• Get Nostalgic with Dressy Bessy and Filthy Friends, Tonight at JB’s

    Although it’s fun getting to spend several nights a week seeing great young bands just on the verge of breaking, at 34, it’s almost always most exciting to get to indulge in the nostalgia of the music that raised me… And tonight, Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a double, or...
  • Maddie Ross on ‘90s Teen Icons, Touring w/ KT Tunstall, and Making Music w/ Her GF (Tonight at WCL)

    Last Friday still-indie-enough-to-be-super-humble-and-lovely queer icon in the making Maddie Ross (dubbed “The Best DIY Rock Star You’ve Never Heard Of,” by Billboard) released her debut LP, Never Have I Ever, a collection of tunes conceived as a sort of soundtrack to a ‘90s teen rom-com, but with a queer...
  • HEALTH Bring the Noisiness to Underground Arts This Saturday, 4/27

    It’s hard to imagine that there could be a louder concert in Philadelphia this week than the show put on by drone metal legends Sunn O))) this Tuesday at Underground Arts, but I suspect electro noise rockers HEALTH are going to give them quite the run for their money...
  • KOLARS Bring Their “own sweaty wild sex storm” to B&S Tonight

    We’ve been big friends and fans of husband/wife Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown for quite a few years now, from their time as members of glam folk outfit He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, to their past several years as KOLARS, who...
  • Have a “Snappy” Evening with Carsie Blanton, Tonight at B&S

    Tonight singer/songwriter extraordinaire, sex blogger, card-game-inventor (see: “The F’ing Truth”), and former Philly resident, Carsie Blanton, returns to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection to perform for the first time in about a year.  The folky, jazzy songstress is currently wrapping up nearly two months’ worth of...
  • The Wild Reeds Would Like You To Be On Your Feet (4/9 at WCL)

    Although we have nothing against The Lone Bellow or Wild Child (we’ve actually covered them quite a bit), and Union Transfer is certainly one of our favorite places in the city, we must admit that we’re quite anxious to have indie folk poppers The Wild Reeds back at a...
  • Get to Know BAILEN, This Saturday at World Café Live

    Although we at PHILTHY MAG are big fans of family acts (HAIM, The Staves, The Paper Kites, The Hunts, The Last Bison, etc.), it’s been a while since we’ve come across a new one for whom we really fell hard… However, later this month, twins Daniel and David, and...
  • Meet Anna Pancaldi, This Friday at MilkBoy South Street, 7:45 Sharp

    At the moment it’s quite hard to keep up with the currently-under-construction MilkBoy, whose vast majority of shows are currently being relocated, if not cancelled.  However, I’m happy to say that this Friday’s show has not only not been cancelled but moved to a significantly more intimate location.  This...
  • Nina Nesbitt, Bringing the Pop to Voltage Lounge Tonight

    Unfortunately, Nina Nesbitt’s last US headlining tour was cut one night short.  The Scottish singer/songstress was all set to close out the run with a headlining show at our very own World Café Live on April 30th, which ultimately never happened… Well, tonight Nina Nesbitt is returning to the...
  • SHAED, Looking for a First Headlining Tour to Remember!

    Washington DC electro-pop trio SHAED have kinda blown up since the last time we caught up with them… The last time we chatted with the band, whose aesthetic I characterized as, “equally indebted to ‘80s New Wave and ‘90s R&B,” were currently on the road supporting Bishop Briggs in...
  • Catch Up With Julia Holter Tonight at Underground Arts

    Although it’s looking like most of Philadelphia will be shut down today to make room for a snow storm, at the moment, Julia Holter’s show at Underground Arts is still set to go on as planned… and we hope it stays that way… This is just the second night...
  • Flashing Back to 2015 with Machineheart (Saturday at Underground Arts)

    It’s been quite some time since we caught up with LA-based indie-poppers Machineheart.  We first met frontwoman Stevie Scott in October of 2015, when the band were preparing to hit the road with Smallpools and Phoebe Ryan. At the time the band, whose sound I characterized as “sass pop,”...
  • Post-Valentine’s-Day Party with Elise Davis This Friday at WCL

    There aren’t many better ways to spend February 15th than with a great, pro-tequila, Americana singer/songwriter… And, luckily for us in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, this Friday Nashville-based songstress Elise Davis will be headlining upstairs at World Café Live. Davis is currently touring behind her...
  • The Absolute, Undisputed Top 10 Greatest Bauhaus Songs… According to Izzy… (Peter Murphy 2/12 at UT)

