Three scuzzy rock acts set up shop at a packed Boot & Saddle last Saturday evening. NYC based garage rock quartet, Total Slacker opened the show. Their fun punk rockyness and energetic vibe got the crowd movin’ just in time for the next act, Brooklyn’s Bear Hands. The crowd grew in size to watch the electronic indie pop group, catching the attention of fan girls standing up front gazing longingly at the band members. By the time the second headliner came on, Miniature Tigers, it was a mix of poppy exuberance and one dismayed crowd member who shouted “Sorry but Bear Hands is better!” Definitely not cool. The lead vocalist Charlie Brand though, didn’t let the member’s comment sway him from rockin’ out with the rest of the crowd, walking through people and handing off the microphone so they could sing along to the lyrics.
Tonight the funk moves east to the National Constitution Center. Host of World Cafe, David Dye will be there DJing the Funky Friday Dance Party. This shindig is totally FREE and doors open at 4 p.m, dancin’ starts at 5. Anyone can go but you MUST RSVP. The party will also be broadcasted live on WXPN, so get out there and get funky!
Blues-y rock legend and grammy award winning singer Joe Cocker has been an established musician since the 1960′s. He has released over 21 studio albums and a number of hits, including his sensational cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Cocker performs tonight at the Tower Theatre with Huey Lewis & The News.Tickets to the all ages show are $65-100, show begins at 8 p.m.
Professional creole stylist Buckwheat Zydeco will be in town tonight. He was the first zydeco artist to be signed to a major label, Island Records in 1986 and has appeared in numerous television and film appearances. He has also collaborated with Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Keith Richard, among others. Buckwheat Zydeco will be performing at the Sellersville Theater at 8 p.m. The venue’s cabaret area is cleared out so be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes! Tickets to the all ages show are $21.50, grab yours here.
Indie dream poppers Miniature Tigers have gained critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and have toured with acts such as Ben Folds and fun. Their latest release, Mia Pharaoh, an album that shines among others with enthusing synth-pop beats and blends of modern pop mixed with psychedelic rock. Below, watch a video for the song “Sex on the Regular” from the new album. Miniature Tigers play at the North Star Bar tonight with Team Spirit and Strange Seasons. Tickets to this all ages show are $10-12, show kicks off at 7 p.m.
Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.
For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)