Author Archives: Kyle Rossi

Holy Cross, The Mahogany Stompers next up at Eric Cabonara’s Highwire Gallery series on 5/24

This month, Nada Sound Studios’ Eric Carbonara is guest curating a series of shows at Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery. Next in the series is Holy Cross – a New Orleans-based duo that takes an experimental approach to folk music, as well as classical, free jazz, and “mondo bizarro”. They are joined by Philadelphia’s own Mahogany Stompers, bringing modern takes on Dixieland, Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and Yiddish songs. The show is at 8pm, and donations of $6-8 will be accepted at the door. Below, listen to music from Holy Cross’ Frank “Franzking” Rourke, as well as The Mahogany Stompers.

What do you think of Black Flag’s first new music in 28 years? (playing Union Transfer 6/17)

BlackFlagHaving released their last record in 1985, Black Flag – whose Greg Ginn-led reunited lineup plays Union Transfer on June 20 – unveiled their first music in 28 years with two new songs this week. First came “Down in the Dirt,” a single in exchange for an email address. Then there’s the newest song, “The Chase,” which features a super low-rent music video and lyrics that are massively vague. Given how young these guys were when they rose to fame, we have to wonder what the original Black Flag fans think of all this recent activity. Check out “The Chase” video below, and let us know your reaction in the comments. Black Flag plays Union Transfer on June 17.

Free Download: Marietta “O.K., Mom,” from upcoming full-length

Photo by Ally Newbold,

Photo by Ally Newbold,

Since their inception about a year and a half ago, Marietta has played countless shows – including some with prominent local punk names like Kite Party – and their super-likeable tunes have spread like wildfire, both via the internet and the local scene. Their new track, titled “O.K., Mom” has all of what has previously made this band great, but with a bunch of tasty new tricks. Perhaps most noticeable is the ease with which they pass the role of vocalist around to each member of the band, whereas in the past it was exclusively guitarists Evan Lescallette and Ethan Willard (a Key intern) whose back-and-forth vocal style gave the band a distinct sound.

The new track is on bandcamp for a low fee (due to a shortage of free downloads) but you can find a free mediafire download here. Also, like the band on Facebook so you can keep an eye out for their new record, which will be released within the next two months or so.

Tonight: The Cloth take over Kung Fu Necktie upstairs


About a week ago we posted about a new Philly band, The Cloth. They had released a couple songs digitally, which are awesome; however, we’ve since acquired a physical copy which has three more great tracks on it, and now we want everyone to get to know this band. Word on the street is that they are killer live, and they play extremely loud, making the upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie an ideal stage. They will be playing there tonight, along with APE!, Tile, and Killer of Sheep (PGH). Show starts at 8pm and the cover is $8. Don’t miss out!

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hayes Carll at Sellerville Theater, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at North Star Bar, Telekinesis at Johnny Brenda’s

JRM_Gpub_181891_C16_002_300rgb.jpgCountry music staple Hayes Carll will be passing through Sellerville Theater tonight, along with opening act Warren Hood & the Goods. Carll hasn’t released a new record since 2011’s KMAG YOYO, but that hasn’t stopped him from touring as much as he can. The Texan singer/song-writer will take his rootsy country tunes down the east coast before playing a handful of shows in his home state. You never know when an act like this will be coming back around, so don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning country crooner in the lovely Sellersville Theater.

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Get to know: The Cloth

the_clothRecently formed Philadelphia noise-punk rockers The Cloth have been playing shows in and around Philadelphia since October, but not until now could you hear their music online. They’ve recorded a handful of songs, two of which they’ve posted on their bandcamp page. These guys are clearly just getting started, but they’ve definitely got their best foot forward with these recordings. The band seems to traverse several genres with ease, offering a tasteful blend of punk, hardcore, and rock n roll. Both of these songs have a down tempo drone that brings out their juicy riffs in all their stoned glory. Below, download the songs for free.

Tonight’s Concert Pick: Joe Pug and Hezekiah Jones at Johnny Brenda’s (download a free EP from Pug)


With tonight’s Bassnectar and Limp Bizkit shows sold out, and John Medeski’s World Cafe Live show postponed until next December, it makes tonight’s pick pretty easy. Chicago’s folk hero Joe Pug plays a 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with one of our most favorite local singer-songwriters Hezekiah Jones. Joe Pug plays a brand of folk with a Dylanesque focus on lyrical content, and Hezekiah Jones has his own unique style of story-telling. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, download Pug’s In The Meantime EP for free.