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Sage Francis at Philly’s Union Transfer

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Sage-Francis-band-021 Spoken word poet and hip hop performance artist, Sage Francis rolled through Philly's Union Transfer venue earlier this year as The Providence, Rhode Island native and founder of Strange Famous Records wraps up an exciting 2014. Copper Gone, a fifth studio album by Francis has seen a predominantly good reception after a four year hiatus following 2010's Li(f)e full-length. Hiphopdx hailed the record with a favorable review stating, "With a blatant honesty, he lays them bare for listeners to visualize his suffering. It’s as if he’s drowning, doesn’t want to be saved, and wants ...

Exclusive Photos: Grim Reaper in Philly

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Grim-Reaper-band-058 NWOBHM mainstays, Grim Reaper along with Ghost Of War, Crypt Sermon, and Brain Candle ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie for an eclectic mix of extreme talents bridging generations of music enthusiasts. Per usual, BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for our viewing pleasure. Grim Reaper, who originally formed in 1979, announced earlier this year that the band would record the first new material since 1987's Rock You To Hell (RCA). No official date has been set, but singer/frontman Steve Grimmett told Terrorizer.com that "We’ve written ten songs so far, the target is 15 and then we’ll record them ...

Exclusive: Agalloch, Jex Thoth, Vektor: Philly’s Underground Arts

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Agalloch-band-062 Oregon's progressive black metal unit Agalloch, along with Jex Thoth, and Philly's own Vektor made a quick pass through the Underground Arts venue earlier this year as Agalloch supports their critically acclaimed new release The Serpent and The Sphere on Profound Lore Records. Exclaim.ca hailed the record, giving it a perfect 10/10 stating, "Impossibly vast, the record engages with the very nature and fabric of the universe, both from a scientific and a spiritual sense, and especially where these two concepts meet, burrowing deep into the moments where reason fades into magic." Dark, meticulously crafted, and atmospherically potent,The Serpent & The ...

Jello Biafra and the Gitmo School Of Medicine In Philly

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Jello-Biafra-&-the-Guantanamo-School-Of-Medicine-band-060 Political punk pioneer Jello Biafra and his latest amalgamation of musicians, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, shook the walls of Philly’s Union Transfer earlier this year along with Boston hardcore legends Negative Approach and Philly’s own Mischief Brew as BTS’s photo-man extraordinaire, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the show in photos for our viewing pleasure. The Gitmo School of Medicine is Biafra’s first full-time band since the Dead Kennedys' disbandment in 1986. The punk icon has seen a prolific outpouring in recent years, releasing 3 LPs since 2009 as the ever-witty and sarcastic Biafra enters his 57th year of rabble-rousing the masses. The band’s latest, ...

Trap Them at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Trap-Them-band-063 Trap Them treated fans to series of intimate performances surrounding this Summer's Deathwish Fest, as the band supports new full-length effort, Blissfucker. The follow-up to instant classic, Darker Handcraft (2011), this second effort via Prosthetic Records is the first to feature drummer Brad Fickeisen (ex The Red Chord) and bassist Galen Baudhuin whom were also present as Blow the Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri caught them at the almost other-worldly, Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (Full picture gallery below the fold) Blissfucker is another dark venture into the minds of vocalist ...

Photos: Red Fang, Big Business, more in Philly

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Red-Fang-band-055 Red Fang, Big Business, American Sharks and Brian Candle packed Philly's Trocadero Theatre for a worthy evening filled with solid rock and metal from front to back. Headliners Red Fang are currently supporting a new LP on Relapse Records, Whales and Leeches, that has seen the band broaden its reach with fans around the globe and a respectable #66 dent into The Billboard Top 200. Red Fang will keep up a near relentless travel schedule with a full US tour kicking off in December with Opeth and In Flames. Seattle's rock heavy weights, Big Business, who are also no ...

Photos: Extinction Of Mankind at Philly’s KFN

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Extinction-Of-Mankind-band-036 English crust punk champs Extinction of Mankind ripped into Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Autarch and Plague Dogs in tow. The show played out as was to be expected, a wave of mayhem complete with stage dives, brews flying, full mooning, bodies flailing, and punctuated by the exuberant lady who whipped down her knickers and urinated right into the crowd. Jams were that good. Enjoy an exclusive batch of photos, all SFW to be sure. All photos by BTS Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) Plague Dogs Plague Dogs by Plague Dogs ...

