Come on down to the M Room in Philadelphia tonight for some holiday party fun as Bag Of Songs presents The North Lawrence Midnight Singers. Like a mix of the pop sensibilities of Elvis Costello and the rootsiness of The Band. They deliver a high energy show you don’t want to miss. Bring your dancing shoes !
Bag Of Songs Presents:
North Lawrence Midnight Singers
at The M Room
15 W Girard Avenue
A few photos from last night’s show at the M Room which featured an amazing performance by Dinosaur Feathers and an absolutely captivating solo set by Joe Michelini of River City Extension. Big thanks to the bands, everyone who came out, and especially to Emma of The World In A Paper Cup for co-hosting the party. If you weren’t there you missed some fantastic music.
UPDATE: Read Emma’s excellent show review here
Joe Michelini Of River City Extension
Come on out to the party this Sunday Night at M Room in Philadelphia when Bag Of Songs along with our new friend Emma from The World In A Paper Cup bring you two amazing bands.
First up, Emma’s pick is Brooklyn’s super cool Dinosaur Feathers who whip up a mix of layered percussion, acoustic guitars and keyboards, along with overlapping harmony vocals that’ll have you hooked from the word go. If you’re digging bands like Animal Collective, Yeasayer, Fleet Foxes, or Grizzly Bear, you’ll want in on the Dinosaur Feathers action for sure.
My pick for the evening is New Jersey’s River City Extension, who I first caught as The Broken Bell‘s pick in the May Battle Of The Blogs at The North Star Bar. Their frenetic live show made me an instant fan, and has been earning them well deserved comparisons to bands like Gogol Bordello, Man Man and The Avett Brothers. A category defying blend of folk,gospel blues, country,even a little punk and pure unadulterated bliss. it’s music guaranteed to make you move, or at the very least it will move your soul.
This Sunday marks the start of the second year of our monthly Sunday Night Bag Of Songs Presents series at The M Room in Philadelphia. Huge thanks to Joe Lekkas and Village Green, and M Room for letting me put it together,to all of the bands that played over the past year, and to everyone that came out and showed their support. Adam & Dave’s Bloodline,Beaten By Them, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Bojibian, Bridges And Powerlines, Canadian Invasion, Cedarwell, Cheers Elephant, Creeping Weeds, Curious Buddies, Dear Althea, DeJesus, Golden Bloom, Hymns, I Am The Heat, In Grenada, JP05, Lima Research Society, Meyerman, Murder Mystery, New Motels, Pico Vs Island Trees, Pow Wow!, Rogue Thief, Run Runner, Secret Life Of Sofia, Shawn Fogel, Sudden Ensemble, Sugar Canyon, Swift Technique, The Figgs, The Shots, The Skyler King, The Swimmers, The Thirteen, Thinking Machines,& Upsincefriday are all of the bands that helped make it happen the last twelve
This week three more excellent acts will grace The M Room Stage for your listening pleasure. Scott McClatchy starts the night off his highly entertaining rock,folk,alt country solo act to the M Room. Scott’s bands have toured nationally with the likes of Steve Earle, the BoDeans and more and people like Willie Nile, Scott Kempner of the Del Lords, and Dion have have appeared on his solo records.
Missing Palmer West’s new record Shoveling Smoke, is one of my favorite releases of 2009 so far, well written ,achingly beautiful, finely orchestrated pop songs that I can best describe as sounding similar to what I imagine a Paul MCartney – Ryan Adams collaboration might deliver. Their live show is equally amazing.
Minneapolis own Halloween, Alaska is touring in support of their excellent new third disc Champagne Downtown. Following four years after their last, the acclaimed Too Tall to it’s a mix of warm winding synth lines and epic sounding guitars swirled into melodic hook laden pop songs that’ll get trapped in your head for sure.
Village Green Productions and Bag Of Songs Present:
Some photos from this past Sunday’s Bag of Songs Night @ M Room in Philadelphia with Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom and Sudden Ensemble. Many many thanks to everyone who came out and all of the bands who trekked through the freaky early evening hail storm to get to Philly and deliver an excellent night of music.
I’ve been raving about Canadian Invasion‘s new record, Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand to just about anyone who cares to listen ever since I got an early preview a year or so ago. It’s one of 2009′s best records so far, filled with darkly satirical lyrics surrounded in gorgeous chiming guitar pop.[More] The boys delivered a standout show to a packed World Cafe Live a couple of weeks ago at their CD Release party, so don’t miss out on what promises to be a just as amazing a show in the more intimate confines of the M Room.
