Slingshot Dakota, Trophy Wife, +HIRS+ playing Two-Piece Fest 8 at PiLam

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly

In its unique dedication to musicians who come in duos, Two-Piece Fest has announced the lineup for its eighth annual show. The daylong DIY-scene show was created by Philly natives Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader and Craig Woods of Towers. They established TPF back in 2007 for their own two-person collaboration, Peter & Craig. This year’s show will take place on February 14th at Pilam in West Philly. Continue reading →


Guest VJs DIY PHL preview this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out (begins tonight at PhilaMOCA)


PhilaMOCA is starting 2014 on a high note, calling in local show promoters and scene supporters DIY PHL to fulfill the curatorial role of the monthly Tuesday Tune-Out series.  We asked co-programmers Ramsey Beyer, Mikey Cantor and Grace Ambrose to put together a preview of the four events they’ve organized and to talk about how they put their own DIY spin on the series:

DIY PHL is a show & event listing for Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to promote and support a music and arts community that fosters a positive, inclusive, and accessible environment for all to create, participate, and enjoy in. We do this by offering consistent, reliable information on DIY events around town, available online ( or on flyers up around town (each month features a design by a different artist!). Check our website for the most up-to-date listings, pick up a flyer at the next show you go to, or follow us on Facebook. If you organize an event or show, be sure to submit it to us!

We’re also in the process of organizing a PA Share that will make quality sound equipment available to members for a very low fee. For more information, email

Working on the calendar has taught all us that DIY activity takes many shapes, outside of our own personal taste, communities, and scenes. Since our mission is based around the idea of accessibility, we decided to invite Philadelphia promoters from different neighborhoods and scenes to collaborate with us on this month’s Tuesday Tune-out. We’re lucky to have Permanent Wave Philly, Ruben Anree’Polo, and Cha-Cha’Razzi teaming up with us.

Tuesday, January 7
Collaborator: Second Time’s the Charm
Bands: EZ Discount / Teenage Bigfoot

Back in November, we organized First Time’s the Charm, a showcase of 16 brand new bands playing their very first shows at PhilaMOCA. Taking a cue from the Not Enough tests in Portland and New Orleans, and First Timer’s in London, these bands had to meet two of the following three requirements: 1) members that identify as female, queer, or trans* or as people of color; 2) members playing in a band for the first time ever; 3) members playing an instrument that is new to them. The goal was to get as many normally silenced voices onstage as possible and raise money to buy a PA for community use.

EZ Discount and Teenage Bigfoot are two bands that made their debut that night. EZ Discount self-describes as “slutty grunge/dirrrrty punk” and features members of Batty. Teenage Bigfoot is a classic pop punk band, with a keyboard twist.

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