Featured: Wooden Hez’s Spew

December 1, 2014

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Fronted by Gashouse Radio’s Dave Pitone, this week’s featured band is Wooden Hez

Initially meeting through an ad on Craigslist in 2011, Wooden Hez has come a very long way from recording their debut album, Children’s Parade, in Dave Pitone’s attic. But, their journey wasn’t always smooth sailing. In August of 2013, the band suffered a series of hardships after the loss of their drummer, the late Timmy Stevens. Ultimately, Wooden Hez evolved into an awe-inspiring concrete unit. With E. Joseph Neenan on guitar and keyboards, Ed Galang on drums, and Alan Lee on bass, Philadelphia is grateful for the release of Wooden Hez’s second full-length album, Spew.

spew - wooden hezThere is no singular word in the English language that can perfectly define Wooden Hez. However reminiscent of the Grunge era, Wooden Hez accomplishes an originality that distinguish them from the core of Philly’s mainstream. Much like a reoccurring dream, Spew’s collection of songs is laden with images of desolate streets and vast bodies of water. Ghost towns and the overwhelming calm after a catastrophic event come to mind. It is the strange combination of despair and acceptance that places Wooden Hez somewhere between “Change (In the House of Flies)” by The Deftones and Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song.”

 

Wooden Hez is an experience. Don’t miss their CD release show/ “Punk Rock Jack” music video debut on December 5th at Connie’s Ric Rac. The Dogs of Lust and Stereoma will also be attending the First Friday Showcase. If you haven’t satisfied your Wooden Hez lust yet, you can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). Spew is also available for download on reverbnation, and bandcamp.com. Check out https://www.facebook.com/WoodenHEZ for more info.

 

Fun Facts: Wooden Hez were originally called Wooden Head. They changed after a band from New Orleans under the same name sued them.
Dave Pitone was an academic lawyer. He resigned and began writing after his psychiatrist told him to go into the arts.

Thanksgiving Eve Show at Dobbs!

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Thanksgiving Eve is always a big party night, and there are always a ton of options. Well let Gashouse Radio make your decision a little easier for you.

 

Gashouse Radio, Gravity Given / Forward Productions and The Legendary Dobbs presents Saul’s Annual Birthday Show on Thanksgiving Eve! Join Overcoming Gravity, Placid Admiral (Feat. members of Jealousy Curve) Joey Ditullio, Minshara, Curtis Jr., + More on Thanksgiving Eve for an awesome night of music at The Legendary Dobbs!! What a lineup! Most of these bands are regulars on Gashouse Radio, so you know their music well.

 

 

And since it’s the biggest party night of the year, we will also be celebrating Saul Dratman‘s Birthday!! You don’t want to miss this night!! Tickets are only $10, doors open at 7pm, and of course it is 21+ only.

Click here and RSVP to the Thanksgiving Eve Facebook event page!

Mark your calendar, we’ve solved your dilemma of what to do on Thanksgiving Eve.

 

 

Featured: Working Class Villains

November 10, 2014

 

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The freaks come out to play with this week’s featured band- Working Class Villains

Philadelphia rock group, Working Class Villains, began in the summer of 2011 with a soulful noise that quickly lead them to the top of local music charts throughout the region. Although influenced by the classics (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Hendrix and Iggy Pop), their sound is almost impossible to categorize. Nevertheless, the whole room will pulse to Working Class Villains groove-ridden beats. But, don’t let their boyish charm fool you, their pure guttural resonance would make suitable for any 90’s witchcraft film- and I do mean that in the best way possible.
Don’t miss Working Class Villains on Saturday November 15 for an astounding double CD release show at The Legendary Dobbs with Cocek! Brass Band. Hoochie Coochie Men, the Fancy Balloons, and Chowder will also make an appearance. For more info visit the Facebook event page.
Be sure to tune in to every Gashouse Live (weeknights at 6pm) for an exclusive track from Working Class Villains. If you like what you hear, use the thumbs up/down button to voice your opinion!

The Wayside Shakeup – Wear You Down

November 3, 2014

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This week’s featured band, The Wayside Shakeup, is nothing but a good time.

 UPDATE: The new single is now available! Grab it on iTunes right now!

With influences ranging from the Grateful Dead to Gaslight Anthem, Philadelphia’s own Americana rock n’ roll band paved the way for success with the release of last year’s album Optimistic. Not only did the title track receive airplay on Gashouse, but appeared on other major stations such as XRP Radio, 88.5 WXPN, and Radio 104.5. In addition to The Wayside Shakeup’s current exposure, their ability to consistently produce powerful live music has landed them gigs at popular venues such as The Trocadero, The Legendary Dobbs, World Café Live, and Ardmore Music Hall.

