Just Announced: Camp Cope will return to Philly for a First Unitarian Church gig in April

Camp Cope | photo courtesy of the artist

The last time Australian punk trio Camp Cope was in town, their second LP How To Socialise and Make Friends was brand new and they played back-to-back sold-out shows at PhilaMOCA on a co-headlining run with Petal. Now they’re back for round two: a headlining show in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 27th. Continue reading →


Talking divine intervention, self-care, Bohemian Rhapsody and Magic Gone with Petal’s Kiley Lotz

Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Petal is the project of singer-songwriter Kiley Lotz, a Scranton native whose unflinchingly honest rock draws from some of her favorite singers growing up, including Freddie Mercury, Carole King, and Nina Simone. Her newest album, Magic Gone, takes Lotz’ struggles with mental health and questions about her sexual identity and crafts them into a series of beautiful and intimate punk songs with guitars and drums just as raw. Her live performances are nothing short of awe-inspiring, whether she’s bringing down the house with a full band shredding, or taking it solo and captivating crowds with her steady and transfixing voice. Ahead of her first headlining appearance at the First Unitarian Church, I spoke with Lotz just before the new year, and we talked about her new album, self-care while on tour, her college education in Theatre Arts, and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Thin Lips and Shannen Moser are teaming up for a dual record release show

Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist // Shannen Moser | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Fixtures of the Philly scene Thin Lips and Shannen Moser have a few things in common — not only are they Lame-O Records labelmates, but they both have new records either just-released or forthcoming.

To celebrate the new tunes, the two bands have joined forces for a double record release show at the First Unitarian Church on September 22, with fellow Philadelphians So Totally and Cheer Up lined up as support. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Restorations will celebrate LP5000 with a show at the Church

Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

After Restorations release their new album LP5000 this fall, they’ll be making a stop at the First Unitarian Church for a proper hometown gig. The long-running Philly punk rockers have been through a time of changes since their last release a few years back, and for the new record they’ve been channeling those feelings of displacement and transition into new tunes, which we’ll finally be able to hear live at the Church on October 21. (Restorations also have a show at Spruce Street Harbor Park on August 2, but for that one they’ll be playing LP1 in its entirety.) Continue reading →


Just Announced: Soccer Mommy will play the Church this December

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Soccer Mommy | photo by Kelsey Hart | courtesy of the artist

Sophie Allison’s band Soccer Mommy has taken her on some dream tours lately, opening for the likes of Paramore, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, and even Liz Phair. We saw the band here earlier this year for a memorable show with Phoebe Bridgers. But now it’s time for Soccer Mommy to strike out on their own, with a string of headlining tour dates scheduled for this fall (before yet another big time tour supporting Kacey Musgraves in February). Continue reading →


Just Announced: Swearin’ at the First Unitarian Church

Swearin’ | photo by Ali Donahue | courtesy of the artist

One of the best Philly bands there ever was will return home to the basement of the First Unitarian Church this fall. Local punk/DIY scene favorites Swearin’ rose to acclaim before breaking up in 2015, and for a while it seemed like the band was done for good. But last fall, news broke of their unexpected reunion, and they opened a few shows on Superchunk’s recent tour, including a stop at Union Transfer in April. As vocalist/guitarist Kyle Gilbride wrote in a press release, “Sometimes a band takes on a life of its own, and it seems this one came back to us when it was ready, and in its new form, to stay for the foreseeable future.” Continue reading →


Just Announced: Big Thief will play First Unitarian Church in this fall

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn-based indie rock band Big Thief announced their fall tour and are set to appear at Philly’s First Unitarian Church in October. The tour announcement comes on the heels of Big Thief’s recently-released experimental EP, Wide Winged Bird. The EP was made while on tour from summer 2015 to spring 2017, and contains ambient background sounds, field recordings, poems, and songs intertwined through out the 30-minute experience. Continue reading →


Join Roger Harvey & Family for an intimate side chapel gig

Roger Harvey | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The basement of the First Unitarian Church has been home to members of the Philly punk scene for longer than anyone can remember. But occasionally, when a show calls for a quieter, more intimate sound, musicians emerge from the basement hall and into the chapel itself — the church-y part of the Church, if you will.

That’s just what Roger Harvey plans to do next month — in fact, he’s reserved the Church’s smallest performance space, the side chapel, for a solo show with a stacked opening lineup of local musicians. The show, happening April 20, comes as the latest installment of the Roger Harvey & Family tour, which has previously made stops in Pittsburgh and Chicago with different “family” members joining for each lineup. Continue reading →


Damon & Naomi and more will honor the late Tom Rapp of Pearls Before Swine this Saturday at the First Unitarian Church

Tom Rapp | photo by Naomi Yang

To fans of eclectic underground 1960’s / 70’s band Pearls Before Swine, Tom Rapp‘s voice is a familiar one. The musician, who passed away last month at the age of 70, formed the band in 1966 and went on to release nine albums, both under the band name and his own, before leaving music to pursue law in 1973. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Kelela, Matt Cappy, Combo Chimbita, Diet Cig and more

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Combo Chimbita | photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez | courtesy of the artist

Even on a slow week, you’ve still got fourteen amazing concerts to choose from — that’s how you know you’re living in a great music city. From Kelela at the TLA tonight to Greg Sover at the Sellersville on Sunday, here’s what’s going on in and around Philly over the next seven days. Continue reading →