From raves and parties to music festivals and concerts, college, especially in a large city like Philly, is the prime time to explore new music genres and make memories with friends. Music is such an integral part of daily life for many students, and there’s no other experience quite like attending a live concert performance.

Wavves is a San Diego–born, LA–based band established in 2008, consisting of Nathan Williams (main vocalist, guitarist), Stephen “Stevie” Pope (bass guitarist, vocalist), Alex Gates (guitarist, vocalist), and Brian Hill (drummer, vocalist). Since their inception a little over a decade ago, they have released six studio albums, the most recent of which came out last year under their own label Ghost Ramp, and have been on multiple tours on both the national and international scale.

With a sound described as “pop punk,” “surf rock,” and “indie rock,” Wavves combines their catchy songs with unique, gripping music videos that often feel nostalgic. It’s refreshingly different from the music you hear reverberating down a dorm hall or emanating from earbuds at the gym. 

Not quite sure if this genre is for you? Check out one of their songs from their 2017 album “You’re Welcome” on their YouTube channel.



This week, Wavves will be embarking on a month–long tour around the United States. “The I Love You Tour” will start on October 13 in California and conclude on November 18 in Oregon, and will also feature the band Beach Fossils in some select locations. 

You’ll get a chance to see their performance live on November 1, when they’ll be playing at the popular Philly concert venue Union Transfer. What better way to ride out the previous night’s energy than jamming out with your friends? And for those of you who had your second round of midterms, it’s time to unwind, celebrate, and get lost in the music.



Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently $22. More information about tickets and the band can be found here


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