Featured Band of the Week: Those People

those people

September 29, 2014

Philadelphia home grown, this week’s featured band is Those People. In 2012, guitarists Daniel DiFranco and Seth Carter joined forces to create something amazing. Complete with hand-clapping beats and captivating lyrics, this six member band is anything but ordinary. Resembling Blood Brothers 2004 release Crimes, Those People have that same soul vibe that you can’t help but groove to.

Only two years in, Those People already have quite a following having played a handful of Philadelphia favorite venues including Milkboy, Kung Fu Neckie, and Northstar Bar. The unveiling of their horror-esque teaser trailer says it all, and fans are anxiously awaiting the November release of their six-song EP, justifyingly named Be Careful What You Wish For. But don’t fret, while you await new tracks Those People have songs available for download on http://thosepeople.bandcamp.com/releases And if you want to see an incredible show, Those People are on the bill with last week’s featured band, Overcoming Gravity, for October’s First Friday Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac.

Tune in all this week to hear Those People in heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET), and if you like what you hear, PLEASE use the thumbs up/down buttons to voice your opinion!

Budweiser’s #MadeinAmericaFest August 30th & 31st

 

#MadeinAmericaFest

For the third consecutive year Budweiser is bringing the #MadeinAmericaFest back to Philadelphia. This festival takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and it’s probably the biggest lineup in Philadelphia all year.

 

This year’s lineup includes Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiesto, The National, Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes, AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks, Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, and Kaneholler.

 

For many of the artists, this is their only Philadelphia appearance for quite some time. Spoon, for example, have  new album out and this will be their only tour date in Philadelphia. They are without question my favorite band on the lineup but with this caliber of artists, there really is something for everyone.

There’s also something very unique about this year’s Budweiser #MadeinAmericaFest. This will be the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts! While we are enjoying that excellent lineup listed above, there is an equally impressive lineup happening in Los Angeles. In fact, it looks as though Kanye West will be making an appearance at both festivals.

 

The Budweiser #MadeinAmericaFest benefits the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. Cause Village Vendors also include Shawn Carter Foundation, Headcount/NAACP, Budweiser Veterans, Donda House (Kanye West’s charity), St. Jude Hospital (Kings of Leon supported charity), Partners in Health (The National), World Childhood Foundation (Tiesto), Philly Paws, Drive Change, Born this Way Foundation, Why Hunger, and Mural Arts.

 

Tickets for the Festival can be purchased as either a single day ticket, or a 2-day pass:

2 day tickets for PHILLY

single day ticket for PHILLY – August 30

single day ticket for PHILLY – August 31

For more information on which artists are playing on which day, visit the Budweiser Made in America Festival website. So, after taking a look at this lineup in Philadelphia, which artist are you most excited to see this year?

While this is a sponsored post, the opinions in the article are genuinely Gashouse Radio.

Red Letter Life, Bree and the Whatevers, Even Man Out, Preston Hull at Connie’s 4/5

Connies April 5th

Saturday, April 5th, 8pm you will be joining us at Connie’s Ric Rac for a great night of live music! The theme of the night will be bands that write extremely catchy songs:

 

Red Letter Life: This a great Philly band we have known since almost the beginning of Gashouse Radio. They were the first band to play acoustic in-studio, and also the first band to play one of our live events. Re Letter Life writes extremely catchy songs that will get stuck in your head for days, so you’ve been warned.

 

Bree and the Whatevers: Our featured band of the week, this Brooklyn band mixes blues with a cabaret feel. We are looking forward to hearing their unique sound live for the first time. Tune in all week to hear them in heavy rotation and I guarantee you’ll be humming a song or 2 in no time.

 

Even Man Out: This is another great Philly band; however we rarely get a chance to see these guys live. The band is currently dispersed across the United States, and they only get together to play shows a few times a year. For A Feral Few has been in our Top 10 Countdown for weeks, and their album Tinicum is one earworm after another. We are so glad we get to have these guys on this show.

 

Preston Hull: Another great album you should be adding to your collection is Man Up by Preston Hull. I guarantee you will be singing “She was my great great great great great great grrrrrandma” from Mitochondrial Eve. Or So This is the City might get stuck in your head as well. Great songwriter, and another artist we have yet to see live. Go to prestonhull.com and grab a free sample so you know the talent you are in for next Saturday.

