniper St., 5:30pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
Waxahatchee (a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield) recently released a new music video for "Coast to Coast," off her latest LP Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni), that seems just right for the summertime as you watch Crutchfield and friends take a dip in Alabama's Waxahatchee Creek. The video was directed by filmmaker Ryan Russell. Waxahatchee will be performing a free concert on July 31 at Morgan's Pier. Ha...never thought that we'd use the word "Waxahatchee" so many times in one short paragraph. Waxahatchee!
Below is the latest episode of Weathervane Music's Shaking Through featuring Philly's very own Hop Along performing a new song "Sister Cities." The band garnered much praise for last year's LP Get Disowned and their bombastic live performances, and they continue to build on their fine catalogue with their latest. You can watch some of its recording process below, and download the new track for free HERE. Enjoy!