LIVE : Roomtone CD Release Party @ Johnny Brendas

August 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A few photos from this past Thursday night’s Roomtone Cd Release Party @ Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia with Jukebox The Ghost, Roomtone, and The Future Tips. Jukebox The Ghost kicked it off to an excellent running start with their Ben Folds-esque blend of piano based pop. Roomtone was up next celebrating the release of their fine new cd Hits & Mrs. Alex Yaker took the stage with what is essentially an all star six piece backup band which included Catherine Cavella on Cello, Fabrizio Siciliano on Guitar,Ben Yoblick on Drums, Joe Lekkas on Bass, Caroline McNeel on background vocals and percussion, and Dawn Webster on an assortment of horns. They played an amazing set of music comprised mainly of songs from the new CD, with a sound that falls somewhere between the chamber pop of Lloyd Cole and the Brazilian rhythms of Sergio Mendez. Future Tips closed out the night with a blistering set of guitar driven power pop think Twin Cinema ear New Pornographers crossed with The Undertones. A fantastic night of Philadelphia music all around.

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Jukebox The Ghost

Roomtone




Future Tips

LIVE : Creeping Weeds,BOAT,Drink Up Buttercup, Greyhounds 08.15.08 @ Johnny Brendas

August 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some pictures from last Friday night’s amazing show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Greyhounds kicked off the night in true rock and roll style opening their set with a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town which they seamlessy segued into their first song of the night. Drink Up Buttercup were up next, delivering a set of the psychedelic tinged rock circus that has been garnering them numerous accolades as of late. They ended their set by doing their last two songs in the audience with everyone clapping, stomping and singing along. Seattle’s BOAT follwed, their sound is somewhat like a power pop version of Pavement. They had a fun time bantering with the crowd and even brought one heckler/audience member down from the balcony to play tambourine on a song with them. Creeping Weeds closed the night with a stellar set of old and new songs and even worked in their cover of BOAT‘s I’m A Donkey For Your Love which BOAT did not play earlier. Do not miss the BOAT/Creeping Weeds tour if it heads your way this week.

Greyhounds
Drink Up Buttercup
BOAT
Creeping Weeds


LIVE: Aderbat CD Release Party @ Johnny Brendas

July 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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My apologies to Lillie Ruth Bussey for missing her set as I arrived at Johnny Brenda’s this past Thursday Night for Aderbat‘s Cd Release party just as Bitter Bitter Weeks was taking the stage. They opened with one of my personal favorites of theirs, Lo-Res and the night was off to excellent start. Bitter Bitter Weeks jangly shimmering guitar pop sounded excellent despite the fact that Brian McTear was having some trouble with his voice going out early into their set. Next up was an hotly anticipated set by East Hundred, the crowd in the room seemed to double as they prepared to play. Fronted by the charismatic and charming Beryl Guceri their audience seems to be growing everytime I see them. They have a keyboard driven sound with an early eighties feel that would not sound out of place alongside bands like Echo and The Bunnymen or Siouxsie And The Banshees. Aderbat was up next, kicking off their set with We Belong To The Sea, the title track from their brilliant new album. Aderbat‘s music is a finely woven tapestry of melody and soft dynamics that draws you in deep and keeps you there. Frontman Matt Taylor has a look similar to a young Bob Dylan and voice I can best describe as somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Imagine all that together and you’ll have an idea of what they kind of sound like. An excellent night of music all around.

Bitter Bitter Weeks

East Hundred
Aderbat

LIVE: 07.23.08 The Ting Tings @ Johnny Brendas

July 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Pattern Is Movement



The Ting Tings

Hey folks , don’t worry 5 On A Friday is coming, I’m just moving a little slow from a couple late rock and roll nights, early work mornings in a row. To tide you over while you wait, here’s a few pics from Wednesday night’s frenetic sold out dance party with TheTing Tings and Philly’s own Pattern Is Movement at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s. Just the few pics from me today and I’ll direct you to the to the more eloquent than I musings of my friends and blogging compatriots Trip from Teenage Kicks , Jessica from Popwreck(oning) and Carly from Girl About Town for their excellent reviews of the show.

LIVE : SSLY Boris Yeltsin,Via Audio, Aderbat 04.23.08 @ Johnny Brenda’s

April 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from last night’s show at Johnny Brenda’s In Philadelphia. Opening the night was Philly’s own Aderbat whose lead singer and bass player could pass for a young Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson respectively. It was my first time seeing them and they played an excellent set of music with a sound that falls somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Wilco. Great stuff, definitely add them to your list of must see Philly Bands. Up next was Brooklyn’s Via Audio, who played a high energy set of dance music with a distinctly eighties new wave overtone that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. Expect them to rise hot on the heels of fellow Brooklynites MGMT and Yeasayer real soon. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin closed the evening with their brand jangly guitar pop. After a rousing finale of their song Oceanographer, the boys came back out for an encore joined by the members of Via Audio for a “we didn’t practice this but we’re going to try it anyway” version of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box which, despite a few ramshackle moments, really rocked. See the lyric cliff notes they had on stage along with a scan of the setlist below. A great night of music all around.

