Rock Rollick & Rummage this Saturday: live music at Garden Variety

Looking for an activity to do on what’s set to be a beautiful Saturday?  This weekend in Philly, there will be rummage sale along with food and craft beers on Poplar Street.  And, for just $5, you can stop by Garden Variety to check out a Rock to the Future benefit concert, featuring local bands, The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Ben Cady and the Rock to the Future house band.  What better way to spend a nice day then with good music?  Click here for more information about the event.

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Lentil Fest! benefit with Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, Reef The Lost Cauze, Sean Hoots, The Lawsuits, and more at The Fire on May 4

seanhoots On Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, The Fire plays host to a benefit with proceeds going to The French Bulldog Rescue Network, the Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR), and the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Performers on Saturday, May 4th include: Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, and Reef The Lost Cauze. On Sunday, May 5th, the lineup includes: The Lawsuits, Spirit and Dust, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Anjuli Josephine, Attia Taylor, and Sean Hoots. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows.


Archives of Oblivion and North Lawrence Midnight Singers announce summer residency at Ortlieb’s Lounge

Josh Olmstead’s new band, Archives of Oblivion, and the North Lawrence Midnight Singers have announced a joint summer residency at Ortlieb’s Lounge. The shows will take place Monday, June 18th; Saturday, July 14th; and Saturday, August 18th. The Northern Liberties club, bar and restaurant recently reopened after being closed for a period of two years. When we last heard from Archives of Oblivion, a reference to an album title by Roy Harper, the band performed a 40th anniversary tribute to Jerry Garcia’s debut solo album at Milkboy in January. The band plan on performing another album from the Seventies in its entirety soon and recording an album of all original material. Go here for more information about the shows and the newly reopened Ortlieb’s Lounge.


Today: WXPN and The Key Welcomes The Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ with The Head and the Heart, Jukebox the Ghost, Good Old War, Reading Rainbow, Nicos Gun, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and more

Today is the Philly F/M Festival Sunday BBQ at The Ukie Club, 847 N. Franklin Street (in Northern Liberties). Tickets to the all ages show are $15.00 and are available here. There are two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) with 15 bands performing and starts at 11 a.m. Below are the set times.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Brian McGee (outdoor stage)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m The Parson Red Heads (outdoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. John Byrne (indoor stage)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wigwams (outdoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pinemouth (indoor stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Birdie Busch (outdoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Toy Soldiers (indoor stage)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nicos Gun (outdoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. North Lawrence Midnight Singers (indoor stage)
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reading Rainbow (outdoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Avi Wisnia (indoor stage)
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Viva Voce (outdoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Stephen Lyons (indoor stage)
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jukebox The Ghost (outdoor stage)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (outdoor stage)
8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Head and The Heart (outdoor stage)
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Good Old War (outdoor stage)


WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ with The Head and The Heart, Reading Rainbow, Good Old War, Jukebox The Ghost and many more on Sunday, September 25th

WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M BBQ on Sunday, September 25th at the Ukie Club. The show starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 10 p.m. There are two stages with the lineup including local bands Nicos Gun, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Birdie Busch, Reading Rainbow, Toy Soldiers, and Good Old War. Additional performers include Jukebox The Ghost, The Parson Red Heads, Viva Voce, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and The Head and The Heart. 15 bands for $15 bucks and it includes BBQ and beer! Go here for more information. Below, check out songs from some of the bands performing at the Sunday BBQ.

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

HVNLP85 The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart by heavenlyrecordings

SOLDIER by nicosgun


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers + White Birds at KFN, North Lawrence Midnight Singers at Penn Treaty Park

Crooked Fingers

Sometimes people just need a bit of time to themselves, no matter how cool their ‘90s indie-rock band might have been. Such was likely the case for former Archers Of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann, whose darker and more melodic solo project Crooked Fingers will be stopping by Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Despite the fact that his new solo album Breaks In The Armor is set to be released in October 2011, June has actually been a busier month for Archers Of Loaf. Merge Records announced that they will reissue all four of the group’s studio albums, including their acclaimed 1993 Icky Mettle, and the band also made its television debut this week. Opening the show with their debut performance will be White Birds, a new local group featuring Jim Harvey, Farzad Houshiarnejad, and Mike Cammarata, all formerly of Drink Up Buttercup. The trio has plans to release an album later this year. Crooked Fingers performs with White Birds at ­­­­­­­­­8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. —Claire Fishkow

North Lawrence Midnight Singers are a local band through and through. Named for the address where the five-piece was founded, these rockers are firmly rooted both in Americana and Philadelphia. They’ve been compared to Bob Dylan; their sound is a kind of cross between The Jayhawks and Roy Orbison. Beyond an attachment to classic Sun Records releases, North Lawrence is very much a Philly band. Both North Lawrence records were made in Philly (one with Bill Moriarty of Dr. Dog and Man Man fame), and their most recent effort was named one of 2010’s best local albums by the Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca. North Lawrence Midnight Singers perform with The Spinning Leaves and Birdie Busch at 6:30 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park; tickets to the all-ages show are free. —Kiley Bense


