City Bisco Returns In Full, Kicks Off Summer 2022

The Disco Biscuits hometown festival returned to the Mann Center, featuring its largest lineup of supporting acts since 2014 2014 was the last time I attended City Bisco, the 3rd year of The Disco Biscuits urban celebration in their collegiate home of Philadelphia.  As I was no stranger to Camp Bisco, the early days of […]

Sweet Homecoming for Rocker Nick Perri

[ Story and Photos by Rick Pettine ] July 8, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia fans and the Ardmore Music Hall welcomed their native son Nick Perri (and the Underground Thieves) back to the local live music scene for the first of 4 weekly concerts in July. So if you missed them this week, along with another […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Flyers beat Capitals with help from Giroux

Photos and summary by Rick Pettine February 26, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — Finally – the Flyers break their 6-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Claude Giroux (27) scored 1 goal and Cam Atkinson (89) contributed a goal and an assist in the victory. Carter Hart (97) also provided 27 saves to […]

Flyers drop a heartbreaker to San Jose in OT

Photos and summary by Rick Pettine January 8, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia Flyers led the San Jose Shark 2-0 early in the 3rd period, only to lose another painful match in overtime, 3-2. After a scoreless and defense-oriented first 2 periods, the Flyers went on top with 2 quick goals by James van […]

Wings take down Georgia Swarm in OT

Photos and summary by Rick Pettine January 8, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia Wings pro lacrosse fought a back and forth battle against their foe, Georgia Swarm, to win in overtime, 9-8. Scoring leaders for the Wings were Rambo (1) with 3 goals & 3 assists, McIntosh (90) with 4 goals, Crowley (21) with […]

Championship march continues as Nova defeats Holy Cross

Photos and story by Rick Pettine December 3, 2021 – Villanova, PA — Nova held off a second half charge by the Holy Cross Crusaders to win a spot in the NCAA FCS Quarterfinal Playoffs. The Wildcats dominated the first half with 2 Justin Covington (#1) touchdowns. A momentum swing occurred just before halftime when […]


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

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. The band also announced today that they are hosting a contest throughout the month of January and offering 1 months rent […]

Around Town

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, […]

Longwood Gardens reopens to the public – with an added surprise

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] July 9, 2020 (update July 13) – Kennett Square, PA — OK, let’s face it – the past few months have sucked! While being quarantined in our homes with very limited entertainment venues operating, we had to find creative ways to occupy our free time, as we painfully await live […]

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