Photos by: Francesca Tirpak
Review by: Kathleen Kelly
Female-fronted Thin Lips set the scene with flighty, heavily riffed punk. Tonight was a huge dance party. Thin Lips showed that girl vocalists can rock along with their male counterparts. They played songs off of their most recent album, Divorce Year, including songs “Nothing Weird” and “Never Again.” Their powerful tunes pumped the crowd up for more fun punk.
Joyce Manor went up next opening with “Constant Nothing.” They kept their angry punk energy alive with the most famous songs in the midpoint of their set, pulling heart strings with “Falling In Love Again.” They featured a cover of the Murder City Devils’ “Midnight Service at the Mutter Museum” that the crowd sang with an extra ounce of enthusiasm. They closed with “Schley” and “Catalina Fight Song.”
Pennsylvania rockers Modern Baseball headlined the show, featuring many songs off Holy Ghost released in May. Excitement filled the crowd, every attendee sang his or her heart out to songs about high school and the perils of love. The band’s hit song “Your Graduation” ended the night, but members came back onstage for an encore, singing “Just Another Face.” Guitarist/vocalist Jake Ewald concluded the concert breathily with “What a lovely night it’s been, all of us here together, with live music,” and that it absolutely was.