In honor of Illinois’ show this Thursday (3/20) at Milkboy Philly (with The Liberty Project and Dressed Like Stolen Cars) we decided to choose an Illinois song for this week’s SoundCloud Sunday. “Mountain” is from Illinois’ 2011 release ‘Lemonade Stand‘ and it shows the indie rock almost experimental side of Illinois. We’ve been fans of Illinois for so many years and this band is the best. Give “Mountain” by Illinois a listen and let us know what you think.
It might seem that my show-going days are few and far between but don’t let my hiatus fool you. As a true music enthusiast and music blogger going to live shows is an absolute must. So, that is what I did this past Thursday. I went to Milkboy Philly to check out some bands and I had a great time.
The show started at around 9pm but I had been in Milkboy Philly since almost 8:20pm because for once I wanted to be on time and not miss a single minute of the show. So, at 9pm-ish A Victim Of Good Times (AVOGT) began their set. I have seen A Victim Of Good Times once a few years ago but from what I can remember this time was different. AVOGT sounded like a real rock band and one that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. I was kind of sad when their set ended because I just wanted to hear them play more. Well, AVOGT, you guys are impressive. By the way, it’s not that I don’t like a screamed vocals but they have to serve a purpose and add to the song and A Victim Of Good Times know where and when to place their screamed vocals to add a greater feel to their music. Hey, AVOGT, we’re listening.
On Thursdays during the month of March The Liberty Project (Tommy Ciccone, Tony Flagiello, John Stenger, Marcus Pickett, and Adam Benites) have been holding its residency at Milkboy Philly and this Thursday night was the second night in the series. Their final show of the residency is this Thursday (3/20). I believe The Liberty Project is a fairly new band as far as this group of musicians playing together but I know from listening that its members are definitely not new to this game. They play and perform on a very skilled level. Ok, I must admit at first I was kind of hesitant about The Liberty Project’s music because I wasn’t really connecting with it but by the end of their set they had won me over. Their original material is great with lots of energy and it might make you want to dance. It was also nice to hear those few seconds of R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind” proving that Marcus Pickett can sing and the encore with Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” was a real treat. Nice!
Then it came time for the last band but definitely not the least band, Marathon—a five member band from Lebanon, PA who create a nice indie sound. Sorry, sometimes I’m terrible at classifying music I just know what my ears like and if it sounds good to me—and Marathon’s music sounded good to me. This was my first time experiencing Marathon’s music and I liked it and I wished that more people had stayed until the end of the show to hear their music too. Oh well, I guess it’s hard to expect a large crowd that late on a school night. Hehe. You should really keep an ear out for Marathon and check this band out if you ever get a chance.
Needless to say, you should check out these band: A Victim Of Good Times, The Liberty Project, and Marathon because I think you’ll like their music. After all, when it comes to music—too much is not enough.
A Victim Of Good Times
No dates available at this time.
The Liberty Project
Mar 20: Milkboy Philly (Philadelphia, PA) w/ Illinois, and Dressed Like Stolen Cars [Tix]
Mar 21: Rhyme and Reason (Lancaster, PA)
Apr 18: Launch Music Conference (Lancaster, PA)
SoundCloud Sunday might be my favorite new feature to this blog because I love searching SoundCloud for great music. Which is how I came up with this week’s #SoundCloudSunday—Our Griffins‘ “Blood On My Sleeves” from the Michael Boyd album. “Blood On My Sleeves” is a great song because after listening to it countless times I still can’t pinpoint what makes this song absolutely perfect. Our Griffins is as genuine as can be: unreal songwriting, excellent music, beautiful vocals—and yet listening to Our Griffins music makes it seem as though it was dipped in some magical musical greatness. Awesome!
We’re taking the fun of music exploration through SoundCloud Sunday and bringing it to our blog. #SoundCloudSunday is when we take time to search the vast music network of SoundCloud to find music that makes our ears smile. The music can be older material, a new demo, a cover, or whatever—we just want to feature good music by artists of the Philadelphia, PA area. We decided to use SoundCloud because of the access it gives us to so much great music and the fact that SoundCloud makes it so easy to share the music we find.
Anyway, this #SoundCloudSunday we chose a Former Belle song, “Some Kind of Machine”. There are several great songs on Former Belle’s SoundCloud page which made it hard for us to choose just one song but we finally decided on “Some Kind of Machine” because it made our ears smile the most. Although we don’t know much about Former Belle, we do know that the music we heard from Former Belle we really like. So, here’s to good music and being inspired to find out more about the amazing artists that create the music we love.
Yes, One Fan Sessions are returning and our mission is to interview all the great artists of the Philadelphia, PA area. We might even feature some artists touring the Philadelphia, PA area. Be on the lookout for our video series.
A few years ago we got the idea to start a video series—One Fan Sessions…
Inspired by the great work of websites like Take Away Shows and Black Cab Sessions we decided to create our own video series to showcase Philly area artists. We want this series to be a real, spontaneous, unedited look into an artist’s music. We are not pros nor working with professional equipment but we still hope to make this a fun and interesting video series.
Well, as much as we wanted to see the series takeoff it never really did. We recorded our one and only session with Brian Salcido in August of 2011. It’s now 2014 and we want to give One Fan Sessions another try. This time we’re changing our format a bit. One Fan Sessions are now a Q&A/interview with a live performance. We are going to try to learn more about the artists that create the music we love.
If you are an artist from the Philadelphia, PA area or a touring artist to the area please email us at onefansessions[at]gmail.com if you’re interested in being a part of a One Fan Session.