 

We are really proud of this lineup, and I think you will understand why if you join us on Saturday, April 5th at Connie’s Ric Rac. Tickets are $8, 21+, and the doors open at 8pm. We will have giveaways in between bands, and hopefully we will be broadcasting live as well. See you there!

A Recap and Look Ahead at 6pm ET

blue matches

Tonight on Gashouse Live, 6pm ET, we will be recapping the festivities of this past weekend, as well as look ahead at our upcoming events:

 

3/14: Gashouse Radio presents Wooden HEZ, Lovers League, Blue Matches, Chestnut Pills, Will Hanza at Connie’s Ric Rac. Not only will we be broadcasting this event live on Gashouse, but we will also be doing our regular show, Gashouse Live, from Connie’s Ric Rac starting at 6pm ET.

 

3/15: Forward Productions and Gravity Given Productions presents Joe Robinson, Modern Colour, Working Class Villains, and Riley Road at The M Room. We have a pair of tickets to give away for this show, so tune in tonight to learn more.

 

3/18: Gashouse Radio hosts the Open Jam at The Legendary Dobbs. These events are always fun, and this time we’ve added a twist. We have a challenge for all the bands and musicians who are thinking playing this night. Read more about our challenge right here, you could win some great prizes.

 

It’s a busy week ahead for Gashouse Radio, and we are very proud to be a part of these events. So make sure you tune in tonight to learn more. Bring any questions or comments you have to the chat room, and use our request feature to pick the music for the show tonight.

 

Unsung Philly in Studio, 6pm ET

philly in studio

We’ve been off for a few days, but tonight at 6pm ET we are back with Gashouse Live! We’ve got a few in-studio guests, a ton of new music, and a look at the weekend’s activities ahead.

 

Mike Z of Unsung Philly will be co-hosting the night which is always a good time. There’s also a rumor that Jersey Jim will be stopping, and you never know who else might wander through the studio.

 

We will be discussing the world of music both locally and nationally. We’ll be playing some tracks from the bands playing our big show at The Legendary Dobbs Saturday night, and we will be building anew Youtube playlist which always leads to great discussions. And let’s not forget all the new music we have lined up for you today:

 

: REVRBNATION PICK Under the direction of frontman, Timmy Whiting, Coastalrise has been creating together since October of 2010. This group of friends had no intention of becoming a band, but through a shared passion for their faith and their art, the music was a natural product of their friendship.
Coastalrise has been quickly rising on the indie scene.  Just after the release of their self-titled debut album in June of 2011, they showcased at the prestigious ‘Creation Festival NorthEast,’ where they took the top indie performer pick, landing them international recognition.

 

: REVERBNATION PICK Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. She is known for her gutsy, sexy, raw performance style and her intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer. Her songs, a mix of world beat, spoken word, funk, r&b, punk, soul, and classic rock-n-roll are infused with GLOBAL SOUL, the signature sound of Tomás Doncker, her guitarist, co-writer and producer . She is backed by his band, the Tomás Doncker Band.

 

: While bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene as the city’s response to the deconstructed blues-rock pioneered by Jack White and The Black Keys, Modern Colour expanded their sound by experimenting with different genres and working with artists representative of each. Though the band is still a straightforward and in-your-face rock n’ roll group, a closer listen reveals layers of hip-hop, neo-soul, R&B, Americana, and funk influences hidden beneath the blues bars and driving drums. Modern Colour have a their CD Release show Saturday March 15th at The M Room.

 

: Already a regular on Gashouse Radio, this NY singer/songwriter just finished up a few new tracks that will be a part of The Radar. The 2 songs Kenny is debuting are completely DIY from arrangement to production. For more information on Kenny Fame, visit reverbnation.com/kennyfamemusic or follow him on Twitter @68levi.

 

Quinn Archer: This will now be the third straight day on The Radar for Quinn Archer. She is an LA-based singer/songwriter with a bit of a darker edge. We have 2 singles from Quinn and on tonight’s show we’ll be playing her first, Walk Through The Fire.

