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Guilty as charged

The orange walls of University City’s Mokas seemed to pulse as the lead singer of Among Criminals, Ryan Gaughan, dipped forward with his guitar, a mess of curls and baby dreadlocks swinging in front of his face.Bean Pitonak, the bassist, was bent at the waist too, his eyes closed, fingers plucking strings.…

Oh! Switchfoot

Even though they really dig Jesus, don’t label Switchfoot as a Christian band. The group uses religion as inspiration, but has a universal message that interpretively transcends it. Simply said, Switchfoot is successful because they make pop music that hasn’t lost a sense of heart, hence the group’s double-platinum album, “Oh!…

Performing an acronym

‘From Toledo to Tokyo,’ Taco Bell to Target, Tooth and Nail to Capitol, and “Destination: Beautiful” and “Singularity,” we find Mae primed to move to the forefront of rock as one of the most infectious and inspiring groups.…

All you gotta do is DANCE

A set of rickety wooden stairs carries you to the dance floor, where David Bowie and Madonna are on heavy rotation. The shaggy-haired bartender hands out fluorescent yellow and pink cupcakes for free.…

You won’t find this R5 guy on the rail

“There is no possible way that global warming exists,” I think to myself, descending a flight of concrete stairs into the cold, dimly-lit basement of the First Unitarian Church at 12:45 p.m.…

Music, moshing and mayhem:These basement shows rock

Ever wondered where all the cool kids are in the local music scene? Well, they sure aren’t at the Trocadero, or the Electric Factory. Aside from very rare exceptions, most of the legitimate, hard-working musicians perform in basements, bookstores and backyards across Philadelphia, where music is a community – not a commodity.…

Sister act’s online fans like a family

They’ve played on the Warped Tour, gotten air-time on TRL and will play at Bamboozle. Consider Meg & Dia one in a slew of up-and-coming acts whose popularity is the result of free promotion courtesy of Web networking – and by no means is it any feat of petty exposure.…

Chroma: A little something for everyone

Chroma is a breath of fresh air in today’s music scene. Whether the band stands formal and polished in kitsch suits and ties on stage at World Cafe Live, or lounging in their worn-in T-shirts and jeans in a more intimate setting at the University City Mediterranean restaurant Mokas, the band appeals to its audience with a something-for-everyone musical repertoire.…