LIVE : 02.29.08 Scary Monster and It’s A King Thing At The Tritone

March 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos from this past Friday night, Leap Day, February 29th with Scary Monster and It’s A King Thing at Tritone In Philadelphia. Going with an orange theme as the what to wear color of the night, Scary Monster started it off with a rocking set of indie pop songs from their upcoming CD. New Jersey’s It’s a King Thing followed with their blend of guitar power pop, sort of sounding like a cross between Weezer and Nada Surf. Brian from It’s A King Thing was getting shocked by the microphone so he ended up covering it with the drummer’s sock right off his foot as you can see in the photos and singing into it the whole night. Made for some entertaining humor from the stage for sure. A great night of music all around.

MP3: Scary Monster – True Love, Good Morning
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MP3: It’s A King Thing – My Mini Van Just Died
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Monday Morning Blues : Robert Randolph Live

January 28, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Tapping the Live Music Archive today for an incendiary performance from pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph. Robert is a New Jersey native that began playing the steel guitar in the House of God Church worship services and has since gone on to tour alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, North Mississippi Allstars and others.

Robert Randolph And The Family Band
March 3 2002 at Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado

Run For Your Life
The March*
Pressing My Way
Shake Your Hips+^
I Don’t Know What You Come To Do
Tears Of Joy
Voodoo Child

The whole show in one zip file

* with Danyel on rhythm guitar & Andy Hess on bass
+ with Neil Casal on guitar
^ with Bill McKay (Leftover Salmon) on organ
~ with Shannon McNally on vocals, and Dan Fadel on drums


The Best Live Shows Of 2007 I Saw

December 9, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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!!!, House Of Fire, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, Adam Arcuragi, Adrienne Young, algernon cadwallader, ALO, Amos Lee, Andrew Lipke, Anthony Lattanze Band, Apollo Sunshine, Art Brut, Audible, BC Camplight, Beach House, Beretta 76(3), Billy Harvey, Bitter Bitter Weeks(3), Black Mountain, Blitzen Trapper, Blonde Redhead, Bob Mould, Brown Recluse Sings, Bruce Springsteen(2), Buried Beds, Buzz Zeemer, Canadian Invasion(2), Cartwright, Cloud Minder, Cover Band, Cracker, Creeping Weeds(8), David Vandervelde, Daymaker, Denison Witmer, Donny Hue & The Colors, Dr. Horsemachine, Drink Up Buttercup, Earl Greyhound, Eastern Conference Champions, Elevator Parade, Emma Pollock, Enon, Esctatic Sunshine, Exit Clov, Fountains of Wayne, Foxycontin(3), G.Love Solo, Gildon Works, Gore Gore Girls, Grammar Debate, Grand Electric, Hail Social, Holy Fuck, Hong Kong Stingray, Hoots & Hellmouth, Ian D.G.Bennett, Illinois(2), Illuminea(3), Immaculate Machine, Jana Peri, Jealous Girlfriends(3), John Flynn, Jonathan Richman, Josh Ritter, Joshua Marcus, Jukebox Zeroes, Julian Velard, Kim Richey, LCD Soundsystem, Like A Fox, Limbeck, Love Of Diagrams, Martin Sexton, Mint Chicks, Nada Surf, Napalm Sunday, Neko Case, Nethers, New Pornographers, OK Go, Okay Paddy, Oppenheimer, Paper Trigger, Piebald, Public Record(2), Rhett Miller(2), Robert Hazard, Ruder Than You, Rufus Wainwright, Run to Sandy, Ryan Adams, Sam Champion, Sam Roberts Band, Say Hi, Shane, Sharon Little, Silversun Pickups, Snow Patrol, Steel Train, Switches, The A-Sides(4), the bees and the birds, The Bloodsugars, The Boggs, The Broken West(3), The Canon Logic, The Capitol Years, The Cat Empire, The Cave Singers, The Charms, The Clientele, The Cobbs, The Comas, The Cribs, The Cryptkeeper 5, The Fiendz, The Format, The Frantic(2), The Fratellis, The Gripweeds, The Hold Steady(2), The Hoodoo Gurus, The Ladybug Transistor, The Novenas, The Peace Creeps(2), The Peekers, The Prayers, The Rigbees, The Safes, The Slip, The Smithereens, The Smoking Popes, The Swimmers(13), The Swinging Neckbreakers, The Thrives, The Velvet Teen, The Whigs, These United States, Upsince Friday, Vampire Weekend, VHS or Beta, Walter Meego, War on Drugs, Whales and Cops, White Rabbits, Wild Sweet Orange, Will Hoge, XYZ Affair, Milton And The Devils Party, World/Inferno Friendship Society

Just so no one is left out as I can’t honestly saw I saw too many sub par shows this past year, the list above is all of the bands I’ve seen at the roughly 75 or so shows I’ve seen since January. A couple I didn’t get to see were Arcade Fire and The National, two I would really have liked to.

