Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mike Bell & The Movies at The Fire, The Jawn at M Room, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via
Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via

Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight.  The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut.  Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello.  Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Philly Local Philes: Po Po’s “Let’s Get Away (Diplo RMX)”

Call it the week of Po Po. The minimal Philly psychedelic punk act released its eagerly anticipated, years-in-the-making debut full length Dope Boy Magick on Mad Decent Records last Tuesday. It was warmly received in blog-land, getting enthusiastic nods from the Philly scene-watchers over at The Deli and all the way up to nationally-revered indie outpost Stereogum; Po Po’s main man Zeb Malik even dropped by XPN2 last week for an appearance on DJ Eddie Austin’s show Get Stoked Radio. Probably the most in-depth thing you’ll find on the band is Philly Weekly’s excellent cover story detailing Malik’s musical and spiritual journey, written by the paper’s music editor Brian McManus. Give that a read while you’re listening to today’s Philly Local Phile – a Diplo remix of Dope Boy’s “Let’s Get Away” – and get pumped for Po Po’s album release show tonight at The M Room.


Tonight’s Concert Pick + Philly Local Philes: Adam And Dave’s Bloodline’s “Misunderstood”

Adam And Dave's Bloodline

This week, Adam Garbinski e-mailed me demo tracks from the new record he’s working on with longtime songwriting partner Dave Petersen, and an interesting comparison came up. “When a friend heard the new jams,” Garbinski wrote, “He was like ‘It’s like Laurel Canyon meets The Replacements!’” In today’s Philly Local Phile, we examine that unlikely fusion forged by Adam And Dave’s Bloodline: “Misunderstood” drifts in wavy tones and ethereal tape hiss (which might be attributed to the demo-ness of the recording), but it also has a concrete grit, a rough delivery, a toughness to it. It definitely makes me pumped to hear more, once the record is fleshed out and polished. In the short term, it’s a good incentive to get out to The M Room tonight for local scenester Jesse Chadderdon’s birthday bash; Bloodline is on the bill, as are Drew Mills and Ben Dickey of Blood Feathers and Steph Hayes of The Good Problems. Adam And Dave’s Bloodline performs with Drew Mills And Ben Dickey, Willie Breeding, and Steph Hayes at 8 p.m. at The M Room; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.


Tonight’s Concerts: Bitch at North Star Bar; The Midnight Beat at M Room


Photo by Gary A Berger

One-half of the queercore duo Bitch And Animal—which gained attention in the early ’00s after touring with Ani DiFranco and releasing two albums on her Righteous Babe label—performs at North Star Bar. Guess which one it is. (Here’s a hint: If you’re more of an Animal fan, you’re out of luck.) Bitch performs with Philly-based singer-songwriter Steph Hayes and folkie Adam Brodsky at 8 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Local female-fronted quartet The Midnight Beat doesn’t exactly re-invent the wheel when it comes to garage punk, but fans of stripped-down, melodic rock will find plenty to like when the band performs with Detroit’s Gorevette and Philly punk band The Blessed Muthas at M Room at 8 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.


New Writtenhouse single “Melodi” hits 1,000 downloads in first 48 hours

Local hip-hop act Writtenhouse has announced (via Twitter) that their new single, “Melodi,” passed the 1,000-download mark in less than two days—which, as they noted, must mean “somethings working.” The new goal? Hit 2,000 downloads by the end of the weekend. You can do your part by downloading the track here.

Writtenhouse’s next live performance is Wednesday, October 20, at The M Room.


Morning Roundup 8/23/10

Matt Garfield of Mose Giganticus (performing tonight at the M Room) talks to The Deli about the place where electrical engineering and metal meet. (It involves a musical homage to Nikola Tesla.)

Make Major Moves offers up a photo recap of this weekend’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, including a ton of pics of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Local noise-pop quartet Party Photographers perform live tonight on Maria Tessa Sciarrino’s “Her Jazz” radio show. (9 p.m., WPRB 103.3 FM)

Plus, over the weekend:

Paste Magazine compiled a list of The Roots’ 10 Best Moments On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. We’re guessing there weren’t enough highlights to fill a list of the host’s 10 most memorable moments.

Phawker’s Brendan Skwire discussed why the appearance of bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds at the Philly Folk Fest might force him to finally attend the event for the first time. (No word yet on whether or not he actually went.)