 

Riley RoadRiley Road plays a blend of Blues and Rock that has been described as “authentic power blues”. The band consists of guitarist Nick Cianci, drummer Isaiah Weatherspoon and bassist Brandon Walker and has been playing local to the Phoenixville – Pottstown – Malvern area as a trio since the Fall of 2010. The talent and creativity of this band creates high energy, dynamic music with a strong rhythm section. Riley Road is also playing the M Room on March 15th with Modern Colour, Working Class Villains, and Joe Robinson.

 

So do not miss tonight’s show! Fridays we also simulcast on neueregelradio.com, so join us in 1 of the 2 chat rooms! We’ve got great music, entertaining stories, giveaways and a brand of entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else.

Wooden HEZ Returns to Philly 2/28

woodez hez

This week we feature Wooden HEZ, who are making their return to Philadelphia this Friday at The Fire

 

wooden hezYou may have seen various “band-o-grams” floating around your social media. These unique marketing tools are courtesy of HEZ, and they complement their unique sound and vocal style. The band has been busy playing various shows outside the city, and they’ve also been in pre-production for a new album Spew coming very soon. They’ve also dealt with a few lineup changes over the past few months, and this week we will be meeting their new guitar player on Gashouse Live (weekdays 6pm ET).

 

Friday night, February 28th, Wooden HEZ are taking a break from writing to play The Fire along with Route 611. They’ve got ll new material for this show, so you don’t want to miss. HEZ takes the stage around 9pm, so get there early. Go to the Facebook event page and RSVP, and check out woodenhez.com for more info on the band.

 

wooden hezDave Pitone, front man of the band, was recently featured by UnsungPhilly.com. This is a short documentary about Dave and the band Wooden HEZ. Take the time to watch this 7-minute video. It is very well-done and it’s a great story. Also, you can catch Dave as a co-host on Gashouse Live every Monday night, 6pm ET.

 

Tune in to Gashouse all week to hear Wooden HEZ in heavy rotation. We’ve got their first album Children’s Parade, along with some acoustic tracks recording live in our studio and a few demos from the upcoming album. You will hear a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live. And speaking of Gashouse Live, be sure to tune in on Mondays with Dave and to learn more about Wooden HEZ.

 

 

Tuesday Night Open Jam at Dobbs

open jam

Did you know about the open jam that happens every Tuesday night at The Legendary Dobbs? It’s a free event, there are drink specials, and it is a really good time. You don’t have to be a musician to attend.

 

When Gashouse Radio hosts an open jam, we always pick someone who participates in the open jam to be a part of one of our showcases, every 2nd Saturday upstairs at Dobbs. So if you would like us to book you for a show, come out to our open jam!

 

Some people have asked me what exactly is an open jam? Basically it is a gathering of musicians at a venue with a full back-line setup, ready to be played. If you are a musician there are a few ways to participate:

 

  1. black starsYou can bring your whole band out and sign up to play. when it is your turn on the list (sign ups start at 8pm) your band can go up and play 3-4 songs using the provided drum kit and amps. Think of it as an open mic for your entire band.

 

  1. If you are just a single guitarist/bassist/drummer /horn player/fiddler/hurdy-gurdyist etc, just sign up to jam. A handful of artists will go up and just start playing a simple progression. If you think you have something to add to the mix, jump up there and join the fun.

 

  1. If you are an out of town touring band, this is a great chance to get a featured spot on a Tuesday night. It’s very difficult for smaller touring bands to break into large city scenes. This is a chance to play a premier venue with a crowd of people anxious for new music.

 

  1. Or, as a musician, just sit back and enjoy the open jam. This is a great spot to network with other musicians. If you need a new member for your band, chances are there will be someone here to fill the spot. Gig swap, meet new bands to play shows and much more.

 

  1. You do not need to be a musician to have fun at the Open Jam! Come out and just enjoy the show!

The Open Jam is free! Plus, $2 PBR and $4 shots of Jack!

 

Each Tuesday of the month is hosted by a different group. Black Stars host the first Tuesday, Dr. Beardface hosts the second, Gashouse Radio hosts the third, and Modern Colour hosts the fourth. Again, if you are a musician looking to get out into the Philly music scene, please join us for one of these open jams. It’s a great time, its free, and you never know who might show up.

