There have already been enough Summer Concert Previews posted, so why not one more for all the punks, Goths, New Wavers and weirdos in the city who aren’t sure how to spend their summer besides watching episodes of Entourage (which we all know is the most important part of the summer). Everything that was previously covered won't be talked about here, no matter how excited we are for it (Wilco!!!!)
6/5- Nine Inch Nails @ Susquehanna Bank Center
After Nine Inch Nails hit the Wachovia Center last September, how could Trent Reznor and his band of not-so-merry men top the audio/visual extravaganza that was the “Lights In The Sky” tour? Well, by bringing out the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction for the first time in over a decade. Be sure to expect the unexpected from NIN seeing as Reznor is saying the band will be “going away for a while” after this tour. They’ve been pulling out all the stops every night so far, this should be no different. And oh yeah, it’s tonight!
If you haven’t seen Dillinger yet, what the hell are you waiting for? After seeing them scare the eyeliner off of the 14-year-old girls while opening for AFI in 2006, I truly believe they are one of the best live bands to ever play. Trent Reznor agrees. Catch them before they retreat to the studio to finish what’s sure to be an insane record.
What’s left to say about this band that hasn’t been said either on this site, in casual conversation or by someone you know. They’re following up one of the best records of last year with an EP on Bridge 9. “Bliss,” the only song premiered so far, will blow you away with twists and turns. This record release show also has the local heroes bringing along their friends Ceremony and Crime In Stereo. Talk about a packed show.
6/20- Taking Back Sunday @ Electric Factory
If you remember Taking Back Sunday from your high school years which you probably spent crying about girls and listening to their debut, Tell All Your Friends, chances are you’ll be at this show already. If not, immediately go out and buy their new album New Again. The title is completely literal, this is a completely new band. They sound like U2 on “Where My Mouth Is,” Thrice on “Swing” and something completely different on the album closer “Everything Must Go.” Seriously, this record is amazing. Hopefully you have tickets, cause this show is sold out.
7/1- The Church @ The Troc
"Under The Milky Way" is one of the 10 best songs of the 1980s. The band behind it and other key New Wave epics like "Reptile" will be coming to the Trocadero on the first day of July, bringing effects pedals galore with them. Added bonus, Adam Franklin, frontman of shoegaze legends Swervedriver, will be opening. I don't think there have ever been as many offset guitars in one room as there will be on July 1st.
7/2- Sonic Youth @ Electric Factory
The godfathers (and godmother) of noise are back on an indie label and are about to release their best album in years, The Eternal. You know what to expect by now, so go listen to their new record and freak out in your bedroom like you did the first time you heard Goo. “Sacred Trickster,” might be the best blast of guitar noise since the 90s.
7/19- VNV Nation @ The TLA
Unless you’ve spent time in clubs with people dressed like bats, chances are you’re not too keen on this UK EBM duo. With a new album coming out this summer, VNV will come back to Philly for the first time since they played the Trocadero in 2007 (which was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to). Put on some black clothes, buy a new pack of cloves and dance your Joy Division-tattoo-havin’ ass off.
7/27- So Many Dynamos @ Danger Danger Gallery
Somehow, I had never heard of So Many Dynamos until late last year when they opened for Horse The Band. Thankfully, I was at that show and saw the band that would reaffirm my faith in interesting, artistic music coming from new bands. I can’t think of anything witty that’s worthy of describing this band’s insane sound. They’re amazing, they’re interesting but best of all they’re fun. Their Vagrant debut The Loud Wars comes out on Tuesday so do yourself a favor and go pick it up, you won’t be sorry. If you can’t wait until July, they’ll be at the M Room on June 12th with Maps and Atlases, but I’d rather see them headline.
7/30- Obits @ Johnny Brenda’s
One of the best bands currently putting out music is the newest project from Rick Froberg of Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes, Obits. Their debut, I Blame You, sounds like they wrote and recorded it in a time machine set on 1964 but rocks throughout. Reverb soaked guitars and vocals, awesome songs and Rick Froberg, so you know it’ll be legendary.
8/7- Eagles of Death Metal/Rival Schools @ The TLA
Honestly, I could care less about the Eagles of Death Metal, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and his good friend Jesse Hughes who is perhaps the most “rock n’ roll” dude of all time. The real reason to get to this show is to see the opening act, the reunited Rival Schools. Yes, they were at the Khyber not too long ago but who cares? They’re one of the best bands of the early 00s and they broke up way too soon. Now they’re back and have a new album in the works. Go catch some new songs before anyone else does.
Back for their first Philly show since last September, the Bouncing Souls wouldn’t be satisfied just playing a normal show. Out of the four other bands playing over the two day mini-festival, only Tim Barry is consistently touring. First you have 80s hardcore legends 7 Seconds, then recently (is last year recently?) reunited local favorites None More Black and then to round it up is one of the best bands in the world, Lifetime. You read that last sentence right. 7 Seconds, None More Black and Lifetime. Can the summer be any better than these two days together? Probably not.