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”

RFA sells out PhilaMOCA in Album Release Party

RFA sells out PhilaMOCA in Album Release Party

Last Friday, local Philadelphia rock band RFA hosted a record release show for their new album, Rfa. The four band members that make up RFA met in high school over a shared love of artists like Elvis, The Rolling Stones, and The Strokes. Flash forward six years, and the group is starting to sell out … Continue reading “RFA sells out PhilaMOCA in Album Release Party”

Sophie’s Selections: Unpacking the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ First EP

Sophie’s Selections: Unpacking the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ First EP

On the last day of the year 2000, a relatively unknown three-person rock band hailing from Brooklyn debuted a five-song EP with a picture of a girl wearing a necklace with big gold letters that spelled out “Master” on the front. It was the first recorded form of their sound that they put out for … Continue reading “Sophie’s Selections: Unpacking the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ First EP”

Live Review: Screaming Females at Union Transfer

Live Review: Screaming Females at Union Transfer

In an age when artists rely more heavily on touring as a means of financial support, sometimes live performances are about audience engagement just as much as they are about the music itself. Sometimes it takes the form of a rock star jumping into the crowd, a pop star professing a speech of love for … Continue reading “Live Review: Screaming Females at Union Transfer”

Interview with Holden Jaffe of Del Water Gap

Interview with Holden Jaffe of Del Water Gap

Del Water Gap, a Brooklyn-based project led by singer-songwriter Holden Jaffe, released a new EP in 2017 called 1(646)9432672. With a unique sound that crosses acoustic and electric, city and country, Del Water Gap continues to attract those who crave poetic lyrics backed with steady rhythms that infect the mind for days to follow. The … Continue reading “Interview with Holden Jaffe of Del Water Gap”