Static-X regenerate as Rise of the Machine tour invades Philly

Static-X perform alongside iconic nu metal lineup Fear Factory, Mushroomhead, and Dope at the TLA [ Photos and Article by A.J. Kinney ] Recently Static-X set out on their first headlining tour in just under a decade. I saw my first glimpse of Xero, Static-X’s masked vocalist, last summer during Rob Zombie’s ‘Freaks on Parade’ […]

Weyes Blood Serenades Hometown Crowd for Two Sold Out Nights at Union Transfer

Weyes Blood performs by candlelight at Union Transfer [Article and Photos by A.J. Kinney] After several cancelations over the past few years, Weyes Blood finally made her triumphant return to Pennsylvania with two mid-week, sold out shows (Tues 2/28 and Wed 3/01) at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Molly Lewis Australia-born musician Molly Lewis was a […]

Jinjer Enter the Vortex with Colossal performance at The Fillmore

Jinjer recruit P.O.D., Vended, and Space of Variations to inspire Youth of the Nation on Fall Tour. [ Photos and Article by A.J. Kinney, special thanks Aaron Salsbury ] It’s been one year to the date since Jinjer last took the stage in Philadelphia, and much has changed during that time. In the midst of […]

Mac Sabbath Drive Thru Metal tour Pops-Up for Halloween at HMAC

Mac Sabbath perform on HMAC’s Herr Stage Halloween Weekend. [Article and Photos by A.J. Kinney] Two things you couldn’t do in Harrisburg last week; See a Black Sabbath concert, or find a McDonald’s with a working shake machine. There was no need to grimace; mix the two together and heavy metal fans got to shake […]

Father John Misty’s sultry sounds subdue The Met (9/13/22)

Suki Waterhouse provided support on a night filled with subtle lighting, moving ballads, and masterful stage presence Suki Waterhouse Father John Misty


Thunder at Dover – Martin Truex Jr takes the win

[ by Rick Pettine ] May 1, 2023 – Dover, DE — NASCAR returned to Dover Motor Speedway, a.k.a., The Monster Mile, after a rain delay forced the race to a Monday afternoon. Martin Truex Jr came out on top after 3 race stages. Another year and other rained out Sunday for the Dover drivers and fans. […]

Boston sets a season win record and hands Flyers another loss

[ by Rick Pettine ] March 25, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA — The struggling Flyers lose another game at home, 5-3, allowing the Bruins to set a new NHL record for the most regular season wins. A mass of Boston fans made their way to Philly. The Wells Fargo Center had an abnormal atmosphere, with more yellow […]

Flyers shut out the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0

[ by Rick Pettine ] March 25, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA — Flyers won their 3rd straight game and shut out the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0 at the Wells Fargo Center. Nearing the end of a very rough season, the Flyers and their fans enjoyed the sweet taste of victory! The Orange & Black defense squashed 7 […]

“Battle of the Blue” goes to Villanova

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] November 19, 2022 – Villanova, PA — It was an annual rivalry game that had it all – big plays, turnovers, hard hits, back and forth leads, senior day – punctuated by a Navy F-18 flyover! In the end, Villanova grabbed the last lead with a Connor Watkins QB run […]

Flyers drop another game to visiting Dallas Stars

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] November 13, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — Coming off a loss the day before to their ex-captain Claud Giroux’s new team, Flyers drop another match to the Dallas Stars 5-1. Scoring leaders for Dallas were Joe Pavelski (1 goal, 2 assists) and goals from Mates Blumel, Eso Lindell, Luke Glendening, […]

Ottawa Senators top Flyers as Claude Giroux returns to Philly

[ All photos and article by Rick Pettine ] November 12, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA — It was an emotional return of beloved Flyers’ ex-captain Claude Giroux. Unfortunately Giroux helped his new team, the Ottawa Senators, defeat Philadelphia 4-1 with two key assists. The Flyer’s dominated the game in most aspects, except scoring. While they played a very physical […]


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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