Band vs Band Tournament of Champions

the contenders

This Thursday, November 21st, we being the 2013 Band vs Band Tournament of Champions!

 

Everyday on Gashouse Live we have a segment called Band vs Band. This is a fun way to introduce 2 independent artists in a pseudo-competition. We’ve met hundreds of bands through this segment, most of whom ended up in regular rotation on Gashouse Radio.

 

At the end of each year, we take the top 20 bands and put them into the Tournament of Champions. It is a single-elimination bracket tournament, similar to college basketball’s March Madness. Here are this years participants:

 

 

Each winning band member will receive a champion ring, the highest honor bestowed on a musician (bigger than a Grammy)
Each winning band member will receive a champion ring, the highest honor bestowed on a musician (bigger than a Grammy)

Amber Ladd

Magnificent Birds of Prey

The Lost Will Follow

The Defused

In the Presence of Wolves

The Mainestreet Band

The Good Excuses

East of the West

Easy Company

Johnny Neutrino and the Secret Weapon

Yves Jean

Solus Rex

Copper Lungs

Social Potion

Kalance Theory

WaveRadio

Blue Matches

Hudson K

Atlas and the Astronaut

Tungsten

 

Starting this Thursday, we will match these bands up against each other, one day at a time. This Tournament will run the entire month of December. On December 30th, the final 2 bands will go head to head to see who is our 2013 Band vs Band Champion.

 

Take a look at the bracket below and make sure you tune in to Gashouse Live every weekday at 6pm ET! While you listen to each song we play, use the thumbs up/down buttons to let us know what you think of each song. Those votes will determine who moves on to the next round of the Tournament. YOU determine which band gets champion status, bragging rights, and those sweet rings pictured above.

 

bracket

This Tournament is a lot of fun for both the bands and the listeners, so don’t miss it! For more information, tune in to Gashouse Live and join our chat room discussions, every weekday at 6pm ET on www.gashouseradio.com.

Skinny Cool Kid vs. The People

The People

Skinny Cool Kid is looking for his third straight win on Gashouse Live’s Band vs. Band segment. This singer-songwriter out of West Chester, PA has a great album called No Risk available on his Bandcamp page. If Skinny Cool Kid can win tonight’s match-up, He has a strong chance of grabbing the final spot in our Tournament of Champions that starts next week! Tune in at 6pm ET to see if SCK can get #3!

 

The People are a folk/rock band out of Philadelphia. Recently the band released a video for their song Sparrow Mountain, which you can check out on Youtube. Also, the band had to say goodbye to their singer, so they are currently in the process of trying out new ones. Follow them on Facebook and check out thepeoplephilly.com for updates on the tryouts, and any shows in the near future.

 

We’ve got 3 songs form both bands today at 6pm ET. We ask that you listen closely to each track, and use our thumbs up/down buttons. Your votes will determine whether or not Skinny Cool Kid enters our tournament, if the People will be the first band in our new segment coming in 2014 called On the Radar. In addition to Band vs Band, we’ve got new music from Slooky and Kalandra. Tune in and join us!

Tungsten vs. Skinny Cool Kid

Skinny Cool Kid

Tungsten are just 2 wins away from entering the Band vs Band Tournament of Champions! A very exciting way to end this years Band vs Band segment. This hard rock band out of Philly have a new album set for release this January. They just posted the track list on their Facebook page. December 7th you can see them live at North Star Bar, and look for a CD Release show in mid-January. For more info, visit tungstenphilly.com.

 

Skinny Cool Kid is a singer-songwriter from West Chester, PA. Earlier this year he released his 5-song EP No Risk, along with some help from the guys in Waveradio. The EP is available on the Skinny Cool Kid Bandcamp page, as well as iTunes. You can catch Skinny Cool Kid at numerous happy hours around the city, including Maggie O’Neills on November 22nd from 4-7pm. Follow him on Facebook for more updates.

 

Today at 6pm ET we will be playing 3 songs from both bands. This is the second-to-last Band vs Band segment of the year (the rest of the year will be our Tournament of Champions) so make sure you tune in and vote using our thumbs up/down buttons. These votes will determine which artist comes back tomorrow in our last Band vs Band of the year. In addition, we’ve got new music from , and . So tune in, vote, and participate in the conversation by joining our chat room!