A Reunited Anberlin Plays to a Sold Out Crowd at the TLA

It’s been over five years since Anberlin called it quits. But earlier this year the band announced a string of North American tour dates with I the Mighty as support. One of the first to sell out was Philadelphia’s TLA. The demand was so high that the band added a 2nd date to their itinerary to appease the fans.

Exclusive Interview: The Regrettes at the TLA (Ep 81)

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What better way to wrap up our live coverage for 2017 here at Neostar Media than at a live show in Philly that highlights some acts which could make waves for years to come?

Tonight’s event was a co-headlining tour between The Interrupters and SWMRS.

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Starting things off was Mt. Eddy, a pleasant rock & blues band that the younger audience members seemed to eat right up. The frontman was mostly clad in a coat and a thick hat with earmuffs and predictably drove the females wild when he removed his hat by the end of the set. They seemed to have a respectable following in this crowd of early attendees but their merch offerings indicated that they are very early on in their musical journey.

 

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The Regrettes took the stage next and increased the energy level significantly. Their debut full-length Feel Your Feelings, Fool! has really made waves and has been appearing on a number of year-end lists. As good as the record is, the live show is really where it’s at with them. Frontwoman Lydia Night (more on her later) bounced around the stage, howling into the mic and often playing guitar while the rest of the band was locked in musically. Despite their youth, they are all products of School Of Rock. If you have heard the song “Hey Now” in Dunkin Donuts commercials, that’s them.

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Next up was The Interrupters who seem to always be on the road. If there were tired or homesick, it sure didn’t show. The energy was there as always and they constantly interacted with the crowd. An added bonus for someone like me who has seen them three times within the last year and a half was the fact that they dug deep into their modest catalog. While their shows before were to celebrate ‘Say It Out Loud’, this time, they seemed to be a little more rooted in their self-titled album. They also played one of my favorite (and slightly obscure) songs of theirs “Treat The Youth Right.”

Allegedly, they have a third album recorded and it’s probably being mixed or mastered as we speak. To say that I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.

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Being a co-headlining tour, SWMRS closed out the show.  To be perfectly honest, I knew very little about them beforehand aside from their origins as Emily’s Army and the drummer being the son of Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.

With my admission of not being in the band’s target demographic out of the way, I can say that they were more energetic and louder than I expected. After the fact, I caught up with some of their songs online and the recorded output doesn’t really do justice to the live show. Most importantly, the young crowd seemed to know the words and sang along like crazy. There were copious motivational messages and speeches delivered to the audience which did slow the momentum down at times, but everyone was on board, in the crowd.

Before all of this, I had the opportunity to speak to Lydia from The Regrettes’. We talked a little about ‘Feel Your Feelings, Fool!’, how they have grown, being under the microscope and living up to expectations, and what’s next.

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Feel Your Feelings Fool! by The Regrettes is Out NOW!! [Click here to listen]

Words: JJ Ellis
Photos: Jared Lagler

Exclusive: Save Ferris Shows Off Their ‘New Sound’ at Underground Arts

 

Save Ferris’ new EP ‘Checkered Past’ is available now on Withyn Records.

 

March 2nd, 2017 – When Save Ferris hung it up in the early 2000s, the ska world lost a little something special. Sure, there were still bands from the 90s soldiering on, but this was one of the more definitive nails in the coffin of the third wave of ska.

In 2013, after a particularly invasive neck surgery and legal battle with her former bandmates, frontwoman Monique Powell resurrected Save Ferris with a new backing band. They played some shows here and there to much acclaim and after a wildly successful Pledgemusic campaign, Save Ferris released an EP called Checkered Past full of all new music.

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Transcending the Coma Tour

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9/15/16 – Transcending the Coma Tour – The Devin Townsend Project / Between the Buried and Me with Fallujah – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

Traffic and parking prevented us from witnessing opening act Fallujah’s performance. Reports seem to indicate that they put their latest release Dreamless firmly in the spotlight.

Between the Buried and Me were the second act of the evening and, as promised, played their latest album Coma Ecliptic in full. Coma Ecliptic was my favorite album of 2015, so seeing it in person was an experience that was perhaps best appreciated by those of us who had a familiarity with the concept and story. Then again, fans of progressive rock can also enjoy it as it may be the most accessible collection of songs the band has put out yet. The narrative helps to make it cohesive as a collection. Continue reading “Transcending the Coma Tour”

Gallery: The Used – 15 Year Anniversary Tour

Since exploding into the scene, The Used’s gut wrenching lyrics and melodies that blended pop sensibilities and hard rock was the perfect storm that helped shaped the alternative-rock scene for years to come.

Tuesday night marked day 1 of The Used’s 15yr Anniversary Tour. Due to high demand, the 2-day show was moved from the Trocadero theater to the Electric Factory.

Photo by: Erin Marhefka
Words by: Henry Chung

EXCLUSIVE: Coheed and Cambria INTERVIEW

The Fillmore in Philadelphia was the place to be on Saturday March 5th. Coheed and Cambria , Glassjaw, I The Mighty and Silver Snakes all came to town on a bill that could only be described as ‘huge’. As a relatively new venue, bookings like this will go a long way toward making sure everyone knows The Fillmore.

