Spindrift Rocks Johnny Brenda’s

Decked out like they just stepped out of a saloon in Dodge City, L.A.’s Spindrift came to Johnny Brenda’s(1201 N. Frankford Ave.) this past Tuesday, Aug. 25, with guns a blazing.

A large projection screen dropped down to show vintage film from renowned filmmaker J.X. Williams. The footage was very eerie; aliens and monsters, screaming women and grotesque eye surgeries were among some of the images that ran behind the band.

Front man Kirpatrick Thomasnavigated a crow’s nest of patch cords and effects pedals while howling into a microphone like a hungry coyote. More six-shooter than six-string, Kirpatrick’s guitar exuded plenty of surf rock flair. The psychedelic spaghetti western sound reverberated off the walls as the band transitioned seamlessly from song to song.

Drummer Daniel Allaire, also of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, kept a steady heart beat. The arsenal of percussion weaponry included drum mallets, claves and the cabasa.

Bass player Henry Evans scored style points for rocking an ivory white double bass guitar and rhythm guitarist Dave Koenig played a mean harmonica.

It was clear that the quintet had entranced the crowd as they danced in a Charlie Brown (Peanuts) like fashion. At one point, the entire room even erupted into what sounded akin to an Indian war chant.

Spindrift definitely found their groove beneath the club’s dim and smoky disco lights. Their unique style and non-stop playing is so authentic, it makes one feel the need to empty the sand from their patent leather cowboy boots.

Last Tuesday night, there came a new band of sheriffs in town, and they took no prisoners.

You can purchase Spindrift’s latest album The Legend of God’s Gun, in stores both in the States and Europe.

You can contact Jamey Hindorff at jameyhindorff@gmail.com

Blink-182 & Friends Storm Camden

90s punk rockers Blink-182 spread their summer takeover across the Philadelphia area last Thursday, Aug. 27 via the Susquehanna Bank Centerin Camden, N.J.

Along for the ride were fellow genre chums Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and newcomers Chester French, who fell under the unknown opener curse and endured pitiful secondary staging in front of a less than interested crowd.

However, the guys of Chester French (Andrew D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey) AREknown, just not in this particular scene. CF has worked with artists from Diddy and Jay-Z to Talib Kweli and Pharrell Williams and seems to have a presence more so in the hip-hop community.

But the recently formed live version of the band may have some standing with songs like “She Loves Everybody” and “Jimmy Choos.” Unfortunately, the band’s cover of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” was lost on the majority of the crowd who lacked a certain appreciation for that 80s synthesizer sound.

Next up was Taking Back Sunday who, in a short time, managed to effectively weave through their four album deep catalog, picking and choosing between hit singles (“Make Damn Sure,” “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)”), fan favorites (“Liar (It Takes One to Know One),” “A Decade Under the Influence”) and new material from their June release, New Again(“Sink Into Me,” “Everything Must Go”).

And, if you’re wondering, Fred Mascherino replacement lead guitarist Matt Fazzi STILL rocked the house, even with a broken foot.

Singer Adam Lazzara prepped the crowd for the next band on the bill saying, “These guys have a new costume every night.”

For their performance in Camden, the Weezer dudes chose to don all-white, Nike track suits. To my surprise (and delight) the band played a ton of songs from their first self-titled album, A.K.A The Blue Albumincluding “Buddy Holly” and “My Name is Jonas.” Pulling “Surf Wax America” out of the bag was intense enough, but when it was coupled with trampolines, you can only imagine the craziness that ensued.

In addition to Pinkerton’s “The Good Life” and “Pork and Beans” from 2008’s The Red Album, singer Rivers Cuomo duped us all on a performance of The Green Album’s “Island in the Sun”(notice, there are drums playing, but no drummer).

Weezer even gave a preview of their forth-coming seventh album, Ratitude(due out Oct. 27) with the first single, (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.

The band closed with The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,”another nod to the 80s music lovers in the crowds.

The anticipation of the crowd rolled in waves from the pit to the lawn and when Blink-182 finally took to the stage, all was lost in madness. Makeshift mosh pits erupted on cue and you could barely hear the vocals of guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus over the fans, who sang each song perfectly, word for word.

The Blink dudes have a reputation for being hilarious and awesome on stage and this show was no exception. It felt more like a house party with old friends than a concert with DeLonge ripping on Hoppus and receiving back in full force what he dished out. The guys even changed the lyrics to the songs on a whim to phrases I won’t dare repeat here, so in addition to unison singing, insane laughter could be heard from the audience.

The band played hit singles such as “The Rock Show,” “Feeling This” and “Adam’s Song” as well as fan favorites “Dumpweed,” “I Miss You” and “Anthem Part Two.”