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Toy Soldiers + North Lawrence Midnight Singers at The Fire

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers

If you thought that your live-music options would be extremely limited tonight because of the upcoming holiday, well, you’re right. (Not that it should come as much of a surprise. Late December to early January is annually among the most slowest times of the year when it comes to live music.) Thankfully, we don’t have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and endorse a show that, under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t recommend to our worst enemy. Because there’s a perfectly good local showcase tonight over at The Fire, featuring performances by WXPN favorites Toy Soldiers, as well as Cowmuddy, The Ends Of The Earth, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, and Attia Taylor. John Vettese highlighted NLMS last month as part of his Philly Local Philes; Attia Taylor was also highlighted just the other week. And one of tonight’s five acts is featured very prominently in our reader-submitted Best Of Local Music 2010 poll, but you’ll have to wait until next week for us to post the results. Toy Soldiers performs with Cowmuddy, The Ends Of The Earth, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, and Attia Taylor at 9 p.m. at The Fire; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Best Local Albums of 2010

Philly Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca dropped his 2010 Best of Music lists today including best albums, songs, live concerts and best local albums of the year. His best live show of the year was Sufjan Stevens at the Academy of Music. His best songs of the year list (which you can listen to here) has “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi at number one. DeLuca’s Best Local Albums of 2010 showcases why there is no doubt Philly’s local music scene is at a high point with a diverse group of excellent releases. The list includes:
1 – Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
2 – Free Energy – Free Energy
3 – Jazmine Sullivan – Love Me Back
4 – Chiddy Bang – The Preview
5 -Drink Up Buttercup – Born and Thrown
6 – Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction
7 – Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded
8 – Notekillers – We’re Here To Help
9 – Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge
10 – North Lawrence Midnight Singers
You can read Dan’s comments on these local albums here. Check out a couple videos from Jazmine Sullivan and Free Energy below.

And speaking of the best of musical things local, The Key wants you to submit your favorites for the year for local bands, albums and up-and-coming acts for our first annual Best of Local Music year in review. You can submit your votes here.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: The Josh Olmstead Band, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Johnny Miles And The Waywards

The Josh Olmstead Band
The Josh Olmstead Band performs 11/19 at Johnny Brenda's

To say that this is a big weekend for local roots/blues/folk/country rock bands would be an understatement. Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s features not one, not two, but three rock acts that are celebrating the release of a new record: The Josh Olmstead Band (Purple Mountain Majesty In the Antlers Hotel), North Lawrence Midnight Singers (Last Great Saturday Night), and Joseph Arnold (Discomedusae). (Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey of The Swimmers will open the show—but, you know, The Swimmers haven’t released an album since last year’s People Are Soft.) We’ve had a chance to listen to a few choice tracks from all three albums; earlier this month, we highlighted both The Josh Olmstead Band’s “Devil May Care” and North Lawrence Midnight Singers’ “Another Night.” (Look for reviews of both records next week—after we’ve had the chance to spend a little more quality time with each). The Josh Olmstead Band, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Joseph Arnold, and Steve And Krista Yutzy-Burkey perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Also playing: Hoots And Hellmouth + Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., SOLD OUT)

Because an eight-band bill is too much of a good thing, another four Philly rock acts will be sharing the stage at Johnny Brenda’s the following night. (Ed. note: That makes JB’s 6/6 so far this week in terms of our daily concert picks. We swear it’s not favoritism. Blame the booking people at Johnny Brenda’s!) Headlining the show is Johnny Miles And The Waywards, who will celebrate the release of their third album, When The Saints Sleep, at the show. (You can listen to the album’s title track—which we highlighted earlier this month—here.) Locals Joshua Park (currently working on a full length), Liz Fullerton (who, after teaming up with Jedi Mind Tricks’ Stoupe to form Dutch, released an album over the summer), and “Philly Folkmonster” Psalmships (who also released an album earlier this year) will open the show. Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Joshua Park, Liz Fullerton, and Psalmships perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Also playing: Aloe Blacc + The Grand Scheme, Maya Jupiter at World Cafe Live (10:30 p.m., 21+, $17); Brian McGee + No! Go! Tell!, Marriage at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., $7)

Keeping Johnny Brenda’s from going an unprecedented 7/7 this week is the simple fact that they don’t have a show on Sunday night. (No, we’re not going to pick Captain Marbles’ Third Sunday DJ Brunch.) If you’re not already planning on staying in Sunday night to listen to the half-dozen or so new local albums you picked up the previous two nights, we recommend you catch Aussie psyche-rockers Tame Impala with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma; honestly, after two consecutive nights of roots rock, a little ’60s psychedelia will probably be good for you. Tame Impala performs with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12.