    Although often critically overshadowed by their slightly more underplayed peers, who rely on less of the cosmetic and sonic influence of both horror cinema and glam rock, I find it quite hard to argue that Bauhaus aren’t the quintessential post-punk band of all-time… They broke and burned out in...
  • Relive the ‘90s and Aughts Tonight at MilkBoy with Jimmy Gnecco and Royston Langdon

    For those of you nostalgic for the musical glory of the ‘90s and early 2000s (And who wouldn’t be?), MilkBoy is hosting what will likely be the live event of the week tonight, with a double-headlining bill, boasting Jimmy Gnecco, singer/songwriter and mainman of gothy alt rockers OURS, alongside...
  • Arc Iris, Getting Back to The Intimate, Tonight at MilkBoy

    We’ve gotten to know Providence dream pop trio Arc Iris pretty well over the past few years.  We first fell in love with their 2016 LP, which I characterized as “A quirkily poignant postmodern electro cabaret,” and have thoroughly enjoyed several stops they’ve made in the City of Brotherly...
  • Wyland, Looking for Dance Buddies, Tonight at MilkBoy

    New Jersey’s very own Wyland are still an emerging act at the moment, but they certainly see themselves going big places.  Although the Meadowlands band has primarily played New York City in their early years, their upcoming EP was produced by noted Irish producer, Philip Magee, known for his...
  • The Ballroom Thieves: “It’ll be a high-energy show, but kind of a living room vibe.” (Friday at JB’s)

    Just about a year ago Boston-based Americana rockers The Ballroom Thieves packed an exceptionally squishy Johnny Brenda’s for an exceptionally sweaty Friday night, despite the fact that Americana mega-darlings The Lone Bellow were headlining Union Transfer just a couple neighborhoods over.  The Ballroom Thieves expressed their gratitude for the...
  • Luluc: “Expect some harmoniousness.” (Opening for J Mascis Tuesday at WCL)

    I’m sure our readers are more than grateful that J Mascis regularly brings Dinosaur Jr. through the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, and this summer we even got a chance to see his Heavy Blanket open for My Bloody Valentine at The Fillmore, but this Tuesday, 12/4,...
  • Khruangbin Returns to Another Sold Out Crowd, Friday at Union Transfer

    Houston-based, soul-meets-funk psychedelic, “world music”-inspired rockers Khruangbin are preparing to play their fourth sold out Philadelphia show this year, when they headline Union Transfer this Friday, November 30th.   The trio first sold out neighboring Eraserhood venue Underground Arts this April (The smallest show I’m guessing they’ll ever play in...
  • Catching Up with The Paper Kites (Tonight at Underground Arts)

    Australian folk-rockers The Paper Kites have been friends of ours for quite some time.  We first met them (or, more specifically, drummer Josh Bentley) back in November of 2013, when the band was wrapping up their first-ever US tour, in support of their debut LP, States.  We caught up...
  • Flashing Back to 2014 with Caroline Rose (Friday at Underground Arts)

    I’m sure readers of the site have seen that we recently flashed back to 2014 with Slothrust, back when we first met the alt rock band who was still playing house shows and DIY spaces, before going on to headline mega-venue Union Transfer and sell out numerous shows at...
  • Flashing Back to 2014 with Slothrust (Thursday at Johnny Brenda’s)

    This September some of our favorite 21st Century alternative rockers, Slothrust (whom we last spoke to in March of last year), released their fourth full-length, The Pact.  The LP has the band, who originally hailed from Boston, but have spent recent years in Brooklyn, and recently relocated to LA,...
  • Pale Waves and their sad songs you can do happy dances to (Sunday at UT)

    This Sunday, November 11th, Manchester quartet Pale Waves return to The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for the third time in the past year.  Last November we met them at our personal favorite bar, Boot & Saddle, and this April they played, let’s-just-say-not-our-favorite-place, The Foundry, and this...
  • Tyler Zarzeka Talks Drumming, Appearing with Kiiara Tuesday at the TLA

    This Tuesday Tyler Zarzeka returns to the TLA for another headlining show after only slightly more than a month, although you likely won’t see his name on the South Street marquee… Tyler Zarzeka is a session drummer who grew up in SoCal’s emo/pop punk scene.  He attended Musicians Institute...
  • BRONCHO’s Ryan Lindsey: “I keep an unfocused view on life at times. It allows me to walk straight.”

