Tonight’s Concert Picks: SOAK at Boot & Saddle, Joie Kathos at The TLA, Archers of Loaf at Union Transfer and more…

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Buzzing Irish artist SOAK plays Boot & Saddle tonight. Following up last year’s single release “Blud,” Bridie Monds Watson released her debut full-length Before We Forgot How to Dream earlier this month via Rough Trade. Her musical style is both intimate and expansive, lyrically hitting on nuanced emotions while incorporating strings, samples and atmospheric production. Check out the video for Sea Creatures below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Abi Reimold here.

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Archers of Loaf playing Union Transfer in July

Archers Of Loaf | Photo via
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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 →


By Surprise takes over Kung Fu Necktie tonight for an evening of classic 90’s indie rock jams

BySurprise_SBTSWEmo rockers By Surprise take over Kung Fu Necktie tonight for an evening of non-stop classic indie rock jams at the monthly Strangled by the Stereowire party. It’s their first live show since December, as well as a 90’s indie / alt showcase night where DJs Johnny and Mike spin everything from Pavement to Dinosaur Jr. to Blur and Superchunk and more. People attending can tweet their 90’s indie-alterna song requests to @SBTSW or #SBTSW. Get ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster down memory lane. Did we mention the best part? It’s free.

By Surprise is currently working on their follow up to 2011’s Mountain Smashers, so you can expect some new material tonight from the Jersey natives. You may even catch them doing a cover of Archers of Loaf, too (though not the song that the DJ night takes its name from). The show starts at 10:30 and goes ’til 2am. Free admission, 21+ to get in.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Archers of Loaf at the Trocadero and Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears with Donn T at the TLA

For years (13 years, to be exact), it seemed that ‘90s indie rockers Archers of Loaf were gone for good. Then, this past January, the North Carolina-based foursome reunited for a surprise set in their home state. To the delight of fans everywhere, a fall reunion tour was announced a few months later, followed by a performance at Sasquatch Music Festival. The hype didn’t stop there; in early June, Merge Records announced plans to reissue all four of AoL’s studio albums, beginning with their debut LP Icky Mettle on August 2nd. Later that month, the group made their TV debut performing their 1992 single “Wrong” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. No details have been released on what the future holds after this tour for the band, so if you want to see them before their next 13 year hiatus, you may want to be sure you make it out tonight. Archers of Loaf perform with By Surprise at the Trocadero at 9:00 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $20 and are available here.

Also tonight: XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).


This weekend in shows: Death Cab, Cold Cave at Making Time, Archers of Loaf, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and the Mad Decent Block Party

There’s lots of cool shows to check out this weekend. Here’s what we recommend.

– Death Cab For Cutie w/ Frightened Rabbit at the Mann Center at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all ages $29.50-$39.50.
– Hometown heroes Man Man with Grandchidren and the West Philadelphia Orchestra at The Trocadero at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $14.
– PhillyLOVE w/ DJ Queslove at the Electric Factory at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $40.20 (including service charges).
– Atomic Square w/ Ages and Bacio at Johnny Brenda’s. Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.
– Making Time w/ Cold Cave and Austra at Voyeur at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show $12 in advance/$15.00 at the door.

– XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).
– Archers of Loaf w/ By Surprise at The Trocadero. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $10.00.
– Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party w/ Mint Condition and Anthony Hamilton at the Susquehanna Bank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $25.75-$150.75 (additional service fees apply to different ticket levels).
– The Ettes w/ Heavy Cream and Hans Condor at the M! Room at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are

– Mad Decent Block Party at The Piazza at 1 p.m. This event is all ages and free.
– Sir Benjamin Quintet (Ben Vaughn) w/ this Sunday Dixy Blood at the Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St. (at Fitzwater) at 9:00 p.m.


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

Crooked Fingers

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


Archers of Loaf tour coming to The Trocadero on August 6th

Archers Of Loaf‘s 1993 debut Icky Mettle stands alongside the work of Pavement and Sebadoh as one of the best indie albums of ’90s. In January, the seminal indie-rock act performed a reunion show at The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC—which had fans and music bloggers all a twitter with excitement. It was Archer Of Loaf’s first show in 13 years, after which there was speculation about whether or not the band would play more dates. We’re happy to say that rumors of the reunion tour are true and they’ll be performing at The Trocadero on Saturday, August 6th; tickets are $20 and go on sale this Friday, April 15th, at noon.