I found out about South Jersey’s Aspiga by accident. I was running late for one of those early all-ages shows at The Fire this winter; they’re astonishingly punctual, so missed the band I’d intended to see (recent Key Studio Sessions stars By Surprise). But I’d already paid the cover, the crowd was still teeming, so I stuck around and took in an impressive set by their good friends and neighbors, today’s Philly Local Phile stars. I dug Aspiga’s showmanship – lots of energy, stage presence and crowd interaction. I admired how their roots obviously lie in pop-punk, but how they stretch that into more ambitious songs done up in a smart, Weakerthans-y way. This weekend Aspiga plays North Star Bar opening for Smoking Popes; I recommend showing up early for this one.
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