Concerts

Trippie Redd Love Me More Tour 2020

[ Written by Samson J. Hurwitz III & Jen Strogatz ]​[ Photos by Jen Strogatz ] On the second to last Saturday in February (leap year!), the Fillmore Philadelphia came alive as “Big 14” lit the crowd up with a thrilling sense of energy and excitement. From the back of the balcony to the heart of […]

While She Sleeps at Union Transfer

[Photos by AJ Kinney] [Review by Aaron Ruxbin] It’s just after 9:30 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and I am saddled up to the bar at Union Transfer, nursing a Hop Hands, amazed by my luck at finding the Ardmore-based Tired Hands Brewery’s exceedingly aromatic pale ale on draft at the venue. So far, […]

The Jungle Giants

[ Photos by Jen Strogatz ] [ Review by Jen Strogatz ] Let me first start off by saying that I have been playing the Jungle Giants‘ Spotify playlist everywhere I go ever since I received word that they’d be coming to Philly for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Mind you, this is a rarity […]

Rex Orange County at The Fillmore

[Photos by Michael Green Photography] [Review by Riley Green] Rex Orange County’s recent stop in Philly was certainly not one to miss! The 21-year-old artist, Alex O’Connor, put on not one, but two, energetic shows at the Fillmore on Monday, February 10th and Tuesday, February 11th. With a packed house, the sold-out show kick-started at […]

Misterwives and The Great Enough at XL Live in Harrisburg

[Article by David J. Miller] [Photos by D. Jacob Miller Photography] Misterwives will be playing a slew of U.S. shows this year but they popped their 2020 concert cherry on Friday, February 9, 2020, in front of a large crowd at XL Live in Harrisburg, PA. The show, a ‘Harrisburg University Presents’ production, kicked off […]

Sports

Sports Legends and Collectors converge at Philadelphia Sports Memorabilia Show

[ Event photos and summary by Rick Pettine ] February 28 through March 1, 2020 – Valley Forge, PA — Once again sports memorabilia collectors and professional athletes converged in Valley Forge for Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show. Established in 1975, the Philly Show is the nation’s longest running sports memorabilia show, and is recognized […]

Providence shuts down the Wildcats’ offense for 58-54 win

[ Game photos and summary by Rick Pettine ] January 29, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA, PA — It was not what Nova Nation had in mind for Fan Appreciation Day on the Sixers’ home court at the Wells Fargo Center. The Providence Friars’ defense shut down the Wildcats offense to take the low-scoring win between the Big […]

Thousands of Fans flock to the Flyers Wives Carnival

[ Photos and story by Rick Pettine ] February 23, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA — This weekend, Flyers fans came to the Wells Fargo Center not for an NHL game, but for the 43rd annual Flyers Wives Carnival. The carnival is a fantastic community event where fans of all ages have a unique opportunity to meet and play […]

Nova LAX defeats #4 Maryland

[ Photos and story by Rick Pettine ] February 18, 2020 – VILLANOVA — The Villanova mens lacrosse team pulled off the upset win over #4 Maryland in front of their home fans. In a close game throughout, this was only the second time the Wildcats beat the Terrapins in program history – the last being […]

Villanova Lacrosse falls to #3 Yale

[ Photos and story by Rick Pettine ] February 15, 2020 – VILLANOVA — Villanova Wildcats played host to the #3-ranked Yale Bulldogs on a brisk Winter day at Villanova Stadium. Nova played tough early on, battling to a 9-9 tie at half, but in the end the Bulldogs were too much for the Cats, winning […]

Wings fall short against the Georgia Swarm

[ Photos and story by Rick Pettine ] January 31, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Wings came up just short in a physical battle against the Georgia Swarm, losing 12-11. The high-flying Swarm, with scoring leaders Lyle Thompson (#4) and Shayne Jackson (#32), were too much for the Wings this round. Scoring leaders for the […]

Interviews

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 IndependentPhilly.com 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

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 […]

Local Spotlight – Valentina Sounds

Singer, songstress, pianist and guitarist, Valentina Sounds will be making her Johnny Brenda’s debut this Friday, February 14th supporting The End of America.  Born and raised in Italy, Valentina relocated to Philadelphia a decade ago to marry her now ex-husband with whom she performed in two local bands, Sparklepony and Sunshine Superman. When her marriage […]

Swift Technique in Philly with Lady Alma

Swift Technique New Release

Swift Technique Releases New Music Video & Announces Contest Swift Technique, a staple on the local Philly music scene, just released their new music video which features animated versions of some well-known Philadelphians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0alEIlA7GA0&feature=youtu.be The band also announced today that they are hosting a contest throughout the month of January and offering 1 months rent […]

Around Town

Sports Legends and Collectors converge at Philadelphia Sports Memorabilia Show

[ Event photos and summary by Rick Pettine ] February 28 through March 1, 2020 – Valley Forge, PA — Once again sports memorabilia collectors and professional athletes converged in Valley Forge for Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show. Established in 1975, the Philly Show is the nation’s longest running sports memorabilia show, and is recognized […]

Thousands of Fans flock to the Flyers Wives Carnival

[ Photos and story by Rick Pettine ] February 23, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA — This weekend, Flyers fans came to the Wells Fargo Center not for an NHL game, but for the 43rd annual Flyers Wives Carnival. The carnival is a fantastic community event where fans of all ages have a unique opportunity to meet and play […]

NamaStay, NamaGo : Music and Yoga.

[ Article by Andy Blackman Hurwitz ] The sweat is choking me. Locked into triangle pose, my arm points to the sky, causing small streams of sweat to rush down my shoulders, along my neck and then straight through my nostrils.  It’s a Hot Yoga thing. There’s really no avoiding it if you’re doing the posture […]

2020 Philadelphia Auto Show Preview

The 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center tomorrow, February 8, and runs through the 17th. Independent Philly was on site today to get a media preview of this year’s event and color us impressed.  [ Written by David J. Miller ] [ Photos by Jen Strogatz ] In 2019, the Philly […]

Then Now Next Dance Festival

The International Association of Blacks in Dance in Partnership with Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company Present: Then Now Next Dance Festival A Dance Festival Celebrating Legendary and Emerging Black Dance Companies. Featuring over 40 Dance Companies From Across the Nation. January 15 – 18, 2020 The Merriam Theater at The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus [ […]

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