What Is The Best Rock Band From Philly Right Now?

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  1. Posted January 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Best Philly band. Hands down.

  2. Spencer
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Pattern is Movement, that is.

  3. Posted February 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    What about The Loved Ones? I guess they’re not indie rock enough to be on the list…but still the best.

  4. Dude
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    The nepotism on this list is AMAZING.

    Also, lists are STUPID.

    ALSO, also, Indie Rock Sux.

  5. It'sonlyrocknroll
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    hey “DUDE”, you’re this upset over a rock and roll poll?
    wah wah. mellow out, babypants.
    which one of these bands is related to people who write for Magnet?

    get a life.

  6. Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Where’s My Golden Arm. Best Philly record of 2008. If you haven’t heard it yet, you need to.

    Really.

  7. MikeWilk
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Like a Fox’s new record, the album with the arm on the cover, is a great listen.

  8. Posted February 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I could make a case for a couple of these bands-like Art DiFuria’s Photons, but the presence of Asteroid #4 sends the ranking through the stratosphere. No disrespect to “Chuckles”, at all/ever, but the best album by a Philly band in 2008 was These Flowers of Ours: A Treasury Of Witchcraft And Devilry.” As brilliantly rendered as *any* psychedelic album since 1966. An all-timer people will still be listening to 20 years hence.

  9. blood meridian
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    you need to buy these flowers of ours and hear one of the best bands on the planet,forget just philly.. its not just the talent and the versatility..theyve truly tapped into and channell that magical 60s vibe.. as good as almost anybody..
    cant believe they dont have abigger followng, but probably glad they dont.. then theyd turn into big-headed assholes and we like them theway they are..hey,are the three 4 tens still around?.. they should be on the lsit..

  10. Posted February 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Heck, it’s Mondo Topless.The problem is that they are more of an export.They tend to play in other cities around America and abroad and their guitar player has produced at least one band on this list.

    Despite the lack of any press they play and play and put out records on a good label

  11. Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    These Flowers Of Ours by A#4 iis one of the albums of the decade!!

    But don’t just stop at listening to that their first album , Introducing, is a Psychedelic masterpiece.

    This band are smoking right now and hopefully on the way to the success they richly deserve

    Keep The Faith!!

  12. Posted February 6, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    You should check out Niagra Falls and their new album Sequence of Prophets on Honeymoon Music. They’re part of that whole New Age-y, Sun Ra-ish weirdness that Philly excels at. Parker-Spruce

    P.S. I miss Need New Body, and Lenola, and the Cream Chargers, and Mile High, and Ty Cobb and 1929.

  13. Art DiFuria
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    It’s nice to be in the poll and see people voting for us. Thanks (and thanks to valis for the props).

    Is A4’s new album *really* the one of the “albums of the decade?” That’s some pretty serious praise. Harms, is that you posting as an A4 fan? I kid, I kid. But seriously, I’ve heard others praise it too. I’ll have to check it out.

    I think Like a Fox’s new album is the best thing J. Laughlin has ever done. And really I like *all* these bands.

    But I like Pissed Jeans the best. We need more fun like THAT in our clubs!

  14. bobo
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    why don’t you *listen* to something before judging it?! or is that just from *jealousy*? anyone can piss their pants.

  15. Art DiFuria
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    bobo…you probably misunderstood.

    i was making a joke at harms. i’m not jealous at all of the A4. See the part where I praised Laughlin? and the part where I wrote “I kid, I kid,” and then said I want to check out the album because I’ve heard others praise it? I meant that stuff. Lighten up, baby. I’m in love with you.

    and I still have more fun at Pissed Jeans shows than the shows of any of the other bands on this list. But that’s just me.

    Don’t get mad…I’m just sayin’.

  16. Posted February 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    … could teach the kids a thing or two.

    B

  17. Posted February 8, 2009 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Capitol Years is best!

  18. thataussiekid
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    how we can have no mention of Turd Puppet is beyond me?!

  19. Posted February 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    To me, the capitol years’ melodies have been the best sounds to come out of the city for a few years now. Hats off to Magnet on giving them year end props for that last album.

    However, as much as I love the Capitol Years, the artist that really gets me excited about philly right now is Kurt Vile, and frankly I’m kind of surprised not to see him on the list, although I guess he is included technically on account of his association with the war on drugs. I thought “Constant Hitmaker” was totally rad, and “Freeway” was the single of the year, from anywhere.

    Another band from philly I think is great is Clockcleaner, though I certainly understand if they’re not included in any popularity contest. Babylon Rules was righteous though.

    FInally, I want to mention Human Television, though I don’t know if they could technically be labeled a Philly band, and I’m sure they don’t have much Philly support. I thought their last record (from 05 or 06?) was pretty amazing.

  20. Posted March 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    where the hell is IKE???!!!!

  21. Posted March 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    love the War on Drugs! (but I’d like to see Kurt Vile on this list too…)

  22. Ryan
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    My faveorite band is Avenged Sevenfold

  23. Adam Heartmother
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    “The Day After Saint Paddy’s Day Massacre” is the best band in the Philly metro area right now.

    I think they play Mojo13 on June 5th.

  24. mizannalee
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    The Peace Creeps

    I’ll be seeing them at Doc Watson’s tomorrow night, in fact.

  25. Rich
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I think the Philly club scene sucks ass. Most bands all sound the same. Whatever is the fad at the time, is what ALL of the bands sound like. Go to most clubs in, and around the city, and it’s hard to decipher one band from another. (well actually, not recently) Example, in the mid 80’s to the early 90’s it was “hair” band – metal, then in the early to late 90’s EVERYTHING was grunge and heavy rock in the philly area. Any band that did not sound remotely like any of this, was ignored. No matter how good of players they were or how orginal they were. Yet, I know all of you brain dead people will sit and argue and say how they all sounded different. But maybe that’s finally changing??? The last few clubs I was at recently in 2009, the bands seemed to be doing their own thing and people haven’t seemed to mind, as long as they sounded good at whatever it was they were doing…………

  26. Posted November 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    hey can u guys somehow put our band in the polls.our name is epic failure check us out thnx. myspace.com/teenangstrocks

  27. Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Odessa Stair is a pretty sweet up and coming band, but they are pretty new. I gotta give it to Bardo Pond then.

  28. Scott
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    this list left off Panic Years, Good Old War, pattern is movement….bands that are doing their own thing and having it work for them. stupid lists.

  29. dicktracylords
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    What is it with you people . I guess if Bill Moriarty didn’t work with them they must suck, right? Haven’t you ever heard of UNIVOX? Sure, the name is stupid beyond belief and most of them are social idiots but they are one of the best Philly bands of all time. They write amazing songs. No…they CRAFT amazing songs, they work them to death in a perfect storm of anal-retention and high-functioning Autism, and the results are often perfect. Fuck your silly little chart and go see them live.

  30. Posted February 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Unit theory is a great rock band from philly i find them to be really bringing good music back

  31. Peter Currie
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Lisa Chavous and the Philadelphia Blues Messengers. OK, they’re not a “rock band.” But they sure do “rock.” Not your standard “blues band,” this is a big ten piece unit with horns and lots of energy. Great to dance to. They’re third CD got such acclaim that they are invited to play in Nice, France, on the Riviera in early this December.
    Catch them if you can, while you can. Lotta fun.

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