Monthly Archives: September 2011

Shows to Check out in October

Rather than name a show or two each week, I’ve decided to give you guys all my recommendations for October at once.

10/2/11  Explosions in the Sky with The Antlers at the Tower Theatre

10/8/11  James Blake at the Trocadero

10/10/11  The Rosebuds at Johnny Brenda’s

10/13/11  Thrice with O’Brother at the Electric Factory

10/19/11  Wild Flag at the Union Transfer

10/21/11 Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band at the North Star Bar

10/25/11  Cymbals Eat Guitars at the First Unitarian Church

These are all bands that I can attest to being well worth your time and interest.  If I mentioned the opening bands, it’s because they are also very good and worth checking out.   There are tons of other great shows this month hosted by r5 Productions that I haven’t listed here.

I recently saw the Rosebuds open for Bon Iver at the Tower Theatre.  They were absolutely awesome live and won me over right away, which is pretty hard to do when you’re there to see a band as intriguing and amazing as Bon Iver.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Thrice six or seven times, and can honestly say that they are one of the few bands that may actually be better live.  O’brother, Thrice’s opener, is one of the best heavy bands out there you haven’t heard of yet.  I’ve also seen Kevin Devine several times and will be attending the North Star Bar show.  Kevin Devine is an incredibly talented songwriter, and I believe he’s one of the most underrated artists around right now.   The other bands and artists I mentioned I haven’t seen live, but recommend nonetheless.


So, do you have any recommendations to add?  If you do, leave a comment.


Philly’s hippest new venue is now open for business

Union Transfer on Opening Night

Union Transfer on opening night. Credit:

R5 Productions, an independent production company in Philadelphia started by Sean Agnew, has finally opened the doors to its newest and nicest venue yet, The Union Transfer.  For the last decade, r5’s main location has been the basement of the First Unitarian Church, which made for an incredibly intimate experience between bands and concert-goers, but lacked air-conditioning and a decent sound system.  Located at 10th and Spring Garden, the Union Transfer was originally the home of a train depot station that is its namesake.  More recently the space was occupied by the now defunct Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant.  The new venue features multiple levels, including a balcony with multiple bars and a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, although the stage can be moved forward to provide a smaller atmosphere that will hold 600 people.  Since I’ve been attending concerts in Philly there has been a need for a venue like the Union Transfer, a place that falls between the large capacity of the Electric Factory and Theater of the Living Arts and the tiny capacity of bars such as Johnny Brenda’s.  The venue opened on Wednesday, September 21, with a sold-out headlining performance by the band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  Attendees say that the venue is beautiful and has a stellar sound system.  So far, the Union Transfer has quite a few shows booked for the rest of 2011, and tickets can be bought at the venue’s box office with no additional service charges or online.  Personally, I cannot wait to attend a concert at the Union Transfer, and I think it will do wonders for Philly’s music scene.

In other Philly music news, The Trocadero has cut ties with Ticketmaster for good and will now sell tickets through TicketFly, the agency that r5 uses.  This is great news for concert-goers on a budget, like myself.  I’ve often been unable to afford tickets because of Ticketmaster’s high service charges, and I generally avoid using Ticketmaster for this reason.  TicketFly features much lower service charges, and the partnership will evidently benefit the Trocadero greatly.


Hello, readers.  My name is Kate Gaschnig.  I’m a senior at Rowan University with a major in English and a minor in Journalism.  My love of writing, along with my passion for music, led me to create this blog.  Sifting Through Static is going to be a blog about live music, specifically alternative and indie rock and the various facets of it, in the Philadelphia area.  I’ll be focusing mainly on small venues and bands that aren’t that well-known.  My favorite concerts are at small independent venues, and I will be talking a lot about venues like this in Philly, specifically those connected to r5 Productions, an independent production company in Philadelphia.  I’ll be going to shows throughout the fall and blogging about them, and it just so happens these shows are in order of smallest venue to largest venue, which will provide an interesting perspective.  I’ll also be writing about new releases of bands I’ll be covering.  I plan to recommend several shows in the area each week, regardless of whether I’ll be attending them.  I’ll be taking lots of pictures and hopefully some video to post on here, and  I hope to have a few interviews with fans and bands as well.  If you want to find out about some new bands and some awesome places to see live music, keep reading.