Underground Arts

  • Starcrawler Take Over Eraserhood (Tonight at Underground Arts)

    I vividly remember five years ago, a quartet of teens looking like the supporting cast of Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine thrusting their way through a beyond-sold-out Kung Fu Necktie (and an exceptionally sweaty and crusty cast of punks there to see A Giant Dog) to take the stage of...
  • The Joy Formidable and Cuffed Up at Underground Arts

    Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable are currently finishing up their 2022 US tour for their fifth studio album, Into the Blue. Lead singer Ritzy Bryan, bassist Rhydian Dafydd, and drummer Matthew James Thomas took the stage at Underground Arts on October 27th for the fourth date of the...
  • The Joy Formidable: “We haven’t seen our gear for three years!” (10/27 at Underground Arts)

    “We have lots of happy memories of playing there!” says Ritzy Bryan when I ask for her thoughts on the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  Ritzy is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Welsh alternative rockers The Joy Formidable (alongside bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matthew James...
  • Flashing Back to 2016 with Julia Jacklin (10/11 at UT)

    This August Australian indie folk singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin released her third studio album, Pre Pleasure.  Building on the momentum of her 2016 debut, Don’t Let the Kids Win, and 2019’s Crushing, Pre Pleasure sounds to be the 8-time ARIA-nominated musician’s most intimate and unrestrained yet, and its critical acclaim...
  • Flashing Back to 2016 with Cate Le Bon (10/6 at UT)

    This February Welsh art pop singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon released her sixth studio album, Pompeii, courtesy of Mexican Summer.  NPR claimed the album and artist, “made meaning out of high-art nonsense, turning simple, quotidian things into freaky and oblique images, the stuff of heady and sensual dreams,” and The...
  • 5 Reasons to Come Say Goodbye to Girlpool Tonight at Underground Arts

    Although farewell tours are usually associated with Jurassic bands whose relevance has been lost for years, if not decades, that’s far from the case for LA indie duo Girlpool.  Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad have been making music together for just under a decade and, earlier this year, released...
  • The Afghan Whigs, A Brief and Insufficient History in 10 Songs (9/16 at Underground Arts)

    Earlier this week alternative rock legends The Afghan Whigs released a music video for their latest single, “A Line Of Shots.”  And today the Cincinnati band, on their fifth decade, release their 9th studio album, How Do You Burn?, and kick off a US headlining tour that will have...
  • Zeal & Ardor, Back in the USA (9/12 at Underground Arts)

    Last year Swiss avant-garde metal outfit Zeal & Ardor, led by Manuel Gagneux, found themselves playing North American mega-stages, opening for metal legends Mastodon and Opeth, previewing their self-titled third full-length, which dropped this February on MVKA to resounding praise from the metal community.  Kerrang! said, “For a band...
  • HEALTH’s John Famiglietti: “This is a helluva show!” (9/6 at TLA w/ Perturbator)

    “The capacity to get destroyed is insane,” says John Famiglietti, bassist and electronic specialist for noisy industrial rockers HEALTH.  He’s discussing the Psycho Las Vegas festival, where he recently found himself DJing cyberpunk and EBSM late into the night, alongside a plethora of PHILTHY’s favorite metal-ish acts, including Boris,...