Some Photos From This Past Thursday’s Battle Of The Blogs 2

June 20, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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A few photos from this past Thursday night’s Battle Of The Blogs show at The North Star Bar In Philadelphia. The last minute addtion to the bill of the band 100 Monkeys ensured a good crowd of barely 21 year old girls, who while clearly there in adoration of Twilight vampire actor Jackson Rathbone, watched all of the night’s band with rapt attention and much applause. Lima Research Society started it off with an energetic set that kicked the night into high gear with the crowd singing along and dancing and it never looked back. My band Splash1 was up next and I’ll say it went really well from the band’s perspective but I’ll need to leave any review of our set to an unbiased source. Next up was Victor Victor Band, my first time seeing them, they’re an impressive two piece boy-girl combo that unleashed a blistering blend of garage rock in a vein similar to the White Stripes or The Black Keys. 100 Monkeys closed out the night with a bluesy/reggae influenced set of rock that definitely had a west coast beach party jam feel to it.  Big thanks to Heyday and North Star Bar for hosting the party as well as my fellow bloggers Jessica from Popwreckoning and Trip from Teenage Kicks,  the entire night was a blast.

Lima Research Society



Splash1

Victor Victor Band

100 Monkeys

Battle Of The Blogs Round 2 This Thursday June 18th @ North Star Bar

June 14, 2009 by · 4 Comments
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LATE BREAKING UPDATE !!! Just added and playing immediately following The Battle Of The Blogs this Thursday, a special set by the band 100 Monkeys which features Jackson Rathbone of the movie Twilight and friends.
Their recent shows in Philadelphia all sold out quickly, get your tickets NOW ! North Star is 21+Up only, sorry.

[100 Monkeys MYSPACE]

This Thursday June 18th it’s time for round two of the Battle Of The Blogs sponsored by Heyday Entertainment and five of Philly’s favorite music bloggers, Girl About Town, The Broken Bell, Popwreckoning, Teenage Kicks, and yours truly, Bag Of Songs.

One Thursday each month in May, June, and July each blog will showcase their selection of bands with the winning bands/blogs competing in a finals on a Saturday night in August, all at the North Star Bar.

Round 1 was May 21st with Girl About Town vs The Broken Bell vs Bag Of Songs with The Robes/Girl About Town coming up the night’s winners.
Round 2June 18th is Bag of Songs vs Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks
Round 3July 16th is a four band/blog night with Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks vs The Broken Bell vs Girl About Town

The final round will be held on a Saturday night in August with the three winning bands/blogs from each of the nights.

For this Thursday’s show Lima Research Society will will be the Bag Of Songs representative, Splash1 will be playing for Teenage Kicks, and Popwreckoning will be bringing The Victor Victor Band. It’s going to be an amazing night of music with the most important attendee being YOU, as the winner each night is decided by audience vote.

Lima Research Society @  M Room 04.26.09

Lima Research Society @ M Room 04.26.09

I’ve previously described  Lima Research Society’s sound as a potpourri of influences from soft folk, to prog rock musical acrobatics, to trippy psychedelica, to new wave dance and all points in between. Their live show is an equally engaging and entertaining blend of musicianship and audience participation that is truly a lot of fun to witness, and has often earned them comparisons to bands like the Flaming Lips.

Lima Research Society – Giant Moth – The Beauty of Things
Lima Research Society – NewtLife
Buy Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down

Round 1 was blast so come on out for Round 2, meet your local bloggers, hear some excellent music, have a really great time, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite band of the night.

Heyday Entertainment Presents:
Battle Of The Blogs Round 2
Bag Of Songs vs Teenage Kicks vs Popwreckoning

(BOS) Lima Research Society [MYSPACE]
(TK) Splash1 [MYSPACE]
(POPW) The Victor Victor Band [MYSPACE]

Thursday June 18th
$8 | 8PM | 21+UP
North Star Bar
27th & Poplar Streets
Philadelphia PA

Philly Battle Of The Blogs : Girl About Town vs The Broken Bell vs Bag Of Songs

May 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Ok folks nothing like some good friendly competition to bring you some really great music and a guaranteed fun time. This Thursday May 21 kicks off the first round of Battle Of The Blogs sponsored by Heyday Entertainment and five of Philly’s favorite music bloggers, Girl About Town, The Broken BellPopwreckoningTeenage Kicks, and yours truly, Bag Of Songs.

It’s sort of a battle of the bands and blogs all rolled into one. One Thursday each month in May, June, and July each blog will showcase their selection of bands with the winning bands/blogs competing in a finals on a Saturday night in August, all at the North Star Bar.

May is Girl About Town vs The Broken Bell vs Bag Of Songs
June is Bag of Songs vs Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks
July is a four band/blog night with Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks vs The Broken Bell vs Girl About Town

August will be the three winning bands/blogs from each of the nights as voted by the attendees each night.

For this week’s show I will be bringing you The Shots, while The Broken Bell will have River City Extension and Girl About Town will present Robes.

I’ve talked up The Shots before but I’ll do it again. Anchored by the guitar virtuosity of Alex Blyksun and the rock solid solid bass playing of Colt Morris, they dig deep into the bluesy soul of rock and roll for a live sound that’s can best be described as part ’69 era Led Zeppelin, part Oasis, and part Live At Leeds era The Who.  If you’ve seen them recently you know how good they are, if you haven’t, be sure to get on down the North Star this Thursday and witness it first hand.

Here’s a few songs to give a taste of what they’re all about, but trust me when I say these don’t really do justice to the raw power of their live show.

The Shots – The Worth
The Shots – Stand Up For Your Loving
The Shots – Do Me Wrong

Heyday Entertainment Presents:
Battle Of The Blogs Round 1
Girl About Town vs The Broken Bell vs Bag Of Songs

Robes [MYSPACE]
River City Extension [MYSPACE]
The Shots [MYSPACE]

Thursday May 21st
$8 | 8PM | 21+UP
North Star Bar
27th & Poplar Streets
Philadelphia PA

HOT: BOS Presents Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom and Sudden Ensemble @ M Room

March 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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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 At World Cafe Live 03.14.09

Canadian Invasion – My Swashbuckling Days Are Over
Buy Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand
Canadian Invasion – Public Witness Program (Fugazi Cover)
Non Album Track

[MYSPACE]

Shawn Fogel Of Golden Bloom

Shawn Fogel Of Golden Bloom

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

Golden Bloom – Doomsday Devices
Ltd Edition 7″ vinyl
Shawn Fogel – Leaves, Corners, And Stones
Buy One Day In The Desert EP

[WEBSITE] [MYSPACE] [TWITTER]

Sudden Ensemble

Sudden Ensemble

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.

[MYSPACE]

Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom & Sudden Ensemble
Sunday March 29th
M Room
15 W Girard Avenue Philadelphia PA
8pm | $8 | 21+up