[Recap] A Golden Ticket to Discordia: Primus and the Chocolate Factory
Oct24

[Recap] A Golden Ticket to Discordia: Primus and the Chocolate Factory

Tower Theater October 22, 2014 Photography by Steven Philips, Story by Kathleen Orlando On Wednesday night, Primus kicked off their “Chocolate Factory” tour with a surprisingly punctual show at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. The Chocolate Factory is the first album created with the original band members in 20 years, and, as the name suggests, is a Wonka-themed album reduxing the soundtrack of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. In...

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[Recap] Boombox Jams Through Last Call at Union Transfer
Oct24

[Recap] Boombox Jams Through Last Call at Union Transfer

Boombox lit up Union Transfer on Saturday night for all of the Phantogram leftovers, Sound Tribe ravers, and jam scene regulars. Playing after Phantogram‘s early set, the duo from Alabama brought their Filling In The Color tour to Philadelphia. Producer and DJ, Russ Randolph with longtime collaborator and guitarist, Zion Rock Godchaux make up the duo and former Blockley regulars. Playing in largers venues has always been a...

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[Recap] Minus The Bear and O’Brother Pack Underground Arts
Oct21

[Recap] Minus The Bear and O’Brother Pack Underground Arts

For most of the October leg of Minus The Bear’s tour supporting Lost Loves, small venues were the pick of the day for the band. The smallest, ranking at 157 capacity, rested in Denver, the Marquis Theater, to the largest, Magic Stick in Detroit, with a roughly 1,000 person cap. Last time around, Minus The Bear completely sold out the Electric Factory, which is double in size to Underground Arts, where the four seasoned musicians (and...

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Roadkill Ghost Choir, Caveman, and Commonwealth Choir at Milkboy
Oct21

Roadkill Ghost Choir, Caveman, and Commonwealth Choir at Milkboy

It has been about a year since I last saw Roadkill Ghost Choir perform at Johnny Brenda’s. In that time, the band has performed on Letterman, at big name festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and released a full-length album titled In Tongues. It makes me happy to see a band with tons of potential starting to hit their stride. Their sound is hard hitting with soaring melodies and spacy jams. While I tend to compare them to My...

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[Photo Recap] STS9 at Tower Theater – 10/18
Oct21

[Photo Recap] STS9 at Tower Theater – 10/18

Photography and Story by Steven Philips October is always a great month for music in the Philadelphia area, and as Halloween approaches, my calendar always fills up with great shows.  Saturday night the 18th was a night of several shows in the area, and I feel like I made the right choice hitting up STS9 at the Tower. For those fans of the band who haven’t gotten to see them yet this year, it may have been their first time...

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[Recap] Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Kick Off Tour at Electric Factory
Oct20

[Recap] Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Kick Off Tour at Electric Factory

Without a doubt, the chorus of eye rollers can already be felt from a distance before the first sentence of the show can already be heard. To get it out of the way, yes, Julian Casablanca played a Strokes song, which came as a surprise in light of his “I don’t feel anything anymore” comment to NME.  That song was “You Only Live Once”, off First Impressions of Earth (2006), and was introduced it as a “Drake cover” by Julian. There is a...

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