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Photo by: Henry Chung

The evening was started by catching the tail-end of the VIP experience. For the portion we caught, Claudio Sanchez (from Coheed and Cambria) came out and did a solo acoustic version of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars.” Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Coheed and Cambria INTERVIEW”

Family Force 5 – “Tour Stands Still”

Sunday, October 25th, Atlanta based party rockers Family Force 5 came to the “City of Brotherly Love” to play an intimate show at the upstairs lounge at Philadelphia’s newest venue ‘The Fillmore.‘ After a successful stint on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour,  the band has been touring heavily on their critically acclaimed fourth studio album Time Stands Still plus gearing up for the release of their remix record Time Still Stands due out November 6th. Though their stage show was a little stripped down due to the small stage, it didn’t deter the band from making the crowd get off their feet and dance.

Watch a clip of the night’s events below:

Watch Family Force 5’s “Sweep The Leg” official music off of “Time Stands Still” below:

Time Still Stands isn’t just a remix record, its more like our songs getting a re-imagined facelift”. – Fatty (Family Force 5)

Pre-order Family Force 5’s Time Still Stands remix album on iTunes HERE and original Time Stands Still HERE.

“Tour Stands Still is going to be a neon infused dance-off with our fans.” – Hollywood (Family Force 5)

“Tour Stands Still” Tour Dates:

10/16 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, Virginia
10/17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, North Carolina
10/18 – Center Stage – The Loft – Vinyl – Atlana, Georgia
10/21 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, Texas
10/22 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, Texas
10/25 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/26 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, Ohio
10/27 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, Ohio
10/28 – Deluxe At Old National Center – Indianapolis, Indiana
10/29 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, Michigan
10/30 – Exit/In – Nashville, Tennessee
11/01 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/02 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, Illinois

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Exclusive: Strung Out Interview

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On Wednesday May 6th, Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts hosted long-running punk band Strung Out as they toured behind their new album Transmission. Alpha. Delta.  In support was Red City Radio, La Armada, and Goddamnit.

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A complete review of the event is difficult because by the time we arrived at the venue, Goddamnit was finishing their set and we were whisked backstage right before La Armada began their set.  We saw all of Red City Radio and they offered up a delightfully gruff, bluesy good time in support of their self-titled album.  As enjoyable as the album is, their live show made an even bigger impression.

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RADIO 104.5 WINTER JAM 2015

So over the weekend, the local weather forecast called for early morning snow storms as ‘Winter Storm Juno’ sweeps across the North-East. As 2-3″ of snow fell upon Philadelphia overnight, we kept hearing news that a 2nd winter system was coming later in the afternoon. Good thing. Because it wouldn’t be Winter Jam without it!

Saturday was the annual Radio 104.5 Winter Jam. Instead being held at the Piazza at Schmitdt’s where’s it’s hosted many of their previous blocks parties, it took place at the Xfinity Center. Tickets (which were available FREE through various ticket raids) were required to attend. It’s a departure from years past where anyone could just walk up and attend. Continue reading “RADIO 104.5 WINTER JAM 2015”

Anberlin Bids Farewell to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’

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Earlier this year Anberlin announced that they would put out their final album Lowborn‘ [Tooth & Nail Records] and would head out for one final world tour including a stint of this past Summer’s Van’s Warped Tour. In an announcement video, they stated that they would rather end on a high note than burnout and fade away.

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The band was originally supposed to play one date in Philadelphia at the TLA on 11/15 but with the show sold out within hours, they added a second date to the city (11/11). Luckily a good friend and fellow fan managed to get us tickets to both dates and I was allowed access to capture those final moments of their time in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ together.

The first night they had Gasoline Heart open for them to lackluster fanfare.

Anberlin’s set has been mostly the same throughout the tour so not a whole lot was changed that night. Their set consisted mostly of expected fan favorites such as “Never Take Friendship Personal”, “Paperthin Hymn”, “Feel Good Drag” and “Readyfuels” with a single encore to close out the night. Fighting back tears, frontman Stephen Christian ended their set with “(*fin)” off of their album Cities.

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On their final night in Philadelphia, MxPx frontman Mike Herrera was their opening act. Doing a loose acoustic set, he was taking requests from the audience most of the night. Once again Anberlin came out to the crowd of rabid fans who were almost at the brink of tears knowing that tonight was the very last night they’d ever see their favorite band together on stage again. Their set was similar to the one a few nights ago but with a few other songs thrown into the mix plus different arrangements. Taking a brief moment to speak to the audience, Stephen shared a story about how several years back he was so excited and in the moment that he had forgotten what city he was at and said to the crowd “Thank you and good night Boston!” Some of the people in the audience were there that night it happened. He noted that ‘this year was dedicated to all of our fans. We could’ve just ended with ‘Vital’ and called it a day. Instead, we recorded a final album and went all over the world one more time because it was what the fans would’ve wanted.’

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When they finished their set, it was an almost surreal moment. We were all left with a feeling of disbelief. That was it. This was the final time we ever saw them and this was their last goodbye. It’s hard to believe that I even had the chance to see them perform backstage during my run on the Vans Warped Tour let alone get the chance to see them again half a year later. This farewell tour definitely brought some closure to the band’s long 12 year career and I look forward to whatever projects each member pursues in the future.

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Henry Chung – When Henry’s not busy updating this page and speaking in third person, he’s busy shooting and editing pictures from concerts and designing logos for bands.