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Bring Me The Horizon brings metal and confetti to Philadelphia

Bring Me The Horizon | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

When the English metal heads of Bring Me The Horizon released Sempiternal in 2013, their sound was revitalized, completely reinventing their image. The release of their newest album, That’s The Spirit, which was released back in 2015, has also contributed to that same reinvention. BMTH knows how to put on one hell of a production, which was able to seen by so many fans with the announcement of the band’s The American Nightmare Tour, which has been making its way around North America, but stopped in Philly on Wednesday night, March 22nd. Fellow hardcore bands Beartooth and Underoath were brought along as support on this tour, resulting in every night of this tour to be an evening of metal-packed madness. Continue reading →

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Panic! At The Disco brings its Death of A Bachelor tour to the Wells Fargo Center

 

Panic! At The Disco | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The lights inside the Wells Fargo Center dimmed, but the background music was still playing; the stage was set and the crowd of fans were screaming. However, it was merely a tease. A countdown illuminated the darkness, lighting up the excited faces the audience on the floor; it appeared above the elevated drum kit. The countdown was nearing zero, and the crowd began to count backwards with it as the background music faded away. “Five, four, three, two, ONE,” and with that, the crowd erupted even louder than before as each musician came on stage and took their positions.

Dressed in black suits, the guitar players, horn players, and drummer, all came out from center stage, one by one. All together, the beginning notes of “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” flooded from each instrument as Brendon Urie, the leader of Panic! At The Disco, and his gold suit jacket came out on stage singing “ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT. ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT”, the opening line of the song. At the sight of Urie, the screams became ear-splitting, and persisted the whole night. Continue reading →

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AFI, Nothing and Souvenirs sing the sorrow at Union Transfer

AFI | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

On January 20th, Cali goth-punks AFI released their newest album, AFI (The Blood Album) in correlation with their first show of the album’s support tour in Los Angeles, California, at the Troubadour. This tour has been making its way around the country with Chain Gang of 1974 and fellow Californians, Souvenirs; last week, Chain Gang exited the tour and Nothing hopped on, just in time for the Philly dudes to come home and play to a sold out crowd at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Celebrating ten years of On Letting Go with Circa Survive

Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Earlier this week, iconic Philadelphia suburb rockers of Circa Survive kicked off a month and a half long tour with their fellow Philly dudes of mewithoutYou, and Turnover. This tour, however, isn’t just some random tour; 2016 (finally) ended two weeks ago, which means that all of those great emo/punk albums released back in our youth (2007 to be exact) have some possible 10 year anniversary tours happening, and Circa Survive happened to be the first of the year. In 2007, the band released their second studio album, On Letting Go, making 2017 its 10th birthday. And what better way to celebrate the new year, but more importantly, the end of 2016, than by paying tribute to this great album being around for a whole decade? Continue reading →

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Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band do the goddamn thing in Philly

Kevin Devine | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Kevin Devine | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The Instigator Tour, which consisted of Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Julien Baker, Pinegrove, and Petal, kicked off in the beginning of last month in Baltimore. On Sunday night, this amazing tour came full circle after touring the whole country and performed its last show in Philly at the beloved Union Transfer. Unfortunately, Julien Baker wasn’t able to be there, as she only performed on the first 8 dates of the tour, the stacked bill still put on a stellar show for the Philly crowd. Continue reading →

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The Wonder Years came out swinging with a confetti-filled hometown gig

The Wonder Years | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
The Wonder Years | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The Wonder Years, Philly natives, and proud as f*ck of it, have been playing some of our favorite pop-punk anthems for more than 10 years now. The six-piece has been getting bigger and bigger, which is well deserved, over the course of those 10 years — starting out in basements and bars, to now, ending their biggest tour yet, playing in front of a sold out, hometown crowd at The Fillmore, right here in Philly on Wednesday night. Continue reading →

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Philly ‘burb boys of Balance & Composure bring “Light We Made” home to a sold out Union Transfer gig

Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Last month, the Philly ‘burb boys of Balance and Composure, released their newest and third studio album, Light We Made, their first in about three years. When the album was released back on October 7, the band played a record release show at South Philly’s Boot & Saddle, which was sold out in minutes. Immediately following the album’s release, the band left for a full U.S. tour with support from St. Louis sad boys in Foxing, and local Philly indie-pop rockers in Mercury Girls. And on Friday night, Balance made their way back home to serenade their hometown fans at a sold out Union Transfer show. Continue reading →

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Brand New brings ten years of The Devil And God to PPL Center

Brand New | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Brand New | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

When I first started shooting shows, if someone told me that I’d get to shoot Brand New so early in my career, I would’ve straight up laughed in their face. Brand New didn’t recently start touring again until about three years ago when they announced those discography shows on each coast, and if you were one of those people (like me) who tried to get tickets and somehow succeeded, you know it was literally worse than the hunger games to get those tickets.

This past summer, they did a full U.S. and toured with Modest Mouse. Now, Brand New is touring again, bigger and better than ever, playing arenas this time (!) and still blowing fans’ minds. Although this tour didn’t stop in Philly, it did make a stop about an hour and a half north in the good ole’ town of Allentown, Pennsylvania to play at the PPL Center, the downtown arena where the Phantoms play. I made the drive up to see the show, because shit, I’m not gonna miss Brand New. Continue reading →

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Good Charlotte leads a supercharged lineup at The Fillmore

Good Charlotte | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Good Charlotte | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The year was 2002, the Maryland punks of Good Charlotte had just released their sophomore album, The Young and The Hopeless. The album begins with “A New Beginning” and goes into “The Anthem,” the song that literally launched the band into superstardom. Kids around the world were singing it as their own anthem, and they still are. 14 years later, Good Charlotte’s back with a new album, Youth Authority, and with the same momentum and enthusiasm as when the band first rose to fame in 2001 with the release of their first, self-titled, album, Good Charolette. Continue reading →