Review: Man Overboard’s Lost Tape Collective Holiday Show brings DIY punk to the masses

Man Overboard | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |
Man Overboard | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

The holidays are a time each year where bands put on special shows in their hometowns, thanking the fans that over time brought them the success they currently have. Local punk heroes Man Overboard, in collaboration with their record label Lost Tape Collective, have taken their annual holiday show and turned it into one of the biggest pop-punk gatherings to hit Philadelphia each year. Bringing together newcomers and some of the biggest names in the scene it is no surprise that this show has been growing exponentially since it started in 2011.

The show kicked off with the totally not pop punk band Fight Amputation. This aggressive New Jersey hardcore band may have seemed like an unlikely pick for the opening spot of this lineup, but put on a solid performance that got even the poppiest of punk fans headbanging along. South Jersey boys Young Statues hit the stage next. In stark contrast to Fight Amps, Young Statues brought a melodic sound to the stage, getting fans swaying and singing.

Crowd surfers | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

The TLA had removed their normal barrier from in front of the stage, meaning fans could stage dive and crowd surf to their heart’s content. Hometown heroes and personal favorite of us over at The Key, Modern Baseball, was the third to play. Before the band even hit the stage, the crowd had already pushed forward in anticipation. As I listened to audience members gossip about how great their new single is and how cute __________ (insert band members’ name here) is, I could tell this wasn’t going to be any ordinary set for the boys. Continue reading →


Modern Baseball will release the new You’re Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo

After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re Gonna Miss It All, which is due out February 11 via Run For Cover Records.

Truly a Philadelphia production, the album was produced by Modern Baseball’s own Ian Farmer and Jake Ewald, mixed by Philadelphia’s Jon Low, and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4. Listen to “Your Graduation,” the first single off the album, below. Like most Modern Baseball material, it is instantly catchy and has a great chorus. Unlike Sports, however, the song is less polished, adding a sense of grittiness that and even a bit of yelling. Keep an eye out for the album, and catch up on Sports below while you wait for the new record.

Catch Modern Baseball at the TLA on 12/30 with Man Overboard, Real Friends, Young Statues, and Fireworks or at The Electric Factory on 4/12 with The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, and Real Friends.


The Wonder Years’ spring tour has them headlining The Electric Factory on 4/12

Photo via Hopeless Records

Pop-punk heavyweights The Wonder Years announced a spring tour in support of their 2013 LP The Greatest Generation that kicks off March 5 in New York, and lands at the Electric Factory April 12. It’s the biggest hometown headlining show to date for the Philly-area sextet. Joining Wonder Years are bands Defeater, Citizen, Real Friends and Modern Baseball, and the stacked tour promises to be everything you’d expect from the local punk powerhouse, with some surprises up the band’s sleeve.

The Wonder Years are also offering solo Acoustic VIP Session bundle tickets, which include a GA ticket to the show, an acoustic set and Q&A with TWY before doors, along with an autographed silk screened poster (and more). Tickets for the VIP package are on sale here. Regular GA tickets for the April 12 Electric Factory show go on sale Friday, December 13 at 12 p.m.. Get ticket info here.

Watch the video for “There, There” off The Greatest Generation below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at The Barbary, Sallie Ford/Katie Frank at MilkBoy, Mischief Brew at Morgan’s Pier

bio_slingshot_dakotaA duo from Bethlehem, Slingshot Dakota was founded on the vocals of Carly Comando and Tom Patterson. With Comando on the keys and Patterson on the drums, these two artists are able to create emotional and heart-felt indie punk out of a simple set-up. Joined by a handful of artists such as Real Friends and Candy Hearts, Slingshot Dakota will perform at The Barbary tonight, so check out the video of the duo’s Nervous Energies session for “Until The Day I Die.” Information and tickets can be found here.

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