izzy

During the day Izzy Cihak teaches transgression, subversion, and revolution at Temple University. At night he haunts Philthy's best venues to cover worthwhile acts for Philthy Mag. Morrissey is everything to him and, in their own heads, all of his friends see themselves as Zooey Deschanel.
  • Magdalena Bay Talk Pop Music (Sat. at B&S w/ Yumi Zouma)

    In an age when it’s become okay for punks and hipsters to listen to Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus, there may not be a more unabashedly and unashamedly “pop” artist worth listening to than Magdalena Bay…  The LA-duo, comprised of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin, churn out something...
  • Squirrel Flower: “I’d tell people to come see me play live.” (Tues. at WCL)

    It’s hard to imagine a bigger change in setting than going from a DIY/BYOB batting cage in Kensington to a dinner theatre listening room on the campus of UPenn, but that just happens to be the case for folky singer/songstress Ella O’Connor Williams — better known as Squirrel Flower...
  • Audrey Mika: “My main goal as an artist is to be a mentor…” (3/3 at Voltage Lounge)

    2020 really does seem to be dominated by the young ladies so far… A few weeks ago 15-year-old Jayden Bartels provided one of the best sets we’ve seen in the year’s first quarter while opening for Echosmith, and one of our favorite releases, 5 A.M., comes courtesy of 19-year-old...
  • Roses & Revolutions, on Finding Their Brand (Tonight at MilkBoy)

    Tonight, electro-poppers Roses & Revolutions are kicking off their very first headlining tour at our very own MilkBoy and it’s, without a doubt, the thing most worth getting excited about this weekend.  Roses & Revolutions are Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt, partners (musical and otherwise) hailing from Rochester, who...
  • Meet Jayden Bartels, “Gen Z’s ultimate triple threat” (Sat. at WCL, w/ Echosmith)

    If you’re looking for some charmingly enchanting post-Valentine’s Day plans, for better or worse, this Saturday indie poppers Echosmith are bringing their Lonely Generation Tour to World Café Live.  The tour is in support of Lonely Generation, just their second album and first since their 2013 debut, Talking Dreams. ...
  • Get Angsty with Poppy, This Fri. at the TLA

    Teen angst never really goes out of style… Whether you’re a thirtysomething music critic and humanities professor; or a twentysomething singer, songwriter, model, YouTube celebrity, performance artist, and author; the teen angst aesthetic would still seem to remain the most fun and popularly appealing way to stick it to...
  • Catch Up with Metronomy, This Sat. and the TLA

    Although it has finally gotten a bit chilly and the touring season is still yet to kick into full swing, this Saturday, February 1st, Theatre of Living Arts will be hosting a great reason to come out… the return of Metronomy!  The English indietronica outfit, led by Joseph Mount...
  • Meg & Dia, Coming Soon to the Foundry: “Expect a dance party basically.”

    Although it’s been quite some time since the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection caught up with alt-poppers Meg & Dia, the sisters have been quite busy since reuniting last year, putting out two full-length LPs: Happysad (their first since 2011) and December, Darling, a holiday album that...
  • YACHT’s Claire Evans Talks #MeToo, AI, and Peeking “inside the machine.” (Tues. at JB’s)

    Although we’re not even two weeks into the year, it’s hard to be more anxiously curious about anything in music in 2020 than our favorite hyper-heady postmodern dance-punks, YACHT, being nominated for a Grammy… a twist that was more shocking than charming, but certainly both to plentiful degrees… The...