Look what’s starting to happen with Dorian Duvall’s one man electro-pop band Onuinu. He’s been crafting music in Portland, OR for the past few years and found his way to Philadelphia on a cold and snowy January evening. It would be interesting to see him with his whole band who unfortunately couldn’t make this tour. Peep Onuinu in the video below
The London Souls squeezed into the back of Milkboy Philadelphia on Friday the 11th of January. The trio rattled off a dozen or so songs to the delight of a packed room. Watching Tash Neal chop up new material off of Here Come The Girls, was fairly miraculous. Neal was seriously injured earlier this year in a car accident. He was near death and needed brain surgery to save his life. In the video below, watch the fully recovered Tash Neal open the Philly show with a guitar-heavy version of “She’s So Mad”.
The Philadelphia band Cheers Elephant has been recommended to me several times over the past six months. I can see why – with great stage presence, fatty guitar riffs and some cool three part harmonies these guys are a band on the rise. Look for big things from these cats in 2013. Here is them doing a frisky little version of “Shark Attack” from the Blockley this past week.
The year was 1992 and I was deep in High School. One of my favorite albums was Arrested Development’s album 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days in the life of…
Their music was so easy to digest and enjoy – it was upbeat and gave us something to really start parties off on the right foot. Now 20 years latter Arrested Development is out touring in celebration of this monumentous 90’s album. Peep them doing “Tennnessee” at the Blockley – this version includes Speech offering the true background of the song which was quite misunderstood by the masses.
Philadelphia’s Vacationer owns the summer with their lofty feel-good vocals and laid-back vibe and beats. They played their second Philadelphia show at the cities newest or at least redone music venue Underground Arts. The show caught fire around the time they performed “Trip” and what I believe to be a remixed version of “Jesus” by DOM that really made the 200 or so move. It should also be noted that this venue is spectacular! Set in a warehouse style basement, it’s got character galore, great sound, solid lights, low stage, choice beer and one heck of a recording studio in the back. Peep Vacationer doing “Good As New” and “Trip” live and get a feel for the new Underground Arts venue.
alt-J – the four man Indie group from the UK is fast blowing up in the states. With a song on the last season of Weeds and a new album entitled An Awesome Wave just released, alt-J landed at Johnny Brenda’s for a sold out show. This band is even Favorited to win the 2012 Murcury Prize. I suspect that will be the last time seeing them in a small club. Peep them as their front man Joe Newman craftily winds us through some of the most interesting and easiest vocals to the ears on their song “Tessellate”
The Bright Light Social Hour and Black Taxi came through Philadelphia at the beginning of August and absolutely blew up the Northstar Bar with an amazing show packed with some high energy dance-able rock. Peep the video below of their show.