Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut. 

From Alex G:

“The First Unitarian Church in Philly. I saw a lot of shows there as a kid. I saw Sunset Rubdown there. And Ceremony. They’re really cool.”

From Restorations (who filmed their video for “D” at the Church):

“Without hesitation, the greatest venue in the United States is The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. It’s a bare-bones, old-school, wood-paneled church basement venue with great sound and no barricade. You’ve done permanent damage to your ears/body, seen the best shows of your life, and met all your friends there. Long live.”

From Deafheaven’s George Clarke:

“Union Transfer – Philly. For me, what makes a venue great, other than the sound of the room, is the hospitality. UT has this down. Everyone that works there is incredibly hospitable, friendly, responsible, and not shy with the drinks.

For a full list of Consequence of Sound’s interviews with musicians talking about their favorite venues, follow the link here. Below, watch some live videos from the Church and Union Transfer.

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