Valencia, a pop-punk quintet from Philadelphia, have always had a deep connection with, and admiration of, their fanbase. Perhaps as a way of giving back to the crowds that flock to their shows, the band, currently on tour across the country opening up for Rocket to the Moon, are allowing their fans to choose each night’s setlist, via a voting system on the band’s website. During the tour’s stop in Gotham, Valencia took what little free time they had to chat with TheCheapPop.com about returning to NYC, as well as when we can expect another hilarious installment of Band vs. Food, this time with the ante upped.
We’ve been longtime admirers of Illinois, and now the band’s “Kid Catastrophe” is out. Not only that but they’re touring…holy crap it’s your lucky day! Anyways dates below – check them out – these Phili dudes are mucho talentedo. Continue reading
East Hundred, a Phili-band this site’s praised various times, is playing a special New York record release party (“Passenger”) this Saturday (March 14) in Brooklyn at The Trash Bar. The band is on at 10 p.m. sharp. For more info, visit them on MySpace. Dig them like I dig them. Now.
East Hundred’s self-released, full-length debut, Passenger, is a marked improvement over their already enjoyable EPs. While these previous discs displayed the band’s technical skill and musical talent, the nine-track album, which was creatively fueled by the breakup of two of the band’s founding members, possesses the sort of experience-inspired depth of feeling that most bands can’t hope to muster till well into their career. Passenger charts a course through the post breakup journey, from extremes of anger, disappointment, and sadness to the first glimpse of hope that comes after a long period of mourning. Continue reading
A female Death Cab For Cutie? Could it be? Well maybe, but what I really love about East Hundred’s sound (so far anyway) is how retro-mid-90s this first single is with a slight homage to 80s groups like The Go Go’s. Can you hear that? Well, I can. Anyshit, the band’s self-released debut “Passenger” arrives January 13 and I’m actually pretty psyched out of my mind about it. Get the song here. Love it like I love it.
First off, he is not related to her! But if he were..it just goes to show you what fine genes would run in that side of the family. The rookie sensation has made a strong name for himself as a member of the American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old third baseman has had an unbelievable year..even prompting his namesake to send him a bottle of champagne. After all..he did sign a six year, $17.5 million dollar contract (that’s a lot of self adheasive ‘staches!!). What started off as a call up from Triple-A Durham landed him the top vote getter in the AL Final Fan Vote for this year’s All-Star Game. He started his playing career in school, did the junior college route, and wound up playing for Long Beach State. Evan’s ending his remarkable season bating .273 and a chance to help get his team their first World Series. Not bad for the 2008 Sporting News Rookie of the Year. And so far, he hasn’t been linked to Madonna.
In the midst of the annual Fall Classic, I’m taking the time to honor the men of the respective teams playing. For the Philadelphia Phillies, Jayson Werth is nothing short of an athletic legend. His stepdad played for both the Royals and the Yankees; his grandpop played for the 1960 World Series Champions Pittsburgh Pirates; and his uncle played for the Mets as well as the ’93 Toronto Blue Jays (another World Series title). The 29-year-old right fielder definitely has his work cut out for him: could another title make it home to this family? Before signing with the Phillies in December ’07, Jayson played for such teams as the Dodgers and (keeping it in the family) the Blue Jays. His mom also ran track and field in the US Olympic Trials back in the day. This has been a banner year for Jayson and as the Series continues, I’m hoping to see more of Jayson’s dazzling abilities on the turf and trust me when I say he will be sticking around the City of Brotherly Love.