    With their latest album, Bad Behavior, Oklahoma-based indie rockers BRONCHO attempt to comment on the current cultural chaos of American life without necessarily choosing a side… or even an attitude… The album, released last month on Park the Van Records, blends the swagger of southern rock with the giddiness...
  • Mothers’ Kristine Leschper: “I’ve never been interested in making anything genre-specific”

    This September experimental rockers Mothers released Render Another Ugly Method (ANTI-Records), their first official release since songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/main-person Kristine Leschper relocated to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  The album has received praise from the likes of BrooklynVegan, NPR, and Treble Zine, who declared it, “nearly an hour-long...
  • Death Valley Girls Talk Death, Dogs, and The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection

    Although this was never intended to be part of the story, I’ve actually spent much of the past few hours live-Tweeting back and forth with LA-based punks Death Valley Girls about the 18-inning, Game 3 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox… And,...
  • Halloween Party Tonight with Guerilla Toss at Johnny Brenda’s

    New York-based, Boston-bred, outfit Guerilla Toss have always been charmingly-hard-to-pin-down genre-wise, so their amalgam of noise rock, punk rock, no wave, and even pop, being categorized most frequently as art rock really feels like the most comfortable designation.  Although the band has been around for less than a decade,...
  • Rituals of Mine Open Up The Fillmore for Garbage Tonight: “Expect a lot of emotion, a lot of hair, and no holding back.”

    I know all of my local loved-ones are beyond excited to see Garbage celebrate the 20th anniversary of Version 2.0 tonight at The Fillmore (Yeah, it’s exciting enough to warrant going to The Fillmore…), but I highly recommend getting there early to catch the opening set from Rituals of...
  • Get Acquainted with The Goon Sax, Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

    When considering an entity such as Rock’N’Roll, based almost entirely on youthful passions and transgressions, it’s worth noting that those best fit for it are, themselves, youths.  Last month Australian trio, The Goon Sax, who were (according to their latest press release) 19 at the time, released their second...
  • 5 Reasons to Get Excited About Mitski Tonight at Union Transfer

    Last Friday it was announced that indie rock singer/songstress Mitski had officially, prematurely, sold out every single date of her US tour behind her fifth and latest LP, Be The Cowboy.  That tour kicks off tonight at our very own Union Transfer, where she will return next month for...
  • Another Side of Sister Sparrow

    This past Friday, October 12th, Arleigh Kincheloe, better known as Sister Sparrow, bandleader of blues rockers Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, released her first-full-length since 2016’s The Weather Below.  The album, Gold, is Kincheloe’s first release as a mother and her first solo album.  The Dirty Birds are...
  • Tancred’s Jess Abbott Talks Philthy, Touring, and Riverdale

    As excited as we are to have Minnesota indie poppers Now, Now back on the road and with new music, we’re equally excited to see former Now, Now vocalist/guitarist Jess Abbott’s solo project, Tancred, thriving for more than half a decade now.  Tancred’s fourth full-length, Nightstand, dropped this June on...
  • Your Smith: “I want to make songs that you feel in your chest!”

    This Saturday, September 29th, Neon Gold is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a massive concert/party at the 3,500-capacity Knockdown Center in NYC.  The celebration will include live performances by Marina, The Knocks, Broods, St. Lucia, and Alex Winston (among others), in addition to DJ sets from Captain Cuts, Noah...
  • Belly Talks Doing Alt Rock in the 21st Century (This Friday at UT)

    As you all know, a lot of the ‘90s biggest and best bastions of alt rock have been reuniting in recent years… like bordering on a joke… But to those of us born in the ‘80s, simply wishing we could attend Lollapalooza back in the day, while we were actually...
  • Angel Olsen Gets Intimate, This Thursday at The Church

    Just last December singer/songwriter extraordinaire Angel Olsen graced the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection with a two-night stand at Union Transfer.  However, she’s already back and this time things are going to be a little different.  This Thursday, September 27th, Angel Olsen will be playing solo, as...
  • SYML: “people who like my music are fully comfortable talking about their feelings”

