Catch Philly’s underground all-stars at DIY Superbowl - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Hosted by 4333 Collective, Philly’s annual DIY Superbowl is back and better than ever on September 2nd at Ukie Club, with Ovlov headlining this year’s bill alongside tagabow, Cold Court, Halloween, and Attack Dog. The show will feature visuals by @datacats and will benefit Savage Sisters, a non-profit organization dedicated to harm reduction and education regarding drug addiction in Philadelphia.

In the last two years, DIY Superbowl lineups have been stacked with some of Pennsylvania’s best in the indie and emo rock scene – think Snowing, Kississippi, Short Fictions, Carly Cosgrove, etc. – coupled with noteworthy out-of-towners such as Oolong and Ogbert the Nerd, who bring the sights and sounds of their respective stomping grounds straight to us. Additionally, with a new cause to support each year, this show has made a great deal of progress for the community, which will surely be reaffirmed come this September.

The initial announcement for this show came just a few days after Ovlov celebrated their fifteenth year as a band. Hailing from Newtown, Connecticut, this four-piece act has been known to explore and blend together elements of indie rock, grunge, shoegaze, and emo to generate a sound entirely their own, creating a uniquely melancholic, free-form atmosphere both on recording and on stage. Though their latest release dates back to 2021, there’s a lot more in store for the band, and you can hear what they’re all about at this show.

As for the local acts, They Are Gutting a Body of Water, otherwise abbreviated to ‘tagabow’, are already regulars at Ukie Club. Just last month, they stopped by to play a show during their summer tour with waveform* and Teethe, reeling in a huge crowd with fascinating sonic experimentation, stunning visuals, classic shoegaze tracks off of the band’s new and old projects, and the full “circle band” experience. You won’t want to miss this set, especially considering they infamously play first at their gigs (so, word to the wise: get there early).

They Are Gutting A Body Of Water | photo by Julia Lieby | @julia.leiby | courtesy of the artist

Cold Court, having just opened for black midi earlier this summer, is on the cusp of something monumental, even without any music out (for now). With an insightful approach to music, drawing inspiration from a plethora of genres and using basically any instrument they can get their hands on, Cold Court has already made their way to the forefront of the local scene, and you should definitely add them to your list of artists to look out for.

Similarly, Halloween’s one-of-a-kind, self-proclaimed “ethereal glam-core” style makes for a captivating show, as demonstrated on their recent tour with Fib. For a band whose debut release dropped just this year, they’ve made quite a name for themselves in the scene – obviously, considering the caliber of this bill.

Last, but most definitely, certifiably, and undoubtedly not least, is Attack Dog. For the last two years, Attack Dog’s been building their reputation in the Philly house show circuit, making their way up to venues like Philamoca and Ukie Club in record time. Check them out on September 2nd to see that they’re not just all bite.

All of this is to say that, if a.) you enjoy live music, b.) you live in Philadelphia, and/or c.) you want to support up-and-coming acts in the city’s robust underground scene, you should get tickets for DIY Superbowl quickly before they sell out. Though the event happens once a year, this particular lineup is once-in-a-lifetime material. And, keep in mind that your support will be going toward Savage Sisters, an organization without which our beloved city would be far less educated on life-saving treatment measures for those in need.

Doors open at Ukie Club on September 2nd at 6 pm. In the meantime, enjoy the recent video of Ovlov playing “Strokes” below for a taste of what’s to come at DIY Superbowl. Read more info from 4333 Collective below, and get your tickets via the WXPN Concerts and Events page.

"Strokes" // OVLOV

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