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Show Radar - Innerout Farewell Show October 6th

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This one is for our friends down south - a show you definitely don’t want to miss! October 6th rings in the end of a tiny era for Innerout. The group is ringing out their noisy four year reign with a show in Charleston this Saturday! With the end in sight, the band has much to celebrate including their most recent 2-track EP, Sandcastles.

Go big or go home, as the kids say.

Joining them for this going away party are locals Cherry Blossom & Se’nam Palmer - big hitters down south. While the three locals are sure to bring a huge draw to this Charleston event, NY locals DRUSE, and Florida natives Gillian Carter stabilize this stack lineup.

With doors for The Purple Buffalo open up at 7:30PM, and if you’re in or around Charleston, South Carolina this is a show you definitely don’t want to miss. Check out the Facebook Event for more info about pricing - we’ve included everyone’s Bandcamp so no excuses not to yell some songs this Saturday night!

Stay tuned for more shows coming up!

Me Like Bees - Baltimore, Maryland

Photography: Mac Schibel -  Triip Up Media

Photography: Mac Schibel - Triip Up Media

On July 12th, my photographer Mac Schibel, my Mom, and myself drove down to Baltimore, Maryland. 

We had two missions: see really cool animals at the aquarium, and catch Me Like Bees - on tour with Never Shout Never and Hundred Handed. I've been following Me Like Bees for almost a year now, writing for them including press and album articles. Simply put - a band that has become a staple in my current music rotation, "Pneumonia" being one of the most important songs I've ever heard to date. Of course, The Hook covered Me Like Bee's most recent EP release, There Will Be Time - which is an awesome addition to their already beaming discography. 

But, right now we're focusing on July 12th - more specifically the Ottobar.

Me Like Bees joined Hundred Handed and Never Shout Never on their June/July tour! The tour began on June 18th, and finished up on July 21st. The July 12th show was a special one, with Ottobar only having the ability to hold maybe 100-150 guests, the show was destined to be a tiny one. We were all excited. Small shows give the special opportunity for bands to sincerely connect with fans - and Me Like Bees made sure to take that opportunity whole-heartedly. 

As the opening act, the crowd was unbelievably small. However, lead singer Luke Sheafer (Guitarist, Vocalist) as well as Peter Burton (Guitarist), Tim Cote (Backup Vocalist, Drummer), and Nick Bynum (Backup Vocalist, Bassist) made it a point to make everyone feel at home.

Photography: Mac Schibel - Triip Up Media

Photography: Mac Schibel - Triip Up Media

With most tracks coming off of There Will Be Time, Me Like Bees played tunes like "Tundraland," which kept the crowd engaged. The guys were great with the audience, mostly young girls who were maybe a bit rambunctious and rowdy, but starstruck and happy to be there in the intimate show space!

With a 45-minute set time, Me Like Bees performed better than I could've imagined! Their energy was amazingly high, they sounded fantastic - even better than through the speakers in my computer. Their music - catchy, upbeat, to be honest my Mom was super impressed with you guys.

Overall, I'm so excited I was able to catch Me Like Bees and Hundred Handed. Of course, Never Shout Never was also on this bill, but his part of the shows was so disturbingly dissapointing, I'm just glad that I had Me Like Bees and Hundred Handed to create a really awesome atmosphere for listeners - a bunch of dudes who took this small show very seriously, and it definitely paid off!

Me Like Bees: Website // Facebook // Twitter

The Fifth Down Album Release Show - Long Branch, NJ

On June 2nd, The Fifth Down celebrated the release of their most recent LP, More Than Just Your Own Kind!

And what better way to celebrate than to host a super kick-ass show at Brighton Bar, located in Long Branch, NJ. I had the awesome opportunity of experiencing the show on June 2nd, as well as sharing in the festivity and celebration that the brand new album brought to the table.

Brighton Bar is a small bar located off of a tiny strip in Long Branch. 

