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Listen to Lefty’s Deceiver’s new record, celebrate their return at Boot & Saddle on Friday

Lefty's Deceiver | photo courtesy of the artist
Lefty’s Deceiver | photo courtesy of the artist

You may remember Lefty’s Deceiver as a core staple of the late nineties / early 2000’s Philly indie scene, or maybe you just love some early aughts gumption, and are being introduced now; whatever the case, after a new material absence of fourteen years, Lefty’s Deceiver has returned to tune-making. Continue reading →

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Lefty’s Deceiver returns with their first two songs in 14 years

Lefty's Deceiver | photo courtesy of the artist
Lefty’s Deceiver | photo courtesy of the artist

Whether you fancy them math rock, indie rock or rock-rock, Lefty’s Deceiver was a fixture on the Philadelphia scene from the late 90s through the mid aughts, releasing a string of records and EPs that culminated in  2003’s excellent Cheats, a dizzying record of post 9-11 frustration and ennui.

By the middle of the decade, the band had parted ways to pursue various other projects — among them guitarist Ed Hogarty’s The Bigger Lovers, as well as Audible, featuring drummer Mike Kennedy and bassist Kristine Kennedy. However, surred by a Facebook fan group built on the promise of getting clocked in the head with a maraca at a Lefty’s Deceiver gig, the band reunited to play Johnny Brenda’s in 2011, with other shows following at MilkBoy and Boot & Saddle.

Lefty’s’ activity since has been semi-occasional, made a bit trickier by singer-guitarist and songwriter Andy Williams’ relocation to California. But their name recently popped up on the Boot & Saddle events calendar for a December 29th show, and this week we found out that they’re releasing a new record to go along with it. The Lefty’s Deceiver LP comes out on December 25th, and the band’s first two songs in 14 years are online right now.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Road at Tin Angel, Gary Clark, Jr. at Theatre of the Living Arts, Jonah Matranga at First Unitarian Chapel, Lefty’s Deceiver at Milkboy Philly, and David Bromberg Big Band at Keswick Theatre

XPN Welcomes five-piece Philly folk-pop band Low Road as they reunite tonight in celebration of the Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary. Low Road’s popularity in the nineties, ignited by frontman Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s prevalence in the Philly music scene, led to two albums on Caroline Records. The band will be playing a sold-out show at 7 pm, but tickets are still available for the 10 pm show, which you can find here. Both shows are 21+. Below, check out Low Road’s “The Devil’s Pocket” from their 1994 album of the same name.

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Just Announced: Lefty’s Deceiver playing MilkBoy in November

With one successful reunion gig under their belt, Lefty’s Deciever are having another go at it with a just-announced appearance at MilkBoy next month. The band will play on Saturday, November 10, with a fellow player from the Philly indie scene of the aughts, Jay Laughlin of Like a Fox, performing under his JJL moniker. Tickets to the 21+ show are on sale now, tickets and more information are available here. Below, check out a video of Lefty’s January 2012 reunion show at Johnny Brenda’s, filmed by the gang from Bands in the Backyard.

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Do you want to get clocked by a maraca at a Lefty’s Deceiver reunion show? Now you can!

Lefty's DeceiverTo be clocked by a maraca at a Lefty’s Deceiver reunion show: It is the burning desire of exactly 64 people who are fans of this Facebook page dedicated to the late-’90s/early-’00s math-rock band from Philly. The page has been up since last April (and mostly inactive for months); however, early last Saturday, rumors of an actual reunion began to surface—rumors which were then confirmed by guitarist Andy Williams and drummer Mike Kennedy on the band’s new Facebook and Twitter accounts. There’s not a whole lot of word regarding what’s going on and when it will happen, other than the note, “Back when we stopped playing people didn’t even have computers. This is our new Facebook home for information about our triumphant return in 2011. Check back for more info as we update.” Which is exactly what we’ll do.

Coincidentally, the band’s original bassist, Ed Hogarty, left the band to play guitar in The Bigger Lovers—who also recently announced they were getting back together. Reunion fever: Philly’s indie-rock scene of a decade ago has it.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at the Tower Theater, Shlohmo at Johnny Brenda’s, Art Star Craft Bazaar and more

Thievery Corporation | Photo via facebook.com/thieverycorporation
Thievery Corporation | iPhoto via facebook.com/thieverycorporation

DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Districts / Pine Barons at Chameleon Club, and more

Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson
Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson

Old school rock ‘n’ roll outfit Low Cut Connie is playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. With a tone like an upbeat “Piano Man” it’s no wonder that the honky tonk group’s whimsical tribute to Philadelphia “Boozophilia,” off of Call Me Sylvia, reached number 31 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Songs of 2012” list. Just last month the band premiered their cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” from their forthcoming tribute album via Rolling Stone. Get ready for their Philly show by listening a live performance of the new track below. Find details and tickets here.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Coup Couroux at Milkboy Philly, Faux Slang at Kung Fu Necktie

Coup Couroux

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th
Rev TJ McGlinchey + Dani Mari, Up The Chain, Joe D’Amico at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $17.50-$22.50); Liat + Amanda Wells, Sarah Donner, Sun Flight at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Artie Appleseed + The Trowels, Zwanendale, McRad at Johnny Brenda’s (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th
Local quartet Coup Couroux—which XPN2’s John Vettese recently highlighted in his Philly Local Philes—performs with Lamagier + Synth Sircus, and Audio Kings Of The Third World at 9:30 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ are $8-$10. You can listen to the track “Sneaking Suspicion” off the band’s self-titled EP below.

Faux Slang performs with Mount Olympus and Heavy Sons at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Also Playing: Beretta76 + Lefty’s Deceiver, St. James And The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); See-I + The Pimps Of Joytime at Union Station (9 p.m., all ages, $10-$13); Geppetta + Liz And The Lost Boys, Thank You Rosekind, Dear Deer, The Something Society at PhilaMOCA (10 p.m., 21+, $10)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th
Lifetime + Title Fight, Iron Chic at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Spraynard + Slingshot Dakota, The World Is…,Everyone Everywhere, Stable Boys at The Fire (6 p.m., all ages, $8)