Pixies ruled Philadelphia on Friday, selling out both a rare acoustic performance at World Café Live’s Free at Noon and their nighttime Electric Factory show. By the time the band took the stage for their evening reign at 9:45, the crowd was warmed up from the freezing outside after putting their hands together and moshing to Los Angeles-based garage punks Fidlar.
When the revolutionary alt-rockers from Boston unleashed the first chords of “Bone Machine” that gave way to the surging “Debaser,” the night was set for some grand rock memories.
Lead singer and guitarist Black Francis, alongside guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering and touring bassist Paz Lenchantin, belted out a nearly 30-song set that covered the expanse of their career. It would be tough to not satisfy most fans with the selection from such classics as “Where is My Mind” and “Wave of Mutilation” as well as their recent works, as represented by songs like “Bagboy” and “Magdalena.”
Backed by an impressive lighting arrangement that involved light reflecting off surfaces in the ceiling and their backdrop of stacks of glass boxes, they were dramatically lit for much of the performance. And the sound was glorious.
It was a stellar set that ultimately, unfortunately, left some wanting. The band said nary a word to an adoring audience that sang along and even crowd-surfed. And after what seemed to be a joyous end to “Nimrod’s Son,” with Santiago having great fun with his guitar and even exchanging his hat with a smiling Lenchantin, the band did not return — despite playing an encore at every other show on the tour, the crowd loudly clapping and calling for more, and the stage seemingly set for a return.
Certainly ruling the soundwaves is hard work and not always satisfying for all. But even though the abrupt ending left a sour taste for some at the end of the night, the rare delicacy of Pixies’ ferocious sound is destined to bring fans back as long as the band deigns to tour.
PUP is a pop punk four piece from Toronto, Canada who recently announced a full US tour with Montreal grunge band Solids. With the upcoming release of their self titled album in the states, the band should be met with an ecstatic reaction at these shows. The first single off PUP is “Reservoir,” a gritty and bumpy three minute ride where vocalist Stefan Babcock takes us through everything from smoking to being wasted and broke. His voice is raspy yet coherent, making for singalong punk tunes that sound similar to LA skate punks FIDLAR or the Canadian Single Mothers.
PUP’s two month route across Europe and North America will bring them to Kung Fu Necktie on March 23rd(UPDATE: this show has been canceled, but the band has hinted on Twitter that it is working on a booking with Guild Shows instead.). Get tickets to that show here, PUP and Solids will be joined by Massachusetts fuzz rock four piece Pachangacha.
Watch PUP tear everything, including themselves, to pieces in the video for “Reservoir” below. Stream and download that song on bandcamp, and be on the look out for the album release. Also, head over to the NME to check out a cover of “My Shadow” by late indie rock icon Jay Reatard, who passed away four years ago last week.
Los Angeles skate punk band FIDLAR stopped by First Unitarian Church with flower punk kids The Orwells this past Friday night, in what was equal parts a show and a party. The Orwells opened the show with good vibes and simples grooves that got the crowd moving very quickly. The bass and drums were the driving force in this young band’s energetic set. The party got started with The Orwells, but it blew up once FIDLAR took the stage. As they opened with their party anthem “Cheap Beer,” the crowd went into a fit of yelling, moshing, and crowd surfing. The band went wild on stage, jerking around at any moment that they weren’t singing or yelling at the microphone. Vocalist and guitarist, Zac Carper, went especially bonkers as he laid on the ground and jumped into the crowd at one point. They played even faster than they do on record, and the crowd responded spectacularly. FIDLAR brought their garage rock full force during the entire set, and sounded really good especially considering the venue. Check out photos from the show below.
Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.
Chicago-based garage rockers The Orwells will be releasing their new Other Voices EP on June 25th, and they’ll be touring across the country this fall with FIDLAR. Although the five-piece are barely out of high school, they’ve already secured a spot playing Lollapalooza this summer. Most of the songs on the new EP are available to stream on the band’s Soundcloud page; you can listen to and download their self-produced version of the track “Other Voices” below. It’s a rollicking good time – a brash rock n roll tune that makes you wish you were at a beer soaked house party. You can catch them with surfy punks FIDLAR on October 25th at the First Unitarian Church.
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to compare the three touring bands on Friday night’s TLA bill to members of a family. The quasi-dysfunctional, generally loving kind one might have seen eating Thanksgiving dinner the day before.
Los Angeles-based garage punk opener FIDLAR ripped through its set like an angsty, intoxicated teenager. Two-piece hazy rock outfit JEFF The Brotherhood, like a token stoner 20-something, took the stage to a cloud of smoke and played multiple tracks from their summer release, “Hypnotic Nights.”
Then, to a mass of colorful lights and a wall of reverb, headliners Delta Spirit invited the audience on to what felt like a rock-and-roll UFO. In the family mix, the band would be that weird uncle, heartbroken and laden with the scars of life, who always put on the best records and had the best stories to tell. Continue reading →
Tennessee grunge band Jeff the Brotherhood, playing at Theatre of the Living Arts on November 23rd with FIDLAR and Delta Spirit (ticket information available here), have released a new video for “Leave Me Out” from this year’s Hypnotic Nights. The video is a teleport to an ’80s A/V club dream, complete with every green-screen background you could ever want: a car chase, a tropical oasis (with waterfalls!), hot air balloons, psychedlic swirls, a war zone, slot machines, and fireworks. Check it out below.