Tenacious D took The Mann Center on a raucous and rock filled adventure last Sunday

Jack Black harkened “this might be the greatest show you’ve ever seen”, and he wasn’t kidding, as Tenacious D tore the roof off of The Mann Center Like a fiery phoenix or whirling durvish, Tenacious D rumbled into The Mann Center this past Sunday for what Jack Black called “the greatest show they ever played”. […]

The My Chemical Romance Reunion Tour (finally) hits the Wells Fargo Center (Photos)

After nearly two years in the making, the sold out Wells Fargo Center crowd got everything they hoped for, and more.

The freaks were out in full force for Korn & Evanescence at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (Photos)

Palaye Royale’s energetic set kicked off a night filled with screaming decibels and luminous light displays KORN Evanescence Palaye Royale

Zac Brown Band Brings Southern Charm Back to Camden (Photos)

New Jersey native Robert Randolph kicked things off, receiving a raucous hometown welcome Robert Randolph Zac Brown Band

Dispatch & OAR Get Down at The Mann Center – 8/18/22 (Photos)

Philly’s own G Love provided support on a gorgeous August night G Love OAR Dispatch


Penn State easily brushes off Ohio U. in Happy Valley

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] September 10, 2022 – STATE COLLEGE, PA — The Penn State Nittany Lions kicked off their home opener in front of over 107,000 blue & white faithfuls, and crushed the visiting Ohio University Bobcats 46-10. The offensive engine was led by sixth-year Sean Clifford, and freshmen Drew Allar and Christian […]

Villanova takes care of Lehigh in season opener

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] September 2, 2022 – VILLANOVA, PA — It was a warm end-of-summer twilight match between two local teams, but the outcome was the same as over the past decade – a blowout Wildcats win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 45-17. The season and home opener brought out the Nova Nation […]

30,000 Eagles fans watch preseason practice

August 7, 2022 – Philadelphia — As they do each year, the Eagles held their public training camp practice at the Linc this weekend. Over 30,000 fans – yes 30K – attended to get their first in-person glimpse at the 2022-23 team, including several rookies and new draft picks.  It was a special night, and […]

Union dominates Houston in 6-0 rout!

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] July 30, 2022 – Chester, PA — DOOP!  In front of a packed and vocal Subaru Park crowd, the Philadelphia Union dominated the Houston Dynamo 6-0!  The Union remain undefeated at home, and the rowdy fans sure contributed to their wins. Goaltender Andre Blake was stellar, earning his 10th shutout […]

U.S. Women’s National Soccer dominates Uzbekistan 9-0

Photos and summary by Rick Pettine April 12, 2022 – Chester, PA — The U.S. Women’s National Team dominated the Uzbekistan team in an International Friendlies match at Subaru Park, home of the Philadelphia Union.   Rose Lavelle (Captain) and Catarina Macario both scored twice, and Lavelle forced an own-goal by Uzbekistan just 25 seconds into the […]

Flyers get first win without Giroux

Photos and summary by Rick Pettine March 20, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia Flyers snagged their first win without long-time captain Claude Giroux, 3-2 over the New York Islanders. Kevin Hayes (13) scored both goals, assisted by Joel Farabee (86) and Travis Konecny (11). Former first-round draft pick Owen Tippett (74) traded from Florida made his […]


Jungle Giants Interview

[ Interview by Jen Strogatz ] [ Photos by Jen Strogatz ] Independent Philly: Where does the name ‘Jungle Giants’ come from? Who thought of it? Andrew Dooris: When we were first starting up the band, we all came up with a few names; I think The Jungle Giants was Sam’s. We handn’t formally decided […]

Interview with Nathan Willett of The Cold War Kids

[Interview by David J. Miller] The Cold War Kids are in the midst of a tour that brings them to the City of Brotherly Love on Friday, January 31st, 2020 at The Fillmore. Back in November, lead singer Nathan Willett spoke with us about the new album, their live show, the challenges of adapting to […]

Interview: Yesod Williams From Pepper

Ahead of their upcoming Step to the Local Motion Tour and their show at the TLA in Philadelphia on February 15th, Pepper’s drummer Yesod Williams took some time to speak with about their new album, Local Motion, the band’s history, his favorite thing about Philly, how much pot the 3 members of Pepper can all smoke […]

