Tonight’s Concert Picks: McRad at PhilaMOCA, Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Fest, Dayne Jordan at The Foundry, and more

Chuck Treese of McRad | photo via

Spreading heavy tunes since the eighties, the legend that is Chuck Treese — a drummer, singer, guitarist, skatboarder — will bring his spaced out punk project McRad to PhilaMOCA tonight, alongside Thantophobe and Barnes. Find info on tickets to the show here, and listen to “Weakness” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at TLA, No Good Sister at Tin Angel, Spank Rock / McRad at FringeArts and more

Cruisr | photo by Chris Sembrot

Summery vibes will fill the TLA tonight courtesy of the indie-pop band Cruisr. The band will be joined by Cheerleader, Cold Fronts and Verite, all of whom hail from Philadelphia but play a distinctively sunny-California style that will have you holding on to summer for dear life. Click here for more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at MilkBoy, McRad at The Fire

Photo by Hannah Pautler
Photo by Hannah Pautler
Philly garage rock dudes RFA open the show for The Once Was tonight at MilkBoy. The four-piece has a Strokes-y sense of swagger and reverence for catchy, vintage rock and roll. Last summer, they placed second in World Cafe Live’s Beta Hi-Fi competition and will be recording a new EP with their winnings this January. Below, check out their Up Late in the Evening EP and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Philly Drum Project welcomes Chuck Treece to Beats, Brews & Banter at the Back Room at Roosevelt’s Pub on 2/4

Local musician and pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece will be the host of February’s Beats, Brews & Banter event presented by The Philly Drum Project.  Treece was a founding member of 80s skate punk band McRad and has toured with Bad Brains and Urge Overkill, in addition to being a preeminent Philly session musician.  Started in April of 2012, Beats, Brews & Banter is a monthly gathering that brings together the best in Philadelphia drumming for an evening of discussion and demonstration; read Dan Brightcliffe’s interview with the group here. February’s event will take place in the Back Room at the Roosevelt Pub and is free to attend.  For more information, go here.  McRad appeared in one of our very first Key Studio Sessions from September 2010. Download “No Mystery” from that session below:


The Key Studio Sessions: McRad


Photo by John L. Langsford III

Every Sunday night, Y-Rock On XPN’s John Vettese brings a Philly band into the depths of the WXPN studios for an in-house interview and recording session. This week’s Key Studio Session was recorded in late August with skatepunk trio McRad—led by session musician, professional skateboarder, and all-around Philly legend Chuck Treece.

Backed by a fast, furious rhythm section—John Langsford on drums and Pat Brennan on bass—McRad ripped through a rapid-fire medley of jams, instrumentals, and covers piled so heavy we’re still sorting through them a week later. These three were favorites from the get-go: the reggae-tinged “No Mystery,” the the circle-pit bruiser “Be Your Friend,” and an amped-up rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.”—John Vettese


Hear McRad on the Y-Rock Local Tracks Sessions this Sunday

Chuck Treece‘s versatility is the stuff of legend. He spent the ’80s as a pro-skateboard kid who fronted an underground punk band, then made a switch to become one of the most skilled, sought-after session musicians in the city of Philadelphia.

Though he’s pulled bass duties with Pearl Jam and Billy Joel (That bumpin’ low end in “River Of Dreams”? Yup, that’s him.), Treece’s first love remains McRad, the punky power trio he founded as a North Philly teenager in the 1980s. This weekend, Treece is bringing McRad to WXPN studios to record a Y-Rock Local Tracks Session. You can tune in on Sunday, August 29, during the 8:00 hour of Jake Rabid’s Philly Local show.

The band has a few songs that you can stream here.