The Philadelphia music scene is just amazing right now and my favorite venue of the past year hands down goes to Johnny Brendas, where I saw over twenty shows. Rolling Stone magazine named it in their recent Hot issue as Hot Music Club and it is well deserved, it is outstanding on all counts.

The list below represents my standout shows of the year in roughly chrononlogical order.

The Hold Steady @ The Stone Pony and The TLA – The Hold Steady is out playing good old sweat drenched rock and roll, and the communal experience at one of ther shows is amazing. One of the best American bands playing live today.

Snow Patrol @ The Tweeter Center – Snow Patrol’s album was one of my favorites of 2006, this was my second time seeing them and although the first was in a smaller club this one delivered.

The Clientele @ Johnny Brendas [More]- Went to see this on a whim on a Monday night, mostly songs from their excellent new God Save The Clientele cranked up a notch for a live setting.

!!! w/ Holy F*ck @ The TLA – I expected a non stop funk filled dance fest from !!!, but Holy F*ck was one of my great surprises of the year and were as good as or maybe even better than !!!

LCD Soundsystem @ The TLA [More]- a free Myspace sponsored show in a club. They took one of the best albums of the year to an even higher level live.

Ryan Adams @ World Cafe Live Free At Noon – Ryan Adams return to form with a breathtaking all acoustic set.

David Vandervelde w/ Blitzen Trapper @ Johnny Brendas [More]- This was on a Monday night coming after three days in a row at the WXPN music fest having just seen some 25 or so great bands and it still blew my mind.

The Cribs @ Johnny Brendas [More]- Do not miss this band if you have the chance, one of the true “holy shit !” performances I saw this year. A three piece band that comes at you with the in your face live fury of The Ramones.

Illuminea CD release party w/ The Swimmers @ Johnny Brendas [More]- Two of Philadelphia’s finest playing stellar sets on the same night.

The Format @ The Trocadero – The Format have one of the best high energy fun shows going.

Josh Ritter @ World Cafe Free At Noon [More]- Josh Ritter kicks it up a notch with a band for this tour and just absolutely delivetrs apon all counts. Phenomenal. An acoustic cover of Springsteen’s The River was one of the single best performances of any song I witnessed all year by any band.

The A-Sides CD Release Party w/ The Capitol Years,Bitter Bitter Weeks @ Johnny Brendas [More]- Philadlelphia bands sharing a bill know how to bring out the best in each other and this was no exception. Top notch performances by all three of the bands.

Bruce Springsteen @ Wachovia Center (10/6/07) – The second night of two for Bruce in Philadelphia, while the first night was marred by horrible sound and an average performance, this night was classic Springsteen and just tore the roof off.

Black Mountain @ Johnny Brendas [More]- I’ve been waiting nearly two years for Black Mountain to head back out on tour, and this was worth the wait. A rhythmic, psychedelic tour de force. A friend I took with me who had never heard of them walked out saying it was one of the best club shows he’d ever seen.

The Creeping Weeds @ The Khyber and Johnny Brendas [More & More]- Another of Philadelphia’s finest, the opening and closing nights of their summer tour were both brilliant.

Jealous Girlfriends @ The Khyber,Tritone & Johnny Brendas [More]- The first time I saw the NYC’s Jealous Girlfriends I was blown away. Every show after that lived up to the high standard set by the first one. An excellent live band.

The Shots @ The Khyber [More]- Another Philadelphia band, I just happened to catch these guys on an opening slot in which they blew the two bands that followed of the stage.
My newest Philly band to watch out for.

LIVE: The A-Sides at World Cafe Live 9-20-07

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Philadelphia’s The A-Sides new album Silver Storms is a shimmering, glorious, epic sounding pop record released this past Tuesday. This afternoon they brought their equally amazing live showto the World Cafe Live for a live broadcast on WXPN.
Here’s a couple pictures and a link to the archived live show on NPR’s site.
Next week they embark on a tour that will bring one of Philadelphia’s finest to all the corners of the country. Head on out and see it for yourself when they come your way.