Photos: Finland’s Hooded Menace in Philly

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Hooded-Menace-band-028 BTS’s Summer Concert Series Photos continues with Finland’s Hooded Menace as the group slayed Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue with Haethen and Decap Attack! Hooded Menace continue to support their 2012 Relapse Records debut, Effigies Of Evil, which showcases the band's unrelenting old-school death metal and doom attacks in full glory. Hooded Menace are also featured on a recent split release with Loss entitled, A View From The Rope, which Iyezine.com hailed calling Hooded Menace the "..Greatest exponents of the genre at this time.." [translated] Philly's own black metal destroyers, Haethen and thrashing metal maniacs in Decap Attack rounded out what ...

Photos: Young Widows, Helms Alee at Boot n’ Saddle

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Young-Widows-band-021 Young Widows and Helms Alee recently tag-teamed Philly's Boot & Saddle venue for an intimate showcase as both bands support current studio efforts. Louisville's post-hardcore trio Young Widows released their fourth studio effort, Easy Pain (Temporary Residence), in May which Pitchfork hailed saying, "As members of Breather Resist and Young Widows, bassist Nick Thieneman and singer and guitarist Patterson have played together for a dozen years. It’s surprising and inspiring that, even now, they’re still moving not just ahead but into their own space, too, a singular approach that feels definitively like Young Widows." ...

Photos: Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak Live at Electric Factory

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Mastodon-band-071 BTS's Summer Of Band Photos Series continues with metal juggernauts Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak, as the trio decimated Philly's Electric Factory venue with unrelenting tidal waves of crushing riffs for an ecstatic packed house. Mastodon continues to support its sixth studio full-length, Once More 'Round the Sun, released earlier this year on Reprise Records. The release has taken the band to new heights, punctuated by last week's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the band showcased song, "The Motherload". For those that didn't get a chance to catch this last leg of live shows, you'll ...

OFF! In Philly: First Unitarian Church Photos

Friday, September 19th, 2014
OFF! BTS's Summer of Band Photos Series launches with punk rock super group, OFF! featuring Keith Morris (ex Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt), Steven McDonald (Redd Cross), as the veterans stormed through Philly's legendary First Unitarian Church venue earlier in the Summer with Nasa Space Universe and Cerebral Ballzy. OFF! continues to support a new LP, Wasted Years which can be purchased at iTunes and OFF!'s official site. Stay tuned! We'll be posting scores upon scores of exclusive band photos captured through the summer of 2014 in the ...

Forecastle Festival 2014 in Photos

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_54531" align="alignnone" width="590"]Outcast - Forecastle Festival 2014 Outcast - Forecastle Festival 2014[/caption] Enjoy a new photo feature presented by guest photographer Ryan Armbrust as he recently visited the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on his home turf featuring Outcast, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jack White, Twenty One Pilots, and over 60 other acts. One of BTS's early contributors had the pleasure of talking with and featuring some Armbrust's work in 2010, so be sure to scope that if you missed it. As for the photos and performances featured below- critics have hailed the 2014 edition of the Forecastle ...

††† (Crosses) Live at TLA Philly

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
††† Crosses band Earlier this summer we caught up with, ††† (Crosses) featuring Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far bassist Shawn Lopez as the group played to a packed TLA Theater in South Philly. The newly formed ensemble released a debut full-length in November of 2013 combining two previously released EPs with new material that Sumerian Recordings wrapped in a stellar new double-LP format. Purely secular music with a fetish for Christian and witch house aesthetics, ††† (Crosses) represents some of the most engaging contributions any involved party has released in several years. Meandering between dark synth-laden pop and alternative rock this first full-length ...

Exclusive Photos: Swans, Jenny Hval at Philly’s Union Transfer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Swans band The near-legendary experimental rock outfit, Swans, recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with support by Jenny Hval for a solid gathering of rapid fans. Celebrating the May 2014 release of its 13th studio album, the epic, triple-LP, To Be Kind- Swans continue a legacy of stellar receptions by critics and fans as the band's live presence continues to garner new followers and extend a worldwide influence. DrownedInSound.com, who gave the effort a perfect 10/10, commented "To say that Swans have had a successful comeback would be the mother of all understatements..The songs are organic creations which, much like ...

