Recap: The Rosebuds brought Love Deluxe to Johnny Brenda’s (photos, review)

The Rosebuds | Photo by Chris Sikich |
The Rosebuds | Photo by Chris Sikich |
All photos by Chris Sikich |

Tuesday night at Johnny Brenda’s an odd, yet inviting sound came forth from the miniature stage and dark, moody lighting – Sade’s whole album, Love Deluxe, as covered by the underrated North Carolina alt-rockers The Rosebuds. And if that seems like an unlikely pairing, consider the fact that the band fronted by the once married Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp released this cover album for free last year and had not released new non-holiday oriented material for two years (they did put out a Christmas album last year as well). Add to this the fact that Crisp was absent (due to being back at school in New York) and you have a night of the seemingly unexpected.

But, if you know how talented Howard is, you could sense this would be a satisfying experience, especially with a solid five piece backing band. Though the crowd was sparse – no more than 75 people attended – the reception for the delivery of such Sade classics as album opener “No Ordinary Love” was quite warm. It was an intimate evening of music that ended with two great notes – the delivery of one of their finest tunes off of my favorite work of theirs (Birds Make Good Neighbors), “Blue Bird,” and a brand new song to end the night. Of course the lack of Crisp’s harmonies was felt, but there is promise for more aural plumage in the future.


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Pissed Jeans, Tommy Conwell, Erin McKeown

Pissed JeansPhilly thrash heroes Pissed Jeans released their first new music since the 2010 7″ Your Life Is Worth Pissed Jeans, a raging track called “Bathroom Laughter.” It’s going to be on the band’s forthcoming LP Honeys, expected for release sometime in February. You can listen to it, and download it for the price of an e-mail address, in the player below.

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Tonight’s Concerts, June 19th: Gypsy Death And You, Eat Your Birthday Cake, Sade w/John Legend, + more

Philly’s Gypsy Death And You & Eat Your Birthday Cake perform at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)

Ugly Radio Rebellion with Ike Willis: A Tribute To Frank Zappa at The North Star Bar at 8PM. Tickets to the 21 + show are $10-$130.00.

“Do the Evolution”: a 20th Anniversary Tribute Celebration of the music of Pearl Jam at World Cafe Live at 7PM. Tickets are $15–$20. In addition to the ticket price, there is a $10 per person food and beverage minimum for all reserved seating at this show. There is no minimum for General Admission tickets.

Sade with special guest John Legend perform at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30PM. Ticket information here