Listen to two songs from Ma Jolie’s new LP Jetpack Mailman

Ma Jolie | Photo by Jessica Flynn
Ma Jolie | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Philly punks Ma Jolie have a new song from Jetpack Mailman available to stream via Alternative Press this week. “Tired Life” is the opening track of the album and promises an energetic and refined sound for the track’s that will follow. Jetpack Mailman will be the band’s first with the Pittsburgh-based A-F Records, the imprint curated by politically-charged Warped Tour faves Anti-Flag, and is set for a June 16th release. Listen here, check out the song “Pittsburgh” below and see the band when they play The Fire on June 28th; tickets and more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Listen to Ma Jolie’s new single “Pittsburgh” from Jetpack Mailman

Photo by Jess Flynn|
Photo by Jess Flynn|

Philadelphia-based punk act Ma Jolie churns out music that embodies raw energy while still remaining catchy. Simply put: they do justice to punk, as apparent in their 2013 release Polars. The band may have trimmed themselves down to a three-piece since then, but that does not mean that they are ready to call it quits. Far from it. They have recently announced their followup EP Jetpack Mailman. Continue reading →


Pi Lam’s Human BBQ lineup is stacked and we’re stoked

Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (
Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (

The 37th annual Human BBQ festival fast approaches and the event looks killer. Hosted by Penn fraternity Pi Lambda Phi, the event boasts 21 bands in the lineup, including Philly punk groups Mischief Brew, DRGN KING, and Slow Animal among a slew of others. The event will also have plenty of food for consumption, including your typical barbecue items as well as vegetarian and vegan options. You can check out the full lineup and find more information on their Facebook event page. Give a listen to some of the featured artists below. Continue reading →


The Ultimate Basement Show: Why Gainesville’s FEST is so important to the Philly DIY scene

Philly's Restorations is headed to Gainesville's FEST for the fifth time, and timed it's new album release around it | photo via
Philly’s Restorations is headed to Gainesville’s FEST for the fifth time, and timed it’s new album release around it | photo via

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 →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at Boot & Saddle, Speedy Ortiz at Golden Tea House, Ma Jolie at Siren Records

Goodnight Lights
Goodnight Lights | Courtesy of the artist

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.

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Philly bare-bones punk crew Ma Jolie brings the heat on Polars

Ma Jolie | Photo by Jessica Flynn |

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 signs to Lame-O Records, announces release of Polars on 11/12

Philadelphia punk rock band Ma Jolie just signed with Lame-O Records, which should be a good fit considering they are on the roster alongside local punk favorites Modern Baseball.

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.


Guest VJ Nick Fanelli previews Guild Shows’ Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song
AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song, and stomping grounds for the Guild Shows crew

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.

From Nick:
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 →


From the Pages of JUMP: Plow United headlines a slamdancey, screamalongy show at The Barbary

03plowunitedCult 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 →