This Temper Surpasses the Power of Two

May 27, 2010
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By Lauren Gordon

“And now for something completely different…” the husky voice of tall, thin lead singer Nick Mehalick, 25, promises the crowd at Bordz Skate Park in Southampton.

With a drum stick in one hand, the other stroking the keys of the unofficial third band member, Cynthia the Synthesizer, a bull horn by his feet and his younger, self-taught 16-year-old guitarist brother, Mike, wielding his axe like he’d been playing longer than twice his lifetime… made the promise quite delivered.

It’s not easy to compare This Temper to anything else going on in the Philly local circuit, or mainstream music either. In fact, as cliché as it sounds, there really is nothing out their quite like this band of brothers, especially in terms of a live show. The best way to describe a performance in a word is explosive. As Nick sings transcendent lyrics, he rocks his drum kit so hard the show momentarily pauses so he can place a cinderblock in front of his bass drum.

While drumming and singing he plays Cynthia simultaneously. Both artists engage the crowd as well during theirperformance, Nick making his way into the crowd to free style lyrics to their song “The Romantic” to an entranced audience as Mike wails mercilessly on his guitar. The energy poured from the stage as on lookers tucked away in corners of the skate park weasel their way out to take a closer look at the undiscovered, local musical phenomenon.

At the end of the show, a box of free CD’s are placed at the bottom of the ramp off of the stage.

It’s a mad dash to grab a treasured freebie, and within seconds demos are swiped. Currently they’re working on developing album art which both Nick and Mike have created themselves, as well as diving into a hands-on experience with their entire production process. This Temper plans to bring their lively show across the country this summer, with dates already booked from New York to Chicago.

If you want to have an experience rather than see just another show, try to follow these brothers (literally) on their nationwide tour. It will surely be something completely different.


Micciulla Plays The Tin Angel, Releases Long Awaited Debut Album

August 29, 2009
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This Friday was a celebration of sorts for Nancy Micciulla.

After more than a decade of writing music and performing everywhere and anywhere, the Philadelphia singer-songwriter released her first fully-produced, full-length album, The One to Shine, at an intimate CD release show at the Tin Angel.

Micciulla’s new album, which she spent much of the summer working on finishing, is an eleven track folk rock diary, wrought with honesty, passion, hurt and restlessness. Her hard work has paid off in a big way on a glimmering album that combines her melodic acoustic playing and sweetly enchanting vocals with doses of soulful piano and tip-toeing percussion.

Friday, Micciulla returned to the Tin Angel, the venue at which she previously outshined other local musicians at a “Songwriters in the Round” event. This time around, she had the opportunity to perform some of her new material with the company of  friends Irene Molloy and Kyle Swartzwelder, who contributed to the album.

Shine has been some 12 years in the making, but during that time, Micciulla has blossomed into an accomplished songwriter. It may be her time to be in full bloom.

Kevin Brosky

Weekend Concert Preview: August 21-23

August 21, 2009
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TGIF in Philly my friends! I’m sure it was a long week for all of you, but it is finally over. And what better way is there to celebrate then going to see some of our favorite local bands do what they do best: play!

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August 21:

The New Divide, an alternative rock band with some unique vocal work by Ray Ray Pine, are playing St. Pauls in Levittown. The show starts at 8 p.m. and for $8.00 a ticket you can see them along with these guys. Check out what’s going on the rest of this weekend after the break. (more…)

Weekend Concert Preview: August 14-16

August 14, 2009
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Happy Friday, Philadelphians! Ready to go see some shows this weekend? Well, let’s see a bit of what’s playing because you have a variety to chose from.


August 14:

A good friend of ours, Braxton Parker, is playing the Hard Rock Cafe on 12th and Market at 8 p.m. If you’re into a bit of what they call “Crunk” (what does that even mean?) on their Myspace, why not go for dinner and see a show for free? I can almost %100 guarantee it’ll be a good time. More previews after the break! (more…)

Weekend Concert Preview: July 17 to July 19

July 16, 2009
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Hello there readers! Yes, the Philanthem team is finally back and cooking with gas (a brief month in another country set us back a wee bit). So, please do keep coming back to the site for news on upcoming shows and much more! Now, let’s see what’s going on this weekend around this beautiful city.

July 17th:

The Ruining, Static Radio and Make Do And Mend are playing The Fire tonight starting around 6:00 pm. Tickets are $7.00 and you can pick them up here (or probably at the door). A good ole Jersey punk show (with some friends from Connecticut) should be a rip-roaring good time. More previews after the break. (more…)

Concert Preview (April 20-26, 2009)

April 21, 2009
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Hey Philanthem readers, here’s a look at some concerts this week:


Concert Preview (April 13-19, 2009)

April 14, 2009
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harryripHey guys and girls, how’s it going?

Today is a pretty somber day around Philadelphia, especially if you’re a sports fan. Legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away today at the age of 73.  I just wanted to send my personal condolences to the Kalas family, friends of Harry Kalas and also Phillies fans.  I know I felt like I lost someone close to me today, and I’m sure most other Phillies fans did as well. Rest in peace Harry the K. You will be missed.

Getting down to business, here’s a look at some upcoming shows this week:


Concert Preview (April 6-12, 2009)

April 6, 2009
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Hey everybody. Sorry for the delay in a post, but the Phillies got the better of me last night. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

04/07/09: Dive, with other local bands, Jaxon’s Local Shots show presented by 93.3 WMMR, Doc Watsons, Philadelphia, PA, starts at 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ to enter

Otherwise, I don’t see any other shows on our slate. Enjoy opening week of baseball if you get the chance.

Support local music!

Mike Novak

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Concert Preview (March 30-April 5, 2009)

March 30, 2009
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Hey everybody.  Here’s a look at what shows are coming up this week: (more…)

Concert Preview (March 16-22, 2009)

March 16, 2009
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Hey guys, sorry I took a spring break last week, but here’s a look at what shows are coming up this week:

03/17/09: Brian DiBiagio with Round Tower, Maggie O’Neill’s, Drexel Hill, PA, starts at 12:00 p.m.

Brian DiBiagio with Bill Monaghan & Celtic Pride, Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA, $15, starts at 7:30 p.m.

03/22/09: Spectral Empire, Bears & Bright Lights, Doppler Radar, The Moose Lodge, Doylestown, PA, $8, all ages, starts at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day everybody! Stay safe and don’t drink and drive.

Support local music!

Mike Novak

P.S. If you want your band to be listed in the concert previews, have your band add the Philanthem myspace!

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