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Tash Sultana delivers a mind-blowing performance at Union Transfer

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

A sold out crowd warmly welcomed Tash Sultana to Union Transfer yesterday evening. Sultana, a twenty two year old multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne, Australia, has been making waves all across the globe with her jaw-dropping one woman show, as well as her debut EP Notion. She employs sound looping to build layers of melody and rhythm onstage, giving the illusion of a full band when, in fact, its just her. This technique, mixed with mind-blowing guitar performances left the audience speechless. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca and Smidley packed the Union Transfer

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Hometown heroes Tigers Jaw returned to Philadelphia Friday night with a packed gig at Union Transfer. The band is touring in support of their latest album Spin which was released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Accompanying Tigers Jaw on this tour is the indie folk band Saintseneca along with Smidley, a new project from Foxing lead singer Conor Murphy. Check out the full photo gallery from the night Continue reading →

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Punk and Community: Something in the Way Festival and lots of Philly bands take on Webster Hall

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last Wednesday, a mob of punk rock fans engulfed Webster Hall in New York City. The occasion was Something In The Way, a one-night-only festival thrown by Run For Cover Records which featured three stages and fifteen bands crammed into an five-hour time window. The festival was a race against the clock for the sold out crowd to see all the great music packed into the Manhattan venue. Continue reading →

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PUP returns to Philly for out of this world headlining show

Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

I saw PUP for the first time in 2014, on their first US tour, at a weekday Golden Tea House gig. I had never seen a band command a crowd of about 25 people the way they did. In iconic fashion, frontman Stefan Babcock scaled the balcony of Golden Tea House while preforming a cover of the Beastie Boys hit “Sabotage.” I knew at that point this wasn’t the last I would be hearing of PUP. Continue reading →

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After six years, Envy on the Coast returns for Reincarnation tour

Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Punk, emo and post hardcore band reunion tours might have been the biggest trend in music in 2016. Everyone from Saosin to Thrice to At The Drive In returned to the stage this year. One of the more surprising additions to this trend was Envy on The Coast. The band played their last show in August of 2010 and swore to fans they would never get back together. This year the band reunited with two of its founding members, lead vocalist Ryan Hunter and guitarist / vocalist Brian Byrnes. Continue reading →

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Mitski finds a home in Philadelphia

Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

 

Last week indie rock heavyweight Mitski came to Philly in a big way, playing three shows in two days. First there was sold out show at Boot and Saddle, followed by an impressive Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live, ending with another sold out show, this time at PhilaMOCA. It was clear that Philly could not get enough of Mitski, and for good reason. She is currently on tour in support of her new album Puberty 2, her highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek. Mitski stacked her tour with promising new artists as well. Continue reading →

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Hot Fun: ATL’s Shaky Knees Festival in pictures

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Shaky Knees Festival | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

The second you enter the Shaky Knees Festival grounds, you realize that is not going to be like most festivals. The whole event was very relaxed, there was plenty of space to get around, lines weren’t excessively long (with the exception of the pedestrian bridge – we’ll get to that), no one was too out of control. Everyone seemed to be there because they loved music and wanted to explore new artists. Continue reading →

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Sixteen Years Later and Worth the Wait: At The Drive In show The Fillmore how it’s done

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For many people in last night’s sold-out crowd at The Fillmore, June 13th was a day they had been waiting sixteen years for. It had been that long since At The Drive In played a show in Philadelphia; many fans didn’t even get to see them before they broke up.

Back in January, the band announced its reunion and a full North American tour, with a handful of dates across the world. All original members were in tow last night – except guitarist Jim Ward, who was replaced shortly before the start of the tour with Sparta guitarist Keeley Davis.

At The Drive In is arguably one of most influential punk bands of all time. They have paved the way for hundreds of bands over the years. Last night at The Fillmore, they showed just how it’s done. Continue reading →

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Explosions In The Sky light up The Fillmore for a sold-out instrumental show

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Explosions in the Sky were welcomed by a sold out crowd to The Fillmore Philadelphia on Friday night. It was the bands first show in the city in five years. They are currently on tour in support of their latest album The Wilderness, their first full length release since 2011. The Austin instrumental band captivated audiences with both new and old material. Check out photos from the show below.

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