Modern Baseball celebrate with friends Marietta and Smoother at The Fire - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

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Recent Run For Cover Records signees Modern Baseball celebrated their label-ship with a heck of a party and a red-hot bill on Feb. 17th featuring Smoother, Cayetana, Marietta and Cool Points. They closed out the show with their usual romping, triumphant sing-along, except this time they had something to celebrate. It was an appropriate occasion to see this band tearing up a venue like The Fire in the wake of their buzz-crazy record deal, rather than the usual dusty basement.

What made this show great was that there were no loose ends; every band was at the top of their game. Cool Points kicked things off with a killer set, and Cayetana held it down as Philly’s latest girl-rockers. Smoother’s set was also a lot of fun, and definitely got people warmed up for Modern Baseball’s set. The highlight of the night, however, was the second act, Marietta. I’m quite sure they did not mean to over-shadow their headliner pals, but for me, it was a stellar offering. The crowd may have been rowdier at the end of the night, but Marietta owned the second slot by tearing through a set of almost entirely new material, soon to be released on their debut full-length. This was Marietta’s strongest show yet, and it’s all uphill from here.

Tons of people came out to this, which was great considering the bill was full of bands that play 95% of their shows in people’s homes. Far too often I have gone to see bands like this at a bar only to find that I’m the only one there. It truly was a pleasure to see so many younger folks making the trip out to see some great bands put on a great show. Every band killed it, and they deserved to have heads in the crowd. I think I can speak for everyone who was there when I say this night was a blast, and a great high-five to Modern Baseball for their recent accolades. Hooray!

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