Together Pangea at Underground Arts
Together Pangea have released five albums. I don't like every song on every album but every one of them has some total bangers on it. At this point, after five albums, they can put together a set which is basically all bangers, and so they did. They are one of the few bands I know who can get the usually demure Philly crowd moshing, stagediving, and hell just moving at all. What an awesome show.
Corridor at Milkboy
My first thought upon hearing Corridor was that they were a Dream Pop band. The vocals are smooth and subtle and set a chill sort of mood. That could just be the French though (they're from Montréal) 'cause on second thought the guitars are awfully jangly. Every now and then they end a song by rocking out too. I guess they're more like a rock band, but one with some psych and shoegaze influences. You can dance to it (as people did) but you won't feel out of place if you don't.
I've been to Milkboy several times but never took any photos there. This is the downtown Philly Milkboy, not the short-lived one in College Park. A few years ago I thought the sound was good but the lighting kind of sucked. Guess they upgraded or something because the lighting is excellent now.
Protomartyr at Underground Arts
Somehow I hadn't taken any photos at Underground Arts until now. I do not know why. This place has great lighting, though getting trapped on stage left probably didn't help me any at this particular show.
Protomartyr were, as always, incredible. Joe Casey is the voice of modern paranoia, the instruments sound industrial without sounding like Industial Music, and the result is intense as hell. Once again, I'm very glad I got over my initial meh-ness regarding this band. They are awesome.
Bat Fangs at PhilaMOCA
This was kind of a weird situation for me. See, I don't expect to top the last batch of photos I took of Bat Fangs, which were at least the best photos I took in DC. *Sigh* I miss the Rock 'n Roll Hotel (RIP). Anyway, PhilaMOCA looks pretty good but it's not the RnR Hotel (protip: take advantage of the projector and bring your own colors). So instead here's something completely different: black and white, garage rock style. I think it works for them.