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WIN FREE TICKETS: Hard Working Americans @ The TLA on 9/19!

August 27, 2014

And now for something a little different … Hard Working Americans. The band includes Todd Snider and Dave Schools from Widespread Panic and a cast of other veteran musicians. Todd Schaeffer of Railroad Earth will open the show.

To enter to win a pair, email us at (give us your name and put “HWA” in the subject line).

You can get tickets here if you don’t want to take the chance.



Premiere: Minka’s New Video for “Lets F*ck.”

August 27, 2014

Text by Brianna Spause.

Ari Rubin got a new toy. And what else is there to do with a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix than to slap together a tastefully-cheesy music video?

The boys of the indie-funk band Minka star as “The Goons” in the video for “Lets Fuck,” a track off their new EP, The Republican. They’re clad in suits that could have crawled out of the basement of some long-forgotten thrift shop. There’s just the right mix of Halloween store blood and CGI shotgun rounds to leave you wanting more.

“I feel as though this video encapsulates the vibe of what we go for as a band in the terms of our stage show and the music itself,” lead singer Rubin said. “We all have a laid back disposition and we definitely like to get a little bit weird from time to time. A lot of our music is tounge-in-cheek, especially lyrically. We’ll take the time to make sure the music has a deep groove.”

Minka is currently down one man but still groovin’. The band will play for the first time as a four-piece when they headline an EP release party at Boot and Saddle on Sept. 4.



Sad Actor: The Grungy Band of Brothers.

August 26, 2014

SadActorOnline01Text by Beth Ann Downey. Images by Chris Fascenelli.

Bandmates Kyle Costill and Tony Rossi exemplify a strong big bro-little bro dynamic.

It’s evident tonight at Ortlieb’s, the bar/venue that Costill manages. He darts up and down the bar’s long, skinny interior, moving in between the basement, where a leak has sprung due to an April rain shower, and the credit card machine, which is no longer working due to the leak.

As Costill paces around with a worried look, Rossi sips mixed drinks at a nearby table, looking as though he hasn’t a care in the world. Wearing a sweatshirt with a huge cannabis plant on it, he hit Ortlieb’s with friends early for drinks and tacos, and will play a DJ set later in the night.

Costill and Rossi are around each other a lot. Not only do they both carry out various acts of employment at Ortlieb’s but the venue doubles as their practice space for Sad Actor, the grungy rock band the two formed last summer. They met while Rossi was playing drums for local shoegaze heroes, Nothing, and Costill was helping to manage the band.

“One day, Kyle was like, ‘Yo, you’re not doing anything. Your band that you were in all dipped to go to Oakland. Let’s hang out and write some tunes,’” Rossi remembers.

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WIN FREE TICKETS: Local Grooves @ The TLA on 9/17!

August 25, 2014

The TLA will host a celebration of local beers and local music on September 17 and we’re giving away tickets to the show. Local acts Tim Williams, Alright Junior and Underwater Country Club will perform. Beers from the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Troegs, Flying Fish and others will be served.

To enter to win a pair, email us at (give us your name and put “Local Grooves” in the subject line).

You can get tickets here if you don’t want to take the chance.



The Bad Doctors, Psychic Teens and Hot Guts @ The Pharmacy.

August 25, 2014

BadDoctors3Text and images by Brendan Menapace.

DIY shows are rarely a tight ship but to say that this show at The Pharmacy ran smoothly would be giving the show too much credit. Random difficulties, misplaced equipment and involvement by the police would be the theme of the evening in South Philadelphia.

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Jay Shells Brings His Rap Quotes To Philly.

August 25, 2014

rapquotes04Text by Jay Balfour. Images by Jessica Flynn.

Last week, Jason Shelowitz parked across the street from Jimmy Jess at 60th and Market streets in a red rental car. The artist and graphic designer who goes by Jay Shells drove in from New York the night before with Aymann Ismail, a staff photographer at the website AnimalNewYork.

After posting up nearly 80 site-referencing hip-hop lyric signs between both New York and Los Angeles up to this point, the 34-year old Long Island native added 22 more of his Rap Quotes installations around Philly that day. When I met him at the El in the late morning he’d already installed more than a dozen, avoiding foot-traffic and prying eyes at sites around Center City and on South St. with an early start. Here in West Philly he has a Black Thought lyric designated for the elevated Market-Frankford Line stop.

In camo shorts and a grey Raekwon T-shirt, he grabs a plastic step-ladder and one of the signs from a bag in the car, decides on a signpost with a keep-off-the-curb sign in the middle of the street, and fastens his own below it through two of the predrilled holes in the post. Ayman photographs and Shells takes his own cell-phone picture before walking away. The process takes about a minute.

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PHSH Tank Block Party @ Kung Fu Necktie.

August 20, 2014

PHSHTank18Text and images by Mina Lee.

This past Saturday, Philly’s own Matthew Law (DJ PHSH, above) and graphic design powerhouse SEDSO teamed up for the 3rd edition of their annual PHSH Tank block party at Kung Fu Necktie.

With the block filled by attendees, bodies moved to the sweet sounds of an intense lineup comprised of DJs and bands such as DJ PHSH, the Illvibe Collective, Dave Mass, $tunt Loco, Swift Technique and many others. As bodies grew weary from dancing, they joined fascinated onlookers as artists such as AIRRAT, Brooks Bell and Mars Five (among an extensive list) created new works of art, utilizing spray paint, acrylic, stencils and a multitude of mediums in front of their audience.

It was a celebration of Philadelphia talent, with local businesses such as Ritual Ritual, The Decades Hat Co.and others sold goods set under tents. Prime Stache’s food truck kept stomachs full.

The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank block party created a memorable all-day union of music, art, fashion and food to wind down the summer.


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