Click here to listen to the archived live broadcast

Upcoming Tour Dates
Sep 25 2007 8:00P Numbers w/ Pinback Houston, Texas
Sep 26 2007 8:00P House Of Blues w/ Pinback New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 27 2007 8:00P Club Downunder w/ Pinback Tallahasee, Florida
Sep 28 2007 8:00P The Social w/ Pinback Orlando, Florida
Sep 29 2007 8:00P Common Grounds w/ Pinback Gainesville, Florida
Oct 9 2007 8:00P The LC Pavilion w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Columbus, Ohio
Oct 10 2007 8:00P The Gargoyle w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists St. Louis
Oct 11 2007 1:00P DAYTROTTER SESSION! You can listen at Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 11 2007 7:00P The Redstone Room Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 12 2007 8:00P Metro w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Chicago, Illinois
Oct 13 2007 8:00P First Avenue w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 14 2007 8:00P The Aquarium w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Fargo, North Dakota
Oct 17 2007 8:00P Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Oct 18 2007 8:00P Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Oct 19 2007 8:00P Glass House Pomona, California
Oct 20 2007 8:00P Plush Tucson, Arizona
Oct 22 2007 8:00P Halley’s Denton, Texas
Oct 23 2007 8:00P Emo’s Alternative Ausitn, Texas
Oct 24 2007 8:00P The Proletariat Houston, Texas
Oct 25 2007 8:00P The Red Star Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 26 2007 8:00P Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 27 2007 8:00P The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 28 2007 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 30 2007 8:00P Black Cat Backstage Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 2 2007 8:00P Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 3 2007 8:00P Knitting Factory New York City, New York
Nov 4 2007 8:00P The Middle East(u) Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 6 2007 8:00P Zoo Bizarre Montreal, Quebec
Nov 8 2007 8:00P Sneaky Dee’s Toronto, Ontario
Nov 9 2007 8:00P Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Nov 10 2007 8:00P Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 11 2007 8:00P Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 12 2007 8:00P High Dive Denver, Colorado
Nov 13 2007 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 15 2007 8:00P Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Nov 16 2007 8:00P Doug Fur Lounge Portland, Oregon

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TONIGHT In NYC : Artanker Convoy, MGMT + more

September 20, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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My apologies as the necessities of real life have made me somewhat of a blog posting slacker this week.

Artanker Convoy sent me a message earlier this week asking if I could make mention of a last minute show they just scheduled for tonight. I hadn’t listened to their music before, but I gave their new cd Cozy Endings a listen and I have to say I’m really impressed and grooving on their original blend of spacey jazz oriented instrumental music. I highly recommend you check them out tonight if you’re in the New York City area.

Also playing tonight is MGMT(more on MGMT by the lovely Kate at TGH here) before heading off to tour with Of Montreal for most of the fall.

It Lives and Binary Marketing Show are on the bill tonight as well.

MP3: Artanker Convoy – Geyser
Buy Cozy Endings

TONIGHT ! Thursday September 20th at 8:00PM
Artanker Convoy, MGMT, Binary Marketing Show,It Lives at Studio B Brooklyn NY


LIVE : Josh Ritter @ World Cafe Live 8.24.07

September 1, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Just about a week ago I had a chance to catch Josh Ritter play as show for WXPN’s Free At Noon series at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. It ended up being one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. Now, thanks to the magic of a friend who rocks, I have it to share with all of you today. This is the radio broadcast portion, Josh also came back out after it was off air and did a spine chilling rendition of Bruce Springsteen‘s The River as well as his own song Kathleen to cap off the afternoon. Enjoy on this holiday weekend.

WXPN Free At Noon with Josh Ritter
August 24, 2007 at World Cafe Live

Mind’s Eye
To The Dog Or Whoever
Open Doors
The Temptation Of Adam
Girl In The War
Right Moves
Empty Hearts

encore off air
The River (Springsteen)

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LIVE tonight ! Contramano

June 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Looking for something to do tonight in Philadelphia. Head on down the World Cafe Live and catch Contramano. A trio fronted by Brooklyn via Argentina cello player Pablo Cubarle, Contramano’s music is a raw and powerful blend of alternative indie rock and precussive Latin rhythms. Imagine the sound of throwing the Talking Heads, The Pixies, Cold War Kids and Los Lonely Boys all together and you’ll start to get an idea of what they sound like.

Their new album Unsatisfecho is eleven songs full of quirky danceable endearing goodness that will keep you coming back again and again. Check out the title track Unsatisfied for a taste of their unique mix of influences.

MP3: Contramano – Unsatisfied
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Here’s a taste of Contramano live playing the song Contramano at Queens Theatre in the Park in NYC

The Midnight Sessions : Contramano w/DJ KiK
Saturday , June 9, 2007
World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
at Midnight


Were You On The List ?: LCD Soundsystem in Philly

June 7, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Sometimes it’s good to be on “The List“. Last night’s LCD Soundsystem show at The TLA(Fillmore) in Philadelphia was a freebie sponsored by myspace’s “The List“. All of the tickets were given away free via a myspace contest. Local radio station Y-Rock also gave some away. The free tickets insured the place was packed as Myspace was filming the entire concert to be placed on the web later. Considering it was a myspace giveaway the crowd was a good mix of all ages not overly skewed towards myspace’s younger demographic. Doors opened at 8:00 but LCD didn’t hit the stage until approximately 9:15 and they played until about 10:30. Just over an hour, but the energy level was insane through the whole thing. As electronic as they may sound there’s no drum machines, they play all of it with a full band and let me tell you they know how to rock. I’d say the highlights were the faster more rocking version Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, All My Friends, which was absolutely transcendent live far superior to the album version,and Yeah which had the entire crowd going nuts and singing along.
The Joy Division cover in the encore was also very cool to get All in all a great show, definitely worth catching if they come your way. Except for a handful of US shows most of their upcoming tour dates are in Europe and beyond.

