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The Tuk Ten: Day 3 — District 97, In Vaults (2015)

Some of you reading this may have no idea who District 97 is.  So, for Day Three of The Tuk Ten (rock edition!), let me acquaint you with them. D97 hails from Chicago, Illinois, and have followed an indie rock pathway across the United States and throughout Europe, all on a DIY and crowdfunded model.  This is very much a rock band for modern times. For reasons explained below, In Vaults is definitely in my very own personal Top Ten. 

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Re-Introducing Kill the Broadcast

Earlier this decade, Kill the Broadcast was one of the most successful original bands on our local scene. The band played multiple Musikfests in their first incarnation, and were recognized as the 2012 winners of WZZO’s now-defunct Backyard Bands competition. In addition, the band had notable gigs in Philadelphia, playing venues including The Grape Room and Legendary Dobbs.

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Beyond The Valley: What’s Exciting About The Stonewall Vessels?

I had the opportunity to see a ton of great performances by incredible talent at Launch Music Conference in Lancaster last weekend. However, the one that I keep coming back to is The Stonewall Vessels’ performance at Binn’s Park during the Fest Friday portion of the weekend.

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PHOTOS: The Originals Music Series Returns With Carefree Constant and Julius

The official start of fall is less than a week away, and it’s a good time to make a new run. For The Originals Music Series, they did so by inviting Carefree Constant and Julius out for the first show of the season.

Carefree Constant took the stage first. The Whitehall-based foursome have put a progressive spin on the reggae rock genre, which lends a heavier edge to the band’s sounds and provides good contrast and variety from the group’s more laid back tunes.

Next up was Julius, who always brings a fun energy to the Club Gravity stage. The singer-songwriter reliably rocked setlist staples like “Sunlit Day” and “Better Life,” while mixing in new and unreleased tracks.

Want more rock? Starting Thursday, September 29, The Originals Music Series will return to a weekly schedule at Club Gravity inside Chicago Restaurant. Keep tabs on the Series’ Facebook page for details!

Review: D.S. Bradford – Elemental Evolution

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, catch D.S. Bradford’s “Elemental Evolution” EP release show this Friday, Aug. 5 at the Dockside Bar at Dave & Buster’s.

Artist: D.S. Bradford
Album: Elemental Evolution EP (PRE-ORDER)
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2016
Genre: Alternative Rock

Philadelphia singer-songwriter D.S. Bradford describes his new “Elemental Evolution” EP as being “about evolving into a form of ourselves that is conscious of peace and embraces love.”

While that theme is ever present throughout the effort, there is another “evolution” at play – that of D.S. Bradford into a versatile musician who seamlessly intermingles alternative rock with the progressive and psychedelic.

Perhaps the track that best blends all of those styles together is the album closer, “A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky.” The EP’s longest track, clocking in at just over seven minutes, is a dreamy epic that moves between ideas that represent themselves as movements. “A Call to the Stars II” temporarily forfeits its dreaminess about halfway through, picking up the pace with some killer guitar work, before returning to its roots and transitioning into a tender piano outro that brings about the conclusion of our galactic transmission.

For fans of straightforward alt-rock, you need look no further than “Oceans,” a fun, up-tempo tune, and the crisp, highly accessible title track, “Elemental Evolution.” Both songs contain great hooks and are radio-ready.

 

Track listing:

A Call to the Stars – Ascend the Lost

The Rise

Oceans

The Seasons

Elemental Evolution

The Move

A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky

PHOTOS: Roi & the Secret People at the Tally Ho Tavern (WSCI Summer Concert Series)

Our day-long Roi & the Secret People party continued with a special kickoff show at Bethlehem’s Tally Ho Tavern Saturday night, as part of the WSCI Summer Concert Series.

The evening was opened by Carter Lansing, frontman of outlaw country group Acoustic Kitty Project, who performed selections off of the band’s album, “Shine,” alongside newer songs.

Then, it was time to RSP, who rocked the Tally Ho with tunes from its two albums, “Dog St.” and “Phoenix,” as well as select tracks from frontman Mike Roi’s older efforts.

The WSCI Summer Concert series continues through August with local, original talent. The lineup is as follows. For tickets and more information, follow this link.

Sat., July 23: MAYVE
Sat., July 30: Trapped in Static
Sat., Aug. 6: Sing, Bird of Prey
Sat., Aug. 13: The Walking Tree
Sat., Aug. 20: Acoustic Kitty Project
Sat., Aug. 27: Kill the Broadcast

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