Canadian Invasion – My Swashbuckling Days Are Over
Buy Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand
Canadian Invasion – Public Witness Program (Fugazi Cover)
Non Album Track
Hypertalented multi instrumentalist Shawn Fogel is at the heart of New York’s Golden Bloom, who were recently picked as one of “8 Undiscovered Bands Worth A Listen” by Spin magazine. They are currently in the studio with producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) working on their highly anticipated new LP. Golden Bloom‘s music is a powerful blend of solid songwriting, alt country and Beatlesque pop that WXPN’s Bruce Warren touted as “a fresh take on ye olde tradition of sensitive power pop.” Shawn’s played Philly solo before, but this time he’s bringing the whole band down for a rare Philly appearance that is a must see.
Also be sure to stop over to see our lovely friends at Popwreckoning who have a contest running to give away 3 autographed copies of the limited edition Golden Bloom 7″ vinyl single for Doomsday Devices.(Thanks Jess!) Click Here To Enter
New Jersey’s Sudden Ensemble are musician and visual artist Doreen Kirchner, illustrator of the Neil Hagerty comic book “Adventures of Royal Trux vol…10” amongst other artistic achievements and Wayne Garcia, ex of the band Adrenalin OD, and a writer of the novel “The After Effects of Zero Gravity”. Their most recent album Life In A Birdcage is an addicting blend lo-fi indie pop. You’ll want to be sure to get there early to see them.
Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom & Sudden Ensemble
Sunday March 29th
15 W Girard Avenue Philadelphia PA
8pm | $8 | 21+up
Up first the Philadelphia debut of Sugar Canyon, a blend of 60s garage, psychedelia and Beatlesque power pop. Full disclaimer mode : featuring yours truly on bass. Come hear what us bloggers do with our musical free time.
Next up, The Shots, they played the very first BOS Presents night and now they’re back for second time to blow you away again. With a blistering bluesy live sound that’s somewhere between ’69 era Led Zeppelin and The Who Live at Leeds, they’re a band you don’t want to miss in a venue this small. Say you saw them when.
closing out the night in grand style will be Bojibian. Their Myspace bio describes their sound like this “the group draws from many different influences, at times sounding like some sort of post-modern mash-up of pop, post-punk, classic rock, post-grunge, Southern rock, and arena rock…or something like that.” I have to say that sums up the range of influences heard in their music about as well as I could ever hope to. They’ve perfected that fine musical art of being as familiar sounding as they are original, a surefire key to success. Their new cd All Night, All Day is due March 10th.
Capping off a great year of Bag Of Songs Presents nights with our last one of the year this Sunday December 28th at the M Room in Philadelphia. Three fantastic bands to warm up your cold December evening. First up, a former Bag Of Songs Artist Of The Day , DeJesus will be performing a solo set in which he promises new songs as well as some surprises. The first time I ever saw Daniel was a solo set and it blew me away, he’s an amazing cello player and vocalist, I’ve been a fan ever since. Next up is Brooklyn’s Pow Wow! the musical project of the the Nazareno brothers, Eddie and Jeff, they describe their sound as “like the lovechild of burt bacharach and the supremes. from the future. in outerspace. fit for all kinds of dancing (and floating) to.” and I have to say it’s right on the mark. Really cool. Closing out the night is Philadelphia’s Broken Trees fronted by the lovely and talented Liz Boyd on Fender Rhodes piano and vocals, I can best characterize their sound as falling somewhere between Nellie McKay and Kate Nash. You don’t want to miss it. See you there.
Sunday December 28th
Broken Trees, Pow Wow!, DeJesus
8PM – $8 – 21+up
The M Room
15 W Girard Avenue
A handful of my blurry photos from this past Sunday’s Bag Of Songs Night at the M Room in Philadelphia with Upsincefriday, Beaten By Them, JP05 and Cedarwell. Big,big thanks to all of the bands for an excellent night of music. I’d attempt to write you a longer review but Jessica over at Popwreck(oning) has already done a superlative job, along with some much better photos than mine.
Some photos from this past Sunday’s Bag Of Songs night at the M Room in Philadelphia. Fantastic sets from RunRunner, Secret Life Of Sofia, New Motels and Adam & Dave’s Bloodline for an enthusiastic and appreciative Sunday night crowd. If you missed this you missed a hell of a good time. Big, big, thanks to all of the bands, the M Room, and everyone who came out on a Sunday for making it a hugely successful and fun night.