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Into It. Over It. rock sold out crowd at Union Transfer

Into It. Over It. | Photo by Megan Kelly
Into It. Over It. | Photo by Megan Kelly

This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.

Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.

Glocca Morra | Photo by Megan Kelly
Glocca Morra | Photo by Megan Kelly

Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.

TWIABP | Photo by Megan Kelly
TWIABP | Photo by Megan Kelly

Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.

The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 90s tribute with Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones, Foxhound at Boot & Saddle, Amy Correia at Steel City Coffee House, Into It. Over It. at Union Transfer and more

Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com
Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com

Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali WadsworthHezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.

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Is A Great Big Pile Of Leaves a bridge to the emo revival? (playing tonight at North Star Bar)

Photo by Servin Lainez
Photo by Servin Lainez

Stereogum’s “12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival” was not necessarily a title I was planning to stumble on when reading up on the whimsical indie-rock outfit A Great Big Pile Of Leaves.

Making my way through the introduction, I wasn’t sure if I could agree with Chris DeVille’s decision to “bridge” this New York based four-piece with the hypersensitive bleeding hearts of bands like War On Terror for the “emo illiterate among us.” So I asked AGBPOL’s guitarist Matt Fazzi (ex-member of Taking Back Sunday and founding member of Happy Body Slow Brain) how he feels about the list.

“I think it’s cool that they consider us part of that. I find the whole term emo to be funny to begin with. But I get it,” Fazzi responds. Mentioning that he personally considers AGBPOL to be a 90s alternative throwback band, Fazzi continues on to say that Stereogum’s brief description of “Snack Attack,” the opening track of July release You’re Always On My Mind, is congruent to the band’s light-hearted air in their music. “[It’s] a good way to explain what’s at the heart of the band.”

To give a brief background, AGBPOL was formed by singer/guitarist Pete Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy after their last band, Farewell To Arms, was dismantled. Working together, the two wrote and self-produced The Fiery Works EPs debuting AGBPOL in 2007. Just before their first full-length release, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex, they went to Craigslist and found power bass player Tucker Yaro, changing the band from a duo to a trio for the next few EP releases. Fazzi met the band at a concert in Brooklyn that Happy Body Slow Brain and AGBPOL played together. Following the care-free, down-to-earth band for the next few months, AGBPOL asked Fazzi to fill a needed guitar position for a world tour in 2011. Fast forward about two years of writing, creating, and touring to the full outfit’s sophomore release; which has the same nostalgic vibe as Prefrontal Cortex in more efficient melodies.

“We cut the fat, so to speak,” Fazzi says while describing the new record. Rather than bringing the whole band together and composing in one room, each member worked on the songs independently from one another because they all lived in different areas; Weiland living in Conneticut, Soucy and Yaro in Brooklyn, and Fazzi in Queens. Fazzi mentioned that the goal with this album was to extract all the extra instrumentals and create concise arrangements “that really hit you in a punchy way right from the get-go.” With almost all the work done before the studio, the band was able to fit the whole production into 12 days of recording with the help of producer Ed Ackerson, who has previously worked with bands such as Motion City Soundtrack.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Questlove and D’Angelo at The TLA, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves at MilkBoy

brothers in arms

We’ve got a really great show for you tonight:  Questlove, legendary drummer for The Roots and R&B singer D’Angelo have teamed up for some amazing jams over the past year, melding their musical skills into somewhat of a super-duo.  This Wednesday, the two are playing in Questlove’s hometown at The TLA.  If you wanna see an amazing pre-Parkway show, be sure to check them out.  Click here for ticket information, and watch a video from their set at the Brooklyn Bowl below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up Up Down Down with Hop Along at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes The City of Love Festival to Underground Arts, River City Extension at Fed Live, XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Scottish Rite Auditorium, XPN Welcomes Morrissey to the House of Blues Atlantic City

South Jersey’s Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start reunite for a show at Union Transfer tonight.  Ten years ago the math rock / shoegazing-punk outfit released And Nothing is #1 – tonight, they will be playing the record from start to finish, appeasing fans who have patiently waited for the band to resurface after 2007′s Worst Band Name Ever.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Hop Along can be found here. Read yesterday’s interview with Steve Poponi of Up Up Down Down here.  Below, stream “By Surprise” from And Nothing is #1.

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Just Announced: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start playing Union Transfer on 01/12

South Jersey Math-rockletes Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start are reuniting and playing a show at Union Transfer with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Hop Along.  Up Up Down Down resurfaces after several years of hibernation – their last release was 2007′s Worst Band Name Ever, recorded at New Jersey studio The Gradwell House.  Word has it, this reunion show will celebrate the nerd band’s 10th anniversary of and Nothing is #1.  Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7th at noon; find out more information at the new XPN Concert Calendar.  Below, watch the video for “I’ll Thank You Later” from Worst Band Name Ever.