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Gogol Bordello @ the TLA | Philadelphia, PA (7/26/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Gogol Bordello @ the TLA | Philadelphia, PA (7/26/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

As part of a special XPoNential Music Festival “aftershow”, gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello performed a late show at the TLA in Philly on Friday, 7/26. Gogol Bordello are currently touring in support of their recently released 6th studio album Pura Vida Conspiracy (listen on Spotify). Listen to the new track “Malandrino” below – FYI, it’s a reference to a nickname that frontman Eugene Hütz acquired during a trip to South America (it means “f*cking screwball”).

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fun. + Tegan and Sara @ the Mann | Philadelphia, PA (7/19/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

fun. + Tegan and Sara @ the Mann | Philadelphia, PA (7/19/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Grammy Award-winning indie pop phenoms fun. performed at the Mann on Friday, 7/19 along with very special guests Tegan and Sara. fun. is currently in the middle of an extensive North American tour (see dateshere) in support of their massively successful 2012 sophomore LP Some Nights.

Their show at the Mann marked their largest headlining performance to date and frontman Nate Ruess made his genuine and extreme gratitude known to the Philly crowd. As anticipated, the night was replete with audience sing-alongs, especially during the performance of their breakout single “We Are Young”. They also performed a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (see full setlist below). For their encore, they ended the night with fan-favorite “Stars”, which is sure to be released as an upcoming single.

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Savages @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (7/14/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Savages @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (7/14/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

London-based post-punk revivalists Savages performed at Union Transfer in Philly on Sunday, 7/14 (Johnny Hostile was the opener). Savages is currently touring in support of their excellent critically acclaimed debut LP Silence Yourself (listen on Spotify). Below is a music video/short film for the track “Shut Up” – it starts off with a prologue which, in part, alludes to their philosophy/shtick as a band. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

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Cold War Kids @ The Piazza (with Capital Cities + Bad Books) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Neither the oppressive humidity nor the torrential rain were enough to put a damper on the third freeSummer Block Party of the year at The Piazza at Schmidt’s on Saturday, 7/13. The folks at Radio 104.5 served up a high profile triple-bill which included Bad Books, Capital Cities, and a headlining performance by Cold War Kids.

With summer in full effect, the crowds were treated to an hour-long rain delay before Cold War Kids’ set; however, once they finally took the stage, frontman Nathan Willett expressed his gratitude to the crowd for braving the not-so-pleasant weather. CWK just played Union Transfer this past April and they’ll be returning again this October (show details here). They are currently touring non-stop in support of their most recent album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Below is a video for their latest single off of the album titled “Lost That Easy”. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

90+ degree weather be-damned, Capital Cities showed full commitment with their matching black varsity jackets and signature dance moves (and beards). They just recently released their debut LP In a Tidal Wave of Mystery and are also touring non-stop. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

Certainly you’ve heard of Bad Books (which features Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra) and you whistle along to their breakout song “Forest Whitaker” every time it plays on the radio. They released their sophomore album II last year. Stream that album on Spotify and see all of their upcoming tour dates here.

Be sure to check out our recent coverage of Cold War Kids @ Union Transfer and Capital Cities @ the TLAand stay tuned for Erika’s interview with Capital Cities.

FYI, the next free Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd and will feature performances by Panic! At the Disco, Alt-J, and Walk Off The Earth. Stay up to date with all of the upcoming Block Party announcements here. Also, check out our coverage of the previous block parties here and here.

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The Polyphonic Spree @ the TLA | Philadelphia, PA (7/5/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

The Polyphonic Spree @ the TLA | Philadelphia, PA (7/5/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

The Polyphonic Spree performed at the TLA in Philly on Friday, 7/5 (Avava and Harper Simon were the openers). The Polyphonic Spree is set to release a new LP titled Yes, It’s True (their first proper studio album since 2007′s The Fragile Army) on August 6th. Below is the music video for the first song off of the album “You Don’t Know Me”. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ MilkBoy Philly (6/27/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ MilkBoy Philly (6/27/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Missouri-based indie pop trio Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin performed at MilkBoy Philly on Thursday, 6/27 (Ha Ha Tonka and Ezra Furman opened). SSLYBY have just wrapped up a short tour and will be releasing a new LP at the end of summer titled Fly By Wire (due out 9/17). Rockin’ The ‘Burbs had a chance to chat with Phil Dickey (vocals/guitar/drums) before the show and learned more about SSLYBY’s upcoming album, as well as their recent trip to Russia where they served as official US cultural ambassadors – make sure to read the full interview here.

