Philly’s Got “Good Medicine”

I’m beginning to learn that Philly’s actually not so bad of a place to live. We have a pretty big art scene and I’m not just talking about the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There are tons of smaller art galleries around the city that I’ve passed thousands of times without even knowing and so many new art installations. Let’s take South Street for example.

If you’re not one to venture to South St. often or are a first time visitor, upon first glance, it’s just a crowded street with an odd variety of people, where cars drive around blasting music, and the smell of Jim’s Steaks fills the air, but there may be some hidden treasures.

What you may not know, I sure didn’t, is that 4th & South St. actually begins what is known as Fabric Row. Apparently, this has been around for about 100 years and I never even knew about it, but I’m so glad I do now. Six blocks of boutiques, art supplies, restaurants, tattoo shops, and Paradigm Gallery & Studio.

Good Medicine - Alex Yanes & Dennis McNett

Dennis McNett, myself, Alex Yanes standing in front of “The Feels”

My discovery of Fabric Row came from my search for Paradigm Gallery & Studio, an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, and its open to the public. I had recently seen a story on Instagram of Alex Yanes, Miami native and super talented artist, working on some new pieces for an art exhibit that would be displayed in Philly, so I HAD to go see it.

“Good Medicine” is the name of the exhibit currently on display. It’s a unique collaboration between Alex Yanes and Dennis McNett, both known for their wooden sculptures amongst other forms of art. If you haven’t heard of either, I strongly recommend checking out their work. A mix of vibrant colors and ridiculous detail, it’s a must-see.

Dennis Mcnett's Big Mary’s Resurrection

Dennis Mcnett’s Big Mary’s Resurrection

I was lucky enough to enter the studio with both artists standing dead center of this amazing piece. Of course, I geeked out and asked for a photo (don’t mind me, look at that work!). Their styles so drastically different, but they really found a way to fit them together.

Absolutely stunning work by Dennis McNett aka Wolfbat. I must’ve stared at this for a good 30 minutes. Some of these lovely pieces were up for sale for those lucky individuals with such a budget. I will one day own an Alex Yanes!

So, if you’re in the city between now and July 21, 2018, definitely stop by and take in some of the awesomeness.

Good Medicine Paradigm Gallery + Studio

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The Best Worst Axe Throwing Competition

Ever consider axe throwing?

It had never even crossed my mind before a few months ago. A coworker had mentioned it to me and I immediately said, “That’s what I want to do for my birthday.”

Aside from laughing hysterically for a good 2 hours, I was able to get some clips of me and a few buddies attempting the sport for the first time. I also decided to put together a little spoof competition video, check it out…

Jason Richardson & Luke Holland Tour

The Jason Richardson & Luke Holland Tour is definitely one you should catch this summer.

Insane storm in Philly caused me to miss out on the first of the night, but I got there right in time for David Maxim Micic. I’d seen Jason Richardson and Stolas prior, so my anticipation laid in both natives, Plini of Austria and David Maxim Micic from Serbia. They did not disappoint. You could feel the love from David Maxim Micic on stage with his first time being in the U.S and it surely was reciprocated. Hoping to see his following grow after this tour and much more of him in the future.

Stolas is always fun to watch. Sergio (also guitarist of Sianvar) does a bang up job every time I’ve seen him. Watching this dude shred while spinning in circles on the ground is something to witness. I actually got to meet up with him after their set for a pic and some quick words. He informed me of their last minute decision to join the tour due to some van issues, but glad they got everything squared away in time.

Reign of Kindo, my first time hearing of these guys. Live they sound beautiful, lovely pipes on the vocalist, but just not my forte. Although the crowd did not agree, lots of positive feedback during their set. You can tell there’s a variety of influence from all genres for this band.

Sad to say, but in a slightly good way, Plini brought most of the crowd in at Voltage Lounge. It was a sold out show and I do believe this is where it went, seeing as how it cleared out a bit after his set. So many Plini fans, so many engaged. This wasn’t his first time in Philly, he’d been here a few months back at the Trocodero. Trying to make up for what I missed, there was no way I wasn’t seeing him this time. My only wish was that the sound quality was better. With a packed show the garage door was kept open, causing mega sound loss. All in all it was awesome to finally see Selenium Forest & Atlas played live. With serious technical issues throughout the night, many were nervous he’d would be cut short, but there was plenty of time for him to perform magic on stage.

