The night began with Philly’s own Suburban Living. The four-piece had an ’80s edge with a modern shoegaze sheen. In their short stay onstage they broke strings on both guitar and bass. They play hard. Check out their sophomore album, “Almost Paradise.”
Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario have absorbed The Beatles, The Monkees and a host of ’70s rock as well to make a unique throwback in The Lemon Twigs. Their set featured lots of jumps and poppy hooks. Playing behind their new LP “Do Hollywood,” they seem destined for stardom with their aerials and time machine sounds.
The New York-based Sunflower Bean put on a tight headline set for the youthful crowd. With guitars that hint at Peter Buck and a punkish grunge taste in their lyrics and style, Julia Cumming, Nick Kivlen and Jacob Faber are a fearsome trio. Cumming’s bass and Kivlen’s guitar frequently met at the middle of the sizable stage while Faber’s drums allowed for the waves of sound to crash.