 

Fans are anxiously awaiting November 4th for the release of The Wayside Shakeup’s new single, “Wear You Down.” It was recorded in Collingswood, NJ by highly respected composer/producer Jay Mage, and will be coupled with a stop motion music video created by Jon Barden. If you’re thirsty for more, don’t worry. The Wayside Shakeup is already back in studio recording a few EPs at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, NJ. Besides, all albums are available for download on iTunes.

Don’t miss The Wayside Shakeup at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). If you like what you hear, PLEASE use the thumbs up/down button to voice your opinion and check out http://www.thewaysideshakeup.com for more info.

 

First Friday in November at Connie’s!

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Every First Friday of the month, Gashouse Radio puts together a showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac. These shows are a little different from the typical night full of bands.

 

First, we start the show at 6pm with our live broadcast. Gashouse Live airs every weeknight at 6pm, and on the First Friday, we broadcast live from Connie’s Ric Rac. This live broadcast includes some of our regular Gashouse Live segments, but we also feature a few acoustic performances live, on-air, from the stage at Connie’s Ric Rac. The First Friday in November, we are featuring acoustic sets from:

Carolyn Marie
Kurt Bock

Then around 8:30pm the broadcast ends and we present 3 or 4 of the newest bands to be featured on Gashouse Radio. This month, we have:

Afterthought
Sweet Eureka
Community Service
Dead Horse Drivers

I haven’t even mentioned what makes this event a little different from all others. The show is only $5!! That’s right. A Friday night show in Philadelphia for only $5. And the show includes great music, drink specials, a live broadcast and giveaways! Make Gashouse Radio and Connie’s Ric Rac your destination for the First Friday in November!

Please RSVP to the First Friday in November Facebook Event Page!

Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman

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This week’s featured band is Dr. Beardfacé (pronounced “beard-fuh-say”) and the Spaceman. This is a high energy rock band out of Philadelphia and they have been quite busy these past few weeks.

Since the CATastrophe EP released back in June of this year, Dr. Beardfacé have been getting a lot of attention in the Philadelphia area. They’ve played all over the area, hosted the open jam at Dobbs for a few weeks, and even played a few shows on the west coast.

Dr. Beardfacé played SOCIOfest this past weekend, and this Tuesday they’ll be playing Connie’s Ric Rac along with Downtown Brown, Time Hitler and the Assholes from Space and Mike G from Sparklefight. I’ve been hearing great things about Downtown Brown for months now, so I am really looking forward to this show. It’s a $7 cover and the show starts at 8pm.

 

 

Tune in all week to hear Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman’s CATastrophe EP in heavy rotation. We will start every Gashouse Live (weekdays 6pm ET) with a track as well. More importantly, join us at Connie’s Ric Rac this Tuesday night! Visit drbeardface.com for more info and show dates.

 

 

#LMF2014 And A Hell of a Weekend

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The past 5 days have been blur. A whirlwind of music, information, networking, drinking, and fun. The 3rd Annual Liberty Music Fest, #LMF2014, is now over and some thank you’s are in order.

 

First and foremost, thank you to Jim and Vince of DVT Events. Thank you to Brian and Jodie of THAT Mag, Unclaimed Bands, the staff at Finnigan’s Wake and to all of the sponsors of the event. These guys worked their asses off for months to put this event together, and it showed. The entire #LMF2014 was incredibly organized and professional, especially considering the amount of moving parts to this thing. This is an incredibly important event, and those listed above cannot get enough credit for what they put together.

 

I would be writing all afternoon if I were to mention the standout performances at #LMF2014. Thank you to everyone who attended and performed at our #LMF2014 open jam Wednesday night. The biggest problem I had over the course of the event was trying to decide which stage watch and when over the course of the 5 days. The panels were very informative, and it was great to see the amount of musicians who came early to learn little something.

 

Can you believe Unclaimed Bands did 60+ interviews during #LMF2014?! You can get to know almost every performer this year over on their Facebook page.

 

Thank you Broken Goblet for the free beer! Awesome new craft beer in the area, and they provided a few kegs for free during the networking segments.

 

Do you know what else happened this weekend? Rodger Delany had his last show in the area (along with a great lineup) over at World Cafe Live. Sparklefight had their CD Release at Connie’s Ric Rac, and Gravity Given / Forward productions put together a hell of a lineup at Dockside Bar. All of these events were packed on the same night. I think that says a lot about the current state of the Philadelphia music scene. We have an abundance of talented people in the city, and then scene is just getting stronger and stronger.

 

So congrats to everyone involved, and thank you for an awesome weekend. I know there are plenty of people I forgot to mention in here, but I’m working on about 12 hours sleep over the last 5 days, so bare with me. Because of the crazy week, and the holiday weekend ahead, this week’s featured band will just be all the bands that played #LMF2014 over the weekend.

 

Looking forward to next year already!

