Last week I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday on a Non-Commercial Radio fueled bender: NON-COMMvention. The 12th annual public radio event was organized and hosted by WXPN in Philadelphia and it featured a ton of incredible performances. I covered the event for the radio & recorders insider site The Top 22. Linked up top.
Not in the article: The War On Drugs and Jonathan Hamilton both provided heavy doses of excellent psych rock. I hadn’t seen Jonathan Hamilton live before and I only know that he produced the Father John Misty record. At times he and his band sounded like some combination of Radiohead and Pink Floyd. Really tight.
This was the second time I’ve seen (Philly’s own) The War On Drugs, and yet again I was in totally in it. I get spun into a musical trance whenever I hear these guys.
The Barr Brothers’ set was a bit too short, they only really got going towards the end. When this band is afforded the time, they impress with their wide range. Folk, blues, their harp rock fusion, bits of jam…here it just felt too cramped, a pity.
Check the link for the rest of the wrap.