Tonight is fairly calm all around the surrounding areas…perhaps this is it…nap time? No wait! What’s this? In Philly Johnny Brenda’s has one of our favorite Philly bands, Aderbat, playing a sweet show. Also on the bill is the intriguing Obi Best (you definitely might like her) as well as Caves Of Mercury. If you can make it out, you’re in for a treat.
mp3: Aderbat – Pilgrim
mp3: Obi Best – Swedish Boy
Tonight in Baltimore don’t miss out on some heated shows for a cold night. The Talking Head has The Golden Filter, Future Islands, and Smart Growth while the Hexagon has Microwave Background, Holy Ghost Party, and Weekends. If you head down to DC you can catch a few solid shows as well. The Red and the Black has Fffever, Kitty Hawk, The Naked Hearts, and Fugitive Kind while the Black Cat has Nightmares On Wax. Also don’t let it slip your mind that it’s night # three of shows by Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 Club. Up north in Philly there’s a sweet one at the Danger Danger Gallery with Rafter, Sea Sick, Grandchildren, Bear Is Driving, Knotfeeder, Dog On The Loos, and The Mexico 1910. Finally at Johnny Brenda’s New Motels perform with Aderbat, Levee Drivers, and Ravens and Vultures. Enjoy!
mp3: The Naked Hearts – Call Me
mp3: Thievery Corporation – Omid (Hope)
mp3: Rafter – Juicy
mp3: New Motels – Modern Thinker
mp3: Grandchildren – Saturn Returns
mp3: Fffever – Le Song
mp3: Cut Copy – Far Away (The Golden Filter Remix)
mp3: Aderbat – Pilgrim
Tonight it’s going to be hard to choose which show to see. At the 8×10 Eureka Birds have their CD Release show (it’s an awesome album!) while NYC’s The Bloodsugars and The Lisps play Metro Gallery. It’s a tough decision. Down south in DC The Gutter Twins play the Black Cat while Scott Miller and Vandaveer take on Iota in Arlington, VA. Up north in Philly there’s a load of great shows to go to. The Sea and Cake play First Unitarian Church, The Decemberists play the Electric Factory with Loch Lomond, The Mountain Goats perform at the Fillmore at the TLA with Kaki King, and finally Illinois, Aderbat, and Drink Up Buttercup liven up The Fire. Enjoy!
mp3: Eureka Birds – Dinosaurs
mp3: The Decemberists – Eli, The Barrowboy
mp3: Vandaveer – Roman Candle
mp3: The Bloodsugars – Saint Of Containment
mp3: The Lisps – Brackish Water
mp3: Drink Up Buttercup – Seasickness Pills
mp3: Aderbat – Recycled Language
Photo by Julie Massimini
Tonight here in Baltimore the Lo-Fi Social Club has a great show with PA’s Aderbat, The Cheater’s Club, Teadora Nikolova, and Pressure Sing. Also in DC, the Black Cat has a phenomenal show with Tilly and The Wall, The Ruby Suns, and Exit Clov. Enjoy!
mp3: Tilly and The Wall – Cacophony
mp3: The Ruby Suns – There Are Birds
mp3: Aderbat – No One Would Notice
Tonight in DC don’t miss Hot Lava, Kitty Hawk, and Sweet Teeth at DC9. If you happen to be in Philly tonight there’s two great shows. Johnny Brenda’s has local favorite Aderbat along with East Hundred, Bitter Bitter Weeks, and Lillie Ruth Bussey. Over at the North Star Bar, House of Fire perform with The Shackeltons, The Tragics, and Bottle Up & Go. Photo by Ed Roper
mp3: Aderbat – Mastodon
mp3: Kitty Hawk – Move Me
mp3: House Of Fire – Walking Along The Sun
mp3: The Shackeltons – Your Movement
Aderbat, aka Bucks County, PA’s own Matt Taylor, is about to release his debut LP, We Belong To The Sea in July. I was lucky enough to preview this album recently and walked away with Josh Rouse singing Bends-era Radiohead songs as a first impression. What does this all mean? It means that Taylor’s songs are thoughtfully written and emotionally performed. His raspy voice takes you down a country highway, while the overall song structure has you bobbing your head to something a bit more modern. The production isn’t over-glorified, yet it isn’t simple either. Takes for instance the strings on Recycled Language. They chime in like drum beats echoing every rhythm, giving it an angular Vanderslice feel to it. It’s these types of inclusions that broaden the album for the listener. Different instruments play their role to a tee heightening the emotional vision of We Belong To The Sea. Don’t just take my word for it, go see him and his Bucks County pals at their CD Release show on July 24th at Johnny Brenda’s.
mp3: Aderbat – Recycled Language
mp3: Aderbat – Busted Cars
As I’ve said many times before, nothing beats a great straight up rock band. The sun is shining and the windows are down. Now is not the time for the stereo gods to let you down. Well they didn’t. They promptly sent Athens, Georgia’s Mass Solo Revolt to the left, right, and rear speakers blazing their Modest Mouse shrouded in Pinback imitating Jawbox sound. Trust me, my steering wheel took a beating. But that’s just where it starts. Mass Solo Revolt, a project of song crafter, Martin Brummeler, have been gracing my audio system all week with their self released debut, Easy Mark. This rock brings joy to a music lover that grew up on Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Jawbox, and Modest Mouse. Thank you, stereo gods.
mp3: Mass Solo Revolt – Easy Mark
mp3: Mass Solo Revolt – All Bark
Another Sunday….another buffet. What more could you ask for?
Aderbat is the brainchild of Matt Taylor from Doylestown, PA. They play silky smooth indie pop rock that pleases me every time I take it for a spin. Pick up there Man Overboard EP that’s out now or check them at John & Peter’s on May 14th in New hope, PA or at Pete’s Candy Store in NYC on May 21st.
mp3: Aderbat – I Need Someone –> website –> buy
Destroy Cowboy is five member band from Birmingham, UK that plays sensory healing electronic-ish music. You may have seen them supporting Stars, Apostle Of Hustle, or Tokyo Police Club. If not, here’s your chance.
mp3: Destroy Cowboy – 1000 Candles –> website –> buy
The Winter Sounds are a fine band from Athens, Georgia. They have a kind of emo-crazed Shins sound going on which is quite intoxicating. Catch them playing shows all over the south and Georgia (check their myspace for ‘em).
mp3: The Winter Sounds – Oblivion –> website –> buy
Future Tips are a five piece from Philly. They describe themselves as “Archers of Loaf getting drunk with The Who.” Nuff said.
mp3: Future Tips – Chins Up –> website