Despite the active tornado warning in effect, MilkBoy Philly was packed with an enthusiastic and vocal crowd. The sauna-like conditions and overall lack of ventilation took nothing away from any of the night’s performances; however, it certainly did contribute to the funk of hoagies in the air. SSLYBY held nothing back and started off their set with “Oregon Girl” (from their debut album Broom), followed by fan-favorites fromPershing and Let It Sway. They also played the new track “Nightwater Girl” (listen to that song below). Towards the end of their set, Dickey made several unanswered pleas for water then resorted to stripping of his E. coli-laden shirt. For their finale, they brought both opening acts (plus friends) on stage for a riotous rendition of “Modern Mystery”.

SSLYBY will likely be back in Philly before the end of the year – keep up-to-date with their upcoming tour dates here. They’ll also be releasing their documentary Discussions with Russians (watch the trailer here), as well as the music video for “Nightwater Girl”, later this summer.

Don’t forget to read our recent interview with opener Ezra Furman here. His new album Day of the Dog is also being released on 9/17.

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CHVRCHES @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/23/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

CHVRCHES @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/23/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

File this one in the “destined for humongous-ness” category, folks – Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES made their Philly debut at Union Transfer on Sunday, 6/23 (Still Corners was the opener). CHVRCHES have just finished their first ever North American tour (which started at SXSW in Austin this past March), but they’ll be back in the States again soon to celebrate the release of their debut LP The Bones of What You Believe (9/24 release date).

CHVRCHES played a fairly extended set of previously-, as well as yet-to-be-released tracks. During their set, lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry made all of the requisite cheesesteak and Fresh Prince of Bel Air references; however, the eloquence of her charming yet tentative banter made it even that much more enjoyable. They finished out their set with the excellent “The Mother We Share” (listen to that song below).

Watch the official video for “Gun” (from their forthcoming LP) below and listen to their debut EP Recover onSpotify. FYI, if you missed them the first time, they’ll be back in Philly again (at Union Transfer) on 9/18. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

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Big Black Delta @ Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, PA (6/21/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Big Black Delta performed at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly on Friday, 6/21 (local Philly bands DOCKUMENT andTygerstrype were the openers). Big Black Delta is the solo project of former Mellowdrone frontman Jon Bates. He just released his eponymous debut album (listen on Spotify) and the song “Side of the Road” was recently named Best New Track on Pitchfork (see official music video below).

Big Black Delta’s set at Johnny Brenda’s came replete with dueling drummers, a pulsating light show, and enough gyration & shaking to reconstitute a gallon of protein shake. Serge was there to capture the action and his mind was sufficiently blown. See all of Big Black Delta’s upcoming tour dates here.

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Rogue Wave + The Boxer Rebellion @ Union Transfer (6/18/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Rogue Wave + The Boxer Rebellion @ Union Transfer (6/18/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Rogue Wave and The Boxer Rebellion brought their co-headlining tour to Union Transfer in Philly on Tuesday, 6/18 (Fossil Collective was the opener). Both bands are touring in support of their freshly released LPsNightingale Floors and Promises, respectively.

You might recall that a few years ago (and even more recently) you couldn’t turn on the TV without hearing a Rogue Wave song. Whether it was from a popular sitcom/drama/film soundtrack at the time or a cable TV promo, Rogue Wave had a pensive song that fit the mood. Despite their consistently excellent LPs and extensive list of pop culture credits, Rogue Wave have never quite made it into the lexicon of mainstream indie; however, their songwriting is certainly worthy of it. Nightingale Floors sees them returning to form with all of the characteristic hooks and anthems you could ask for. “College” and “Siren’s Song” (listen below) are 2 excellent new tracks off of Nightingale Floors and they both hint at the nostalgic vibe of the album. FYI, you can stream Nightingale Floors in its entirety on Spotify. Rogue Wave will continue touring through the end of July (separately with Caveman and Hey Marseilles). See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

You can also stream The Boxer Rebellion’s latest album Promises on Spotify and see all of their upcoming tour dates here. Watch the official music video for their first single off of Promises (“Diamonds”) here.

