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Show Recap: Gang Of Youths at World Cafe Live!

5 Jun

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Gang of Youths are an Australia-based band of megababes (soon moving to London) that we just can’t get enough of right now. Our writer/photographer Sarah went to their World Cafe Live show last Friday for the first stop of the band’s American Tour.

After the successful release of the band’s debut album The Positions Gang of Youths head out on a 10 city tour across the US before heading back to Australia to tour and we couldn’t be more excited that Philly was their first stop. Playing World Cafe Live (upstairs) it was the perfect, intimate venue to see a band that performs at a stadium-worthy level. Blown away by their big sound and their signature brand of rock and roll, the crowd couldn’t help but be knocked out by their musically tight performance and raw energy. With hair flying and slaying riffs, the audience left the show ready to go on tour with the band just to experience the show again! Check out photos below and don’t miss Gang Of Youths on tour!

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All photos by Sarah Elizabeth Herbert

xx Sarah

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Your New Favorite Band: Death By Unga Bunga

3 Mar
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Death By Unga Bunga put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen in recent memory at Underground Arts in Philadelphia

 

Norwegian Band Death By Unga Bunga came to Philly to play Underground Arts on a Thursday night and truly rocked us into next year. It was love at first listen when I first heard Death By Unga Bunga, so I expected the show to be good… but this was next level. The band blasted through their hits, and seeing them all sing separately, harmonize and slay on their instruments with so much raw energy they absolutely infected the crowd, was one of the best live music experiences of my life. They played with so much personality I couldn’t help but laugh at how good the show was. Sebastian Ulstad Olsen joined the crowd several times, even leaving the room while singing at one point, still sounding perfect while gone.

Like an epic house party show, the band only got better as they took shots and shotgunned beers offered from their Philly fans. The show went by so fast we thought they were kidding when they said it was their last song. The crowd collectively screamed, “Nooooo”, seriously, I’m not exaggerating. Luckily, they played an epically long version of “Wish I Didn’t Know” as their last song, including a  Jimi Hendrix-style moment covering Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” playing their guitars behind their heads. When they left the stage everyone thought the show must be over, it doesn’t get better than that. But to our surprise and jubilation, they came back out to play “Young Girls”, and ended the show by bowing together, kissing each other on the mouth and lip-syncing to the sounds of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. I couldn’t have asked for a better Thursday night and am offering myself up to go on tour with this epic band. Let me know if you need a merch girl, boys. I can happily watch that show every night of the week.

They came, they saw, they slayed, and I feel truly blessed I witnessed.

Death By Unga Bunga continue their tour in Portland on Sunday, and Seattle on Monday before heading to California. For tickets and tour information click here, you do not want to miss this band live.

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xx Cher

 

Show Review: NOTS knocked it out of the park in Philly at Everybody Hits

18 Oct
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One of our favorite Philly megababes Evan Raab checked out NOTS as they rocked one of our favorite venues-Everybody Hits-in Philly last week.

 

So you’re starting a rock band. You have your guitar, check. Bass, check. Drums, check. Microkorg, check. Wait, what? A bit unconventional maybe, but Memphis rockers Nots made it work as they delivered heavy garage punk textured by wavy synth patches to a PBR-drinking crowd at Everybody Hits on a beautiful Wednesday Fall night. Some of the tones highlighted the poppy-but-still-heavy fuzzed-out hooks and chord progressions while some helped wash out the band’s spacious white noise interludes. The driving beats maintained a high-paced tempo with the audience nodding in time under the moody lighting during the intimate performance while front woman Natalie Hoffman serenaded us all with bratty, punching vocals. One part Metz, one part Le Tigre, one part Blouse with short songs packed with lots going on, check out their new LP Cosmetic out on Goner Records.

 

Don’t miss this badass band of babes when they head to your town. NOTS play Ace of Cups tonight in Columbus, Ohio, before heading to Marble Bar in Detroit tomorrow. More tour dates below!

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NOTS TOUR:

Oct 18 Ace of Cups Columbus, OH Tickets & More
Oct 19 Marble Bar Detroit, MI Tickets & More
Oct 20 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL Tickets & More
Oct 22 Eagles Club #34 Minneapolis, MN Tickets & More
Oct 24 Off Broadway St Louis, MO Tickets & More
Nov 06 The Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, TN

 

xx Evan

Show review xx: ZZ Ward at the TLA!!!

17 Oct

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Sometimes when you are running off to wreak havoc and gallivant around Austin during ACL, you need your best friend to cover for you in Philly…especially when so many epic shows come to town in the same week. Meet Jess Babeashil. She is crazy, she is fun, she tells it like it is, and you will love her.

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As I cruised up to the entrance of the TLA, I felt this goofy smile creep up onto my face. It had been too long since I’d seen some solid live music, and ZZ Ward did not disappoint. Her voice had this amazing power to it, and once she whipped out that harmonica, I was sold. ZZ brought an energy to the crowd that had everyone’s feet stomping. I truly believe a crowd can make or break a show, and this crowd was definitely feeding off of everything that ZZ and her band were putting out. Their sound had that perfect balance of making you feel nostalgic without it coming across as dated. Even when it came to the songs I didn’t know, there was something about them that felt familiar. And then the best thing in the universe happened, she covered Missy Elliott. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Missy Elliott more than I love most of my family and ZZ killed it. If you ever get the chance to check out a ZZ Ward show, get your ass of the couch and go! ZZ Ward continues her tour tonight in Cincinnati, OH, and plays Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas, as well as Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. To check out the rest of her US tour dates before the end of the year click here!

Make sure you get ZZ Wards epic album Til The Casket Drops out now!!

xx Jess






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