Nov. 18, 2016
DIY hop-hop artist Russ shows promise at TLA
Russ Vitale, better known simply by his stage name Russ, brought his raw energy to sold out Theatre of the Living Arts show on Nov. 14.
Apr. 29, 2016
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die plays TLA
I have a friend who loves “emo” music. For years, he’s tried to force my interest in the genre and insisted that The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is near the peak of “emo” music. I listened and listened and just couldn’t understand the appeal — until this month, that is. I’m a strong believer that music requires some element of emotional context to be enjoyed, and I suppose I wasn’t in the right mindset to like their music until recently, and man was it a treat. So when I heard that they were playing at the Theatre of Living Arts Sunday, April 24, I knew I had to be there. Four bands filled out the bill for the show: Pinegrove, The Sidekicks, The World Is, and Into It. Over It.
Apr. 22, 2016
Turnover provides excellent support for Citizen at TLA
On the night of Friday, April 15, South Street was crawling with college kids, and it wasn’t because of its many head shops or Jim’s Steaks. The Theatre of the Living Arts, located right in the heart of South Street, was the source of all the excitement on that particular evening. I’m sure every pop-punk fan in the Philadelphia area rejoiced upon hearing the lineup, which featured Citizen and Turnover as co-headliners, with support from Sorority Noise and Milk Teeth. The show was sold out, which comes as no surprise given the incredibly stacked lineup.
Feb. 19, 2016
Jul. 10, 2015
Marianas Trench pounds out anthems at TLA
It seems presumptuous for a pop-punk band hailing from Vancouver, Canada, to call their latest tour “The Legend Continues,” but in watching Marianas Trench pound out one anthem after another to legions of devoted fans in the packed Theatre of Living Arts, it almost feels like an understatement.
May. 15, 2015
Ben Folds and yMusic play stellar show at TLA
Singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Folds played South Street’s Theatre of Living Arts May 11 as the first show of a three-night-long Philadelphia residency. Playing alongside his most recent collaborators, the New York-based classical ensemble yMusic, Folds and company delivered a fantastic performance that concert-goers won’t soon forget.
May. 8, 2015
Stone Temple Pilots stops at TLA in effort to tour through smaller venues
The alternative rock, grunge and neo-psychedelic band Stone Temple Pilots performed to a sold-out crowd at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street April 30. The concert was the final stop of the brief and aptly named “Spring 2015 North America” tour. For this tour, the band consciously chose to play smaller venues, creating a more intimate setting for audiences.
Apr. 27, 2015
Guster Weekend: band rocks Philly with two sold-out shows
Some friends of mine have a hard time understanding the unabashed love that I have for the band Guster. I’m not sure I fully understand it myself. A friend of mine gave me copies of their albums “Lost and Gone Forever” and “Keep It Together” freshman year of high school. With all the wisdom and worldliness that a 14-year-old could summon he said, “These are both incredible, but ‘Lost and Gone Forever’ is one of the greatest records I’ve ever heard.”
Apr. 10, 2015
Walk the Moon and The Griswolds — April 13 — Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov. 14, 2014
SuicideGirls brings feminism and burlesque together
The Theatre of the Living Arts was jam packed with exuberant people on the night of Nov. 9. After all, the queens of alternative modeling had promised an unforgettable night of burlesque, parodies and striptease. When I arrived at the venue, the entire setup looked rather shady to me — there were tattooed people in line with hair colors that I did not know to exist, the little entrance room had piles of albums with naked women with their legs open and the hall in front of me appeared uninviting as I walked towards it. However, my anxieties were put to rest once the SuicideGirls took to the stage and performed a quite entertaining act.