TONIGHT in Philly : Drink Up Buttercup, Cheers Elephant, The New Motels and The Major Leagues at The Khyber

January 29, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Looking for something to do in the Philadelphia area tonight ? Head on down to The Khyber for the final night of the Cheers Elephant / Drink Up Buttercup January residency. Four great bands to keep your winter night warm.
I’ll be there, stop by and say hi.

Tuesday January 29th
Drink Up Buttercup,Cheeer Elephant,The New Motels, and The Major Leagues
8 PM at The Khyber 56 S. 2nd Street Philadephia, PA 19106

MP3: Drink Up Buttercup – Young Ladies
MP3: Cheers Elephant – Wide Eyed

MP3: The New Motels – Modern Thinker

MP3: The Major Leagues – Equal Uncle


LIVE : 03.14.07 The Creeping Weeds,The Novenas @ The Khyber

March 16, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos of a stellar performance by The Creeping Weeds and The Novenas from Wednesday March 14th at The Khyber in Philadelphia PA. Hong Kong Stingray and Timothy Bracken Complex were also on the bill for a great night of Philadelphia local music.

The Novenas

Creeping Weeds

From The Mailbag : The Swimmers,Triggers,New Chelsea Taube

January 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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First up from the mail bag today, The Swimmers.
from their myspace bio :

The Swimmers are a band based on a story. It’s not the story of how the
Philadelphia four-piece met or of how they came to music or even how they shook
off their alt-country tendencies; it’s the story of a young man who swims home
through the backyard pools in his affluent suburban town only to find his home
abandoned and ruined.

Former One Star Hotel frontman Steve Yutzy-Burkey
based his new pop project on the famous short story, “The Swimmer” by John
Cheever, suddenly so inspired that he dismantled One Star Hotel to complete an
album’s worth of ambitious, upbeat songs far removed from the band’s jangly
country style.

Let me be one of the first to proclaim their new album Fighting Trees the first truly important release of 2007. Forget all about the new Shins,this is one disc you need to have right now. In trying to find a way to describe their sound, names like Tweedy, Dando, and McCartney spring to mind. This is an album chock full of intelligent, catchy songs. Watch for it to be released early this year, it is a must have.

The Swimmers are:
Steve Yutzy-Burkey, Rick Sieber, Krista Yutzy-Burkey, Scott French

With many thanks to the band here’s the first song off of Fighting Trees for a limited time only.
Stream the entire album at their website.

MP3: The Swimmers -It’s Time They Knew


Be sure to get out and catch them live soon. They have a Wednesday night residency coming up at the Khyber in Philadelphia during the month of February and a Sunday night residency at Pianos in New York City in March.

Upcoming Shows
Jan 20 2007 9:00P Tric Town January @ Mojo 13 Wilmington, Delaware
Feb 3 2007 9:00P Great Scott Allston, Massachusetts
Feb 7 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 8 2007 10:00P Sin-e New York, New York
Feb 14 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 21 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 28 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 10 2007 9:00P DC-9 DC, Washington DC
Mar 11 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York
Mar 18 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York
Mar 25 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York

Up next is Pittsburgh based band Triggers

Imagine if Ben Folds and Devo joined forces with some help from Elvis Costello to form a band, and you have an idea of what Triggers sounds like. Triggers new EP, Elude the Suits, takes the sound introduced on their first demo and refines it even further. From the jumpy staccato new wave guitar hook of Eyes Like A Ninja to the hyper pop She Had Me At Takeoff with its falsetto vocal, to the piano pounding rocker Anyone At Anytime, Elude The Suits is full of great pop songs.

Triggers are :

Joe Kasler – Bass, Vocals
Rich Kawood – Drums, Vocals
Adam Rousseau – Guitar, Vocals
Brett Zoric – Keyboards, Vocals

MP3 : Triggers How Do I Get To The Roof
from Triggers Demo

Stream the new Elude The Suits EP on their website:

Upcoming Shows
Jan 19 2007 Southminster Church PGH, PA 8pm ALL AGES w/ TBA
Jan 26 2007 Brillobox PGH, PA 10pm w/ Life in Bed, The Receiver. 21+
Mar 9 2007 Brillobox PGH, PA 10pm w/ Donora and Librarians. 21+

And last but certainly not least, a new song called Wilson, from Bag Of Songs favorite the lovely and talented Chelsea Taube.

MP3: Chelsea Taube – Wilson

myspace :

Upcoming Shows
Jan 24 2007 07:00 PM – The Blue Note Cafe, Pontiac, Michigan
Feb 03 2007 05:00 PM – Kaya Coffee VOX ROX, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Feb 06 2007 08:00 PM – The Modern Exchange , Southgate, Michigan

5 On A Friday : 5 Bands to See In Philly Tonight

January 12, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Today for 5 on a Friday, 5 hot bands to see in Philadelphia tonight.

Luzer – A hard rocking Beatles / Elvis Costello influenced power pop band plays their final show.
Pawnshop Roses – Recent Winner of YouTube’s Best Live Band Video contest Pawnshop Roses headlines World Cafe with their Faces meets Black Crows meets Whiskeytown blend of alt-country.
Napalm Sunday and Buzz Zeemer two of Philly’s finest jangly power pop bands reunite and share the bill at Grape Street for a celebration of their label Record Cellar’s final release the new compilation Town and Country
Rich Kaufman formerly of Philly favorites, Electric Love Muffin and Rolling Hayseeds headlines a show at The Khyber with his current band Foxycontin

1: Luzer – Come On Mandy
Pawnshop Roses – Fading Out
Napalm Sunday -In My Yard
4: Buzz Zeemer – Crush
Foxycontin – Dolphins

Pawnshop Roses with Luzer(FINAL SHOW),Pepper’s Ghost
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Luzer on at 7:30 PM

Napalm Sunday & Buzz Zeemer REUNION Show
January, 12 2007 at Grape Street
4100 Main Street, Manayunk, Pennsylvania
Napalm Sunday on at 8:15 PM Buzz Zeemer on at 9:15

Foxycontin with Daymaker,Surefire Broadcast,Classic Brown
The Khyber
56 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
9:00 PM