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The Psychedelic Furs @ the Troc | Philadelphia, PA (6/14/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

The Psychedelic Furs @ the Troc | Philadelphia, PA (6/14/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Legendary English alternative pop-rockers The Psychedelic Furs performed at the Trocadero Theatre in Philly on 6/14 as part of opening night celebration of The Awesome Fest (a 10-week citywide ’80s-themed film & music festival). The Awesome Fest will be running until mid-August and includes over 50 special events, including outdoor movie screenings and live music performances. See the full Awesome Fest schedule of events here.

While most widely recognized for “Pretty In Pink” (the song that inspired and later appeared in the soundtrack of the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name), The Psychedelic Furs had already put out a slew of superb LPs prior to that major breakthrough (including 1982′s Talk Talk Talk and 1984′s Mirror Moves). Their set at the Troc included some of their most popular singles (including “The Ghost In You”, “Love My Way”, “Heaven”, and “Pretty In Pink”), but they also delivered some deeper cuts from across their discography. Below is the official music video for their timeless single “Heaven” off of Mirror Moves. See all of The Furs’ upcoming tour dates here.

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Mates of State @ Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA (6/13/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Mates of State @ Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA (6/13/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Husband-and-wife duo Mates of State performed at Underground Arts in Philly on Thursday, 6/13 (Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was the opener). MoS is currently supporting The Postal Service on select dates of their North American tour, but they’re also playing some headlining shows along the way. You can see all of their upcoming tour dates here.

FYI, I adore everything about this band. Watch this Tiny Desk Concert they performed for NPR Music and that pretty much sums up why. The simplicity of keys plus drums augmented by the complexity of male/female vocal harmonies and counterpoint, the cutesy gazes, the sing-along choruses… I love it all. Not to mention, they also appeared in an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba (I am a dad, after all). Below is their official music video for “Palomino” from their most recent LP Mountaintops. You can stream all of their albums on Spotify.

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Metric + Royal Teeth @ The Piazza at Schmidt’s (6/8/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Metric + Royal Teeth @ The Piazza at Schmidt’s (6/8/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Holy freakin’ epic free block party! For the second Summer Block Party of the year at The Piazza, the fine folks at Radio 104.5 broke out the big guns with a headlining act by indie rock megastars Metric. Also on the bill were indie pop up-and-comers Royal Teeth, as well as local Philly quintet Goodnight Lights.

Metric is currently touring in support of their 2012 LP Synthetica (listen on Spotify), their follow-up to 2009′s hugely popular Fantasies. Since then, they’ve also contributed to and/or collaborated on numerous film soundtracks including Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Cosmopolis. Below is their official music video for “Breathing Underwater” off of Synthetica. See all of Metric’s upcoming tour dates here.

Royal Teeth is set to release their debut LP Glow this coming August on Dangerbird Records. You’re probably already familiar with their infectiously irresistible and summery track “Wild” (from their 2012 EP Act Naturally), which is currently getting heavy radio play on 104.5. Watch the music video for “Wild” here and stream Act Naturally in its entirety on Spotify. See all of Royal Teeth’s upcoming tour dates here.

FYI, the next free Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th and will feature performances by Cold War Kids and Bad Books. Stay up to date with all of the upcoming Block Party announcements here. Also, check out our coverage of Atlas Genius and Family of the Year performing at last month’s free block party here.

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Portugal. The Man @ the TLA (with SKATERS) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Portugal. The Man performed to a sold out crowd at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on Friday, 6/7. They’re currently touring in support of their just released Danger Mouse-produced studio LP Evil Friends (listen onSpotify). Below is their official music video for “Atomic Man” off of Evil Friends. Before the show, they got together with the cast from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to film an absurdly awesome video promo (and, in the process, share an “eternal high five”) – seriously, go do yourself a favor and watch the clip here. See all of Portugal. Demand’s The Man’s upcoming tour dates here.

Opening the show was NYC-based SKATERS. They’re still putting the finishing touches on their yet to be released debut studio LP. Erika recently chatted with frontman Michael Ian Cummings about it – read the full interview here.

