The Growlers at Union Transfer

The Growlers at Union Transfer

Opening the night for the Growlers’ stop in Union Transfer this September was Surfbort, a punk foursome led by female screamer Dani Miller. Immediately amping up the crowd’s energy, their short set sent fans into a sweaty moshpit. Overflowing with anti-establishment attitudes and a shredding guitar power, Surfbort primed the stage with an aggressive excitement … Continue reading “The Growlers at Union Transfer”

Superorganism Brings their Psychedelic Pop to Union Transfer

Superorganism Brings their Psychedelic Pop to Union Transfer

I floated into the venue to find a roomful of glitter-faced people, shimmering in the soft glow of the wooden chandeliers. Feeling friendlier than usual, I engaged in stream-of-consciousness conversations that added to the buzz of random thoughts that fill the space between sets, while a projection of a purple globe spun on the backdrop … Continue reading “Superorganism Brings their Psychedelic Pop to Union Transfer”

A Preview of This Weekend’s Philly Music Fest

A Preview of This Weekend’s Philly Music Fest

The Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival will take place next weekend (September 27-30), at Johnny Brenda’s, World Café Live, and Milkboy. The annual four-day festival offers the best of local music today, from acts of all different genres and levels of fame. This year offers everything from hard punk to smooth jazz, with the headliners … Continue reading “A Preview of This Weekend’s Philly Music Fest”

The Growlers Beach Goth Tour is Coming to Philadelphia this Week

The Growlers Beach Goth Tour is Coming to Philadelphia this Week

The Los Angeles band The Growlers will be at Union Transfer this Thursday, September 20. This genre-blending group is part surf rock, garage rock, folk, country, and experimental psychedelia. But the meanderings of their sound are always anchored by lead singer Brooks Nielsen’s distinctively nasal vocals. This summer, they released their seventh album, Casual Acquaintances, … Continue reading “The Growlers Beach Goth Tour is Coming to Philadelphia this Week”

Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion

Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion

Enclosed by the four lavender-colored walls of my middle school bedroom, I put an unmarked CD in my boombox, cranked the volume, and hit play. The CD was the third of six mixes I received as my introduction to “good music” from my first hipster crush – a dude who had long hair, smoked weed, … Continue reading “Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion”

A Return to Psychedelic Power: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at Union Transfer

A Return to Psychedelic Power: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at Union Transfer

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a a ticket to the sold-out King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard show at Union Transfer last week, you messed up. This psychedelic act from Melbourne, Australia is the embodiment of epic in every sense of the word, in their music, their performance, and their being. … Continue reading “A Return to Psychedelic Power: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at Union Transfer”

Nate Baker to Play the Mermaid Inn on 6/30

Nate Baker to Play the Mermaid Inn on 6/30

On Saturday, June 30, Brooklyn-based folk artist Nate Baker will be playing a free happy hour set from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Mermaid Inn in Germantown. Growing up and going to school in Indianapolis, Baker spent time during his college years with the late singer-songwriter Jason Molina, and learning guitar from his parents’ songbooks for … Continue reading “Nate Baker to Play the Mermaid Inn on 6/30”

Cold Fronts Bring the Heat to Everybody Hits

Cold Fronts Bring the Heat to Everybody Hits

Last Thursday night, Cold Fronts made a return to their hometown for a tour stop with California-based Mt. Eddy and Australian duo Hockey Dad. Though Hockey Dad is the tour’s headliner, each band gave a performance worthy of being the main act. Playing in the middle of the lineup, Cold Fronts fed off the energy … Continue reading “Cold Fronts Bring the Heat to Everybody Hits”

Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift”

Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift”

Nestled between the Velvet Underground’s impressive debut The Velvet Underground & Nico and their eponymous third album The Velvet Underground is the comparably overlooked LP, White Light/White Heat. Running just over 40 minutes in length, this 6-track album is the last of the group’s work with John Cale, a masterful multi-instrumentalist and founding member of … Continue reading “Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift””

[Postponed] Beach Slang (Quiet Slang) to Perform on 7/14

[Postponed] Beach Slang (Quiet Slang) to Perform on 7/14

Philadelphia-based punk band Beach Slang is making a return to their hometown with a show at Underground Arts on July 14 – only this time, they’ll be coming home as Quiet Slang. The new moniker is part of front man James Alex’s project to return to the acoustic roots of their characteristically rock sound. He’s … Continue reading “[Postponed] Beach Slang (Quiet Slang) to Perform on 7/14”