Toronto’s PUP is coming through Philly again, this time graduating to Union Transfer. The four-piece punk outfit played PhilaMOCA back in June, and the November 5th show will be about two years after they played The Barbary.
The Philly date falls smack dab in the middle of a North American tour announced Tuesday. It comes after PUP toured this past spring in support of their sophomore LP The Dream Is Over, an album that’s been a big hit. It was a glorious second go-around for the band, especially considering they’re almost one year removed from receiving the frightening news that vocalist/guitarist Stefan Babcock had potentially career-ending cyst on his vocal cords. Continue reading →
It’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on 88.5 XPN! Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, ya know!) for a full two-hour show that’s overloaded with brand new stuff.
First up, we’ll share our newest IRHP Live Studio Session with La Sera! The LA-based band is the long-running solo venture for ex-Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman. La Sera plays songs from their new, Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, live in the studio! Also in store tonight, a spotlight on the new second album from the Canadian punk band PUP, and a few of these fresh tracks:
Toronto punk rock four-piece PUP are the real freaking deal – high energy guitar rock, catchy screamalong hooks, no bullshit. The band is releasing its second LP, The Dream is Over, this spring via SideOneDummy, and just announced a headlining tour that brings it to Philly for an all ages show at PhilaMOCA on June 22nd. Continue reading →
‘Tis the Warped Tour season once more, where alternative acts from all across the world converge and kids wear all black in 90-degree weather. As always, the lineup is massive, and it includes bands from as far as the UK and Australia to as close as right here in Philadelphia.
For those of you who are new to Warped Tour, you might have no clue who to make time to see. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of standout performers that will be at the Philly-area stop this year this Friday. And even if you’re a seasoned Warped Tour-goer, you might want to pay attention – you don’t want to miss these artists. Continue reading →
Legendary Scranton punks, the Menzingers released their fourth full lenghth, Rented World to well-deserved praise in spring this year. Follow the band through a typical concert day through The Key’s Load-In to Load-Out. Listen to “Mexican Guitars” from their Key Studio Session below.
Local favorites Modern Baseball released their second, amazing album You’re Gonna Miss it All this year. The album portrays being a 20 something in perfect, witty detail. Continue reading →
If ever there was an Indie Rock Hit Parade that was not to be missed, it would be all of them (naturally). But tonight’s show, starting at 10pm on XPN, is particularly exciting. We’ve got a brand new Studio Session with our longtime Jersey pals The Front Bottoms, featuring songs from their newly released EP, Rose. We’ll spotlight the impressively moody new album from The Antlers, and hear a smattering of new and emerging artists, including a few of the following:
Don’t miss an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! We’ll welcome the Toronto-based punk band PUP to the studio for a live performance, and spotlight the new album from one of their Canadian hardcore peers, the mighty Fucked Up! There have been countless new tracks surfacing in the last week, and we’ll hear just about all of them! Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:
Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The Menzingers‘ Rented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]
Toronto punk four-piece PUP is enroute back North after taking SXSW by storm (see The Key and PureVolume), and they stopped by Golden Tea House this past Saturday night to showcase their aggressive style of raspy pop punk. They played second, alongside Tender Vision, Great Red Spots, and Dead Tenors.
The band sped through songs off their forthcoming self-titled album, and they were as precise as they were maniacal. Vocalist and guitarist Stefan Babcock stood atop the drum kit as he slammed on his instrument, before rushing back to the mic to chime in with his scratchy, heartful shouts.
They tore through heavy and fast riffs, and nailed every tasteful guitar solo. Some people sang along, and the crowd turned into a lively mosh pit once PUP jumped into their anthemic single “Reservoir”. Babcock put his back to the crowd as he jammed out, being pummeled by bodies as he stood on the edge of the jumping punks. Towards end their set they played an amazingly raw cover of “Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys, during which Babcock jumped up on top of the crowd and managed to climb his way up on to the balcony. These guys seriously killed it live, they are gritty, real, and have the talent to pull off their craft while going crazy at the same time.