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Still Hustling, Still Hungry: G. Love proves it with a headlining Fillmore Philly show

G. Love and Special Sauce | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
G. Love and Special Sauce | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

If you missed Garrett “G. Love” Dutton and Special Sauce Saturday night at their first-ever Fillmore appearance just because you figured you’d probably only enjoy a handful of their old hits from the mid-nineties – well you had a nice, lazy Spring Sunday today to think about the mistake you made. And if you went to the show anticipating that maybe you’d enjoy most that handful of hits, you’d have been pleasantly surprised.

Because okay, let’s be honest: it happens so often, as artists get a bit older, that they lose a little edge, or their line on the zeitgeist. They grow a little less relevant, less hungry. They may come through town every few years for a show, their old fans generally at best tolerating any new music with polite applause as they wait for the opening chords of the songs they recognize, the songs they came to see. And either those songs hold up, a couple decades on, for a best-case scenario, or they don’t, in which case you’re really there purely for the sake of nostalgia.

Here’s why Saturday night’s show wasn’t an example of that: somehow, Special Sauce has managed to renovate wholesale their sound and style. Continue reading →

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Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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10 Great G. Love songs not named “Cold Beverage”

 

G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G. Love & Special Sauce have officially reached the legal drinking age. The year 2015 marks the 21st birthday since the Philly-bred band released its self-titled debut album in 1994. But with a career spanning 11 albums (including G’s four solo albums), for some reason, some people still only know G. Love primarily for “Cold Beverage.” Stop the madness! Together, the band, which also includes drummer Jeffrey Clemens and James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott on bass, have recorded a slew of great jams with their trademark style that’s part hip hop, part unhinged blues, and for some reason these other jams have gone unnoticed. But not anymore! Here’s ten great deep cuts from G. Love & Special Sauce. Continue reading →

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron Maiden, Japandroids, Jeffrey Gaines, Umphrey’s McGee/G Love, and Vintage Kicks

Tonight, two legendary acts come together for one performance; Iron Maiden is playing with Alice Cooper at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Expect lots of head banging and moshing at this performance. You can purchase tickets here.

Also playing tonight:

R5 Productions presents Japandroids, who recently released their sophomore album Celebration Rockplay at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Cadence Weapon opening. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, this show is SOLD OUT!

Jeffrey Gaines CD Release Party at the Tin Angel. Gaines will be celebrating his recent album Live in Europe, from his 2010 tour with Joe Jackson. Tickets to the 21+ show are $22, the show begins at 10 PM.

Umphrey’s McGee plays with G. Love for a special outdoors performance at the Electric Factory at 8 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.

Vintage Kicks play Upstairs at World Cafe Live. We just did a Key Studio session with them that you can check out here. Show at 8 PM; tickets are $7 plus processing fees.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Asobi Seksu + Boris at Union Transfer, G. Love And Special Sauce at Electric Factory

Asobi Seksu

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Asobi Seksu—which means “playful sex” in Japanese—is aptly named. Pairing shoegaze inspired grunge-pop with the dynamic vocals of Yuki Chikudate (who slips effortlessly between falsetto, full-out belting, and simply speaking melodically), the band is edgy, harsh, and brisk, yet cloyingly catchy. (Or, in a phrase: playfully sexy.) Chikudate’s lyrics are a mix of English and Japanese, which band mates James Hanna and Larry Gorman have encouraged since the group formed in 2004. This blend of language is a defining trait of the Asobi Seksu sound, tying together their five studio albums, each of which is so packed with emotionality that lyrics are a secondary mode of communication. The band’s latest album, Fluorescence, continues in the tradition of mixing bitter and sweet. The track “Trails” finds Chikudate’s vocals skipping giddily over droning guitars in the chorus, when she’s not roaring the verses. There’s a quiet moment as the guitar relaxes into an upbeat riff, a calm before the storm of their huge, powerful sound, and then Chikudate bellows the bridge. Asobi Seksu performs with Boris and Liturgy at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Naomi Shavin

Also Playing: Brown Recluse + Lushlife, Sunny Ali And The Kid at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Chris Botti at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $39.50–$49.50); Medeski, Martin, And Wood + Antibalas at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $40.20); Surgeon + Maze In Change, E Morto Cosi at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8); The Quelle Source + Long Walk Home, Bailey Hounds, Goodnight Lights at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $8)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
G. Love + The Apache Relay at Electric Factory (9 p.m., all ages, $32.95); We Were Promised Jetpacks + Royal Bangs, Bear Hands at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Immortal Technique + Reef The Lost Cauze at The Trocadero (9 p.m., 18+, $21–$23); Lucinda Williams at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $39.50–$59.50); Taggart + Faux Slang, Knife Show, Creeping Weeds at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10); The Extraordinaires + Circadian Rhythms, Netherfriends, Thom McCarthy at PhillyMOCA (all ages, $10)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Tera Melos + Hermit Thrushes, Pattern is Movement, Banned Books at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Rasputina + Eszter Balint, TivaTiva at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $15)

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes to see G. Love at Electric Factory on Oct. 29th

G. LoveThis week, we’ve got a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes for G. Love And Special Sauce’s performance at Electric Factory on Saturday, October 29th. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Thursday, October 27th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Listen to King Britt’s remix of G. Love’s “Rodeo Clowns”


We were alerted to this item on G. Love’s twitter. Listen to King Britt’s remix of G.’s “Rodeo Clowns” here. The remix originally appeared on a promotional EP released after the original “Rodeo Clowns” – from the album Philadelphonic – was released in August, 1999 by G. Love and Special Sauce. G, just back from performing at Bonnaroo, returns to the area in Atlantic City on Friday, June 24th at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. King Britt returns on July 9th to Fluid.