It’s Cool, Get Your Robes On

May 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Robes @ North Star Bar 05.21.09

Robes @ North Star Bar 05.21.

River City Extension @ North Star Bar 05.21.09

River City Extension @ North Star Bar 05.21.

The Shots @ North Star Bar 05.21.09

The Shots @ North Star Bar 05.21.09

Finally bringing you the answer today to the question, “Who in the hell won last week’s Battle Of The Blogs ?” Up against a smoking, but abbreviated set(if you were there you know what I mean, I’ll say no more) from BOS representatives The Shots, and an absolutely amazing performance from The Broken Bell‘s pick,River City Extension, Girl About Town‘s band of the night, Robes racked up the vote count to take home the winning title in the first round of Battle Of The Blogs, last Thursday Night at Philly’s North Star Bar.

Riding an amazing buzz right now in the Philly scene, Robes sound is steeped heavily in the influence of early eighties bands like Joy Division, Depeche Mode and Bauhaus but without the cold harshness of other current bands mining the same genre, like Interpol or Bloc Party. Their current release, The Breaks EP, is available for free download from their myspace page and they’re heading into Miner Street studios with Philly’s resident production genius Brian McTear to record the followup. If Brian’s recent work on the likes of East Hundred’s Passenger & Canadian Invasion’s Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand are any indication, it will be one of this year’s stellar records.

Robes :
Gregory- Vocals
Ryan- Guitar/Vocals
Kevin- Drums
JJ- Bass
Dan- Guitar

Robes – Another Drink
Robes – Fishtales

Download The Breaks EP

Upcoming Shows
June 5 2009 The First Unitarian Church with Denali 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

River City Extension [MYSPACE]
The Shots [MYSPACE]

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

Bag Of Songs Presents : Bojiban, The Shots, Sugar Canyon

February 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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It’s a President’s Day Weekend Extravaganza this Sunday February 15th in Philadelphia when Bag Of Songs Presents Bojibian, The Shots, and the debut of Sugar Canyon.

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.

Sugar Canyon – Attack Of The 50 Ft Woman(early DEMO)

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.

The Shots – Do Me Wrong

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.

Bojibian – Hallway
Buy Bojibian EP

Bag Of Songs Presents:
Bojibian, The Shots, & Sugar Canyon
Sunday February 15th
The M Room
15 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia PA
8PM | $8 | 21+UP

BOS Presents : The Shots,Murder Mystery,Thinking Machines, Canadian Invasion PLUS A CD Giveaway !

April 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The M Room in Phildelphia is where you need to be tomorrow night to catch the first “Bag Of Songs Presents” night. Here’s a little preview of what you have in store, plus, read all they way down for info on a CD giveaway !

The Shots:
Colt Morris – Vocals, Bass
Alex Blyskun – Guitar
Marcos Zerpa – Drums

Why you need to see The Shots : Ever say to yourself I wish I could have seen Led Zeppelin in 1969,or The Who Live At Leeds,or U2 in small club,or [insert your most lamented “I wish I saw them when”, musical regret here]. Well don’t blow it again. Your time is NOW to see The Shots delivering their amazing show in small venue.

The Shots – Do Me Wrong
More at [MYSPACE]

Murder Mystery:
Jeremy Coleman: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Laura Coleman: Drums, Vocals
Adam Fels: Bass, Vocals
Graham Roberts: Guitar, Vocals

Making their Philadelphia debut is Murder Mystery who released their album Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes in the fall of 2007 and have been garnering non stop accolades ever since. Bring your dancing shoes because their retro meets indie grooves will have you jumping around like you’re at a fifties sock hop.

Murder Mystery – Love Astronaut
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes

Thinking Machines:
Cody Brown
Marcus Epler
Sean Wolfe

This essentially the cd release party for The Thinking Machines who released their excellent A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology in early 2008. A rhythmic guitar driven record that translates exceptionally well into a powerful live show. Think something along the lines of Fugazi meets Gang of Four, or The Constantines and you’ll have an idea of what they’re all about.

Thinking Machines – Return To Red Sun
Buy A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology

Canadian Invasion:
Andy Canadian – vocals, guitar
Jim Foley – bass
Eric Miller – guitar
George Groves – drums
Chris Morita – guitar, vocals

Canadian Invasion holed up at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios with the amazing production team of Brian McTear and Amy Morrisey to record the followup to their Songs For The Atco Ghost and recorded what is currently one of the best unreleased records of 2008 in Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand, a jangly, harmony laden, lyric rich gem of a power pop record.

Canadian Invasion – Juvenilia
More at [MYSPACE]

GIVEAWAY : You can’t buy their album yet, but I have five copies to give away of a special limited edition 3 song sampler CD from Canadian Invasion‘s Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand. All you need to do to win is leave a comment or send an email to with “CI Contest” in the subject line. I’ll pick five random winners on Tuesday April 22, so don’t waste any time, get those entries in now.

Bag Of Songs Presents : The Shots, Murder Mystery, Thinking Machines, and Canadian Invasion – Sunday April 20th @ The M Room

March 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Mark your calendar now for Sunday April 20th and be sure to head on out to the inaugural Bag Of Songs Presents night at Philadelphia’s M Room. Featuring three of Philly’s finest bands The Shots, Thinking Machines and Canadian Invasion along the with what I’m pretty sure will be the Philadelphia debut of New York City’s Murder Mystery. A guaranteed night of great music and fun. See you all there.

TONIGHT in Philadelphia : The Shots

February 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Looking for something to do tonight ? Head on out and see recent BOS Artist Of The Day and and one of Philadelphia’s best live bands at the moment, The Shots.

MP3: The Shots – Do Me Wrong
More On Myspace

The Shots w/The Minor White, Kate Starr, and Missing Palmer West
Saturday February 9th at the North Star Bar 27th and Poplar Philadelphia PA

Artist of The Day : The Shots

December 2, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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So a couple weeks ago on a Tuesday night, The Shots were second on a four band bill, a spot usually reserved for bands playing their first show at a club, essentially an audition on what is generally an off night club wise. What I witnessed was a tighter than tight three piece band churning out an amazing set of rock and roll that reminded of the energy of Live At Leeds era The Who mixed with a bit of Oasis and Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure. Not only did they blow my mind, but they blew the two bands that followed them off the stage by such a wide margin it was ridiculous. Trust me, they’re going to be a band to watch out for in 2008 and are just one more reason why the Philadelphia music scene is hotter now than it’s been in years. Check out the couple songs below and head to their myspace for a couple more. They’ll be back at The Khyber in early January, I’ll definitely be there and so should you.

The Shots :
Colt – bass and vocals
Alex – guitar
Marcos – drums

MP3: The Shots – Stand Up For YOur Lovin’
MP3: The Shots – The Worth

Upcoming Shows:
The Shots w/King Of Siam, Rio Vouga and Action Set
Friday January 4th at The Khyber Philadelphia PA