Articles by Brian Cruice
May. 19, 2017
The Family Crest puts on eccentric Boot & Saddle show
If you’ve ever listened to the music of the Family Crest, the term “bar-band” is likely to be the last thing on your mind. Yet, that is where they found themselves positioned May 10, playing to a crowd of 80 or so in the back room of South Philly’s Boot & Saddle. It was the strange combination of venue and band that first interested me in attending this show.
May. 5, 2017
Philly indie group Cayetana releases sophomore album
I first took notice of Cayetana about two years ago, when Michael Tender shadowed the band during research for his excellent account of Philadelphia’s (rock) music scene. I bought their first full length, “Nervous Like Me”, and became a quick fan of their specific blend of pop punk coupled with lead singer Augusta Koch’s heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics.
Apr. 7, 2017
Beach Slang pleases Philly fans at Union Transfer show
When James Alex took the stage March 25 with Beach Slang, he was in full salesmanship mode.
Mar. 3, 2017
Japandroids rocks out for two nights at Union Transfer
When the Japandroids first announced their tour in support of “Near to the Wild Heart of Life,” it wasn’t New York City or their native Vancouver that sold out first, but a Friday-night stay right here in Philly at Union Transfer. A second night was added, and four months and one record release later the duo made their return to an uncannily sunny Philadelphia for a weekend full of sweat, beers and rock ’n’ roll.
Feb. 3, 2017
Parquet Courts pull through with solid UT performance
Parquet Courts know what Parquet Courts want. They’re self aware, experimental and on track to become one of marque indie rock acts of the 2010s, the same way Spoon and the National were for the aughts.
Jan. 27, 2017
Steve Gunn, Lee Renaldo get political at PhilaMOCA
Sometimes you can tell by the crowd whether or not a show is going to go over well before it starts. Usually, this intuition is foreboding, but in the case of the Steve Gunn and Lee Ranaldo show at PhilaMOCA Jan. 21, one couldn’t help but be ready to lighten up with some music.
Jan. 27, 2017
Japandroids make triumphant return with ‘Near to the Wild Heart of Life’
“Debauchery and guitars” would be as good a description one could give for the music of Vancouver outfit Japandroids. This theme, and their Springsteen-meets-Replacements sound, is what garnered them both critical acclaim and a cult fanbase.
Jan. 20, 2017
Steve Gunn to bring mesmerizing guitar skills to PhilaMOCA
Guitarist Steve Gunn is picking up steam, or at least that’s what the past two years show.
Oct. 21, 2016
Project Pabst: Animal Collective, Mac DeMarco, Hop Along
When I first saw the email that Project Pabst would be moved inside due to inclement weather, I was worried. Last time I was at the Electric Factory, the place was packed like sardines and I was forced to watch the artist from the concession stand. Certainly the same could be expected for this lineup: hometown heroes Beach Slang and Hop Along, critical darlings Mac DeMarco and Animal Collective, and the ditch-your-job-and-start-a-band legend, Robert Pollard as Guided by Voices.
Jul. 8, 2016
Nathaniel Rateliff, Lord Huron rock the Fillmore
The Fillmore welcomed a lively show of Americana last month as Oh Pep!, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Lord Huron brought three sets of varying intensity.