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Bandmates Joshua Taylor, Brian James Dwyer, Chris Manglos, Andrew Honess, and Adam Smith were recognized as one of Philly's 10 Best Unsigned Bands for their Riot Lovers EP. Read More
Originally published on July 25, 2007
Papertrigger “Riot Lovers EP”
At some point in the 1930s, a man entered a bank with his gun casually stuck in the waist of his pants. (Because it was the ’30s. And you could do that then. No problem.)
He went to pull out his keys, got them caught on the trigger, and nearly blew his business off.
The key word is nearly, because his grandson, one Joshua Taylor, exists. He and Brian James Dwyer, Chris Manglos, Andrew Honess, and Adam Smith make up the band Papertrigger, and their Riot Lovers EP is on sale now.
What do they sound like? Put it this way: If we were on a boat with a bunch of Vikings looking for some giant squid to kill, this is what would be playing. It would be madness, and it would be wonderful.
They say their influences range from Ben Folds Five to Supertramp to Radiohead to pierogies. We say whatever. Check them out live if you can.
They’ll blow your nuts off.
Available online at papertrigger.com.
Lauren Boggi Lithe Method
Former cheerleader cum Pilates powerhouse Lauren Boggi can convince even diehard couch potatoes to change their ways with her signature Lithe Method classes. Read More
Originally published on January 10, 2007
Balls to the Wall
Lithe Therapy Melt
You just spent the last hour sweating in silence, twisting into various positions, and praying that you’d remain in control of your various bodily functions.
And Pilates is supposed to be relaxing?
Anxiety-prone exercisers will feel at ease when they try out Lithe Method Therapy Melt. The new program takes Lithe Method studio’s combination of Pilates, intensive ballerina barre work, strength training, and cardio and adds a simultaneous massage. (Why didn’t we think of that?)
As you move, reach, and stretch, instructor Tiffany Young kneads away your chronic sore spots with therapeutic “miniballs,” which she claims will improve muscle stiffness, toxic soreness, and stress in the often overlooked connective tissue.
Being relaxed will allow you to work harder and more effectively to burn fat, tone thighs, flatten abs, and shape your bod.
For real. No ball busting here.
Lithe Method, 1030 North Second Street, Liberties Walk, number 401 (215-928-1662 or lithemethod.com).
Brian Adoff Punk Rock Boot Camp
Brian Adoff's Punk Rock Boot Camp is possibly the most inventive exercise class to hit Philly. Showing up when you want, working out to great tunes, and meeting interesting peeps makes fitness actually fun. Read More
Originally published on August 15, 2007
Rock 'n' Roll Thigh School
Punk Rock Boot Camp
Going to the gym is many things: good for you, overpriced, and likely to involve scary old men doing water aerobics to the song “Down Under.”
One thing it’s definitely not: punk rock.
That’s why Philly native Brian Adoff started Punk Rock Boot Camp, a workout that offers cool kids, er, adults, an alternative. Not so much in the musical sense (though he loves the stuff and pumps it gloriously at each session) but in its DIY, nontraditional approach.
Start by playing tag (try that at Bally’s), move onto core training, then follow up with breathing and relaxation techniques. Weekend drop-ins are only $5 and take place at Penn Treaty Park.
It’s all the fun of going to the gym — without any Men at Work.
Or men in Speedos.
Punk Rock Boot Camp, weekdays at Penn’s Landing, at Chestnut Street; weekends at Penn Treaty Park, Deleware Avenue at Columbia Avenue. For more information, go to punkrockbootcamp.com.