• CHVRCHES Bring the Spectacle to Franklin Music Hall

    Last Friday, December 3rd, CHVRCHES put on the biggest (or perhaps just best) post-quarantine spectacle the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has seen yet.  The Scottish synth-poppers packed Franklin Music Hall to at least capacity with a surprising mix of matured mall goths and young suburban couples,...
  • MAX’s Neon-Lit Black Friday

    Although Thanksgiving traditionally gives American youth a bit of a break from the annoyances of everyday life, the prolonged time with the family that so many of them are currently attempting to rebel against can also often call for a break from “hometown” life as well.  Fortunately, for those...
  • Ashnikko, Angst and All the Rest

    Last Wednesday it looked as though The Fillmore were hosting this year’s Dracula’s Ball: 2,500 twentysomethings donning fishnets, vinyl, knee-high platforms with enough buckles to restrain Dr. Lecter, and intentionally faded and mangled vintage band shirts that have actually probably been produced in the last calendar year…  On second...
  • Lucy Dacus, Feeling at Home at Union Transfer

    It’s hard to imagine a sold-out Union Transfer ever feeling quite as cozy as it did for Lucy Dacus’ Home Video Tour, which made the cavernous Eraserhood venue its home Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st.  Literal home videos shot by Dacus’ own dad played on a theatre-size...
  • JoJo Goes Underground… Literally…

    Although child star-turned pop icon JoJo normally enjoys the glam life, donning a full-length vinyl trench coat from the stage of the catacomb-like Underground Arts, she more closely resembled an anti-heroine straight out of the pages of a Marvel publication.  Last Tuesday, October 5th, the songstress brought her Trying...
  • Big Thief, Night Two at Union Transfer

    The last time I caught up with Brooklyn-based indie folk rockers Big Thief was in 2016, when they were opening for Nada Surf at World Café Live, so their headlining show last Saturday, October 2nd, the second of two sold out nights at the 1,300-capacity Union Transfer, was something...
  • Soccer Mommy Fills Union Transfer

    It’s well established that an indie act has officially “made it” when no one in attendance to one of their sold out shows seems to have ever attended a concert before…  This was certainly the case for Soccer Mommy’s September 18th stop at Union Transfer, which had what appeared...
  • Sleater-Kinney Take on Sheds (Live @ The Mann Center, 8/22)

    Sometimes it just takes a pandemic…  For me, it took a pandemic to give a fair shake to what I’ve been calling Sleater-Kinney 2.0.  Sure, Dig Me Out and One Beat soundtracked much of my coolest years, and I’d seen the riot grrrl, power trio numerous times at the...
  • The Return of UT, with Japanese Breakfast and PVRIS

    The 215’s official/unofficial return to live music was marked with the reopening of Union Transfer, our favorite Eraserhood haunt, mega-venue, and former family restaurant…  The grand reopening kicked off with a record five sold out nights of hometown indie pop icons, Japanese Breakfast, who drew a pandemic-capacity crowd...