And if you're a jersey kid from the beach, Brighton Bar is the spot to play if you're a local band. The Fifth Down hails from Red Bank, so this was most definitely their element. Doors opened up at 7pm, and the lineup was stacked with really stellar local bands including John Sheehy Quartet, Hexdog, and Jammerz. Of course, The Fifth Down was the headliner - and the crowd was more than ready for a really chill night - each band bringing their A-game, and performances that blew me straight out of the water. 

While I have a great knowledge of the Philly local scene, I am an awful NJ native when it comes to the local scene. It always excites me to go to shows here, and I was most excited to hear what The Fifth Down had to offer - a band I've been following for the past few months, one that The Hook has featured a few times (check it out).

Imagine this: a crowd gathers, shoulder to shoulder, inside of a bar where the room is dark but the stage is red. On the left a screen playing an introduction - dial up tones, laughter. People are shuffling, and then The Fifth Down appears. 

Their stage presence is all consuming - just a fun group of guys who love to play music. Their fans just a fun group of people existing and listening and singing along to this band - and my heart was happy.

The Fifth Down sounded even more spectacular live.

The emphasis on the entirety of their mission as a band was clear and welcoming. I felt like I knew these guys, and I don't know them that well, but I'm glad that I felt that. Their music is relatable, easy to listen to, lyrics to die for. Experiencing the album release with them felt like I had been let in on a secret - even though I had heard the album, reviewed it, written about it. I stood in a crowd that knew The Fifth Down better than I did: family, friends, significant others, band mates - and even people who didn't know The Fifth Down personally, it still like we were all there in on this really important thing.

If you ever have the opportunity to see these guys play, or any of the lineup play, definitely take the opportunity to do so.

These rad dudes are hosting this show, which is going to be a really awesome time. Otherwise, check out their social media to stay updated on upcoming shows, music and the like!

The Fifth Down: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Bernie Sanders Support Show - Philadelphia, PA

Lina Xinos

Lina Xinos

Friday night is the perfect night to head out to see your local
bands play in support of politics, am I right? 

Yes, I am.

In fact, my Friday night was super stellar and filled with really awesome tunes, fantastic bands, and Bernie Sanders supporters huddled together. Picture this: A side street in North Philly - and the day was warm, but it's almost night so it's a little cold. There's a mattress outside across the street, growing flowers from it - reminds me of the floating mattresses in Harbor Park. Inside of an apartment all like the rest is a garage full of clamoring people - trickling in with cheap beer and cigarettes but smiles and the money they have to support Bernie Sanders. 

I brought my friend Lauren with me, and I was most interested in witnessing Weatherhead in person - the band I had been writing for and in contact with prior. However, I'm always up for a show that also supports local artists and musicians - and I was excited to see what Philly's local scene could bring out on this particular Friday night.

In the garage, bands played against the backdrop of a white sheet and an illuminated "Bernie" sign. The show was prompt to start - selling started at 7pm (a capped show) and the bands started playing at 7:45. 

The line-up was a great handful of local bands - ranging from electric rock to piano emo to indie alternative. It gave show-goers a really great mix of sounds to latch onto and vibe with. To open, Curtis Cooper got people excited and moody with his great variety of impressive vocal movement, then onto our personal faves, Weatherhead. Then followed by Walking Distance, Brown Rainbow, Starwood, and Line Leader. 

And each band was just as great as the last, the reverb in the walls enough to make you content and angsty and hungry for more - maybe a little cold, too.

In between the sets people gathered, huddled outside exchanging cigarettes and talking with band members about the process, about where they bought alcohol - overall, it was a great introduction to the Philly local scene.

I'm stoked to gain access into the scene, and I can't wait to see what it has in store for me.

For more info on the bands mentioned, check out their social media below!

Curtis Cooper: bandcamp
Weatherhead: bandcamp
Starwood: bandcamp
Walking Distance: bandcamp
Brown Rainbow: bandcamp
Line Leader: bandcamp

Photo Credit: Emily Famularo

Photo Credit: Emily Famularo