Some musicians route their tours around it. Others plan major releases to coincide with it. Others still will travel thousands of miles to play a one-off show at it, turn right around and head home.
The annual FEST in Gainesville, Florida, has become something of a DIY scene mecca over its 13-year existence. A series of punk concerts housed in a handful of venues over the course of a weekend where, as legend has it, the University of Florida’s football team is always out on an away game, THE FEST – usually written in all-caps, but not for any particular reason – is a huge draw, especially for artists from the Philadelphia region. Continue reading →
Local alt-rock outfit Goodnight Lights headline Broad St.’s Boot & Saddle tonight. The Collingswood, NJ natives released a blistering new track “Convince” at the end of 2013, prequel-ing a 5-song EP set for release this year. In addition to the EP, Goodnight Lights are currently filming a music video that will be completed at tonight’s show. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Shorty Boy Boy and Roof Doctor can be found here. Listen to “Convince” below.
Philadelphia-based punk outfit Ma Jolie recorded two of the nine songs on their new record in 100-degree July heat, using guitarist Mark Broscoe’s living quarters at The Ox warehouse.
“[We did it] in 20 minutes, it was like the second take on both of them,” recalls bassist Frank Abruzzo. “And they happen to be my favorite songs on the record.”
But listening to the entirety of Polars, out today on Lame-O Records and streaming in full via Bandcamp, you’ll realize it’s hard to pinpoint any one song that doesn’t have a hot, fiery undertone —so raw and powerful that it makes you think you yourself are spiraling down into a wild, sweltering kind of craze.
Ma Jolie is one of a handful of up-and-coming Philly bands giving the city a reputation for churning out multi-dimensional and thought-provoking music that falls under the punk genre. Having played a number of notable tours and shows alongside bands like Cayetana and Plow United, and recently returned from a memorable trip to Gainesville, Florida’s Fest 12 playing alongside friends and for new fans, Ma Jolie is excited to release Polars at the height of their buzzworthy-ness to date.
“I feel like, with our band, we try to do something that’s very classic and very, I don’t want to say typical, but not mind-blowingly crazy,” says drummer Jeff Meyers. “The concept of our band is very bare bones. We play punk music. But we try to make it a little different.” Continue reading →
Ma Jolie also announced the release of their second album Polars on November 12th, as a follow up to their 2012 release …Compared to Giants. That album was characterized by melodic hooks and swift, raw guitar that resulted in some great nineties sounding punk rock. With their next release, look for Ma Jolie to step up their creativity and energy as they did on the first single “Kansas Slam,” which you can listen to via AbsolutePunk.
You can pre order the new album Polars via Lame-O Records here. Check out Ma Jolie live at South Philadelphia’s Cha-Cha’Razzi on November 8th, and find info here.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out film-and-music showcase, and taking the curator’s reins are current heavy hitters in Philly’s DIY promotions scene. Guild Shows have developed quite the roster of ass-kicking concerts in spaces as far-flung as West Philly’s Golden Tea House (site of March’s Waxahatchee album release party), The Barbary (the Frankford Avenue punk refuge) and The Fire (when they host all-ages shows). Their musical tastes are as broad as their locations, though definitely rooted to some degree in in DIY punk rock. We asked Guild’s Nick Vanelli to weigh in on this month’s Tune-Out via our regular Guest VJ spotlight. All shows happen at 8 p.m., are $5 at the door and are all ages.
We strived to create a series that was full of unique shows- bands or concepts you’ll rarely see- that also provided a true taste of what The Guild does. All four shows feature musicians who regularly play on our shows performing in non-traditional formats, and we are really excited for all of our super talented friends to shine in new ways. Continue reading →
Cult favorites of the Delaware Valley punk scene Plow United headlined The Barbary on Saturday evening. It was a packed, slamdancey, screamalongy sweaty show in celebration of their brand new LP, Marching Band. The all-around bill was solid, with fellow Philadelhpians The Holy Mess, NONA and Ma Jolie on the bill. JUMP Philly’s Joseph Gallagher was in attendance, along with photogrpaher Jessica Flynn. Check out their report after the jump. Continue reading →