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Trail of Dead + Ume @ Maxwell’s | Hoboken, NJ (7/23/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Trail of Dead + Ume @ Maxwell’s | Hoboken, NJ (7/23/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Austin, TX natives …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Ume performed at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on Tuesday, 7/23 (orchestral art rock band The Red Paintings opened). When I heard last month that Maxwell’s would be closing its doors forever at the end of July, I knew I had to make one final pilgrimage to the long-time live music institution – what better opportunity than to finally catch 2 bands that have always managed to elude me?

Ume has been on my radar ever since I saw their music video for “The Conductor” (from their 2009 SunshowerEP). If you’ve never seen it, stop reading right now and go watch it below. Ok, you can proceed now that we’re on the same page. Ume is a band that I have internally hyped up so much over the years that I was slightly concerned that their live performance wouldn’t hold up to my expectations. Concerns, be damned… despite ongoing sound/gear problems during their set, their live performance blew me away! After finally catching them live, I firmly believe that they’re on the verge of blowin’ up.

They’ve recently finished recording a forthcoming LP and I, for one, am super psyched for it. In the meantime, listen to their 2011 LP Phantoms on SoundCloud. FYI, they’ll be headlining a show at MilkBoy Philly this coming Friday, 7/26 and you should seriously consider going (get tickets here).

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for Trail of Dead’s entire set as I was feeling particularly lethargic from gorging excessive amounts of nachos and fish & chips prior to the show and I was in dire need of some caffeine and/or sleep, stat. From what I hear, it got pretty crazy and was a “f*cking epic” send off befitting of one of the final shows ever at Maxwell’s.

FYI, Maxwell’s be throwing a closing night block party on 7/31 starting at 4pm. You should go.

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OMD @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (7/12/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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New wave/synth-pop legends Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performed at Union Transfer in Philly on Friday, 7/12 (Diamond Rings was the opener). The current tour is in support of English Electric, their 12th studio LP (released in April 2013); however, they had to cut the tour short and have now canceled all of their remaining 2013 tour dates due to drummer Malcolm Holmes recently suffering from heat exhaustion (more details here).

The lead track from English Electric is “Metroland” (listen below), which sees them returning to their undoubtedly-OMD-sounding synth-pop roots. While best known for the extremely poppy “If You Leave” (which was featured in John Hughes’ 1986 teen movie Pretty in Pink), OMD’s first 3 albums (i.e., their 1980 self-titled debut, Organisation, and Architecture & Morality) are among the best and most underrated new wave albums of all time. I suppose I’m not completely unbiased, though, as side A of their 1988 compilation album The Best of OMD was the soundtrack of my childhood (I owned it on cassette). FYI, you can listen to all of their releases (including B-sides and live albums) on Spotify.

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Interview: Lenka | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Rockin’ The ‘Burbs recently had a chance to chat with Aussie singer-songwriter Lenka. You’re probably already familiar with Lenka from her song “The Show“, which appeared in the 2011 film Moneyball (FYI, it’s the songBrad Pitt’s daughter sang); however, she just released a brand new album titled Shadows on her very own label Skipalong Records. She is currently touring in support of the album and will be playing a show at World Cafe Live in Philly on Monday, 7/22 (show details here).

Below is the music video for the lead track from Shadows, “Nothing Here But Love”, which will also be a key song in J.J. Abrams’ new show Believe. FYI, you can stream the entire album on Spotify.

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311 @ Festival Pier (w/ Cypress Hill and G. Love) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Hitting the road for the 11th consecutive summer, 311’s Unity Tour hit Philly’s Festival Pier on Wednesday, 7/10. The fellas from 311 brought along special guests Cypress Hill and Philly’s own G. Love & Special Sauce. 311 is known for their live performances which are full of energy and epic setlists – they didn’t disappoint their fan base in Philly which rocked out to every second of their show.

From the moment they got on stage until their encore, 311 had fans riled up and singing along to every word and jumping to every beat. 311 has been putting records out since 1993 and they made sure to keep their fans guessing which song they’d play next. They played their staples, but also threw in some rarities that got the crowd even more excited. They did their infamous “Applied Science” drum sequence, which is always guaranteed to be amazing (see the full setlist below).

After the concert was over, I left the venue sweaty and in awe that these guys can still put on an amazing show after all these years. You can tell when a band really loves what they do – and 311 is a prime example of that.

