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Ohio songstress Lydia Loveless rocked MilkBoy with TJ Kong, Josh Olmstead

Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Equal parts rock and country, Lydia Loveless is a shot of rhythmic fire. And for 90-plus minutes last Thursday the Ohio-based songstress and her band held a crowded MilkBoy under her spell.

Only 24, Loveless spins tales of desire and soul with a knowhow of someone twice her age. Her voice curls with country swirl on songs like the utterly brilliant “To Love Somebody,” while her lyrics often instantly become memorable, like on “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.” Both aforementioned songs are from her solid 2014 album Somewhere Else, which was heavily featured in the setlist. Continue reading →

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Download Archives of Oblivion’s debut Psychic Readings (playing MilkBoy on 11/4)

Archives of Oblivion, the latest project from BC Camplight and Summer Fiction vocalist Josh Olmstead, have released their debut album, Psychic Readings. You can download the entire album for free here. The band will be playing with Buffalo Killers this Sunday, November 4th at Milkboy Philly. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Listen to Psychic Readings below, and watch the band’s June performance at Ortlieb’s Lounge.

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Archives Of Oblivion (new Josh Olmstead project) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s solo debut in January

Archives Of Oblivion is the new project from Josh Olmstead along with Natalie Butts (guitar, percussion, vocals), Tyler Case (keyboards), Claire Duncombe (percussion, vocals), Joseph Primavera (guitar), Matt Scarano (drums), and Matt Stein (bass). The band is playing three dates in January to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Jerry Garcia’s 1972 debut solo album Garcia (released January 20th, 1972). AOO will play the album in its entirety along with a set of all new original songs. Fans of the Grateful Dead may recall that in addition to Garcia releasing his solo debut in 1972, Bob Weir released his solo debut Ace and Mickey Hart his solo debut Rolling Thunder that same year. Garcia’s debut featured the song “Deal,” “Sugaree,” and “The Wheel.” Bill Kreutzmann played drums on the album and Garcia played all other instruments.

Archives of Oblivion perform Thursday, January 19th, at John & Peters, New Hope, Friday, January 20th, at Milkboy in Philadelphia, and Sunday, January 22nd, at the Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk. The North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Andrew Gray (formerly of Hoots & Hellmouth) are on the bill at the Milkboy show. Below, check out a video of the Jerry Garcia Band performing “Deal” from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut from September 5th, 1989.

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Download another new song from the Josh Olmstead Band

A few weeks ago, we posted a new song by the Josh Olmstead Band called “Stand In That Redwood.” It’s from Josh’s new album, Purple Mountain Majesty In The Antlers Hotel. The album is being released on November 16th with a WXPN Welcomes record-release party at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 16th.

Today we offer you (thanks, Josh!) another song from this new collection of neo-traditionalist, classic-rock-influenced songs called “Devil May Care.” This tune is a jaunty little devil (no pun intended) of a boogie fueled by a driving beat and some very tasty intertwined keyboard and guitar playing. Just when you thought Josh was going to get all Black Crowes on us, he flips on the Phish switch. We’ll take either, actually.

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Josh Olmstead’s Got Those Ol’ Cosmic Psychedelic Blues Again

Album cover art by Jon Rundstrom

The Josh Olmstead Band has brewed up some pretty crafty, warmly crafted, neo-traditionalist (read: classic rock) influenced psychedelia on their new album Purple Mountain Majesty In The Antlers Hotel. The album is being released on November 16th with a WXPN Welcomes record release party at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 16th.

Brian McTear (our friend from Weathervane Music/Shaking Through) and recorded at Brian’s studio, Miner Street. Olmstead’s band includes singer Natalie Butts, keyboardists Tyler Case (electric Rhodes piano) and Brian Christinzio (AKA BC Camplight) on Hammond B-3 organ and piano, bassist Kevin O’Neill, drummer Matt Scarano and lead guitarist Joey Primavera. Olmstead sings, plays guitar and harmonica. Throughout the album, the playing of Primavera and Camplight is just stellar, as exemplified on this song below. On his new album Olmstead is going for a Black Crowes stoner rock kind of vibe (he’s an admitted fan), with songs that stretch out nicely with some cosmic guitar and keyboard jams. The recording of this album sounds live, confident and brimming with dynamic energy and showcases some of Olmstead’s best work to date.