10 Dec

JUMP: The Philly Music Project

TheCoup02Boots Riley got all kind of political on Friday night when his Oakland-based band The Coup jammed at Underground Arts.

Between funky jams, he reached out to the audience (sometimes literally) in the intimate room and preached for equality and fair representation. It was powerful stuff that could have been annoying – he was interrupting a great dance party – but he was so earnest. He is an amazing frontman who riles up the crowd with his words and actions.

TheCoup03TheCoup01The Coup was preceded by Japanther, the art-punk band that cranks out fast, loud music that makes your heart race. They are pure awesome, always leaving you wanting more. When the failed to play “River Phoenix,” the crowd chanted for the song. Ian Vanek, the drummer/singer, promised to play the song three times when Japanther returns to Philly on February 2.

JapantherUA01JapantherUA02South Philly-based MC Lushlife also performed…

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