• Valley: Pop and Spectacle

    I imagine than Toronto-based quartet Valley make the kind of pop that Butch Walker would love: vulgar, yet completely inoffensive.  They know how to put on a helluva party, but a party which your parents are well aware of and hope is enjoyed by all of those who attend. ...
  • Getting Lost with Washed Out

    Would you know what I meant if I said that something resembled a film adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel?  Well, last Thursday night, February 10th, Underground Arts resembled a film adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel.  The charmingly seedy basement venue, normally the home to punks,...
  • MUNA Come to the Arena (w/ Kacey Musgraves)

    Last Wednesday, 1/26, Kacey Musgraves gave the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection everything they’d been needing, an arena spectacle complete with pyro, laser lights, and a country diva commanding a mega stage in a skintight jumpsuit as she belted out anthemic breakup ballads (largely from last year’s...
  • 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...