The Alkaline Trio Formula Still Works – Electric Factory Philadelphia
Jun10

The Alkaline Trio Formula Still Works – Electric Factory Philadelphia

Pop punk icons Alkaline Trio recently showed Philadelphia, PA that after close to 20 years their formula of song writing is as relevant as ever. Dark clothing, references to satan, fast paced upbeat heavy guitar riffs, repeated twisted metaphors and the constant theme of being wanted/the troubles of/broken up with/hating the idea of love. Its prevalant through all of Alkaline Trio’s music from ’98 with the obsession driven...

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Best Coast Brings the West Coast to The TLA – Philadelphia
Jun10

Best Coast Brings the West Coast to The TLA – Philadelphia

The sounds of sunshine and waves filled the Theater of the Living Arts (TLA). High pitched fast strums of Best Coast turned an east coast city into a little bit of California. I was hoping to catch a BBQ on the sand. I was tempted to run home, grab my board, check the surf report and hope to catch a wave or two before the emotion faded. Then I remembered I was in Philadelphia….and the closest beach is still over an hour east....

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Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls Rock the Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Jun06

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls Rock the Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

“We’re all just here to get drunk and have a good time.” Frank Turner says to the crowd at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA where he kicked off his summer tour of his new album, Tape Deck Heart. The English, punk, acoustic rocker commanded the crowd from the moment he stepped on the stage. From the first song until the very last chord, the crowd sang the words to every single song. Turner has played on all kinds of stages from...

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Hot Day at The 6th Annual Roots Picnic – Festival Pier Philadelphia
Jun06

Hot Day at The 6th Annual Roots Picnic – Festival Pier Philadelphia

The Roots Picnic arrived in Philly last weekend and brought the sunshine and heat with it. Hot humid sweaty summer weather was mixed with amazing artists such as Grimes , Macklemore, Gary Clark Jr, A Trak, Lushlife, Solange, Trinidad James and of course was headlined by the legendary Naughty by Nature with The Roots.   The event was once again hosted by Amanda Seales who was show within herself, between sets entertaining the...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Bring Raw Energy To The Santa Ana Observatory
Jun05

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Bring Raw Energy To The Santa Ana Observatory

Since I have been traveling and working more on the West Coast the past couple years, I have had more chances to catch Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, one of the best live acts you will ever see. I feel very much as if I am always in the right place at the right time when I get to see this band perform, and they have a die-hard following especially in the West Coast. Last Sunday they closed out their last US tour date promoting Specter...

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Forward Motion’s Prog-Pop Finds Home At Burlap and Bean
Jun05

Forward Motion’s Prog-Pop Finds Home At Burlap and Bean

On Saturday night, Connecticut band Forward Motion came to play Burlap and Bean to a surprisingly packed house.  Word of their musical dexterity and jazzy-pop fusion had apparently preceded them to foreign lands in suburban Pennsylvania. Opener Chelsea Berry shocked the audience with her brassy vocal style.  Her booming voice rang through the quaint venue, hardly needing amplification at all.  At times she took on a theatricality that...

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