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Local rockers Desoto Jones reuniting for a benefit show at MilkBoy in June

Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist
Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist

Earlier last month, Desoto Jones released their post-breakup EP Orb Weaver, marking an explosive end for the local rockers. Or so we thought.

The band is reuniting for a show on June 30th at MilkBoy to benefit drummer Adam Francois’ chemotherapy treatments, as all proceeds will go to him and his wife. The band promises to perform a career-spanning setlist with support from Sleep In and one unannounced artist. Their brand of bare-knuckled rock and roll is more than welcomed back to the City of Brotherly Love, marking the evening to be one of celebration.

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Desoto Jones’ posthumous Orb Weaver ends the band’s livelihood with a bang and a tear

Desoto Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.

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Desoto Jones changes name to KISKA, will play debut show at Boot and Saddle 8/28

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Photo | KISKA

About a month ago, Philly alt-rockers Desoto Jones, decided they wanted a fresh start.  The group changed their name to KISKA and haven’t looked back since.  The band is making headway with writing and recording their first full LP.  So far, they have finished 8 tracks and aim to finish the rest over the summer.

“Dying Balloon,” which you can preview below, is a solid example of a power ballad that delivers both in terms of vocals and guitar solos.  Both the beginning and end of the song are slow; as if they are prepping you for what’s to come and then calming you down after the intense bits.

KISKA will be at Boot and Saddle on August 28th and tickets are $10.  Click here for more info.

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Listen to Desoto Jones’ new single “Deceiver”

Desoto Jones | photo courtesy of the artist
Desoto Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Desoto Jones have released a new song called “Deceiver” that will appear on an upcoming EP-turned-LP expected later this year.  Following December’s spacious “Room to Move,” “Deceiver” tightens the reins with a solid wall of guitar distortion and a tension-filled build-up to some trademark arena rock solos.

(Hear More – Desoto Jones release “Room to Move” off EP due out early in 2014)

Lyrically, the track mirrors the instrumental tension as it explores a dystopian society of pied piper-led “idiots and simpletons” who have forgotten how to think for themselves. Take a listen below and revisit “Room to Move” here.  Desoto Jones will open for Deaf Havana at Milkboy on February 14th; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Desoto Jones release “Room to Move” off EP due out early in 2014 (playing MilkBoy 2/14)

Desoto Jones | via the band
Desoto Jones | via the band

Local alt-rock group Desoto Jones just released a new track called “Room to Move,” which you can stream below via Bandcamp. This is the first new tune from Desoto Jones since their last full length album ShapeShifter was released back in October 2012, and it is full of thoughtful lyrics and true to the band’s contemporary grunge-influenced sound.

The track lacks the speed found on earlier songs like “Tether,” but makes up for sonically with captivating guitar work and a memorable hook. The vocals sound notably excellent, between the gritty deliveries of lines like “Everywhere I go there’s a little less room to move / I’ve seen it all, It’s nothing new” and the softer melodies that begin the song. Keep an eye out for an upcoming EP from Desoto Jones, due out in early 2014.

Catch an opening set from Desoto Jones at the MilkBoy on February 14th, get tickets here. Headlining will be Deaf Havana, with support from Born Cages and Modern Suits (21+, $10).

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Sophie Jane Darr’s Annual Summer Concert Series at World Cafe Live on August 30th

In 2007, the Darr family tragically lost their four year-old daughter, Sophie to brain cancer. They chose to start a foundation in 2010 entitled The Sophie Jane Darr Children’s Foundation whose mission was to help those families with children that are struggling with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. They hold events and fundraisers to raise money that is given to these families in need. Their next fundraiser will be a benefit concert held at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on August 30th. Featured acts include Toy Soldiers, Desoto Jones, The Hyde,and Leroy Justice. All of the proceeds for this event will go directly to children and families in need. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase them here. Doors open at 6 p.m., please come out and support this extremely worthy cause while enjoying great music.

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Tonight’s Concerts: Sunday, June 12th

First Unitarian Church: Kurt Vile & The Violators + Pissed Jeans, Meg Baird (8 p.m., all ages, $12)

Theatre Of Living Arts: Natasha Bedingfield + Kate Voegele, Kevin Hammond (8 p.m., $29)

Kung Fu Necktie: Desoto Jones + Find Vienna, StoreCats, Collisions (8 p.m., 21+, $8)