Posts for ‘Music’

Caveman at Johnny Brenda’s Photo Gallery

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Johnny Brenda's hosted a new-age, indie rock power pack Thursday August, 18th. War On Drugs played a record release show down on the good ole' corner of Frankfurt and Girard, bringing along both an up-and-coming Philly blues rock group, Tin Horses, and the critically acclaimed afrobeat band out of Brooklyn, NY, Caveman. Since the five piece chamber rock ensemble's birth in January of 2010, Caveman has shared the stage with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Cursive, Here We Go Magic, Wye Oak and Yuck in under a year. Consisting of Matthew Iwanusa (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar), Stefan Marolachakis (drums, vocals), Sam Hopkins (synthesizer, vocals) and Jeff Berrall (bass, vocals), Caveman takes their listeners on ...

Papadosio Live Gallery from The Blockley in Philly

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Papadosio, who are an emerging progressive rock band with electronic-infused prowess from Ohio, made its second trip into Philadelphia, April 13th, at The Blockley. "Dosio", as their loyal fans call them, cover a wide spectrum of sounds that rang from beautiful improvisational jazz riffs, to dirty dub breaks, and ambient electronica. Consisting of Mike Healy (Drums), Rob McConnell (Bass/Vocal), Anthony Thogmartin (Guitar/Vocal/Keys/Programming), and Billy Brouse (Keys), Papadosio has a massive summer tour ahead of them this year. If you've been flip flopping all Spring, attempting to balance your wallet with your festival wish list, you can certainly add this band to your list of "must sees." They begin their festival campaign at ...

Horseback – The Gorgon Tongue Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011
The Gorgon Tounge: Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet The Gorgon Tongue - Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet Horseback Relapse Records Available May 10, 2011 Genres: Drone, Ambient (Impale Golden Horn) / Power Ambient, Black Metal (Forbidden Planet) RIYL: Aix Em Klemm, SunnO))), Earth 7.7 / 7.1 It’s difficult to discern whether a band is going for a money-grab with a re-release, or if they are trying to help new fans explore their older records. Horseback received considerable critical acclaim with their previous LP, Invisible Mountain. However, each Horseback record has managed to be its own beast, with different genres, and in some cases, a different lineup. ...

Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Mamiffer - Mare Decendrii Mare Decendrii Mamiffer SIGE Records March 15, 2011 Genres: Jazz-influenced Doom, Power Ambient RIYL: Earth, SunnO))), Brian Eno, Kayo Dot by Adam Rauf, Senior Staff Writer 8.8 Music is becoming a globally-connected phenomenon. Not only are you finding artists these days that are collaborating online to help in the germination process for songwriting, but you’re also finding various schools of music colliding to form giant murals of beauty. Mamiffer, which combines the talents of “post-metal” icon and visual artist Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Old Man Gloom) and performance artist Faith Coloccia (Everlovely Lightningheart) is the perfect recipe for ...

Lotus – New Years Eve 2010 and New Years Day 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Lotus descended upon Philadelphia in grand fashion for both their New Years Eve and New Years Day shows at The Electric Factory. Of course the sold out crowd for New Years Eve 2010 was a glorious ocean of good vibes, but more than plenty of Lotus fans made their way on January 1st, 2011 to fill up the floor as well. Brothers Past opened for Lotus on December 31, 2010 and brought the crowd to a feverish anticipation. Little did we all know that Tom Hamilton and Tom McKee would be returning to the stage to add vocals for a cover of Mott The Hoople's ...

The Disco Biscuits – Tower Theater – Philadelphia – 12.30.2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010
The Disco Biscuits Complete 12.30.2010 Set List Set 1: Hot Air Balloon > Gangster > The Safety Dance > Hot Air Balloon, Mr. Don Set 2: Save The Robots, Air Song, Basis For A Day > Pygmy Twylyte > Basis For A Day Encore: Spacebirdmatingcall On December 26th, a statement was made by The Disco Biscuits entitled, "12/26/2010 | New Year's Run Update Part 2." New Year's Update: "We want to first thank everyone for their over the top support this week during a difficult time for the band. The first two nights at Terminal 5 have been so much fun musically, and none of it would have been possible without our ...

Blow The Scene Top 10 Releases of 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
Blow The Scene Top 10 Releases of 2010 1. Trap Them – Filth Rations 2. Valient Thorr – Stranger 3. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening 4. United Nations – Never Mind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures 5. Kaki King – Junior 6. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards 7. Cephalic Carnage – Misled By Certainty 8. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh) 9. Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin 10. Galactic – Ya-Ka-May Trap Them – Filth Rations E.P. (Southern Lord Recordings) – Bulletproof release. Four of the most well executed songs in extreme music in 2010. If you think there was a better overall song offering elements of Swedish death metal ...


