Concert Preview (May 11-17, 2009)

May 11, 2009
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Hey, hello, how are ya, etc. Here’s another look at upcoming concerts for the week:

05/14/09: Soraia, Sweeney’s, Philadelphia, PA,  starts at 9:30 p.m., $3.

05/15/09: Adalie, Franklin Towne Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, starts at 6 p.m., $7.

Jealousy Curve, Innerpartysystem, Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA, starts at 6:30 p.m., $12 advance, $15 day of show.

05/16/09: Spectral Empire, Monument, Anscestor, The Rooftops, Creep Industries, Phoenixville, PA, starts at 7 p.m., $6.

Tremor, Distant Orange, Krunch Inn, Philadelphia, PA, starts at 9 p.m., Free show.

05/17/09: Brian DiBiagio with Round Tower, Rose Tree Park, Media, PA, starts at 1 p.m.

Try Angles, Western Dresses, It’s Called Karma, The Fig Cafe, Jenkintown, PA, starts at 6:30 p.m., $5.

Stellium, The Fig Cafe, Jenkintown, PA, starts at 7 p.m.

Support local music!

Mike Novak


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Concert Preview (May 4-10, 2009)

May 4, 2009
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Hello Philanthem…ites? I’ll have to work on that one. Here’s what’s coming up this week, including a few Cinco De Mayo shows: (more…)

Concert Preview (April 26-May 3, 2009)

April 30, 2009
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Sorry for the late post this week. Final projects/papers/tests have been getting the better of me this week.

Here’s a look at some shows going on this weekend:

05/01/09: Zelazowa with Heirosonic and Stonethrown, The Khyber, Philadelphia, PA, 9:00 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at the door

05/02/09: SPiN, The Armory at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA,  7:00 p.m., $8

Spectral Empire, Ninja Academy, The March Hare, The G, Zinc Pony, The Khyber, Philadelphia, PA, 9:00 p.m., $8, 21+ show

Support local music!

Mike Novak

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Singer/Songwriter Nancy Micciulla Soon to Be ‘The One to Shine’

April 23, 2009


 Photo by Celeste Giuliano.


It’s impossible not to feel the excitement in Nancy Micciulla when talking to her these days. 


With her first full-length, fully-produced LP in the finishing stages and a series of new musical opportunities opening up, the Philadelphia native has plenty of reason to be excited. She’s been plenty busy, too, tearing up the local open mic scene and performing most weekends with her cover band, Catch 22.


Micciulla (pronounced Mi-Chu-La) will release her debut album The One to Shine this spring, though it does not yet have a definite release date. Despite not having any formal record contract, she intends to promote the album on her own as best she can, through the use of online tools such as MySpace, Facebook and iLike, touring throughout the summer and by sending out press releases to Philadelphia publications. The songwriter’s new Web site, gives her listeners the opportunity to pre-order the CD and receive advance digital downloads and other souvenirs. (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:


Rivers Monroe Discusses Dreams of Stardom

April 10, 2009


Since it is towards the end of winter, it’s a surprisingly mild night in King of Prussia, which outside of the mall looks a lot like the middle of nowhere, . The two-floor home of two Rivers Monroe members would look like the home of the all-American family if not for the red sub-compact parked on the front lawn. Mike Reading, vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the power-pop quintet, opens the door revealing a slightly refined fraternity house interior and immediately offers a beer. Mike, in his home-for-the-night duds, a white hooded sweatshirt with white basketball shorts and sand-colored flip-flops, welcomes me as well as Mat Welch, on vocals and keyboard for the group, still wearing his yellow dress shirt and black slacks from his day job working in a government office. Shortly after the warm welcome, lead guitarist Matt Varga, known to Rivers Monroe as “Doc”, showed up also dressed in day job attire: a silk maroon shirt and tie with black slacks with freshly shined black dress shoes.

The two crooners and lead ax man recently hung out with me in their basement on their suede sectional couch, the 90s style (i.e. massive) flat-screen TV at a low hum and beers in hand to discuss their creative process, recent music video releases, some of their future goals and the Philadelphia scene today. Find out what they think after the break.  (more…)

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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Concert Preview (March 23-29, 2009)

March 23, 2009
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