This Weekend’s Picks: Sebadoh, Cold War Kids, DeVotchKa, Normal Love, Asobi Seksu


Sebadoh peforms March 25th at Johnny Brenda’s

In yesterday’s Philly Local Philes, John Vettese described local no-wave act Normal Love as sounding “something like what Deerhoof did before smoothing their sound out on 2008’s Offend Maggie“; a couple of months before that, I described the band as a less-conventional version of The Stick Men. Which basically means that, if you’re a fan of abrasive, clanging, hyperactive noise-rock, Normal Love will probably become your new favorite band. Otherwise, it’s probably your new nightmare. (Luckily for us, we fall in the first group.) Normal Love performs with Planet Y and Mirror Men at 8:30 p.m. at Highwire Gallery; tickets to the show are $6.

Also playing: Sebadoh + Richard Buckner at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m. 21+, SOLD OUT); DeVotchKa + Mariachi El Bronx, Mischief Brew, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Kruno Spisic at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26); Cold War Kids + Baths at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); World/Inferno Friendship Society + Mirrors And Wires, Ardmore Assault at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); John Doe + Jill Sobule at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $18)


Asobi Seksu performs with Cults and Warm Ghost at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: The Funeral Pyre + The Secret, Sadgiqacea at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Jeffrey Gaines + Tommy Conwell at The Blockley (8 p.m., 21+, $15); Arabrot + Wizard Rifle at JR’s (2 p.m., 21+, $5)

Tin Horses + Bronze Float at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $5)


Philly Local Philes: Normal Love’s “Grimy Super Soaker”

Man, oh man: prepare for your minds to be blown. Philadelphia’s Normal Love first caught the ear of The Key back in January, when an appearance at Danger Danger Gallery made one of our weekend concert picks. The band makes a fierce and fearless racket, something like what Deerhoof did before smoothing their sound out on 2008’s Offend Maggie. It’ll be a while still before Normal Love hits that point. Its second full-length, Survival Tricks, isn’t out until August of 2011, and its discography is still peppered with uncompromising small-run singles and EPs—like today’s Philly Local Phile, “Grimy Super Soaker.” It’s a live recording that was released on local cassette label Linear B Tapes, and it’s exploding with energy. Take it in below, or experience it in person tomorrow night when Normal Love plays Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery. Normal Love performs with Planet Y and Mirror Men on March 25 at Highwire Gallery, Tickets to the show are $6.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Bear Hands + The Asteroid No. 4 at Johnny Brenda’s, Normal Love at Danger Danger Gallery

Bear Hands

Photo by Victoria Jacob

Bear Hands

When Modest Mouse released its sophomore LP, The Lonesome Crowded West, back in 1997, it seemed like exactly the kind of breakthrough album that could propel the band into indie-rock stardom. (Which it did.) Since then, the band has influenced countless newer acts in a variety of ways—the most distinctive and obvious of which is singer Isaac Brock’s voice. Truth be told, it is near impossible to listen to a track such as Bear Hands‘ “What A Drag” (off last year’s Burning Bush Supper Club) and not hear Brock’s voice when the singer yelps, “You’ve got them long nails / I’m dreaming of your god damn long nails” in a pinched, nasal tone. The band has probably come to terms with hearing that by now; after all, you can’t really spout out vocals like that and not expect such a comparison. Thankfully, the band has a few other vocal tricks up its sleeve, including the distorted falsetto on Supper Club‘s equally excellent opener, “Crime Pays.” Bear Hands performs with The Asteroid #4 and Snakes Say Hisss at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ are $10.

Do you love the early-’80s, Philly-based no wave band The Stick Men, but often wish they were a little less conventional in terms of songwriting? If so, we should probably discuss your idea of “conventional songwriting.” But, in the meantime, you’re going to love Normal Love. Normal Love performs with White Suns, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, and Bad News Bats at Danger Danger Gallery; tickets to the all-ages show are $5-$10.

Also playing: Umphrey’s McGee + Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $25); Andrew Lipke And The Prospects + The New Connection, Oldermost, Lily And The Parlor Tricks at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Citizen Cope at Tin Angel (8 & 10:30 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)

Less Than Jake + The Supervillains, Off With Their Heads, Transit at The Trocadero (6:30 p.m, all ages, $17); Citizen Cope at Tin Angel (7:30 & 10 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)