But no song could compare to drummer Travis Barker and the infamous drum solo that everyone had been talking about for weeks. There was a lot of excitement over seeing Barker back in front of his drums after the horrific 2008 plane crash in that nearly claimed his life. As for that solo, well, it just cannot be described; you have to see it to believe it.

Somehow after that solo, the crowd was able to pick their jaws up from the floor and enjoy Blink’s closers, Cheshire Cat’s “Carousel” and “Damnit” from Dude Ranch.

Sadly, only a day later, the high from Blink’s triumphant return was crushed by the news of the unfortunate death of friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein last Friday. In a cruel twist of fate, Goldstein was the only other survivor (in addition to Barker) of that same deadly plane crash last year.

During the Hartford, Conn. show the following night, the band dedicatedtheir song “Down” to their fallen friend along with a very emotional moment of silence.

Blink did not take the stage in Saratoga, N.Y. on Aug. 31 and certain dates on the remainder of the tour are due to be rescheduled: the Sept. 2 and 3 shows in Cleveland, Ohio and St. Louis, Mo. will now take place on Sept. 29 (St. Louis) and 30 (Cleveland) which requires the Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 shows in Atlanta, Ga. and Charlotte, N.C. to be moved to Oct. 6 (Charlotte) and 7 (Atlanta).

The Blink tour will run through the beginning of October, with two more local stops at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Oct. 3 with Asher Roth and New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 4 with Fall Out Boy.

You can contact Cara Donaldson at cara@campusphilly.org

The Troc Balcony: A Profile

Whether you attend numerous shows a month or just a few a year, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Trocadero Theatre in Philly’s Chinatown.

While the Troc is one of the smaller venues in the city (only compared to the huge ones), there’s another part of it that many people are even aware of.

If you’ve been to the Troc before, you probably know that there’s a balcony with seating to enjoy a show from upstairs. However, were you aware that the upstairs is also a little venue in itself?

Behind all of the seating is a small area that has its own little stage for bands to perform.

On the days a show is hosted in the Troc Balcony, a separate door just through the entrance gets you right upstairs. The floor dips down a few steps once you get to the top and the open floor provides standing room to watch.

The stage is a little higher than you would think, but anyone can easily rest their hands on it if you’re lucky enough to grab a front row spot. As usual, the height makes it easier to see from practically anywhere.

There’s also a few steps up to the snack bar (just candy and other treats are typically sold at these shows), which makes it a good place to watch a performance if you don’t want to stand on the floor.

The Troc Balcony is probably one of the smallest venues in the city and it’s a great place to see bands in a very intimate setting.

Former Taking Back Sunday guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino (The Color Fred) has performed there as well as Chiodos vocalist Craig Owens.

The Balcony also has some random and common events that go on the nights the venue isn’t being used for live performances, like Movie Mondays and Rock Bandnights.

To find out what shows are coming up, head to the Trocadero’s web siteand click on “show schedule.” Shows hosted in the Balcony will say “at the balcony” or “balcony presents.”

You can contact Ashley Campbell at campbellashb@gmail.com

Job Sectors: Green

Job Sector: Green

What it is: Philadelphia is a hotbed of young professionals and recent grads looking for entry-level positions and there are many different job sectors in this area that you can find to fit your preference. The city has promised to become a great provider of green careers and is a leader in promoting “green collar” jobs.

Why you should get involved: The benefits of going green help you and your environment immensely. Green jobs make life easier for those around you by reducing waste and emissions and helping educate those unaware of the importance of taking care of the earth. Green jobs offer multiple perks, including the satisfaction of helping the planet and getting paid for it. Still, it’s not just about the monetary benefits, but the social ones too.

During a time of economic recovery, green jobs are at the forefront of opportunity as this sector is a new and growing one. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, green jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than other jobs and are also are more likely to be union jobs.

Examples of green jobs: Deep green jobs create genuine alternatives to resource depletion — trains, bicycles, solar and passive solar energy, tree-free paper, organic fibers, compost toilets, urban agriculture, and so on. Pale green jobs reduce damage to the environment but continue it — like fuel efficient cars, low-flush toilets, and ‘clean’ coal. Jobs in both areas can be found in eco-finance, manufacturing, media, and housing, to name a few.

Get started: There are many green themed jobs in and around Philly and a great place to get started on your search is GreenJobsPhilly.com where you can sign up and find hundreds of jobs from teacher to meteorologist. The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia has recently convened the Green Economy Task Force to develop a comprehensive “green collar” job development strategy for the Philadelphia region.

Getting involved in the green job sector is beneficial for you, your wallet and the environment. Get some green while going green!

