Ben Ottewell, one of the three singers and songwriters from Gomez, is performing a solo acoustic show at Milkboy Philly on Wednesday, April 17th. Ottewell released his solo debut, Shapes & Shadows in 2011. Below, watch him perform the title song to his album via Billboard. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
The members of Gomez have been playing together for just over 15 years, but the lineup hasn’t changed since the band’s official formation in 1997. It’s quite a feat considering that two of the members are currently living in the U.S. while three are in England. The band’s most recent album, Whatever’s on Your Mind, was released last summer and was a solid addition to the band’s repertoire. Gomez kicked off their Quinceañera tour, celebrating their 15 years together last month; to make it special, Gomez is letting fans vote for their five favorite songs from the band to add to tour setlist. If you haven’t voted yet, you should probably start now. With 15 years’ worth of material to choose from, picking five songs is no easy task. Gomez performs with Hey Rosetta! Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Theatre Of Arts; tickets to the all-ages show are $20. —Nicole Soll
Gomez seemingly came out of nowhere in 1998 when the British band released the Mercury Prize-winning album, Bring It On. Since then, the band has cranked out another handful of albums and toured both sides of the Atlantic. With each new record, the band has grown tighter and more confident.
Gomez’s latest album, Whatever’s On Your Mind, is its catchiest yet — a folky yet funky take on low-key rock. In this Live Friday concert, the band had to do without vocalist Ben Ottewell, who lost his voice the night before in New York City. In his stead, Gomez recruited their pedal steel-playing bus driver Brooke Langton and played a special acoustic set that turned out to be just as good as the real thing.
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Rick Froberg: The singer/guitarist of the legendary math-rock band Drive Like Jehu (as well as that band’s more straightfoward-rocking followup, Hot Snakes), cover-art designer for bands such as Rocket From The Crypt, and all-around musical badass. He’s also a guy you’re NOT going to see at Johnny Brenda’s tonight—because his latest band, Obits, had to cancel its show. (Which we were really, REALLY looking forward to after it was first announced.) To add insult to injury, Gomez just announced that it will be canceling the rest of its current tour due to singer Ben Ottewell’s vocal loss, according to The Swollen Fox. (The band is playing its scheduled Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live today, but will not be performing tonight at TLA.) We suppose you could see Taking Back Sunday at Tower Theatre, or try to find a ticket to the sold-out Bouncing Souls show at First Unitarian Church. Then again, you could just stay at home and watch a bunch of live Gomez and Obits videos.
Also playing: Taking Back Sunday + Thursday, Colour Revolt, We Are The In Crowd at Tower Theatre (7 p.m., $34.50); The Bouncing Souls + Tim Barry, Gods And Queens at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY JULY 16 The Philly-via-South-Jersey quartet Arches—who recently recorded a Key Studio Session with us—will be celebrating the vinyl release of their full-length debut Wide Awake at Johnny Brenda’s. (The show is presented by our friends over at YVYNYL.) Arches performs with Holy Spirits, White Laces, and Gracie at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.
Also playing: Lingerie Party + Wyldlife, Snakes Say Hisss, El Malito at The Trocadero (11 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bouncing Souls + Blanks 77, The Scandals at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); The City Music Project + Lady, Swift Technique at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $13)
SUNDAY JULY 17
Ever since his debut EP Not The Way was released in 2002, Cass McCombs has been attracting praise from critics and audiences alike, as well as forcing them to note the effect his music has on their selves. His enigmatic properties have taken him far; he has performed and/or toured with notable names such as Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, Beach House, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, and The Shins. His fifth and most recent LP, WIT’S END, was released on April 26th to further critical acclaim. Joining him and his band on Sunday will be Lower Dens, a Baltimore-based new-wave/drone-pop group featuring the vocals of Jana Hunter (Phosphorescent, CocoRosie). Cass McCombs Band performs with Lower Dens at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.); tickets to the 21+ show are $12 in advance and $13 at the door. —Claire Fishkow
Also playing: Kim Lenz And The Jaguars + Delco Nightingale, Dixy Blood at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Stephen Marley + Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body at The Blockely (7 p.m., $25-$27); Rupa And The April Fishes + Blue Hippopotamus, April Mae And The June Bugs at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $10)
On Friday, July 15th, Gomez will be stopping by World Cafe Live for a Free At Noon show. The English indie-rock quintet is performing behind its seventh full-length debut, Whatever’s On Your Mind, which was released last month on ATO Records. Go here to reserve a spot for the show once free tickets become available. Below, you can watch the new video for “Options,” the opening track off Whatever.
Tickets for tomorrow’s Free At Noon featuring Cults are still available.
We just got news that Philly’s Good Old War are going on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station. Congrats to them on this exciting opportunity where they will open for Krauss and her band for eleven shows starting in LA on June 23rd. Good Old War are also opening up four shows for Gomez, with a stop in Philly on that tour on July 15th at the TLA. Below, stream “My Own Sinking Ship” from Good Old War’s latest self-titled album.