    Although SYML are yet to release a full-length LP, they are currently on quite a big tour that will have them headlining the impressively large basement of The First Unitarian Church this Friday, September 21st.  SYML is the solo project of Brian Fennell, previously best known as a member...
  • Motherhood, Introducing Themselves to Philly, Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie

    Canadian “avant-rock trio” Motherhood have apparently actually been kicking out jams for the better part of a decade.  However, they just made their way to America for the first time earlier this year, and their first time in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection will be tonight,...
  • Kate Nash Premieres New Music Video and Confirms She’s Back to Wrestling

    Earlier today our very favorite singer/songwriter, post-riot grrrl British vixen Kate Nash, released her newest music video, “Hate You,” the latest single from Yesterday Was Forever, her fourth full-length, which dropped this March.  The video, directed by Aidan Zamiri, takes on a seemingly ‘80s-inspired, hyper-camp horror aesthetic, which would...
  • ohGr, A Brief and Insufficient History in 10 Songs (Tuesday at Underground Arts)

    This Tuesday Kevin Ogilvie (also known as Nivek Ogre, Ogre, and the lead singer of Skinny Puppy), will be headlining the stage of Underground Arts as ohGr, his primary solo output (which also includes Mark Walk, who has been a member of Skinny Puppy for the past decade and...
  • Gang Gang Dance Talk Cooking, Smartphones, and Their New Album (Thurs at B&S)

    This June NY experimental outfit Gang Gang Dance released their first album in seven years.  Kazuashita (which roughly translates to “Peace Tomorrow”), is the follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Eye Contact (both brought to us by 4AD).  Although the band are best known for their improvisational techniques, Kazuashita has...
  • Get to Know Another Side of Renata Zeiguer, Tonight at B&S

    Tonight, our very favorite nearly-Center City venue, Boot & Saddle, is hosting a stellar lineup.  Opening the evening is local, post-riot grrrl rocker extraordinaire, Madalean Gauze, and headlining is ineffably quirky Chicago noise poppers, Ohmme.  However, we may be most excited (but not by a lot) for Renata Zeiguer,...
  • “Get into the mash pit!” with Wimps, Tonight at B&S

    Last month Seattle trio Wimps, hailed by The Stranger as, “Almost-catchier-than-the-Beatles,” released their third LP, Garbage People, likely the best punk album of the year.  The album, which dropped courtesy of Kill Rock Stars, resembles many of the label’s most legendary accomplishments (perhaps none more so than Bratmobile), in...
  • Sound&Shape: “Nice and loud and easy to latch onto”

    This Monday, August 13th, Sparta (led by At The Drive-In alum Jim Ward) are playing a surprisingly cozy show at Johnny Brenda’s (Sorry, it’s sold out), after taking quite the hiatus (They’ve released a couple of songs in the past year, but their last album remains Threes, released way...
  • Quiet Slang’s “Chamber pop for outsiders,” This Saturday at Underground Arts

    This Saturday, July 14th, local punk rock hero James Alex is returning to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for an extra special hometown show.  Although best known as the vocalist and guitarist for raucous rockers Beach Slang, earlier this year Alex released Everything Matters But No...
  • Now, Now: “I kind of feel like we are a new band.”

    It’s been nearly a year to the day since the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection last saw indie poppers Now, Now.  Last July the Minneapolis duo went on tour and played a super-duper-sold-out show at Boot & Saddle, after a hiatus that lasted nearly half-a-decade.  Fans lined...
  • TOMI: “I go down the rabbit hole more often than I should admit”.

    TOMI may have just released her second EP, but she has been writing and playing music for the vast majority of her life, since she was a child.  Earlier this year the Brooklyn-based songstress released What Kind Of Love on RCA Records, the follow-up to 2017’s debut EP, Used...
  • White Denim and UNI Remind a Packed JB’s of How Girls and Boys Rocked in the ‘70s

    Last Sunday a super-sold out Johnny Brenda’s was feeling extra nostalgic (for a time prior to the births of the vast majority of the capacity audience).  Headlining the evening was Austin quartet White Denim, who kicked out a two-hour, 23-song set of their extra-jammy, prog-infused, Southern Rock (the majority...
  • Another Side of Caroline Rose (Pun Intended)

    Caroline Rose has been a dear friend of ours (and mine, personally) for quite a few years now… However, for the majority of our friendship, she was known for Americana balladry and roots rocking, which normally placed her at World Café Live.  However, about a year ago I got...