Aderbat

Via Audio

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

TONIGHT in Philadelphia : Public Record CD Release Party @ Johnny Brenda’s

April 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Still debating what to do tonight in Philadelphia ?
Former BOS Artist Of The Day, Public Record, with their exciting blend of instrumental jazz/ska/rock takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s to celebtrate the release of their new CD on High Two Records. I’ll Be there, come on down and say hi.

MP3: Public Record – Mermaid’s Purse
Buy Public Record

Public Record CD Release Party
w/ Mahogany, Ravens and Vultures, and Arc In Round (members of Relay)
Wednesday April 16
Johnny Brenda’s
Frankford & Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

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LIVE: Holy F*ck, A Place To Bury Strangers, Gildon Works 03.20.08 @ Johnny Brenda’s

March 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Catching up on some backlog today, here’s a few photos from last Thursday night’s show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia with Gildon Works, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Holy F*ck. First up was Philadelphia’s Gildon Works, this was the sceond time I had seen them and it was even more impressive than the first. Since the last time I’d seen them they added a couple additional members including a female percussionist/backup vocalist. Their blend of psychedelic shoe gazey, noisey, pop really kicked the night off on a high note. Their new cd is being released soon , watch out for it. Next up was a band whose live show I had heard numerous raves about including a number of blistering appearances at SXSW, A Place To Bury Strangers. They did not disappoint. Taking the stage in total darkness, coming on like the bastard children of Jesus And Mary Chain and Sonic Youth, they proceeded to tear into a mind numbing aural assault of what can best be described as melodic white noise. Fueled by powerhouse drumming with guitar and bass turned up well past the distortion point, it was as mesmerizing as it was loud. The only real lighting during the show was some black and white film footage projected onto the stage, the mostly dark atmosphere only helped to increase the intensity. They ended their set with a strobe light flashing the whole time as the guitar player literally tore all the strings from his guitar in a haze of feedback drenched sound. Do not miss them if you get the chance, it was absolutely amazing. I would not have wanted to be the band to have to go on after them they set the bar incredibly high. Holy F*ck rose to the challenge however and drove the energy level even higher by working the crowd into a dancing frenzy with their instrumental and highly rhythmic songs. Go see these bands on tour if you can. For another take on the show be sure to read Carly’s review over at Girl About Town where you can also see some great photos of Holy F*ck by SinABox Camera.

Gildon Works – Artful Rifle
Buy Gildon Works EP
A Place To Bury Strangers – My Weakness
Buy A Place To Bury Strangers
Holy F*ck -Lovely Allen
Buy Holy Fuck LP

Gildon Works

A Place To Bury Strangers




Holy Fuck

LIVE: Jotto, Squaaks, The Chimeras,Thinking Machines @ Johnny Brenda’s 03.15.08

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While most of the music world was converging on Austin, Texas for the SXSW conference, Philadelphia was still asserting it’s place as a music city to reckoned with last night at Johnny Brenda’s. First up in a preview of next month’s Bag Of Songs night April 20th at The M Room were the Thinking Machines with an amazing set of songs from their brand new cd, A Complete Record Of Urban Archaeology. A guitar oriented rhythmic sound sound I can best describe as sort of like Gang Of Four meets Fugazi. Next up was folk-edelic stylings of The Chimeras playing songs from their new disc, Party Of God, a loosely conceptual rumination on war and religion in the middle east. Baltimore’s Squaaks were next, tearing through a tight set of their blend of high energy rock. Jotto closed the evening with a set of dancey music that fans of current buzz bands Yeasayer or MGMT would love.

MP3: Thinking Machines – Return To The Red Sun
Buy A Complete Record Of Urban Archaeology
MP3: The Chimeras – Good Friday
Buy Party Of God
MP3: Squaaks – Be Dry My Bleeding Heart
Buy Rock Control
MP3: Jotto – Backyard Circus
Buy Jotto EP

Thinking Machines

The Chimeras

Squaaks

Jotto


LIVE : 02.20.08 Black Mountain , Bon Iver @ Johnny Brenda’s

February 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A few pictures from last nights dazzling, sold out Black Mountain and Bon Iver show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Bon Iver‘s hushed acoustic numbers took on an even greater intensity as they opened with a set that held the audience in silent rapture for the whole thing. It reminded me a lot of the shows Ryan Adams used to do with just himself and a guitar in his early post Whiskeytown days. A powerful quiet intensity. Black Mountain then turned it around 180 degrees with their thundering psychedelic juggernaut of sound. Playing a set consisting of mostly material from their new In The Future disc and closing out with a blistering encore of Don’t Run Our Hearts Around from their first disc. A stunning live band not to be missed if their tour comes near your city. Check out more photos from SinABox Camera along with Carly’s excellent writeup of the show over at Girl About Town.

Bon Iver
Black Mountain


PHOTOS: Photon Band CD Release Party At Johnny Brendas

February 9, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos of the Photon Band from last night’s CD release party at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. It was an all Philadelphia night with excellent opening sets by The Novenas and Canadian Invasion capped off by the Photon Band’s amazing set of psychedelic-funk-power-garage-pop featuring plenty of songs from their brand new Get Down Here In The Stratosphere EP.





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