Articles by Ben Wolbransky
Apr. 14, 2017
Portugal. The Man puts on stunning concert at UT
Portugal. The Man played a jam-packed set March 31 at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. The indie band minimized wasted time by transitioning quickly between songs and speaking as little as possible.
Apr. 7, 2017
Kiernan McMullan releases highly emotional new album
The new album by witty lyricist Kiernan McMullan is a truly emotional release for the indie songwriter. Aptly named “Baggage,” McMullan’s 10 new songs all reflect on the singer’s past and present stress, struggles and shortcomings.
Mar. 10, 2017
Hippo Campus releases wonderful debut, ‘Landmark’
The first time I’d heard of Hippo Campus was when they were playing one of WXPN’s Free At Noon concerts last year (obligatory plug — World Cafe Live puts on a free show every Friday at noon with stellar artists). Their hit “Suicide Saturday” instantly stood out to me as a jam. I added a few of their songs to a playlist, but with nothing more than a six-song EP to their name, I came to forget about Hippo Campus.
Oct. 28, 2016
Major and the Monbacks grace upstairs WCL stage
At World Cafe Live the basement serves as a mid-sized concert venue, while the ground floor takes the form of a restaurant, serving hot food and live music. This floor is typically reserved for lesser known, casual, yet incredibly talented musicians.
Oct. 28, 2016
The Philly Pops perform orchestral renditions of Elvis Presley classics
I had never seen the Philly Pops before and I don’t know why. They absolutely blew me away. If you haven’t seen the Philly Pops, you really should.
Oct. 14, 2016
Catfish and the Bottlemen talk upcoming Electric Factory show
After releasing a follow up album to their 2014 smash hit, “The Balcony,” Catfish and the Bottlemen began to tour their newest release, “The Ride.” The band took the time to chat with The Triangle about their upcoming show at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory Oct. 21.
Sep. 30, 2016
Glass Animals rock the Fillmore with new album
After releasing what I consider to be one of the best indie albums of the year, Glass Animals began their U.S. tour Sept. 24, making their third stop Sept. 26 at the Fillmore in Fishtown. “How To Be a Human Being,” the band’s follow up to their 2014 LP “ZABA,” is a collection of flashy songs packed with emotional tales about relationships, love and drugs.
Sep. 23, 2016
The Fillmore hosts indie rockers Young the Giants
The Fillmore is one of Philadelphia’s newest concert venues and it is arguably one of the nicest. The four chandeliers that hang above the dance floor turn the venue into a ballroom, the pseudo-VIP section gives fans a feeling of importance and the venue has close to a dozen bars. Tons of talent come in and out of this new venue, some of the most recent being Ra Ra Riot and Young the Giant Sept. 16. With the recent release of new albums by both artists, this was a perfect chance for fans to hear new favorite songs live.
Jul. 8, 2016
SonReal provides solid open for Jon Bellion at the Troc
What makes SonReal unique? “I am very different from anything [you’ve] ever heard,” he told The Triangle before his June 21 show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. SonReal, a Canadian hip-hop phenomenon, opened for Jon Bellion on their second night touring together. “I haven’t even had time to process it,” SonReal said. Best known for his new song “Can I Get A Witness,” SonReal took the stage and immediately won his audience over by throwing ping-pong balls into the crowd.
Jun. 24, 2016
Twenty One Pilots headline Radio 104.5 9th Birthday Show
In my mind, there are “concerts” and there are “shows.” A concert may involve a band playing their most popular songs in front of a crowd. A show may involve a band performing their music with new twists. Many concerts follow the same format, whereas a show is dynamic — based on the venue, audience and atmosphere. Concerts are full of enjoyable music, yes, but shows are filled with so much more. Shows have magic, humor, audience interaction and ultimately are better performances than concerts. The first night of Radio 104.5’s Birthday Show definitely earned the “show” tag.