Exclusive Photos: Ulcerate, Inter Arma in Philly

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Ulcerate-band-024 Ulcerate and Inter Arma shredding our South Philly neighborhood venue, Boot & Saddle, had us amped for a solid night of destruction. No disappointment to be had, we arrived just as Gholas was wrapping up a killer set as Inter Arma was set to just destroy. Inter Arma is riding a strong wave of success from their Relapse debut Sky Burial and a slew of successful live actions. Despite having to cancel most of the current tour run with Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma recently recorded a new EP. The expansive, solitary track, "The Cavern," encompasses a sprawling forty minutes ...

High On Fire, Eyehategod, Magrudergrind, COC: Baltimore Photo Special

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
High on Fire - Matt Pike Twas a wild night in Baltimore's Otto Bar as High On Fire, Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Magrudergrind set the night ablaze. BlowTheScene.com's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for your viewing pleasure. The trek from Philly coupled with Friday night traffic on 95 set us back about an hour causing us to miss Ilsa and Strong Intention- Luckily the A389 Records' shredders are both regulars on BTS, and we'll be catching up with them soon. DC/NY blast machine, Magrudergrind, ripped through a fiendish set of their patented fast and furious short tunes. This marked the debut of new ...

Photos: Cop Problem, Enabler, Occult 45, Outer Heaven in Philly

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Cop Problem Philly's own aggressive crust unit, Cop Problem recently celebrated a hometown record release with label-mates Enabler, and regional talents Outer Heaven, Occult 45, and Population Zero, presented by Joe Hardcore & Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. This Monday night show was moved last minute to The Black Box in Philly's Underground Arts venue and marked the closing dates of a Cop Problem / Enabler regional tour run to The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, with Enabler continuing down the East Coast afterwards. Cop Problem's latest EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, was released digitally at the ...

Photos: Metal Alliance Tour Philly – Behemoth, 1349, more

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Behemoth The Metal Alliance Tour 2014 descended upon Philly's TLA venue showcasing international juggernauts Behemoth and 1349 with support by Goatwhore and Inquisition as BlowTheScene was on hand to capture the events in photos for your viewing pleasure, featured below the fold. Polish metal legends in Behemoth are riding steady as momentum from band's current full-length, The Satanist, continues to draw acclaim from metal heads around the globe. Spin magazine recently named The Satanist as one of the top albums to hit streets in 2014 across all genres. Spin's Kim Kelly commenting, "The Satanist is the band's first new studio album ...

Photos: Scale The Summit, The Ocean, The Atlas Moth, more in Philly

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Scale-the-Summit-band-064 Instrumental progressive unit Scale The Summit recently launched their first tour of 2014, a co-headlining run with The Ocean featuring support by The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes. The tour included stops at South By Southwest and South By So What?! in the band's home state of Texas before winding its way through Philly's Voltage venue with special guests SADGIQACEA, where Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri joined the fray. Scale The Summit are supporting a new album, The Migration, which received much critical acclaim and managed to dent the Billboard-charts. In a 9/10 review, Blabbermouth commented, "More ...

Photos: Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, Backwoods Payback

Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Lo-Pan-band-054 Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, and Backwoods Payback lit fire to Philly's Metropolitan Room venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Headliners and Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan, entered Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York in April having recorded a forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled Colossus, the offering was mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected. Also supporting releases on Small Stone Recordings, the bill featured Dayton, OH stoner metal ...

Fight Amp, Whores, Rye Coalition: Photos KFN Philly

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Whores-band-002 Philly's Kung Fu Necktie played host to Whores, Fight Amp, and Rye Coalition recently as BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening in photos featured below the fold. Atlanta, GA’s noise rockers, Whores are supporting their latest release Clean which hit streets in October via Brutal Panda Records and it quickly sold out within a month. A second pressing of the hard-hitting noise rock behemoth is now available. A new tour supporting stoner rock trio Floor, kicks off on May 31st in Birmingham, AL and runs through June 4th in Tampa, FL. Additionally, the group has been ...