 

 

 

Sonnder – CD Release This Saturday

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This week’s featured band, Sonnder, have a brand new album coming out this week, and we’re celebrating this Saturday night at Dockside Bar!

 

Sonnder is a relatively new band in the Philadelphia music scene. They started last year, and quickly found their spot in the scene. We’ve been spinning their original demo for a few months and even had them in-studio for an acoustic session. Recently we’ve added their first single from the new album, Thief, and that is available on Bandcamp and all songs mentioned above will be in heavy rotation all week, and always available by request.

 

sonndierSonnder has a very busy week coming up. Thursday, August 21st, tune in to Gashouse Live as we welcome Sonnder back in the studio. Rather than another acoustic session, we are going to get a  first listen to the new album. The following night the band will be featured on Radio 104.5 and then Saturday, August 23rd is the big show at Dockside.

 

Join us Saturday at Dave & Buster’s Dockside Bar for Sonnder, Awake At Last, An Honest Year, Could’ve Been Kings, Awaking Mercury and Rivers Monroe. This is an all ages show, tickets are $10 and doors open at 6pm. We’ve booked Sonnder in the past at one of our showcases at Connie’s Ric Rac, and the band did not disappoint. Sonnder is a great live band with a lot of energy. This is going to be a great night of music, and it’s your chance to pick up the new Sonnder album!

 

So tune in all week, to hear Sonnder in heavy rotation. Tune in Thursday to hear a sneak peak at the new album. And while you’re listening, like them on Facebook. Let’s see if we can help them hit 1ooo likes before the show this Saturday at Dockside Bar!

3rd Annual Liberty Music Festival

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The third annual Liberty Music Festival (LMF) returns to Philadelphia on August 20th to August 24th. Organizers, DVT Entertainment and That Mag announced this year’s event will take place at Finnegan’s Wake on Spring Garden. All four floors will be utilized to present the biggest independent music festival yet in the Philadelphia area.

 

liberty music festLiberty Music Festival is expected to have more than 100 different performers this year. All genres of music will be represented including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, Punk, Indie, and more. Artists had to submit online to be considered for a performance slot. The schedule has been announced for the event and features acts such as The Blackfires (NY) who recent played with Aerosmith in Russia, EDM breakout artist MiTiS, bluegrass funk band The Currys hailing from Florida, Giffords Lane, a grade school age band that has been featured of WMMR’s Preston & Steve’s and many more.

 

LMF has partnered up with numerous underground promoters in Philadelphia to bring together a unity among the scene with Broad Street Music Group, Gashouse Radio, Official Philly: Hip Hop & RnB Showcase and Phreedom Events bringing an EDM electricity to festival.

 

In addition to the performances, Liberty Music Festival will also feature VIP Parties, vendor tables, music industry panels, workshops and mentoring sessions. Some of the topics to be included are Hear the real Road Story w/ The Tour Managers, Social Media: Tactics to gain more exposure, Producers, Publishing & Licensing your music, Booking Agents/Talent buyers: booking correctly opening more opportunities, The Art of Remixing your music for EDM, Dance clubs and more, Beats vs. the Rhymes: Beat Makers and Area MCs will demonstrate composing songs, and the final panel “The State of the Philadelphia Music Scene” a no holds barred discussion about what real is happening from an artist’s and industry perspectives.

 

Liberty Music Festival is the brain child of Jim Thorpe, Brian Cronin, and Vince Volz. All three have been instrumental in the music scene for years. Together they created the festival to celebrate, educate, and showcase musical talent from out the region.

Each day costs: $10,

VIP Package: $40 – includes admission to all 5 days and all VIP Parties
5-Day Package: $20 – includes admission to all 5 days

Tickets can be found at www.dvtevents.com

 

Other sponsors include Starr Hill Brewery, Exponent Entertainment, SSA Music, Unclaimed Bands, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Broken Goblet Brewing, Paystr, Uber, Broad Street Music Group, Maverick Entertainment, Phreedom Events, Gashouse Radio, Mirror Image Media, Finnigans Wake,

 

To learn more about Liberty Music Festival and to see the full schedule, visit www.libertymusicfest.com.

 

If interested in attending please send an email confirming to dvtevents@gmail.com.

 

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Sonnder CD Release Party August 23rd!

Our friends Sonnder have a brand new album coming out this month! To celebrate the release, they are playing a show at Dockside Bar on August 23rd. This is a Gravity Given / Forward production, and they’ve put together an awesome lineup.

 

Sonnder CD Release

 

 

Everyone in attendance will receive a digital copy of the new Sonnder album, so come join us for an awesome night of music! Also onthe bill are An Honest Year, Rivers Monroe, Awaking Mercury, Could’ve Been Kings, and Awake At Last. Tickets are $10, and this is an ALL-AGES event! Doors open at 6pm so get there early, you don’ want to miss any of these performances!