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Old Soul 10 Herbie Hancock Header

Since I have now reached the 10th installment of Old Soul, I am featuring an artist that truly embodies the essence of what this column is all about. He is a true musician, not only in the sense that he is skilled at his primary instrument, the piano, but he sees, hears, composes and executes his music in his own unique way. He has blended genres in ways that have had an important influence on the development and direction of multiple musical genres, including both acoustic and electric jazz, classical music, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. He hasn't gained success by following a corporately ordained formula like many ...

Blow The Scene Contributor Larry West in Rolling Stone

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Ozzy Osbourne and Yuto Miyazawa at Ozzfest in Camden NJ August 22, 2010 Photo by Larry West. So about a week ago, Blow The Scene contributor and graphic artist, Larry West roles into the office with some pictures he took at Ozzfest, August 22 in Camden, NJ. And to be honest, until Larry zipped in with his photo stack, I didn't even know Ozzfest was still around. But sure enough Ozzy is still baby-steppin across stages all over the states, and for this year's final show date, he brought a special guest. I took a look through Larry's stack of ...

Flaming Lips Live Review

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Flaming Lips Live in Pittsburgh July 20, 2010 Flaming Lips (Live in Pittsburgh, PA 07/20/10) It’s impossible to properly put into words what a Flaming Lips concert is like. You can mention the visuals, the confetti, the balloons, the space bubble/hamster ball, and yet you’ll feel like you’ve only scratched the surface. Wayne Coyne et al like to make seeing the band more of a spiritual experience than just a concert. Being that they just covered Dark Side of the Moon with their friends Peaches, Henry Rollins, and parts of his nephew’s band Stardeath & White Dwarfs, you can definitely get a Pink Floyd vibe from all of the ...


Monday, August 9th, 2010

Old Soul 7 The Detroit Spinners Banner

In this installment of Old Soul, I would like to focus on a classic soul group who toured and recorded for years, and who had numerous line-up changes and label switches, before they reached chart-topping success. Just like the flashy spinning hubcaps that this group was named after, their records are still spinning, and still moving, long after the original soul ride has ceased. This group is none other than The Spinners.

Early Spinners

In 1954, before The Spinners were The Spinners, they were a group of high school friends living just outside of ...


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Eric Burdon And War

In this installment of Old Soul, I want to extend the socially conscious vibe from No. 5 featuring The Voices of East Harlem with some great live performances from a very tight, multi-ethnic, California-based group who fused funk, rock, jazz, Latin American music, R&B, soul, and reggae to create a gritty, dancy, laid-back sound for carrying their messages of unity and harmony: War.

War The World Is a Ghetto Album Cover

War (who before working with Eric Burdon were known as Nightshift) began their launch in 1969 when they paired up with Eric Burdon (ex-lead singer of the Animals), and ...

Helmet Announce US and Euro Tour Dates

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Helmet Album Betty Cover Photo It's hard to believe Helmet have been around now 21 years and are still touring the globe. I first picked up a In The Meantime in 1992 when I was in 4th grade. Damn. And like many of you, it was one of the first "heavy" albums I ever got into. Led by founding member and front man, Page Hamilton, Helmet's influence played a major role in the development of many of the leading rock and metal bands in the mid 90's. Page Hamilton's quartet recently re-released their beloved third album Betty with 5 bonus tracks. They had this to say ...

Ghetto Blaster Interview

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

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Blow The Scene's Joshua T Cohen caught up with San Diego's favorite indefinable quartet of unhinged musicians Ghetto Blaster, for an exclusive interview this week. Ghetto Blaster draws on influences from across the board delivering an onslaught of quirky riffs and melodies punctuated by a pugnacious vocal intensity that finds itself floating somewhere in the punk-rock, alt, prog end of the spectrum with a splash of schizophrenia thrown in for good measure. Ghetto Blaster singer and front man Ryan Foxe takes Blow the Scene readers into his world.. Joshua T Cohen (BTS): Go ahead and introduce yourselves to Blow The Scene readers around the world. Declare your musical contribution to ...

Summer Slaughter Tour pt II

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
The Summer Slaughter Tour Flyer Image feat Decapitated, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord and moreIn our first feature of Summer Slaughter Tour 2010, we covered headlining acts Decapitated, The Faceless, and All Shall Perish. Today we are focusing on two other participants that should definitely be on your radar; The Red Chord and Cephalic Carnage. To be honest, most reviews or mentions of the The Red Chord make my skin crawl. The band is often lumped in with the trolls of metal scene. You know the ones; the slew of bands ...

United Nations new E.P. Nevermind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures

Friday, June 25th, 2010
These days its rare to find a band that has created more of an aura of confusion and rumor than the punk/power-violence, super-group, United Nations. Every aspect of this band is clouded in myth and mystery. The only confirmed member is Geoff Rickly, the vocalist/lyricist of the band Thursday. Why? Well it may have something to do with the fact that all other rumored members are under contracts with record labels that prevent them from playing in other bands. These rumored members include; Daryl Palumbo, vocalist of Glassjaw and Head Automatica, Ben Koller, drummer for Converge, Jonah Bayer, guitarist of Lovekill, and Eric Cooper, bassist of Made Out of Babies. Live interpretations ...

