Articles by Natasha Hajo
Apr. 7, 2017
PhilaMOCA ‘NE’-deep in good tunes, ‘HI’ energy
I have yet to come across a Chicago band I didn’t like. This inkling was proven to be true once again the night of March 28, the night NE-HI played the treasured PhilaMOCA.
Apr. 7, 2017
Up-and-coming indie artist Jay Som rocks fans’ boots off
March 31 was a magical night for me — it was the night I finally got to experience Melina Duterte, otherwise known as Jay Som, enchant my ears with her indie rock, bedroom pop tunes. The Bay Area-based singer/songwriter made a stop at Boot & Saddle while coheadling on tour with The Courtneys in support of the newly released “Everybody Works.”
Mar. 17, 2017
Chicago rockers NE-HI to come through PhilaMOCA
Spring is right around the corner and what better way is there to ring in the first week of the season than to bop to the jangly jams of Chicago’s freshest indie rock band, NE-HI?
Jan. 27, 2017
Foxygen releases overly-ambitious new album
In my best efforts to describe Foxygen’s new album, I find myself scraping around for the right words and musical comparisons.
Dec. 2, 2016
Local band Avenue Eight releases debut EP, ‘Get up on the Get Down’
Local up-and-coming band Avenue Eight released their debut EP “Get up on the Get Down” Nov. 25.
Nov. 18, 2016
Punk rock bonanza: The Frights, SWMRS, FIDLAR
I always think about the fact that I never fully appreciated the luxury of having my parents drive me everywhere as a kid. When they dropped me off at Union Transfer for a show after grabbing dinner this past weekend, I was reminded of all the reasons why.
Nov. 11, 2016
A taste of Chicago: The Symposium, the Orwells at Underground Arts
It may come as a surprise to many that the Orwells have no relation at all to the classic “1984” novel. Then again, it may not. The Symposium on the other hand was named after Plato’s piece, deciding it would make for a cool band name after finding it on a friend’s bookshelf.
Oct. 14, 2016
Local Natives to support LGBT organization at food drive
Punk Out is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization from Philadelphia dedicated to supporting LGBT musicians and fans through the power of music. The organization has teamed up with Local Natives to host a snack drive supporting the Attic Youth Center at the band’s upcoming show on Oct. 19 at the Electric Factory.
Oct. 14, 2016
Kaleo busts out the blues at jam-packed TLA show
In my best efforts to describe the band Kaleo and their sound I’ve reached the conclusion that they are the lovechild of the Black Keys and Hozier. To my surprise, this wasn’t exactly an original revelation. I’ve since been told Kaleo gets compared to these other artists quite often. Originally hailing from Iceland, the band moved to Austin, Texas corresponding with their first American release “A/B.” The Icelandic rockers made their way down to the Theatre of Living Arts Oct. 3 to treat Philly fans with “The Handprint Tour.”
Oct. 7, 2016
The Growlers energize UT crowd with sleek new album
What do you get when you mix ridiculously groovy tunes, a rowdy crowd and five hunks in white tuxedos embellished with floral designs? That’s right, a Growlers show. The Californian “beach goth” band known as The Growlers made their way to Union Transfer Sept. 27 while touring in support of their new album, “City Club.” This was my first time seeing The Growlers live and the only useful advice I was given before the show was “expect to dance until your legs give out.”