Text By Stephanie Seiple-McKie

On January 15th, a Thursday night, I had the pleasure of catching a solid lineup of Philly music at The Barbary. In one word: fun. The vibe was synergetic between the bands and the room seemed to be full of just “happy”.

Needle Points  is a 60/70’s rock infused must see Philly band who never disappoints. This high energy show and their genuine vibe teleports you back into the days of peace, love and no bullshit style rock & roll. It’s solid, catchy, raw and organic – the way rock should be. From the 60’s garb, to face paint, lots of hair and a group orgy lovin’ feeling; Needle Points are the real deal.

Cold Fronts | Photo By Megan Matuzak

Cold Fronts | Photo By Megan Matuzak

Next on the bill was Philly’s own Cold Fronts. Another TSI fav, who recently signed to Sire Records which is part of the Warner Bro Records family. From one song to the next Cold Fronts delivers instantly likable tunes you find yourself signing along too. It’s like the Strokes meets Weezer, a pop rock sound that Julian Casablancas would be proud of, but without his serious rock star drama. Which means it just much more party time fun, bringing out the nerd-in-you, tongue-n-cheek lyrics that Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo,  would also be singing along to too.

Cruisr | Photo By Megan Matuzak

Cruisr | Photo By Megan Matuzak

Cruisr has been traveling at a momentous speed lately (no pun intended), throughout the region. This Philly band who is signed to Vagrant Records recently opened for The 1975, which explained the ton of teenage girls smashed up to the front of the stage anxiously awaiting on this headliner. Cruisr gives a high enegery stage presence, and the band is tight. Once the band took the stage the room just overflowed, filling in every crevice on the first floor.

Since this was an all ages show, the 21+ folks were upstairs drinking in between sets, me included. So I had to squeeze myself into a viewing area just stage right. This was my first time seeing Cruisr live and I was impressed. They’re perfect blend of indie pop rock that makes you dance. Cruiser also played the local stage at the Radio 104.5 Winter Jam Fest this past January (TSI Post here). Stay tuned for that coverage to see pictures of Cruisr on stage there as well.

After the show was over Dream Safari’s Chris Coulton and Cold Front’s Craig Almquist took to the DJ booth to spin all the delightful musings of the 90s and their childhoods.  DJ Yolo Ono and Ghostpvnch, along with Baby Eagle hosted A/S/L upstairs.  If you don’t remember what A/S/L stands for you failed the 90s and thier 90s remixes wouldn’t have been the throwback thursday it was for everyone else dancing along along like it was 1998 all over again.