Potty Mouth at Kung Fu Necktie
Potty Mouth are probably my favorite pop-punk band, in part because they're more punk than pop. Anyone can do pop nowadays. Being edgy and still catchy at the same time is so much harder and Potty Mouth do it so well. I'm glad they finally released that second album and I hope the third is just is good and comes out maybe like tomorrow or something.
Shilpa Ray at Everybody Hits Philadelphia
A female friend of mine says that she loves Shilpa Ray's music because "She sings like I do when I'm drunk". "I" being my friend of course, not yours truly. Also, I would add "but better" to that (sorry anonymous friend!)
Anyway, I think my friend is on to something. When you're drunk you sing as hard as you can, pushing the limits of your voice until it cracks. Even though many of Shilpa Ray's songs are on the mellow side she still sings like she is pushing right up against her limits. Is this is her artistic style or she is stressed by the intensity of emotion she is expressing? That I do not know, but I know that it really clicks with some people.
This is a short photoset because Everybody Hits is a lit up by Christmas lights, some burned out, which by itself is standard DIY venue stuff. Everybody Hits is also fairly large for a DIY venue and has a big (not raised) stage area. Between them the result is that there isn't all that much light in the venue. Unfortunately capturing light is how cameras work (and my old flash doesn't work with my new camera) so most of the photos I got were blurry or out of focus, and the ones I did get were noisy. Oh well, you do what you can.