Jun. 2, 2017
Chicago ‘hunks’ The Walters provide excellent open at UT
Five hunks from Chicago finally made their way to Philadelphia for a proper rock ’n’ roll show at Union Transfer May 26.
May. 19, 2017
Paramore changes aesthetic for new LP, ‘After Laughter’
After four long years without releasing an album, Paramore is back with their fifth full-length album, “After Laughter.” The band is said to have gone through difficult times the past few years which almost tore them apart completely, leaving many fans surprised that they were releasing new material. I have always been a Paramore fan, but my taste in music has changed quite a lot since their last album came out, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this new album.
May. 12, 2017
‘This Old Dog’ marks change of pace for indie icon Mac DeMarco
I can’t quite put my finger on how Mac DeMarco became such a beloved staple of indie rock. He never quite grabbed me with his music (not yet, at least), but I can’t deny he’s got a certain charm. He’s probably the only artist who I’ve watched more interviews of than actual videos of his performances. He’s likely the goofiest dude in the whole world.
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. 28, 2017
Saharan band Tinariwen fills UT with worldly tunes
I was in for a big surprise when I agreed to venture out to see Tinariwen — a band I had never heard of — on a Tuesday night. My only exposure to the band before I heard them at the concert was a vague descriptor of “funky.” I figured that meant it was a small undiscovered indie band and headed over to the venue.
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.
Apr. 7, 2017
Palehound, Big Thief captivate at Johnny Brenda’s show
Johnny Brenda’s remains one of my favorite venues in the city of Philadelphia, and when I get the chance to see a band I love there, it’s always a special experience. When Brooklyn’s Big Thief announced the tour following their truly great album “Masterpiece” and I saw that they were coming to Johnny Brenda’s on March 26, I knew I had to be in attendance.
Mar. 10, 2017
Little Stranger, Tropidelic put on raunchy rock show at Milkboy
Singer Bryan Rucker, son of Steve Rucker of the Bee Gees, and his five-piece band,The Norm, graced the miniscule stage lodged in the upstairs venue at Milkboy. After coaxing the crowd to fill in the front section, Rucker along with his step-brother and rapping counterpart, Ryan Bars, caught the audience by surprise with their vast range of songs crossing genre after genre.
Mar. 3, 2017
King Gizzard experiments with exotic music techniques
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released a new album. This hardly seems like news when the seven-piece psychedelic rock band from Down Under puts out music more often than almost any other band in the scene. They’ve released nine studio albums within the past five years. They also have said that they plan on releasing a total of five studio albums in 2017 alone, those crazy rock ’n’ rollers!
Feb. 24, 2017
RHCP shows no signs of letting up at Wells Fargo show
As the lights went down on a beautiful Sunday evening in Philadelphia Feb. 12, the sold-out Wells Fargo Center filled with a crowd as diverse as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their music.