Just Announced: Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann brings a new album to Johnny Brenda’s

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Eric Bachmann, frontman and songwriter for iconic indie quartet Archers of Loaf as well as his more recent, rootsy Crooked Fingers project, has announced his second solo album, No Recover. The follow-up to his 2016 self-titled debut, No Recover will features contributions by Archers guitarist Eric Johnson and guest vocalists Avery Leigh Draut and Liz Durrett. Bachmann also shared the album’s title track, a sparse acoustic ballad that sits in stark contrast to his fuzzy indie rock roots. Yet despite the sonic shift, Bachmann’s sing-along melodies remain as compelling as ever. Take a listen below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, Lisa Fischer at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, Eric Bachmann at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Okay, so we’re obviously pumped about Key Fest this weekend, and hope to see many of you there. But that’s just one of the many many live music options going on in the Philly region. Here are a few others, beginning with midwestern roots rockers Houndmouth, who headline Union Transfer tonight. They’re still touring hard on the strength of Little Neon Limelight, released in 2014; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Archers of Loaf playing Union Transfer in July

Archers Of Loaf | Photo via
Archers Of Loaf | Photo via

The 90s indie rock band Archers of Loaf have reunited, and are playing Philly in July.

The band – singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price – formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1991. Their astounding debut album, Icky Mettle came out in 1993, was recorded and mixed in seven days. It was the first of four studio albums for the band that SPIN Magazine deemed “a tremendously optimistic time in underground music, that 15-minute period in the early 1990s when it looked like indie rock really might take over the world.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers at Johnny Brenda’s, Quarry Street Hymnal at World Cafe Live, Slingshot Dakota with Saintseneca at The Barbary, The Lemonheads with Birdie Busch at the Capitol Theater

Nomadic rock outfit Crooked Fingers comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is the sometimes-solo, sometimes-full-band project of the former Archers of Loaf lead singer.  Currently touring in support of his 2011 album Breaks in the Armor, Bachmann spent recent months with his former bandmates for an Archers of Loaf reunion tour coinciding with the re-release of the 1990s band’s discography.  Tonight’s show will feature Bachmann and a full band alongside John Vanderslice.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 here, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m.  Below, watch a rooftop video for “Your Apocalypse” off of Breaks in the Armor.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers + White Birds at KFN, North Lawrence Midnight Singers at Penn Treaty Park

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Sometimes people just need a bit of time to themselves, no matter how cool their ‘90s indie-rock band might have been. Such was likely the case for former Archers Of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann, whose darker and more melodic solo project Crooked Fingers will be stopping by Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Despite the fact that his new solo album Breaks In The Armor is set to be released in October 2011, June has actually been a busier month for Archers Of Loaf. Merge Records announced that they will reissue all four of the group’s studio albums, including their acclaimed 1993 Icky Mettle, and the band also made its television debut this week. Opening the show with their debut performance will be White Birds, a new local group featuring Jim Harvey, Farzad Houshiarnejad, and Mike Cammarata, all formerly of Drink Up Buttercup. The trio has plans to release an album later this year. Crooked Fingers performs with White Birds at ­­­­­­­­­8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. —Claire Fishkow

North Lawrence Midnight Singers are a local band through and through. Named for the address where the five-piece was founded, these rockers are firmly rooted both in Americana and Philadelphia. They’ve been compared to Bob Dylan; their sound is a kind of cross between The Jayhawks and Roy Orbison. Beyond an attachment to classic Sun Records releases, North Lawrence is very much a Philly band. Both North Lawrence records were made in Philly (one with Bill Moriarty of Dr. Dog and Man Man fame), and their most recent effort was named one of 2010’s best local albums by the Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca. North Lawrence Midnight Singers perform with The Spinning Leaves and Birdie Busch at 6:30 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park; tickets to the all-ages show are free. —Kiley Bense