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AGESANDAGES – Live in Philadelphia – 4.28.11

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AGESANDAGES – Live in Philadelphia – 4.28.11 – Playing amazing versions of “Souvenir” – “No Nostalgia” in the video below.

Beats Antique – Northstar Bar Philadelphia – 4.20.11

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The west coast trio of David Satori, Sidecar Tommy and Zoe Jakes aka Beats Antique stopped by the Northstar Bar in Philadelphia for a 4/20 celebration.  The show was packed with a sold out crowd that made the floor erupt in a mass of dancing and debauchery.   Peep the photos and Video below to see and hear what went down.

Fishtown Shad Fest 4/23/11 – Penn Treaty Park

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The 3rd Annual Shad Fest went off with what seemed like 800 or so people enjoying music, beer and scenery down along the Delaware River.  After a bit of a rainy morning we made it over to catch The Spinto Band and Black Landlord drive the rain away and produce a wonderful afternoon of music and beer.   Peep the video below to see all of the afternoon action!

Wye Oak – Live at Johnny Brenda’s – 4.15.11

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Watch Wye Oak as they play Johnny Brenda’s.   The video below contains snippets from the show as well as a great rock and roll moment where rebellious singer, guitarist Jenn Wasner turns 25 at the stroke of midnight.  Pre-song she asked the crowd to throw napkins at her to signify the event.  She was greeted by a few blasts of the birthday song and then promptly downs a shot and beer and finishes the song.  Long live Rock and Roll!

The Barr Brothers – Live in Philadelphia – 4.15.11

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The Barr Brothers stopped by the Fire this past week in support of their self-titled album.  The set was quick, but clearly demonstrated why the combo of Brad and Andrew Barr is one of the greatest pairs of brother musicians going today.  The brothers weren’t alone, and just like the album they had Sarah Page accompanying them on Harp and Andres Vial covering bass, keys, and additional vocal duties.  Vial’s deep voice complimented Brad’s on many songs through-out the evening …

Hacienda – Live in Philadelphia – 4.7.11

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You can hear Dan Auerbach’s influence on this band from San Antonio, TX.  He produced their last albums and his touches shine through.  Enjoy the video below.  

The Joy Formidable – Philadelphia, Pa – 3.30.11

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Ritzy Bryan, lead singer and guitarist extraordinaire for the Joy Formidable has got serious spunk.  She let her fire hang out for all to see at their show at Johnny Brenda’s this past week in Philadelphia.  The Welsh front woman and her band mates were extremely comfortable in the club setting as they put on a clinic in everything to do right with rock and roll. Bryan was a professional at letting go and quickly found the vibe to her …

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group – 3.28.11 – Philadelphia

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Surprise guest at a mid-week show – excited, but a whole band – Freak-out!   Monday night the Omar Rodriguez Lopez group visited South Street’s TLA and what a surprise the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group turned out to basically be the Mars Volta. Apparently the SXSW showing of Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala wasn’t a once off.  Bixler-Zavala is out on the road with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group, and they’ve been performing new Mars Volta material. Other than Bixler-Zavala’s short new hairdo …

J Mascis and Kurt Vile @ The World Café Live – 3.23.11

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J Mascis and Philadelphia psych rocker Kurt Vile played at Philadelphia’s World café Live on 3.23.11 showcasing both new material and old.  Kurt Vile’s latest album, “Smoke Ring For My Halo,” is a wonderful album filled with gutsy, American rock.  It’s a shame that I found myself wanting to hear more vocals during his World Café Live show and wonder why he muddied them up so much with effects. On the other hand, the long gray haired Mascis pushed an …

Spring is here – It’s time for NEW music!

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As the dust clears from SXSW 2011 it’s good to get down some of the finer points and more importantly some of the finer bands just brought into my line of sight. As it tends to create some fine unexpected moments, this year’s SXSW was no slouch. From Jack White and his yellow recording studio on wheels parking lot performance to Connor Oberst and J. Mascis revitalization. Here are four bands that require some extra attention if you don’t already …