Paolo Nutini turned up the heat at The Trocadero

Paolo Nutini | photo by Skye Leppo

I was fourteen the first time I heard the Scottish R&B songwriter Paolo Nutini’s first single “New Shoes,” and I thought it was stupid. It’s inarguably catchy, but I blame VH1’s “You Oughta Know” super-saturation of the song for making me hate it. However, I started listening to the rest of Nutini’s debut album, These Streets, (2006) and in a matter of minutes I was hooked. At 22, I’m still hooked.

If there was any doubt about Nutini’s ability to continue impressing a U.S. audience after his disappointing ’09 tour, critics need look no further than Saturday night’s show at The Trocadero. Continue reading →


Kicking back with Vita and the Woolf at Spice House Sound

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich |
Jen Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich |

On one of the last warm days this summer, I ventured past my usual points of familiarity in Fishtown to the newly opened Spice House Sound on Wilt Street. Suddenly finding myself somewhat lost in a tiny alley next to St. Laurentius, I stare at the address on my phone again and frantically call Jen Pague, frontwoman of Vita and the Woolf, explaining I think I’m at the wrong place. She laughs and tells me to stay where I am.  Continue reading →


News from DRGN KING! New album and Philly shows are a GO!

DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush artwork by Perry Shall

Get excited because we just got word our homies in DRGN KING that their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush, is coming out October 28th via Bar/None Records! It has a rad album cover by Philly artist Perry Shall (check it out above) and comes with a fall tour, which includes a hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 26th, as well as a show at City Hall’s new Dilworth Park on October 18th.  Continue reading →


Space out in Purling Hiss’s new “Forcefield of Solitude”

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Image via Facebook |

Purling Hiss breaks the typical mold of psych punk outfits use of heavy psychedelic influence and fuzzed-out electric guitar solos in their newest song, “Forcefield of Solitude.” The structurally loose guitar riffs are there, the same apathetic tone is delivered, but there’s an energy present you won’t hear on the band’s earlier tunes like “D.U.I” or “City Wide Special.”  Continue reading →