311 will continue their Unity Tour throughout the U.S. until August. You can check out all the dates here. You can also catch the guys at their annual 311 Day concert, which will be taking place in New Orleans in 2014.

311 – Setlist:
Freak Out
Prisoner
What Was I Thinking
Large In The Margin
Amber
Rock On
Nutsymptom
You Wouldn’t Believe
Livin’ & Rockin’
Applied Science
Do You Right
Brodels
Beautiful Disaster
- P-Nut Bass Solo -
All Mixed Up
Sick Tight
Beyond The Gray Sky
From Chaos
Jackpot
Down
::Encore::
Salsa
FTBS

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CSS @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (7/2/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Brazilian dance-punk band CSS performed at Union Transfer in Philly on Tuesday, 7/2 (IO Echo was the opener). CSS (short for Cansei de Ser Sexy [Portuguese for "got tired of being sexy"]) is currently touring in support of their recently released (Dave Sitek-produced) LP Planta (listen on Spotify). Below is the official music video for their first single from Planta, “Hangover” (which was co-written by Tim Armstrong of Rancid).

CSS first came onto the scene in 2006 after they released their eponymous debut album on Sub Pop Records– it featured such tracks as “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” and “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex”. While no longer on Sub Pop, frontwoman Lovefoxxx still brings her trademark in-your-face stage antics and banter that are still just as entertaining and bizarre as they were 7 years ago; however, this time around, she brought along some new tricks including ribbon twirling and giving a twerking demo (something they’ve admittedly just recently learned about).

The ladies of CSS also just recently filmed a series of makeover webisodes – in the first episode, they give their touring drummer JR a makeover (watch here).

Listen to all of CSS’ albums on Spotify and see all of their upcoming tour dates here. The next time they’re in town, GANG should totally open for them.

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The Neighbourhood @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/25/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

The Neighbourhood @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/25/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Holy freakin’ big-time buzz band! The Neighbourhood performed at Union Transfer in Philly on Tuesday, 6/25 (The 1975 opened). The show was originally scheduled to take place at Johnny Brenda’s; however, due to overwhelming demand, was switched to the much larger venue. The California-based group have just released their debut LP I Love You. (listen on Spotify), but that hasn’t precluded them from already playing some pretty major gigs on the festival circuit (see all of their upcoming tour dates here). They’re best known for the track “Sweater Weather” (watch official music video below) and frontman Jesse Rutherford makes the “hoodlum” girls in the audience fawn like it was a ‘N Sync concert circa 2000.

Openers The 1975 are riding their own wave of buzz, largely due to the extremely catchy and ubiquitous track “Sex” (watch the official music video here). Hailing from the land of The Smiths (that would be Manchester, UK), they’re set to release their self-titled debut album in the fall and are currently traversing the world on an extended tour. FYI, they’ll be back at Union Transfer this October. See all of their upcoming tour dates here.

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Tame Impala @ the Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA (6/19/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

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Australia’s finest, Tame Impala, took over the Electric Factory on Wednesday, 6/19 and brought their psychedelic vibes to the sold out crowd. Led by Kevin Parker (a man of few words and no shoes), they played songs from their 2010 debut LP Innerspeaker, as well as their latest album Lonerism. Parker took a few moments to say “hi” and “thank you”, but mainly let his guitar do the talking.

Before taking the stage, the crowd anxiously waited for Tame Impala to make their arrival – fans could be heard guessing which song they would play first. The band opened up with a brief instrumental prologue, which then led into “Solitude is Bliss” (from Innerspeaker). During the show, it was hard not to be entranced by the giant screen behind the band that lit up and flowed to the grooves of their music. The band took a short interlude when Parker turned his back to the crowd to jam on his guitar and watch the colors on the screen move. It’s hard to choose a favorite moment of the show, but taking a slight lead was when the place erupted as Parker told the crowd “this is a song you can all boogie to” and burst into their current single, “Elephant” (see the official video below). A close second was their encore, in which they played “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control”; however, they extended that affair into a rousing ten minute performance. See the full setlist below.

Don’t fret if you missed the guys this time around – they’ll be back in Philly to play Festival Pier with The Flaming Lips on 10/3 (show details here).

