Asher Roth Concert Review From The Barbary In Philadelphia, PA

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(PCM) There are some nights when I absolutely adore my job, as it allows me to experience the very best of the best in every genre of music in a live atmosphere, and I experienced such a night when attending the recent Asher Roth performance at The Barbary in Philadelphia, PA.

The vibe of the show overall all took me back to my early days as a concert attendee, when me and a group of friends would crowd into a small, dimly lit bar with everyone packed together like sardines and the artist performing was able to get up close and personal with the crowd as everyone comes together to embark on the same musical journey. Sometimes it is a shame that I have to look at that as being something different now, as I truly feel this is the way that music is supposed to be experienced.

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As Asher Roth took to The Barbary’s tiny stage, all of those feelings rushed back to me and I thought to myself ‘this is real’. No outlandish stage production, no smoke and mirrors, just Roth and his band and believe me, that is all that was needed.

Roth and the band were giving the audience a taste of what’s to come by performing Roth’s upcoming new album “Retrohash” from start to finish and it was fantastic. The album is set to be self-released on April 22nd and Roth claims when speaking about the new album, ”I made music that I would want to hear, music that felt good to me. We didn’t play by any rules and that makes me proud. There shouldn’t be any rules in making music. RetroHash is a genuine expression of the artist and person I am.”

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The songs that make up “Retrohash” truly do show a different side to Roth and it is refreshing to see an artist that isn’t afraid to experiment and create an album that is a bit more out of the box than what you would normally expect. I like to be surprised and I feel that the fans like to be surprised and this surprise was definitely a pleasant one.

Thank you, Asher Roth for reminding me again why I equally love both music and my job.

See more of our photographer Ken Schuler’s images from the show below!

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Excision And Dirty Phonics Nearly Blow The Roof Off The Electric Factory…Literally!

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(PCM) I think I may have truly had a once in a lifetime experience when attending the recent Excision show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. It was the first time that I can say that I have literally felt the music. Once Excision dropped the first notes of bass, I could feel my esophagus rattle and my hair follicles felt as if they were moving by an unseen force. It was definitely one of the most intense feelings I have ever experienced while attending a show.

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Not only was it just the sound, but Excision added some of the most incredible visual elements to the show with his famous Executioner stage set up. It was mind-blowing!

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Both Excision and openers Dirty Phonics filled the room with an atmosphere of raw and unbridled energy and it was like nothing I have ever witnessed. They certainly didn’t call this tour The 150,000 Watts Tour for nothing. It was by far and away the absolute loudest show I have ever attended. Fair warning, ear plugs are a very, very good investment for this show. There were times when the music was so loud it was a bit disorienting, but that only added to the experience of literally being swept up completely in the sound. Both Excision and Dirty Phonics killed it on stage and certainly left fans with quite a memorable concert experience.

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Being the hardcore rock and metal fan that I am, it is always a fascinating experience for me to experience a show that is a bit outside the box for me personally and in the end I am always glad that I did. Attending an EDM show, which in this case happened to be Excision, is like entering a different world whose inhabitants exist primarily to love one another, dance and have a good time. They are so embracing. It reminds me very much of a modern era version of the hippie movement from the 1960′s. Instead of jam bands and folk rock it is now DJ’s and computers, parents still don’t understand it and all of the kids want to be a part of it.

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

 

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HIM Perform To A Sold-Out Crowd In Philly! Review And Photos!

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Outside the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia, tons of green clad revelers were drinking the Saturday night before St. Patrick’s Day. Inside was even more crowded as HIM and Anathema sold out the TLA.

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Anathema went on stage right on time at 8pm.  They are a progressive rock band from Liverpool, England with a similar style to some of HIM’s music, making this a good opener for this show.  The third song they played was called “Untouchable”, which they told the audience could be downloaded free off of their website (http://www.anathema.ws/).  They also played “A Simple mistake” and “Fragile Dreams”.  They played about a forty minute set; the crowed really liked them but was anxiously awaiting HIM.

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HIM is a tough band to put into a genre so they sort of invented their own, referred to as “Love-Metal”, which generally fits. Lead singer Ville Valo captivates the audience with his baritone vocals while the band flawlessly backs him up. HIM fans are really die-hard.  They dress like the band members, go to dozens of shows, and even get tattoos just like the band members have.

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The award winning band HIM from Finland entered the stage to the screams of their adoring fans.  They played crowd pleasers like “Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly” and “Right Here in My Arms” along with a couple songs from their latest album Tears on Tape, which was released nearly a year ago.  They included the title track “Tears on Tape” and “All Lips Go Blue”. This tour the band will travel through North and South America until April, making up shows that were canceled last spring due to Valo having a respiratory illness.  HIM’s fans were thrilled to see them back in Philadelphia and as usual HIM’s performance did not disappoint them.

Review and photos by: Megan C. Brooks

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