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Sallie Ford and The Outside Sound and Mount Moriah played the North Star Bar

ford11All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Sunday night at North Star saw a paring of artists touring off of two of the year’s greatest albums: headliners Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and openers Mount Moriah. Ford was making a return trip to Philly after their July gig at MilkBoy was truncated due to the sweat factor (see my Key photos and review here). And while autumn may have been in full swing outside, Ford and the Sound Outside still brought some heat with their blistering set of retro rock. With a voice seemingly right out of the ‘50s, Ford drove the crowd into a dance frenzy with tracks from Untamed Beast and their forthcoming Summer EP. Opening with the brilliant “Shivers,” where Ford unleashes the word shivers into the ears with a hint of seduction and the new, and taking the audience on a ride that culminated with the hip-shaking “Party Kids” and the incendiary instrumental “The Eagle Has Landed.”

Mount Moriah have a much different sound than Sallie Ford, one of a yearning and loss draped over Heather McEntire’s soulful vocals. With a precise ferocity McEntire strummed her guitar and wove the spellbinding tales of her band’s 2013 masterwork Miracle Temple, and even sandwiched in a brilliant cover of Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues” for good measure.

There may be a gulf of space (Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside hail from Portland, Ore, while Mount Moriah trekked out from the Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina) and sound between these two bands, but their trajectory of greatness is highly apparent and those who witnessed the occasion on Sunday will have many fine memories to savor. And, if they saw the first band, South Jersey’s Pine Barons, they also got an eclectic mix of psychadelic, country, and even Robert Smith.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Dismemberment Plan at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside at North Star Bar and more

Photo by Shervin Lainez
Photo by Shervin Lainez

XPN welcomes The Dismemberment Plan to Union Transfer tonight.  The D.C. indie rock band’s latest record Uncanney Valley dropped in October, ending a twelve year recording break that allowed band members to explore other interests.  The broadened horizons are audible on the record, which stretches it’s influences from Jackson Browne to R&B.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Yellow Ostrich can be found here.  Below, watch The Dismemberment Plan perform “The City” live in D.C.

XPN welcomes Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside to the North Star Bar.  Ford and her band of retro rockers have been in town a few times lately, performing a late night set at May’s Non-COMMvention and making a stop at Milkboy in July.  During her last stay in Philly, Ford recorded a video of “Roll Around” with Out of Town Films on Quince Street.  Watch the video below. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Mount Moriah and Pine Barons can be found here.

Also Playing:

Big Freedia at Underground Arts (8:00 p.m., 21+, $14)

Tom Rush at World Cafe Live (6:00 p.m., all ages, $30)

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Watch Sallie Ford perform in a cobblestone alleyway for Out of Town Films (playing North Star Bar in November)

Screen shot 2013-07-25 at 10.07.27 AMWhen her band was in town during the heat wave earlier this month for a sweltering show at MilkBoy, Sallie Ford caught up with the Out of Town Films gang for a video shoot in a cobblestone alleyway. From the filmmakers:

Walking just a few blocks, we found ourselves on the historic and quaint little street of Quince. Sallie, equipped with her subdued green Jaguar and miniature Orange amplifier, set up on the cobblestone walkway. What came next was a rendition of her tune “Roll Around.”

Watch the simmering performance below. Sallie Ford plays the North Star Bar on November 3rd. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Sweating it out at MilkBoy with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside (photos, review)

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

A sweaty crowd at Milkboy on Wednesday melted in the rich vocals of Sallie Ford and the rockin’ beats of her band The Sound Outside. Sticking with mostly tracks from their top-notch 2013 record Untamed Beast, Ford and company had the crowd swooning and soaring to the topics of lust and desire. Even though aural pleasures were abound, Milkboy was a heat trap, especially for the performers. And even after drenching her head with a bottle of water, Sallie Ford decided they were going to cut the night short due to the stage’s high heat. So after a rousing cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” they invited concertgoers onto the stage for the finale: a sweltering rock and roll dance party. Check out photos of Ford and openers Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang below.