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Marian Hill, Wild Ones and My Body @ North Star Bar.

August 15, 2014

MarianHill (6 of 15)Text by Chris Malo, images by Grace Dickinson.

Last night at the North Star Bar, the audience was treated to a night of songstresses.

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WIN FREE TICKETS: Commonwealth Choir, Air is Human, Shorty Boy Boy and More @ The TLA on Friday!

August 14, 2014

Bands in The Backyard is holding an-all Philly summer showcase at the TLA on Friday and we’re giving away tickets. Commonwealth Choir (above), Air is Human, Shorty Boy Boy (below), Pine barons, Weekender and Mark Lanky are scheduled to perform

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

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


The Summer Slaughter Tour @ The Troc with Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and More.

August 14, 2014

MORBID ANGEL-SUMMER SLAUGHTER 2014_jump philly_paulimburgia-7Text and images by Paul Imburgia.

The city of Philadelphia’s latest hot and juicy serving of metal came in the form of an eight-hour-long, brutality-packed, ten-band show this past Sunday – the Summer Slaughter Tour.

In comparison to 2013’s highly criticized lineup, this year’s installment catered particularly to even the most stubborn of the death metal purists. The month-long road show hosted a deep lineup consisting of death metal greats. The acts ranged from the legendary Morbid Angel (above) and the ceaselessly-brutal Dying Fetus to the respectably known bands like Decrepit Birth, The Faceless, Origin and Goatwhore to even the lesser known bands like Within The Ruins, Boreworm and Thy Art Is Murder.

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Tutlie, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Lost in Company and More @ The Caravan Music Festival Belgrade, Maine.

August 13, 2014

Caravan_080214_Photo by Jason Melcher_IMG_1829Text and images by Jason Melcher.

After a long journey, I finally stepped out of my car to stretch. It was almost 4 o’clock in the morning and the caffeine was beginning to wear off. Exhausted, I leaned back, taking in a deep breathe of fresh air, and my attention was immediately drawn to the sky. The Milky Way burned brilliantly above. The familiar and pleasant scent of a campfire wafted toward me and I could just make out the sound of laughter and the strumming of an acoustic guitar.

After driving nearly 500 miles, I had finally arrived at the Caravan Music Festival.

The festival was born six years ago in a quarry surrounded by lush forest, on the edge of the Great Pond, a massive lake in Belgrade, Maine. What started as a camping trip with some close friends eventually turned into a gathering of around two dozen bands and a few hundred people, almost all locals from Philadelphia.

This year featured live performances by S.T.O.P., Community Service, Static Mountain, Dead Tenors, Tall and Flightless, Hollander Crouse Duo, The Great Vibration, Tutlie, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Driftwood Soldier, Lightninging, Lost in Company, The Radicans, Manterial Girl, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Out of the Beardspace, Penrose, Jesus Christ Goddamnit (JCGD), The Pat Friend Five, Souldiers of Soul, and Sinking Ocean Gods.

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WIN FREE TICKETS: Smallpools @ The TLA in October!

August 12, 2014

The TLA announced this morning that LA based, indie poppers Smallpools will play the South Street venue on October 29 and we’re giving away tickets now.

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

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

Here they are last November when they played The TLA.

Kindred The Family Reunion @ Chew Playground with Jazmine Sullivan, Suzann Christine, Jaguar Wright and More.

August 12, 2014

KindredFamilyReunionKTS06Kindred The Family Soul held a family picnic at 19th and Washington and invited everyone, thanks to State Representative Jordan Harris.

And it seemed like everyone in South Philly showed up at Chew Playground, including some of Philly’s finest R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop performers.

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Huey West and the White Cheddar Boys @ Kung Fu Necktie with The Outhouse and Illian Village.

August 11, 2014

Huey and Dave MendezText and images by Jumah Chaguan.

Huey West and the White Cheddar Boys played at Kung Fu Necktie Friday in what was a three-band lineup that included The Outhouse and Illian Village. As part of the opening act, Huey West, once accustomed to busking, took a moment to reflect on the band’s recent success.

“It kinda dawned on me,” said West. “We are playing at Kung Fu and on a Friday night!”

And it was a success. West and the White Cheddar Boys played to a large crowd. This time, Rob Seitz, frontman for The Outhouse, joined the White Cheddar Boys on stage to play harmonica solos.

With Seitz as guest wingman, it was a reunion of sorts for West and Seitz. They’ve known each other since high school. West gives credit to Seitz for introducing him to the world of banjo music.

After the White Cheddar Boys set, The Outhouse took the stage.

Seitz, armed with several harmonicas and intense vocals, sounded like the perfect cross between The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Bob Dylan.

“There is a drum pulsating in everyone/There is a noise so powerful, it destroys the powerful,” sang Seitz in “Thunder.”

With lyrics about everyday truths delivered in rock ‘n’ roll and punk sounds, The Outhouse’s latest full-length will please anyone with a penchant for the gritty.

The rock beat was held together by drummer Ryan Overly, who played so well that one has to suspect whether he’s really a robot or just born with drum sticks for arms. Evan Gentry, the bass player, was equally as good.

The band – which was rounded out by drummer Ryan Overly and bass player Evan Gentry – formed while they were all students at Millersville University about eight years ago.

This gig in Philly was their last before embarking on a six-city tour through the Midwest, with stops in Chicago and Tennessee. The band is scheduled to play Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar upon their return in September.



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