In this life, Wesley Bunch is the creative force behind Suburban Living. Not that he thinks that is what he has always been.
“I think everybody has a past life and something embedded in them,” Bunch says. “I think that in a past life, I was a writer, like a storyteller or something.”
Text and images by Rick Kauffman.
Last Thursday night, Philly’s rock ‘n’ roll heroes vied for the best band name at The Barbary in a homecoming of sorts for CRUISR, who joined with Cold Fronts and supporting act Needle Points for a night of rock riffs, spandex and jean jackets.
Psychedelic rock outfit Needle Points brought the boogie as they opened the all-ages show glammed out with big hair, sequins and eye shadow. Guitarist Davey Chains set the tone with his skin-tight, tiger-print bodysuit. The six-piece crowded the stage and preached songs of love as singer Colin Holloway mesmerized with gyrations of the hips and a smooth finesse of the microphone. Brian Langan, meanwhile, basked in the glow of neon lights and plucked the basslines.
Philly’s Cold Fronts, currently working on their Sire Records debut, played for the crowd a couple of their new diddies as well as some old favorites. Singer/guitarist Craig Almquist punctuated the night with an Iggy Pop-esque plunge into the crowd, belting the finale amidst a sea of women.
CRUISR recently returned from supporting The 1975 at sold out shows across the county – filling venues like the Hollywood Palladium, Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Terminal 5 in NYC and many others on their 30-stop tour. Last Thursday, they filled a much more petite venue, though the energy was much the same. Andy States swooned and swept up the hearts of fans of the feminine variety who had placed themselves within arms reach for an up-close view as the band performed tracks from their recently released All Over EP as well as a few old favorites.
Afterwards, CF’s Almquist accompanied DJ-compadre Chris Coulton in bringing the hits with Space Jams for the official after-party.
Text and images by Kevin Cook.
While riding his gold colored trike across the stage – definitely not the most gangster ride, rapper YG held his drink up to the crowd for a cheers.
“I love the East Coast,” he said. “I fucking love the East Coast.”
The BestCoast Connection matched East Coast rapper A$AP Ferg (New York) and West Coast rapper YG (Compton) Saturday at the Electric Factory. The two rappers first teamed up for “Click Clack” in 2013.
They balanced out each other perfectly. While Ferg’s delivery is more aggressive and on edge, YG is more mellow and vibe-driven. Both artists used their music to share thug tales and self-examination, perfectly harmonized with catchy sounds.
YG, who performed before Ferg, joined him on stage at the end of the set with their large crew. The show lasted until 12:30am.
Philadelphia’s Tiani Victoria and Scholito opened.
Text and images by Margo Reed.
Young Rapids gave both a visually and aurally entertaining performance. Crowd favorite Cyberbully Mom Club closed out the show. During their performance, audience members found themselves jumping, dancing and banging on the low basement ceiling to show their enthusiasm for the band.
Randle Patrick McNuthin, Tim Allen Everson and Andrew Meoray also performed.
Boognish smiled upon Ardmore Music Hall on Friday as Aaron Freeman, formerly known as Gene Ween, took the stage. The near-capacity crowd welcomed him back to the area with rowdy cheering at nearly every available moment, whether it was between or during Freeman’s stripped down versions of Ween’s stoner rock classics.
He appeared to be quite comfortable on stage all night, particularly during “Chocolate Town,” off of Quebec, and La Cucaracha’s “Your Party,” when he let out a satisfied, “Oh yeah,” mid-song and the crowd sang along.
Text and images by Rick Kauffman.
On Friday night, there was a tight little house show in West Philly featuring bands from New Jersey, New York and a couple of chicks straight from Los Angeles. They packed the narrow basement at the West Philly Retirement Home, named-so for the 25-year-old yet seasoned show-throwers who call the place home.
There is going to be a ski ramp.
You could get tickets at a Ticket Raid.
You could enter this contest to score:
· Pre-show lunch with Chevy at the VIP Lounge in XFINITY Live!
· Meet & greets with festival artists
· Meet & greet with Radio 104.5 DJs
· Interview opportunity with the local opening act
· VIP access
Uhm, free VIP access?
To enter, all you have to do is share this on Twitter or Facebook, and shoot an email to us at FreeJumpStuff@gmail.com and tell us your wildest or most fun experience on your way to or from a concert. Make sure to put WILD RIDE in the subject line.
The winner will be picked next Thursday.