LCD Soundsystem (Myspace “The List”)
6/6/07 at the TLA(Fillmore) Philadelphia PA

Us Vs Them
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Time To Get Away
North American Scum
All My Friends
Watch The Tapes

No Love Lost (Joy Division cover)
New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

UPDATE 6/11/07 : Here’s aphoto from the show

Upcoming Tour Dates
Jun 8 2007 8:00P Mezzanine San Francisco, California
Jun 10 2007 8:00P The El Rey Los Angeles, California
Jun 11 2007 8:00P The El Rey Los Angeles, California
Jun 12 2007 8:00P El Rey Los Angeles, California
Jun 16 2007 8:00P Hyde Park Festival w/ DAFT PUNK London
Jun 17 2007 8:00P Wireless Festival Leeds
Jun 30 2007 8:00P Wertcher Festival Wertcher
Jul 1 2007 8:00P Heineken Opener Festival Gdynia
Jul 4 2007 8:00P Super Bock Super Rock Festival Lisbon
Jul 5 2007 8:00P Roskillde Festival Roskillde
Jul 8 2007 8:00P CALVI ON THE ROCKS FESTIVAL Corsica
Jul 12 2007 8:00P TRAFFIC FESTIVAL Turin
Jul 13 2007 8:00P Summercase Barcelona, Barcelona
Jul 14 2007 8:00P Summercase Madrid, undefined
Jul 18 2007 8:00P Ibiza Rocks Festival Ibiza
Jul 20 2007 8:00P Vieilles Charrues Vieilles Charrues
Aug 3 2007 8:00P lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois
Aug 4 2007 8:00P V festival Washington DC, Washington DC
Aug 11 2007 8:00P SUMMERSONIC Tokyo
Aug 12 2007 8:00P SUMMERSONIC Osaka
Aug 17 2007 8:00P ROUTE DU LA ROCK Saint Malo
Aug 19 2007 8:00P LOWLANDS Holland, Zuid-Holland
Aug 24 2007 8:00P Carling Festival Leeds
Aug 25 2007 8:00P Creamfields Festival Liverpool
Aug 26 2007 8:00P Carling Festival Reading
Aug 31 2007 8:00P ELECTRIC PICNIC .
Sep 1 2007 8:00P Mandela Hall Belfast
Sep 2 2007 8:00P Connect Inverary Castle, Scotland

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Ryan Adams Live

May 31, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Ryan Adams Nashville 10/28/99 – Photo By Stephen Schenkenberg

Well the number of you that have been stopping by looking for new Ryan Adams songs has been incredible the past few weeks and with the impending release of Easy Tiger and the upcoming tour, anticipation has been reaching a fever pitch. To hold you over for the next three weeks or so here’s a classic show from the Exit/In in Nashville from October 28, 1999. This show happened prior to the release of the now classic Heartbreaker and is one of Ryan’s first solo outings. Plenty of still unreleased songs here, as well as a guest appearance from Gillian Welch. This show still ranks up there for me as one of Ryan’s all time best performances.

Ryan Adams
October 28, 1999
Exit/In Nashville, TN

Born Yesterday
Funny How I’m Losing You
Memories Of You
Oh My Sweet Valentine
To Be The One
Hey There, Mrs. Lovely
In My Time Of Need
Onslow County
Revelator +
Dancing With The Women At The Bar +

Helpless +
Return Of The Grievous Angel +
16 Days +

Encore 2
Nighttime Gals
Statuettes With Wounds

+ w/Gillian Welch

Complete show as a zipfile


Ryan Adams Upcoming Tour dates so far(via pollstar)
Sun 06/03/07 Paris, FRA La Maroquinerie
Thu 06/07/07 London, UK Koko
Fri 06/08/07 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Mon 06/18/07 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Tue 06/19/07 Chicago, IL Black Orchid Showroom
Wed 06/20/07 Detroit, MI Gem Theatre
Fri 06/22/07 Toronto, ON Enwave Theatre
Sun 06/24/07 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Thu 06/28/07 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore Philadelphia At TLA
Fri 06/29/07 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
Fri 08/03/07 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 09/01/07 Turin, NY Snow Ridge Ski Area

LIVE : Hoodoo Gurus at World Cafe Live Wednesday, March 21, 2007

March 30, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus returned to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 for the first time in over ten years, blazing through a set of songs from their entire career like they’d never been gone. Opening act : Shane

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