You can contact Brittany McLeod at professional@campusphilly.org

Campus Philly Mix Tape

The summer season is notorious for producing great music that will define the memories of cookouts, shore time and road trips for the rest of the year. We here at Campus Philly put our heads together and came up with 20 songs that best represented our summer this year.

Some songs have survived from the start of vacation (May for college kids) and some have been overplayed to the point of brainwashing. You will notice that a few songs did not come out in 2009, but represent some of the biggest tours of the summer. While a handful of these artists may not be known to you, one will stand out to you as a man whose songs will never be removed from the shuffle.

Best of Summer 2009

I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Best I Ever Had – Drake

Knock You Down – Keri Hilson

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

I’m in Miami – LMFAO

I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson

Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry

Day ‘N’ Nite – Kid Cudi

D.O.A. – Jay-Z

21 Guns – Green Day

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Good Girls Go Bad – Cobra Starship

Weightless – All Time Low

Spiderwebs – No Doubt

What’s My Age Again? – Blink-182

1901 – Phoenix

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Guest Pick

Fire Burning – Sean Kingston

“Yeah…we dance a lot.” — CP Staff

You can contact Cara Donaldson at cara@campusphilly.org or Brittany Sturges at brittany@campusphilly.org

MPF: Shopping

Everyone loves to shop, and in Philly, they have a variety of places where you can go to buy all kinds of things.

One reason people love to go shopping is because it’s exciting and it keeps you entertained. Another reason is because you get new things and you feel better knowing that you have something new to sport when you go out.

When you go shopping you could go by yourself, with family or with friends. Shopping sometimes relieves people from stress and all kinds of other things, such as deaths and other weird stuff.

I personally love to shop with friends because it’s better to have company and to have some people to shop with.

In Philly, you can go shopping in places like The Gallery, Franklin Mills Mall, King of Prussia Mall, Neshaminy Mall and the Aramingo Shopping Center, which are some of the places where I go shopping.

There are two methods of transportation for all of these shopping places, which is by SEPTA or a vehicle.

The Gallery is located at Ninth and Market Streets, Franklin Mills Mall is located at 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, King of Prussia is located at Route 202 at Mall Boulevard, Neshaminy Mall is located at 4200 Neshaminy Blvd., Bensalem and Aramingo Shopping Center is located near the 2000 through the 4000 block of Aramingo Ave.

Shopping is for everyone of any age, but be careful—don’t get carried away and suddenly become addicted. Just have fun and enjoy a day of shopping!

Bodyrock Boot Camp

With summer coming to an end and the warm weather eventually turning to cold, workout fiends will be moving their routines inside; having somewhere awesome to go would be plus.

Gyms are an obvious first choice. But with so many all over the city, which one is worth joining?

Former intern Brittany McLeod gave a great rundown of Philadelphia’s best gymsrecently, but there was one not included on the list that I found to be worth checking out and unique in its own way.

Bodyrock Boot Campon Lancaster Avenue is one gym that isn’t part of a chain and seems genuinely pumped to get you in shape or just keep you that way.

Just last weekend, Bodyrock partnered with Daily Grind Fitnessfor a Beach Boot Camp. The event took place in Longport, N.J. and gave participants a workout that was challenging no matter what their current fitness level.

Bodyrock also has a number of fitness programs that give you a bunch of different options to choose from.

If you’re trying to keep a focus on your weight, the weight management programwill help you get to where you want to be.

Looking for something that focuses on your core? The B2B-90 programrefers to the “back to basics” method which helped the trainers come up with this program.

If Bodyrock Boot Camp sounds like a place you’d be interested in, head over to their website and check out their pictures and videos.

There’s also information on how to sign up and contact information if you want to talk to someone directly.

It’s been family owned since 2005 and the staff seems to know what they’re doing, so why not check it out?

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org

The Best Gyms in Philly

When it comes to fitness, Philadelphia has no shortage of exercise facilities, but what are the best? In no specific order, here are Philadelphia’s best gyms.

Planet Fitness

A gym whose slogan is “The Judgment-Free Zone” means it’s a great atmosphere where you can get in shape and feel excellent. The best thing about Planet Fitnessis the amazing price.

For access to the 24-hour gym, its $10 for a membership, but for $19.99, you can upgrade to the PF Black Card and get all kinds of perks: unlimited guests, tanning, massages, half price drinks, a PF Keychain Card and a new PF Black Card shirt at sign up.

The gym itself is nice as well, with a pleasant purple and yellow scheme and a pretty amusing “Lunk Alarm” that goes off whenever anyone is caught judging or grunting while working out. There are no exercise classes, but there is a circuit training group that regularly meets.

Ironworks Fitness Clubs

If you want to find a place where you can get to know the staff and feel welcome every time you enter, Ironworksis for you.

