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Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball Headline at the TLA Dec. 11

With unapologetically honest lyrics, Modern Baseball knows how to speak to the insecurities, confusion and self-absorption of the twenty-somethings of this generation. High school friends Brendan Lukens and Jacob Ewald, who along with Ian Farmer and Sean Huber, found a new home in the Philly music scene while attending college, fearlessly admitting that they can only stand most of their friends for the weekend and how they fail to get the attention of a girl who prefers the company of some meathead (actually, according to them, they fail to get the attention of a lot of girls.) A friend funded their debut LP, Sports, which recently sold out again on its fourth printing. Their follow-up LP, You’re Gonna Miss It All, showed that the band still had the knack for those Front Bottoms-esque detail-oriented tracks. They bitch about bratty girls’ malfunctioning Instagrams, and look for a cure to the spins with pizza. And, the new album has its share of catchy hits, like “Your Graduation,” which has the kind of fast, guitar pop-punk chorus made for chanting and moshing. Welcome the boys home at the TLA tonight, and watch (or be a part of) their hardcore fan base geeking out! TLA, 334 South St., 7pm, $15, All Ages - Emily Dicicco


Modern Baseball Just Added to the Lineup at The Fire July 16

The Guild slipped Philly four-piece Modern Baseball onto the slate for tonight’s show at The Fire, as a late edition solidifying a youthful pop-rock-emo-tinged lineup that already featured San Diego’s Weatherbox and Gainesville’s Dikembe, who are set to release a new LP Mediumship next month, as well as fellow locals Hightide Hotel (whom along with Dikembe were part of a four-way split single last year). For their part, Modern Baseball’s open approach toward personal expression touches home in an easily relatable humor-laced appeal toward honesty, lyrically finding ways to sneak in and tie down, while instrumentally rushing forward at a pace in the wheel house that cruises yet demonstrates aggressive tendencies. It's a good opportunity to get intimate with all the acts this evening. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Photo Recap: Modern Baseball at The Barbary

Modern Baseball played two extremely sold-out shows at The Barbary on Sunday to kickoff their headlining tour with Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier, and Sorority Noise. The crowd was amped for all the opening bands, jumping and singing along. This was especially true for The Hotelier, who didn’t play their crowd favorite Avril Lavigne cover, but did give a shout out to local booker and scene staple Ruben Polo, who is putting on a three-day festival in August, two days of which are happening at The Barbary. The Modern Baseball set was wild and fun despite the fact that singer-guitarist Brendan Lukens was playing in some cut off pajama pants with a nasty case of pneumonia. He is so sick that he will be missing the first part of the tour, but Cameron Boucher of opening band Sorority Noise, as well as Old Gray, will be filling in. The talented Jessica Flynn was on hand to take pictures of the whole shebang. Check out the entire album HERE.


Photo Recap:  Modern Baseball at The Barbary

- Jessica Flynn


Modern Baseball Kick Off Their Tour w/The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts & Sorority Noise at The Barbary June 1

After hitting the road this spring on a massive tour with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball will be part of another rad one for the majority of this month in which they'll be headlining this time with support from a stacked bill of rising acts that includes the much-buzzed-about The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts, and Sorority Noise. And things will be kicking off this evening with an early, all-ages, hometown show at The Barbary. It's going to certainly feel like an intimate performance for their devoted fans tonight, in comparison to the group's last sold-out Philly show at the E Factory, that will undoubtedly find massive group singa-longs of the young outfits beloved catalogue - a great way to cap off a beautiful weekend in the city. The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave., 7pm, $12, All Ages - Alexis V.


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