Articles by Ben Wolbransky
Nov. 10, 2017
K.Flay astounds at Imagine Dragons, Grouplove show
Opening with her song “Giver,” K.Flay prepared the audience for what felt like a cryptic act. Kristine Flaherty, known by her stage name K.Flay, opened for Imagine Dragons on Nov. 2, and it felt like a great fit. Her harsh tone pairs nicely with theirs and her lyrics are thoughtful too. Like Imagine Dragons, K.Flay’s brassy style wouldn’t pair all too well with any love songs.
Oct. 20, 2017
Max Frost brings his ‘one-man musical spaceship’ to Boot and Saddle
Max Frost is not a typical artist. Walking into the 150-person capacity Boot and Saddle, you would have thought you were getting ready to see a full live band. Placed on stage was a full drum set, two guitars, a bass, a keyboard, an old tape recorder and a microphone — or as Max Frost calls it, his “one-man musical spaceship.” Partnered with his loop pedals, Max Frost demonstrated true musical mastery.
Oct. 6, 2017
Coast Modern heats things up on chilly autumn night
With a name like Coast Modern, you expect a band with a summery vibe. The weather was chilly as I walked into Boot and Saddle Sept. 27, bracing myself for the last taste of the summer.
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.