With locations in Old City and Northern Liberties, you can break a sweat with individualized, personal programs and education on how to get fit and stay fit with certified trainers at this gym that was voted “Best of Philly 2008” by Philadelphia magazine and Citysearch’s“Best Gym of 2008-Philadelphia.”

When you begin, there is a quick review of your medical history and the staff performs a comprehensive fitness evaluation. Ironworks also provides a complimentary personal training session and from there you can move forward to develop a personal fitness plan.

There is also tanning (at their Northern Liberties location) and classes available (Pilates, running, Yoga, boot camp, etc.).

For a month-to-month membership, it’s $49/month with a $99 initial fee, but for students/couples its $44/month per person and an $82 processing fee.

Philadelphia Sports Club

With locations all around the Philadelphia area, Philadelphia Sports Cluboffers an extensive amount of fitness opportunities. From exercise classes to laundry service, this club’s got it all.

PSC offers all different kinds of ways to exercise including basketball leagues and organized classes that are a sure way to get you in shape. They’ve got everything you’d expect of a gym, and much more.

For a small fee, you can drop off your workout clothes at PSC’s laundry service and have them ready for you the next time you come to workout. There’s even a babysitting service for children 3 months to 10 years old!

With a pool, sauna and three studios that offer cycling, Yoga, Pilates and other hardcore conditioning programs, you’ll be sure to find your perfect match at PSC.

Philadelphia Sports Clubs are located in Ardmore, Highpoint and Radnor; in Center City, you can find a PSC on Market St., in Society Hill and Rodin Place.

A month-to-month membership is $82 per month, plus a one-time joining fee of $49.

You can contact Brittany McLeod at professional@campusphilly.org

Slought Foundation

The Slought Foundationin West Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization that “highlights inventive and interdisciplinary practice by collaborating with leading artists and architects in an intimate and participatory environment.”

With organizational activities including public events (exhibits and lectures), research and publications, community partnerships and international affairs, Slought “seeks to present a provocative curatorial agenda that responds to the particular issues and challenges our communities face today, and [they] envision [their] activities as a bridge between socio-economic and cultural communities.”

Throughout their existence, the Slought Foundation has held various kinds of exhibitions to showcase art from all over the spectrum.

Earlier this year, the foundation took on It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq. Along with discussions of the country, a vehicle that was bombed in Iraq was also brought with the project. Audio (76 minutes) from the event can be found here.

The current exhibition Slought is behind is called Into the Open. Featuring the work of 16 different architectural groups, the exhibit shows how architects are collaborating to build better communities in original ways.

The exhibition only runs through Sept. 9, so there isn’t much time left to see it. The exhibitions are free with regular admission to the National Constitution Center and free at the Slought Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

More information on the project can be found here.

If anything the Slought Foundation does is of interest to you, the nonprofit does provide unpaid internships. If you’re interested in contemporary art or art organizations, Slought may be a good place for you to go.

Information on how to apply can be found here.

The Slought Foundation has a lot to offer when it comes to art and they’re exposing people to all different forms of it. On top of what they present being interesting, there is an educational aspect to it as well.

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org

Starlight Ballroom: A Profile

Of all the venues in Philadelphia, there is one that is practically unheard of unless you’re an avid concert-goer and a fan of music that’s far from mainstream.

At 460 N. Ninth Street, just two blocks from the Electric Factory, sits the Starlight Ballroom (don’t get it confused with Starland Ballroom, that’s in Jersey!).

A small sign hanging above the entrance makes it hard to find, but on the night of a show, the long line winding down the street from the doors will give it away.

The inside of the venue can actually come as a surprise—a few booths line the right wall (if you’re facing the stage) and the back of the dance floor, separating the main floor from the snack bar.

Merch tables line the left wall (again, if you’re facing the stage) and most of the bands usually end up at theirs at some point during the night.

The stage is a good height from the floor with no barrier keeping you from it. If you’re at the stage, your neck won’t be in pain from looking up, but even if you’re in the back, you can still pretty much see everything.

The lighting used is relatively simple and red seems to be the favorite of the venue. The PA system has good quality sound, so be careful if you stand next to the speakers; they can hurt your ears!

What’s really nice about this venue is how much space there is. Merch tables and booths all easily fit with room to spare. It’s easy to get away from the crowd and feel less claustrophobic if you just move to the back.

Starlight is another venue R5 Productions uses for their shows and they’ve even hosted the company’s Punk Rock Flea Market there on more than one occasion.

Hometown heroes Valenciahosted one of their Christmas shows at Starlight back in 2006 and other acts such as Mogwai have also graced the venue’s stage.

For a list of shows coming up at Starlight Ballroom, visit R5 Productions’ web site.

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org