Kinda glad it emptied out, helped me to get a much better view of Jason Richardson burning through frets. It got a little moshy during Tonga, which is always a good time. It’s so satisfying watching Jason sweep so clean. You can tell there’s lots of devotion in this dudes playing. I would have loved to see more of Luke Holland though. This kid is super talented and it would have been cool to see their stage setup facing one another. From Omni to Hoes Down, absolutely flawless. I honestly don’t think Jason Richardson gets enough credit, but credit is definitely due.

NEW RELEASE – The Contortionist drops new single, “Reimagined”

Less than a week after dropping their creepy mind boggling teaser, The Contortionist has just announced a release date for their newest album Clairvoyant, which is now available for pre-order!
We now have something to look forward to September 15th. Their first single, Reimagined is already racking up much views and feedback on YouTube.
There seems to be a mix of emotions for the new song ranging from utter excitement and anxiousness for more, but others are finding the new single just falling short.
Comments suggesting they’re moving in the direction of a much more “radio friendly” sound. Somewhat agreeing this is nothing of what we’ve heard from their previous album and definitely steps up from Exoplanet. I was personally anticipating a more Language-esque vibe for their new material, but all hope is not lost. 
Not only do we have the album to geek out for in upcoming months, but the start of them touring with headliner Between the Buried and Me with accompanying band Polyphia is going to be sick. Philly natives get the honor of being the first stop on this tour. Tickets now on sale and I’m sure we’ll see many sold out shows on this run. 
If you haven’t seen their newest video for Reimagined, check it out here.

Street Art & Poutine, Oh Canada: Instagram Worthy Sites in Montreal

Montreal Skyline from Mont Royal
Crossed another one off the list this year…Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Home of some really great eats and so much art.
Canada has been on the bucket list for a while now, it was just a toss-up between Toronto and Montreal. A few recurrent visitors spoke so highly of it, I was sold on Montreal. I have a love for architecture and historic cathedrals and this place definitely has some gems.

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“Don’t Do Math Rock Kids” – TTNG

Too bad theres no Olympic gold to be won for writing songs with crazy complex time signatures or TTNG (This Town Needs Guns) would probably be taking it home.

When You're Trying to Figure Out the Time Signatures in a Prog Song

Currently on tour to promote their new album Disappointment Island, I finally got to bear witness to the mathematical genius at The Foundry in Philadelphia this past Sunday.

On said island of disappointment was the drop of Giraffes? Giraffes! from the line-up, as they played only select shows and had just played with them in NY the night before. On the bright side, we got to experience LITE, a 4 piece instrumental band with lots of stamina and great collaboration. It was definitely something watching Jun Izawa slapping away at that bass. Very groovy vibe and worth a listen.

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Railing Collapses at Snoop – Giraffes? Giraffes!

While some 40+ people were busy collapsing before two stoners in Camden last night because of a railing incident, real music was being played in the heart of Philadelphia at the Boot & Saddle, on Broad St.

Headliners Giraffes? Giraffes!, a two piece math rock instrumental band, killed it last night, leaving none injured and minds blown. Kudos to the line up as well, Flyermile & Cavewomen for great energy and vast entertainment.

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Kickass Comeback, Thrice @ The Fillmore in Philadelphia

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After 4 years of hibernating, Thrice was able to make a comeback picking up right where they left off. This time around perfecting their sound, growing their fanbase, and topping Billboard charts with To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere.

Though kicking off their first tour since 2012 to push out their newest album, long term fans can still reminisce with their chosen setlist. Some songs including In Years to Come (off their second album, The Illusion of Safety), The Artist in the Ambulance (song titled after their first major label album), and a handful of tracks from Vheissu (their 05′ release).

Already half way through their tour, yet their performance at The Fillmore in Philadelphia was still highly spirited and one to remember. Fall tour dates have already been set, so if you haven’t seen them live, they’re definitely something to experience.

Back at it Again with the Street Art

For the second time this month I’ve gravitated towards an old coal mine [read previous] that has manifested into creative works of art.

Graffiti Pier, also known as Pier 124 and once 13339481_10153780490372833_5410413389745575982_nused for a coal mining operation, now houses the work of Philly’s great graffiti artists. There’s also a sweet view of the Delaware River at the end of the pier. Though not ideal, you’ll also find people diving into the river and fishing.

Not a great place to bring kids or dogs for that matter, unfortunately, it’s loaded with broken glass and empty spray cans, but definitely something to admire if you’re into street art and hidden gems.

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