Superhero Ska-Punks The Aquabats throw Pool Party at Brooklyn Bowl Philly

July 12th, 2024 – If you’ve never seen The Aquabats live, you’ve never really lived. Brooklyn Bowl Philly played host to one of their most spectacular shows of the summer, as The Aquabats brought their unique blend of punk rock, ska, and Saturday morning cartoon energy to the bowling alley. The night kicked off with […]

The Last Word with Baroness at Broken Goblet Brewery

June 27th 2024 – The sultry Pennsylvania summer evening is draped over Bensalem like a humid, invisible cloak. The Broken Goblet Brewery is the chosen temple tonight, a sacred ground where sonic alchemists known as Baroness are set to transmute the mundane into the extraordinary. I arrive half-expecting an ethereal spectacle and half-ready for a […]

A Journey From the Ground Up with Frank Turner at the Fillmore Philly

June 22nd 2024 – Frank Turner delivered a powerhouse twenty five song performance at the Fillmore Philadelphia that left the audience buzzing with excitement. Known for his heartfelt lyrics and energetic stage presence, Turner captivated the crowd from the moment he stepped on stage. Photos by Keith Baker ( @avgjoe_photo ) + Article by @a.j.kinney […]

Here Comes Your Mann, Pixies and Modest Mouse Float On in Philly

June 12th, 2024 – Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, turned into a chaotic nexus of sound and sweat last night as the Pixies and Modest Mouse descended upon the Mann Center. The air was thick with anticipation or humidity (your pick) and the sweet tang of beer as I ushered my way through the […]

Singing in the Dark with Dresden Dolls at Union Transfer

June 7th 2024 – Union Transfer was a hive of anticipation friday night. The atmosphere was thick with tension among a sea of black eyeliner and eccentric attire. The Dresden Dolls were back for two nights of theatrical resurrection. The weekend was a cacophony of chaos and charisma that left the audience spellbound and gasping […]


Rangers top Flyers in an old-time hockey match

[ by Rick Pettine ] February 24, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA — Flyers lose to the Rangers, 2-1, but the first period reminded me of the Broad Street Bully days! It was a matter of time, about 3 minutes in fact, before Deslauriers dropped the gloves against the Ranger’s 6’7″ rookie Matt Rempe. Earlier in the week, […]

Sixers’ G-League Blue Coats crushed by Austin Spurs

[ by Rick Pettine ] February 10, 2024 – Wilmington, DE — The Philadelphia Seventy Sixer’s G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats were sorely missing many of their stars in a crushing 128-87 loss to Austin Spurs, the affiliate of the San Antonia Spurs. In a back to back series in which the Blue Coats beat the Spurs […]

The Wildcats continue FCS Playoff run with win over Youngstown State

[ by Rick Pettine ] December 2, 2023 – Villanova, PA — The Villanova Wildcats are one step closer to the FCS Championship game with a dominate win over the Youngstown State Penguins, 45-28. Key offensive players for Villanova were quarterback Connor Watkins (12 of 21 pass attempts, 275 yards, and 3 touchdowns) and running back Jalen […]

Flyers easily handle Columbus in 5-2 win

[ by Rick Pettine ] November 19, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA — In ex-Flyer Ivan Provorov’s first return to the Wells Fargo Center since being traded, the Flyers dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in 5-2 win. Philly started the scoring in the first period when Joel Farabee (86) scored, assisted by Ryan Poehling (25) and Cam York […]

Another Battle of the Blue win for the Wildcats

[ by Rick Pettine ] November 18, 2023 – Newark, DE — Another decisive win (35-7) for the Villanova Wildcats over the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, and the Battle of the Blue trophy stays with Nova. The game started as expected, back and forth with no shortage of penalties on both sides. But after the […]

Villanova Dominates Towson on Senior Day

[ Photos and Article by Rick Pettine ] November 11, 2023 – Villanova, PA — Dominant – that’s how Villanova handled the visiting Towson Tigers in a 33-10 blowout on a picturesque Fall day. The Wildcats took control of the game right from the start, amassing 555 total yards! Rayjuon Pringle (#19) scored on a 79-yard TD pass from […]


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

Harmony in Motion, Duffy String Band’s Spectacular Showcase at the Mummers Parade

The Duffy String Band, a renowned participant in Philadelphia’s annual Mummer’s Parade, has long been celebrated for its vibrant and entertaining performances that captivate audiences and exemplify the rich tradition of Mummers in the city. The Mummers Parade, held annually on New Year’s Day, is a cherished Philadelphia tradition dating back to the 19th century, […]

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 […]

Around Town

Death To All Tribute Show at TLA Revives the Spirit of Chuck Schuldiner

May 22nd, 2024 – As an avid listener of old-school Bay Area thrash metal, I’ve been to more shows than I can count. But let me tell you, the Death To All tribute show at the TLA in Philly last night took me right back to those glory days of the fantastic four. Photos + […]

Mannequin Pussy’s Wild Ride through Union Transfer’s Punk Paradise

May 19th 2024 – In the dimly lit cavern of Union Transfer, a raucous congregation gathered for a night that would redefine the very essence of punk rock. Mannequin Pussy, Philadelphia’s prodigal punk heroes, returned to their roots with a feverish intensity that shook the walls and rattled souls. The scene was set with an […]

Harmony in Motion, Duffy String Band’s Spectacular Showcase at the Mummers Parade

The Duffy String Band, a renowned participant in Philadelphia’s annual Mummer’s Parade, has long been celebrated for its vibrant and entertaining performances that captivate audiences and exemplify the rich tradition of Mummers in the city. The Mummers Parade, held annually on New Year’s Day, is a cherished Philadelphia tradition dating back to the 19th century, […]

Knuckle Puck and Real Friends’ Dynamic Duel at the TLA

              Theater of Living Arts, it’s been awhile. Reminiscing of my days living on south street, randomly catching a show after drinks and tots at Tattooed Moms. You’ve had some work done: new floors, a paint job, new sound, and what’s this… a Photo pit! I was delighted to see those Chandeliers still hanging in […]

An Evening of Metal Majesty with Baroness at Union Transfer

Article & Photos by Keith Baker As the pulsating heartbeat of Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene, Union Transfer found itself engulfed in a tempest of sound and energy when the mighty Baroness came to town this past week. In this hallowed space where music and mettle converge, Baroness forged an unforgettable aural odyssey that echoed through […]

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