Unlocked: Watch Lantern tear up various Philly stages in our video roundup (playing Johnny Brenda’s Friday)

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LanternA thing about Lantern, the band we’ve been spotlighting all week on Unlocked. Sure they make solid recordings, and their new one – Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach - is easily their best. But they can play. You could append that to say “play circles around” plus whomever you’d like to compare. Seriously – they’re tight, they’re charismatic, they high-precision and unhinged at the same time. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to catch them on a show with drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo’s Pharmacists) or saxophone player Dave Fishkin, it’s an all-out throwdown. Below, we’ve gathered a collection of videos from the band’s Philly appearances this year. Documented by YouTube videographers Pilgrim’s Progress and Live Philly Concerts, we see Lantern playing Kung Fu Necktie in January, opening for Pissed Jeans at Underground Arts in February and at Johnny Brenda’s in April. Watch them and get amped to see Lantern at JBs again this Friday for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach release show.

Rock ‘N; Roll Rorschach is the featured album in this edition of Unlocked; hear the spotlighted track “Evil Eye” in Monday’s post, read yesterday’s album review; and check back later this week for an interview and a selection of nuggets in the band’s back catalogue.

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