Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lou Reed Tribute at World Cafe Live, Vulcans at Boot and Saddle, Polar Bear Club at First Unitarian Church and more

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World Cafe Live welcomes “A Tribute to Lou Reed” in celebration of the life and music of the late, great Lou Reed. A huge array of bands – from Pete Donnelly to Weekender to Levee Drivers - will perform at the event, and proceeds go to MANNA, a non-profit organization that provides hope and nutrition to Philadelphians battling life-threatening illnesses. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Philabundance. Find tickets and more information here. Watch Lou Reed perform “Sweet Jane” below.

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Divers, The Districts, DRGN King and more featured on Tri-State Indie’s Lou Reed tribute (12/7 at World Cafe Live)

Photos by Abi Reimold |
Photo by Abi Reimold |

This Saturday, a tribute to late rock and roll icon Lou Reed at World Cafe Live will raise money for hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance. Today, the event’s organizers – the Philly-based music blog Tri-State Indie – announced the lineup for the show, and it features a solid cross section of Philly musicians, including:

Levee Drivers
Pete Donnelly
Black Stars
Dominic Angelella (of DRGN KING)
Nero Catalano
The Districts
John Train
Pine Barons
Our Griffins

The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $8 and available here. Attendees are asked to bring canned non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance. Below, watch The Districts paying tribute to Reed at a recent festival with a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground.


Tri State Indie announces Lou Reed tribute at World Cafe Live; performers sought

loureedWith the sad passing of rock icon Lou Reed still fresh in the music community’s mind, Philly-based blog Tri-State Indie announced a tribute to the songwriter and founding member of The Velvet Underground at World Cafe Live on December 7th. The show will benefit hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance, and performers are still sought. If you’re a Philly musician and you’re interested in paying tribute to Lou, sign up here; for more show info, click here.


Preview tonight’s very special Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and recap last week’s ‘compact’ show)

Cub Sport | Photo by Liam Kidston
Cub Sport | Photo by Liam Kidston

Tonight, we’ve got perhaps the most exciting, action-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade in history! Tune in tonight starting at 10 p.m. (after the November edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a full two-hour show that will include these special features and more:

Our very first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with Aussie popsters Cub Sport!

Selections from Arcade Fire’s fantastic new album, Reflektor!

An Indie Rock salute to the late great Lou Reed, featuring Luna, Jonathan Richman and a rare pre-Velvet Underground recording from Lou himself!

And if that wasn’t enough, here are a few new songs you might just hear in the mix:

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Watch The Districts honor Lou Reed with a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For The Man”

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Yesterday in Central PA, The Districts honored the memory of iconic songwriter Lou Reed, who passed away yesterday at age 71. The band covered “I’m Waiting for the Man,” a song he sang with The Velvet Underground, for the crowd at the 1st annual Harvest Field Festival. Watch a video of their performance below.

I’m Waiting for My Man – The Districts cover Lou Reed – 10.27.13 from Ian Falcone Productions on Vimeo.


A few thoughts on Lou Reed from WXPN’s Dan Reed

Lou-ReedI just heard that Lou Reed passed away. There is going to be a lot said and written about him in the coming days, and much of it will probably more eloquently describe his legacy than I’ll be able to do here. That being said, on a personal level, Reed’s contributions to my life were enormous. I met him once, interviewed him on one other occasion, so I can’t say I knew him. But I KNEW him, you know? Just like many of you did. For those of you whose knowledge of his work doesn’t go much beyond “Walk On The Wild Side”, I urge to you to take this sad occasion to delve deeper into the large and varied catalog of his music. He was one of the most important and confrontational artists in the history of rock & roll.

It’s hard to believe how strange of an album that first Velvet Underground album was (The Velvet Underground And Nico, 1967). Released in the spring before “The Summer Of Love”, that record presented the underside of the hippy dream, rife with drugs, prostitutes, and general bleakness. It predated punk nihilism by a decade. Reed wrote or co-wrote all the songs. Fueled by the artful anarchy of his mentor Andy Warhol, Reed joyfully wrote and sang about all the unmentionables that New York City had to offer. His singing voice was unlike anything else… a monotone that oozed detachment and cool.

It was his solo career, however, that cemented his place in music history. From his David Bowie-produced hit album Transformer (that included “Walk On The Wild Side”, the funniest and most subversive song ever to hit the top 20) to his 1975 album of nothing but noise and hiss (Metal Machine Music) to his wonderful nod to his beloved home (the New York album, 1989) and beyond, Lou Reed challenged, changed, and confounded his fans and foes. I can remember buying his album Street Hassle in high school. I brought it home, put it on the turntable, listened all the way through, and just knew that I could never hear music the same ever again. It was scary and funny, often at the same time. I went back from there… the incredible sadness of the story and characters of Berlin; the druggy swagger of Coney Island Baby; his criminally underrated debut album.

And there’s this interview that I just saw for the first time a week or so ago… it’s from 1974 at the Sydney, Australia airport. I think it’s hilarious.

Back in ’06 we had the “885 Greatest Artists” countdown, and we all had to come up with our top 10’s.  As much of a Stones fan as I am, as much as I adored The Clash, and Neil Young, and My Bloody Valentine, and Nirvana, Lou Reed was my choice for my favorite rock & roll artist of all time.  I think he always will be, because he changed the way I think about music, and what you can say with your own individual talents.  Plus, he was cool as hell.  R.I.P., Uncle Lou…