Melvins Interview w/ Buzz & Dale: Exclusive

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Interview with Buzz Osbourne & Dale Crover of The Melvins Adam Rauf, Staff Writer All images by Seth Ballentine, Blow The Scene Staff Photographer The Melvins are an amazing band that really defies words sometimes. They’ve had an extensive history of playing music, being an influence on countless bands, and yet are some of the most honest and straightforward folks in the music business. Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover have seen it all, and always make great interviewees. They’re funny, they’re quirky, and they write some of the best ...

The Tapes Your Mother Laid Out for You: Rush

Sunday, June 20th, 2010
The Tapes Your Mother Laid Out for You Second Installment: Rush - Grace Under Pressure (1984) By Andrew W. Miller By 1984, progressive rock was far from the genre du jour. It had seen its heyday in the 60s and 70s and had subsequently been bested by the catchiness (sorry, Johnny Rotten) and simplicity of punk and new wave. Ten years had gone by since Rush's first album, Rush (1974), had been released. The latter nine years saw eight full-length albums produced by Terry Brown, who had seen the band develop from straight-up Led Zeppelin worship to the powerhouse that recorded epic, movement-structured albums like 1976's 2112, 1978's Hemispheres, as well as the commercially-successful Moving Pictures (1981) featuring the ...

The Isis Interview: Exclusive

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Aaron Turner of Isis and Hydra Head Records Blow The Scene Interview with Aaron Turner of Isis Adam Rauf, Staff Writer All images by Seth Ballentine, Staff Photographer On June 16, 2010, Blow The Scene staff writer Adam Rauf caught up with Aaron Turner of Isis a few hours before their Washington DC performance with Melvins as part of their final tour. Aaron Turner of Isis Live in Washington DC  June 16, 2010Isis is arguably one of the most influential metal bands of this decade, putting an emphasis on heavy riffs, spacey leads, ...

Primus Announce New Oddity Faire Tour Dates

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Bass-master extraordinaire Les Claypool and his legendary prog band Primus, have just announced show dates for the 2nd Annual Oddity Faire kicking off September 14, 2010. Claypool stated in a 2009 a press release that Oddity Faire, "Dwelled outside the box and broke beyond the parameters set by the safe pallet of the mainstream...Having trod the stages of such events as Lollapalooza, Woodstock ’94, Reading, Bonnaroo, etc., I’ve come to realize that there really hasn’t been an event that truly represented the type of creative individual that I am kin to.” Performers rotate by region as this multifaceted event progressives through the tour, so be sure to check the line-up for your ...

Lauryn Hill to Perform at Rock The Bells

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Lauryn Hill LiveWhen you thought the summer's most potent Hip-Hop Festival Series couldn't get any better, Rock the Bells' organizers Guerilla Union announce Lauryn Hill will be performing a special set incorporating songs from her legendary debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. If that wasn’t enough to have you tap your man back like, “Do you see this?” Wu-Tang Clan will be performing Enter The ...


Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Brides of Funkenstein Funk Or Walk

In this installment of Old Soul, I am going to share with you some rare live footage of the female-fronted funk group, The Brides of Funkenstein. In a nutshell, The Brides of Funkenstein were a female-fronted Parliament Funkadelic, and in my book, it doesn't get much better than that.

Parliament Funkadelic Brides of Funkenstein Poster Old Soul 4

As with most of the P-Funk spin-off groups, the muscians backing the Brides were the same musicians that played in Parliament Funkadelic. Many different members of ...

Drop Dead to Play Foo Fest & Line-up Announced!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Foo Fest 2010 Drop Dead Live One of our all-time favorites, legendary crust punk outfit Drop Dead have announced they will be performing at this year's Foo Fest in their home turf of Providence, Rhode Island (we'll get to the rest Foo Fest's amazing line-up in just a moment). Drop Dead have been very selective about which live dates they pick up over the past few years and their August 14, Foo Fest performance is their only scheduled date this year! Formed in the early 1990, Drop Dead have etched a name for themselves as a defining band in the American crust punk movement. Adhering firmly to ...

Refused Rerelease Shape of Punk to Come Deluxe Style

Monday, June 7th, 2010
Epitaph to Rerelease The Shape of Punk To Come Epitaph has announced the Re-release of Refused's 1998 classic hardcore album The Shape of Punk to Come in a 3-disc, deluxe edition to hit streets June 8, 2010. Haling from Umeå, Sweden and formed in 1991, Refused saw 5 E.P.s and 3 Full-length releases before their breakup in 1998 which was documented in the DVD release of "The Refused Are Fucking Dead.," chronicling Refused's last year as a band. Although Refused were only active for 7 years, their music has maintained a far reaching impact across ...