Opening was local Philadelphia band Light Heat.

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Paper Lions @ the North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA (6/18/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Paper Lions @ the North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA (6/18/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Canadian indie rock band Paper Lions performed at the North Star Bar in Philly on Tuesday, 6/18 (South Jersey locals Strange Seasons was the opener). Paper Lions is set to release an upcoming LP (titled My Friends) later this summer and are currently wrapping up a short North American tour – see all of their upcoming tour dateshere. Rockin’ The ‘Burbs recently chatted with Paper Lions guitarist and singer John MacPhee and learned more about their upcoming album, as well as the inspiration behind their first track from My Friends titled “Philadelphia” (listen below) – you can read the full interview here.

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The Postal Service @ the Mann | Philadelphia, PA (6/17/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

The Postal Service @ the Mann | Philadelphia, PA (6/17/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

For the first time in 10 years, The Postal Service is touring! After playing 2 nights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they made a stop in Philly at the Mann Center on Monday, 6/17 (Ra Ra Riot was the opener). Consisting primarily of Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel), the touring version of The Postal Service also includes the swoon-inducing duo of Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) and Laura Burhenn (of The Mynabirds). Together, they are a veritable indie supergroup of proportions that cannot be justly expressed by words alone. If that sounds like exaggeration to you, leave this blog right now and never come back.

The Postal Service played through the entirety of 2003′s Give Up (their sole LP release) in addition to previously “unreleased” material and a few covers (including Beat Happening’s “Our Secret”). For their encore, they brought back “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” (their original Dntel collaboration) then finished the night with a rousing rendition of “Brand New Colony” (full setlist here).

The Postal Service will be touring through the beginning of August, then will cap off their tour with a performance at Lollapalooza. See all of their upcoming tour dates here. Below is their brand new music video for “A Tattered Line of String” from their 10th Anniversary Deluxe Re-Issue of Give Up. You can listen to the 10th Anniversary Re-Issue of Give Up in its entirety on Spotify.

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Devendra Banhart @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/10/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Devendra Banhart @ Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA (6/10/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Indie folk singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart performed at Union Transfer in Philly on 6/10. He is currently touring in support of his 8th studio LP Mala (listen on Spotify), to go along with his handsome new haircut. Below is the track “Für Hildegard von Bingen” off of Mala. He performed solo for the first half of his set, then was later joined on stage by his band; however, what remained consistent throughout the entire set was his over-the-top theatricality and swoon-inducing musicianship.

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Of Monsters and Men @ Festival Pier | Philadelphia, PA (6/8/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

Of Monsters and Men @ Festival Pier | Philadelphia, PA (6/8/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Icelandic folk-poppers Of Monsters and Men performed to a sold out crowd at Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing) on Saturday, 6/8 (Canadian trio Half Moon Run was the opener). Known best for their breakout single “Little Talks“, Of Monsters and Men is currently in the midst of a massive world tour in support of their 2012 debut LP My Head Is an Animal (listen on Spotify). Below is the official music video for their latest single off of My Head Is an Animal, “King And Lionheart”. FYI, they also contributed the previously unreleased track “Sinking Man” to The Walking Dead Sountrack (listen on Spotify). You can see all of their upcoming tour dates here.

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The National @ the Mann Center | Philadelphia, PA (6/7/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs

The National @ the Mann Center | Philadelphia, PA (6/7/2013) | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Rockin' The 'Burbs | Scoop.it

Perennial indie rock heavy-hitters The National performed at the Mann in Philly on Friday, 6/7 (the headline-worthy Dirty Projectors opened). The National is currently touring in support of their recently released sixth studio LP Trouble Will Find Me (their follow-up to 2010′s equally excellent High Violet). With each release, The National show that they can do no wrong and prove that their tried-and-true formula only gets better with age. You can currently stream Trouble Will Find Me in its entirety on Spotify. Below is the official music video for “Sea Of Love” off of Trouble Will Find Me. The National were also just recently filmed for a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music – watch the whole 4-song performance here (FYI, it includes “Pink Rabbits” [quite possibly one of their greatest songs of all time, IMO]).

In true The National form, they’ll be touring for the remainder of the year (and likely for a good time thereafter). See all of their upcoming tour dates here. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming screening of their acclaimed documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

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