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WIN FREE TICKETS! See Samhain @ The Electric Factory on Wednesday.

October 24, 2014

Glenn Danzig‘s one-time side project, Samhain, will perform at the Electric Factory on Wednesday and we are giving away tickets to see the show.

If you want a pair of tickets to see the metal/punk legend and his bandmates – along with Goatwhore , Midnight and YDI, like us on facebook and email us at FreeJumpStuff@gmail.com (give us your name and put “Samhain” in the subject line).

If you want to play it safe and get your own tickets, find details for the show here.

Bombay Bicycle Club @ Union Transfer.

October 24, 2014

BOMBAY42-1Text by Brianna Spause. Images by Mina Lee.

Charming old America has the British boys of Bombay Bicycle Club in its grip.

“I don’t even want to go home,” lead singer Jack Steadman said, looking awful cozy sitting cross-legged in the back of the band’s tour bus. “It’s been a really good tour.”

October was it for the band’s short North American tour where the set out to promote their newest album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, from coast to coast in just 24 days. Back again at Union Transfer after a recent visit in May, Bombay Bicycle Club packed the venue on Tuesday night.

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WIN FREE TICKETS! See RAC @ The TLA on Saturday.

October 23, 2014

Remix Artist Collective will perform at the TLA on Saturday and we are giving away tickets to see the show.

If you want a pair of tickets to see RAC with Penguin Prison and Speak, like us on facebook and email us at FreeJumpStuff@gmail.com (give us your name and put “RAC” in the subject line).

If you want to play it safe and get your own tickets, find details for the show here.

Phantogram with Lia Ices @ Union Transfer.

October 22, 2014

phantogram15-1Text and images by Mina Lee.

Union Transfer was packed for Phantogram‘s second sold out show of the weekend on Sunday.

The crowd was warmed up by the dreamy, hypnotic sounds of Lia Ices. They swayed to her ethereal vocals, which were accompanied by feverish instrumentals from her two brothers. By the end of Lia Ices’ set, the diverse crowd was ready to dance and sweat it out to Phantogram‘s high-energy electronic rock sounds.

Phantogram‘s hits, like “Fall in Love” and “Blackout Days,” were performed before a trance-inducing light show. Surrounded by fog and mirrors, the act was flawlessly precise, successfully creating a memorable night for their fans.

Universal Schools: The Sound of Education.

October 21, 2014

Universal02Text and images by Laura Newberry.

The kindergarteners lay like planks on the carpeted floor of the darkened classroom. The first notes of Coldplay’s “Fix You” play as Kendra Balmer tells the kids to keep their hands to themselves. They’re inches away from one another.

Balmer, their teacher, directs a laser pointer at the ceiling. Each time the red dot hits one of the industrial box lights, the kids clap.

“When you try your best and you don’t succeed.”

Clap.

“When you get what you want and not what you need.”

Clap.

It’s hard to imagine 5-year-olds meditating– but that’s almost what it looks like they’re doing.

“I want them to feel comfortable here,” Balmer says of her pupils after they leave for the day. “They don’t have to think about anything else for 45 minutes except having fun, being in an environment where they aren’t judged.”

The kindergarten through sixth grade students who attend Universal Daroff Charter School are mostly black and 99 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

That’s true across the board for the 11 charter schools run by Universal Companies, a community development organization founded by Philly music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble. Most of the companies’ schools were acquired within the past five years.

Despite Gamble’s background, the actual music programs for Universal Schools are still getting off the ground. That’s mainly due to a funding gap – an unfortunate reality many schools face, and made worse by the fact that charter schools receive only 75 percent of the funding that public schools do. Several of the schools were taken over by Universal in June 2013, so programs are being built from the ground up.

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St. Paul and The Broken Bones @ The Electric Factory.

October 20, 2014

StPaulBrokenBones02Text and images by Jumah Chaguan.

The microphone took a beating Saturday night as St. Paul and The Broken Bones took to the Electric Factory stage. Lead singer Paul Janeway belted his vocal chords and soul away.

Janeway, who once mowed lawns and came close to completing an accounting degree, sang his blue-eyed soul with such passion and pain while flashing his teeth to the crowd. His accountant-like appearance is a paradox on stage. He balances on one foot and then gyrates, only to succumb to his knees like a preacher taken by the spirit.

“James Brown!” yelled a concertgoer.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones are far removed from singing the sexy songs by James Brown. Instead, the band’s lyrics are lessons in how to live with the downs of love loss. Their album Half the City is composed for one kind of audience: the unrequited souls in need of more time.

Those who are hungry for catharsis don’t need to look any further. St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver with soulful fidelity. Being in pain never sounded so good. The band has struck the right chord. Their show tomorrow in Boston is already sold out.

New Found Glory @ The TLA.

October 20, 2014

nfg1-1Text by Gabi Chepurny. Images by Mina Lee.

The 5th annual Glamour Kills Tour brought some serious pop punk to the TLA last Wednesday night.

Candy Hearts drew a surprisingly large crowd for an opening band but halfway through their performance there was no wonder why so many were in attendance. The group from the New Jersey/New York area, (we assume this means they don’t want to admit to being from Jersey) played the music of every broken-hearted teenagers dreams and managed to get their audience on its feet and dancing in 20 minutes flat. Read more…

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