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Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band @ Spruce Street Harbor Park.

July 25, 2014

PurlingHissSSHP02More than 2,000 people showed up at Spruce Street Harbor Park last night to hear Purling Hiss (above) and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. It was a beautiful night of mind-bending guitar riffs, surrounded by the colorful lights and vibrant boardwalk at one of Philly’s new (though temporary) outdoor playgrounds.

The next show at the space will be in late August, with details yet to be announced.


Serpent Throne, Ecstatic Vision, Mount Salem and Ancient Creature @ Kung Fu Necktie.

July 25, 2014

Ecstatic-VisionText and images by Chad Sims.

Tuesday at Kung Fu Necktie was the bargain of the year when it comes to psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. There were four great bands for just five bucks and two for $3 Genesee beers (how can you beat that?!).

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Season of Mist: Loud and Misty, Here in Philly.

July 24, 2014

SeasonOfMist01Text by Chad Sims. Image by Christopher Fascenelli.

Though few Philadelphians know it, their city is home to a branch of international metal label Season of Mist. The label’s roster includes some of the biggest metal bands around.

Season of Mist was founded in 1996 in Marseille, France by Michael Berberian. Initially, the label specialized in black metal and other closely related genres but over time, they expanded to cover the scope of heavy music. Now the label is home to hard rock, death metal, grindcore, punk, hardcore, doom, post rock and more.

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Sore Saints: Making Music Ain’t Easy …

July 23, 2014

SoreSaintsOnline01Text by Brian Wilensky. Image by Jessica Flynn.

It’s a bright Sunday evening and Scott Signorino, bassist of bruising post-punk four-piece Sore Saints, is smoking a cigarette outside of Prohibition Taproom when a horse-drawn carriage rolls up and stops directly in front of him.

“Hey, is that a Danzig T-shirt?” the coachman asks from his seat while waiting to pull his carriage inside the building across the street.

“No this is a Doomriders T-shirt,” Signorino replies with a short laugh.

They proceed to agree on how the skull on the shirt can be mistaken to be a Danzig logo before Signorino heads into the bar when Sore Saints drummer Jon Murphy arrives. Singer Nick Guidotti finds his bandmates and they all begin telling the story of the rocky road they were forced to take in order to release their Generous Lover 10-inch on Dullest Records in March.

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Magnificent Birds of Prey and The Defused @ The Hard Rock Cafe.

July 22, 2014

Magnificent Birds of Prey @ Hard Rock Cafe_071714_Photo by Jason Melcher_IMG_3618Text and images by Jason Melcher.

Philadelphia-based four-piece band Magnificent Birds of Prey (above) teamed up with South Jersey’s The Defused to play a show together at Hard Rock Cafe last Thursday. The two bands are now touring together after recently releasing their joint project, Split-EP.

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Cheers Elephant, Toy Soldiers and Cheerleader @ Union Transfer.

July 22, 2014

CheersElephantUT09Text and images by Mina Lee.

Cheers Elephant, the former Philly pop-rock act that recently moved to California, played a homecoming show at Union Transfer last Friday.

The packed floor of diverse fans welcomed the band back to their hometown. Limbs swung along comically, yet proudly off beat. Lead vocalist Derek Krzywicki belted out hit songs like “Leaves” and at one point during the set ditched his microphone for a battered megaphone. Read more…

WIN FREE TICKETS: See Christina Perri @ Revel in Atlantic City.

July 22, 2014

We don’t usually do giveaways for stuff outside of Philly but there are three reasons we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Christina Perri at Revel in Atlantic City on Friday:

1. She’s a local girl, hailing from Bensalem. She graduated from Archbishop Ryan. And she has the Philly skyline tattooed on her arm.

2. The Revel may soon close, so you should go see it before it does.

3. You were probably going down the shore anyway.

Oh, and the video above? It’s been viewed 30 million time.

So, if you want the tickets, email us (put “Perri” in the subject line and your full name in the content box). If you don’t want to take a chance, you can purchase tickets online here.


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