Just Announced: Wavves and Beach Fossils co-headline Union Transfer in November

Wavves | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |

West Coast rockers Wavves team up with Brooklyn boys Beach Fossils to embark on one of the best indie rock tours of the fall season. I, for one, am a fan of stacked bills, and it seems like the bands are too. Previously, Wavves shared a bill with Post Animal at The Foundry, Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr at the Electric Factory, and even FIDLAR at Johnny Brenda’s way back in 2013. Beach Fossils don’t mess around either, playing the Church with Snail Mail last year and Union Transfer with Kurt Vile in 2013. The two heavyweights now join forces (and bring along Hoops’ Kevin Krauter) to tour the country. Continue reading →


Best Coast and Wavves light up the Electric Factory

Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |

Indie-rock duo Best Coast and pop-punk rockers Wavves brought the sounds of California to the Electric Factory on Wednesday night with their “Summer is Forever II” tour. 

Best Coast played a set of their easygoing surf-punk tunes in support of their most recent album, California Nights, which came out last year. The band also pulled from their back catalog to play a well-balanced set of their newest music along with older favorites. Touring bandmates on drums, bass, and guitar backed vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno throughout a sweet set that ranged from the energetic riffs in “When Will I Change” to the mellowness of “Our Deal.” 

Throughout the set, fans were engrossed in the music; at one point, a dedicated fan in the front row wearing a Garfield costume took to crowd surfing. Towards the end of the show, the band played their hit song “Boyfriend” while Cosentino sang to the Garfield head and wore it for a portion of the song. They closed up their set with an impressive performance of “When Will I Change,” leaving the crowd wanting more. Once Best Coast returned on stage for the encore, they wrapped up the show with a lively performance of “Bratty B.” Continue reading →


A kinetic blitzkreig from King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys and Wavves at the First Unitarian Church

King Tuff | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | King Tuff | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker |

Wednesday night the basement of First Unitarian transformed into a pit of sweat, punks, and straight-up killer rock. The heat was on from the first fuzzed-out notes of Jacuzzi Boys‘ set through the roiling energy of King Tuff, peaking searingly with WAVVES‘ kinetic blitz. As the mercury rose, kids started thrashing and diving off the stage like atoms following the gas laws. And for some reason there was a merch guy dresses as a Telletubby. Thank the Great Spirit for that.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: GZA with Blayer Pointdujour at The Trocadero, Antje Duvekot at Burlap and Bean, Alanis Morisette at the Electric Factory, Great American Canyon Band with Mock Suns and Oldermost

Former Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, or “Genius,” will be performing with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore at the Trocadero tonight in anticipation of his upcoming album, Dark Matter. The record, which will be his seventh solo album, is scheduled for an undetermined release date this fall. GZA has also been busy with a deluxe re-release of his legendary 1995 album Liquid Swords, which he’ll be performing in its entirety. Philly openers Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore released their debut album, The Bull, in September; it can be streamed here. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, watch GZA perform “Liquid Swords” with Wavves. 

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Best Coast + Wavves, No Joy at Starlight Ballroom

Best Coast and Wavves: two lo-fi, beach-party-revival rock bands whose upbeat vibes would would be the perfect antidote to this dreary winter weather—if only said weather didn’t threaten the likelihood of tonight’s show occurring in the first place. Thankfully, according to R5 Productions Twitter, the show is “100% happening,” despite whatever new threats of inclement weather Old Man Winter is throwing at Philadelphia tonight. On the off chance that the show does get canceled at the last minute, however, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get your Best Coast fix online, including audio of last night’s performance at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (from NPR), Best Coast’s live appearance on World Cafe at the WXPN studio (from back in October), or this video of Best Coast’s performance on Letterman last night (originally posted by theaudioperv):

Best Coast performs with Wavves and No Joy at 7:30 p.m. at Starlight Ballroom; tickets to the all-ages show are $15-$17.