Interview with Ron Pope

Independent Philly recently had the opportunity to speak with Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Ron Pope. If you haven’t heard of Ron Pope, you might recognize his music from features on shows like like NBC’s “The Voice,” CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” “90210,” and multiple seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which sent two of his albums into […]

Interview with the one-and-only Luke Spiller of The Struts

In advance of two concerts planned for December 28th (SOLD OUT) and December 29th at the Fillmore, I had the pleasure of speaking with The Struts’ lead singer, and front-man extraordinaire, Luke Spiller! {Interview and photos by Rick Pettine} Rick Pettine (IP): Hey, hello Luke – how are you? Luke Spiller: Well, I’m really, really […]

brooks Nelson from the growlers performing at Union Transfer in Philadelphia

Interview with Brooks Nielson from the Growlers

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Growlers frontman, Brooks Nielson (on their high-tech tour bus with a super chill vibe), before he had to run to soundcheck at Union Transfer. I ending up learning a lot about the band that unwittingly created the genre known today as “beach […]

Local Spotlight

The Adult Swim Festival beats the heat, provides 3 days of musical madness & mayhem

The block party took over The Fillmore Campus on Friday, doing its darnedest to make everyone forget the near 100° temperatures The Adult Swim Festival was billed as a block party bonanza that offered chart-topping artists, comedic stalwarts, and a bevy of concessions and activities. Despite the weekend scorcher, the festival delivered on all that […]

Adult Swim Festival set to make East Coast debut at The Fillmore Campus next weekend

The three day block party will showcase 15+ performances & panels across 4 venues, food trucks, beer gardens, street art & murals, and a bevy of other activities and attractions. Run The Jewels, Philly natives Tierra Whack & DJ Diamond Kuts, Dethklok, and more than a dozen other acts are gearing up for what looks […]

New Release From Mondo Cozmo

Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter (and Philly native) Josh Ostrander has announced today’s premiere of his eagerly awaited new single. “Upside Down” is available now via Last Gang Records at all DSPs and streaming services and we couldn’t be more excited. The companion video is also available TODAY on the official […]

Local Spotlight on Jared Feinman

Born and raised in the western suburbs of Philadelphia (hence the name of his independent label, West of Philly Records), singer, pianist and songsmith, Jared Feinman will be performing his original jazz infused songs – affectionately known as “murder ballads” — at The Locks in Manayunk on February 15th. Jared will be joined onstage by the fast rising trumpet player, Arnetta […]

Around Town

30,000 Eagles fans watch preseason practice

August 7, 2022 – Philadelphia — As they do each year, the Eagles held their public training camp practice at the Linc this weekend. Over 30,000 fans – yes 30K – attended to get their first in-person glimpse at the 2022-23 team, including several rookies and new draft picks.  It was a special night, and […]

Elite Concours d’Elegance Benefits Thorncroft Equestrian Center and local Boy Scouts Troups

All photos and story by Rick Pettine September 12, 2021 – Malvern, PA — Each Fall (well, not counting 2020), the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance provides automobile aficionados with a 3-day East Coast spectacle, rivaling famous West Coast shows such as Pebble Beach. Proceeds from the event benefit two Philadelphia-region non-profit organizations – Thorncroft Equestrian […]

Historic Millville Army Air Field hosts Fan-Packed Airshow

September 4, 2021 – Millville, NJ – Aviation fans packed the historic grounds of the nearby Millville Airport this Labor Day Weekend for a celebration of American history, pride, and air power. The airport was dedicated as “America’s First Defense Airport” in 1941, and in 1943, the Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery […]

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds headline Pocono Airshow

[ Story and Photos by Rick Pettine ] August 20-21, 2021 – Long Pond, PA — Pocono Raceway put on an awesome display of speed this weekend, but this time it was in the air not on the track!  The Great Pocono Raceway Airshow showcased numerous entertainers, including the incredible United States Air Force Thunderbirds, for “kids” of […]

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the docking of SS United States at Penn’s Landing. What does the future hold?

Philadelphia is the most historic city in all of America. American democracy was founded here, it was our Nation’s first capitol, and there has been no shortage of great American citizens or their innovations for hundreds of years. But not all of our city’s legacy was born here. Some moved here at a young age, […]

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