Philly blues rock band John the Conqueror will be heading up The Legendary Dobbs this evening, before going on a European tour and releasing a new album The Good Life on February 25th. Soulful tracks make their blues sound attractive and inviting, and they’re sure to be even louder and entertaining live. Make sure to check them out before they leave the States for a good month; it’ll be their last Philly show until March 7th at MilkBoy.
Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA will bring his raw lyricism to the Electric Factory stage tonight. After a six-year break, the emcee will release his new space-themed album Dark Matter this year. Watch the rapper preview his new album at the University of Toronto below and get tickets here.
Ohio five-piece Hit the Lights are streaming a new b-side from their 2012 album Invicta. The pop-punk rockers are headed out on an acoustic tour with Transit, Front Porch Step, and Brian Marquis at the end of January. Lyrically, “Alone But Not Lonely” is a bit depressing but it’s a catchy pop anthem that endorses acceptance not wallowing in sorrow. Listen below and get tickets to their show at the Barbary on February 20th here.
It looks as if He Is Legend’s “Dicephalous” (definition: having two heads) now has a second head of its own, in the form of a cover brought to you by Reggie and the Full Effect. It’s a hard rock song from He Is Legend’s 2009 album It Hates You, and it talks about knowing someone’s true nature despite the elaborate facade they use to deceive others: “you’ve got everybody else fooled, but we know who you are.”
Reggie and the Full Effect (aka James Dewees of The Get Up Kids) completely deconstructs the song and transforms it into a sinister piano-driven affair with muffled vocals that echo. Both versions deliver the song’s message but this one does it in a more subtle, creeping-up-over-your-shoulder-but-you-like-it way. Get tickets to Reggie and the Full Effect show at The Barbary on January 16th here and listen to both songs below. Reggie’s new album No Country for Old Musicians is out now via Pure Noise Records.
Electro-pop outfit Leverage Models will play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band professes that it makes “secular songs about transubstantiation with rototoms.” It doesn’t matter if that statement confuses you, their music speaks for itself and it’s interesting to say the least. The band released its self-titled debut album in March on Hometapes Records. Watch their latest video for “Sweep” below and get tickets here.
Reggie and the Full Effect (primarily the work of The Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees) is streaming its new album No Country For Old Musicians a week ahead of its November 19th release. Dewees channels alternate personas throughout the album on which he played nearly all of the instruments himself. He will kick off a tour in support of the album next year in Philly at The Barbary. Get tickets here and stream the album below.
Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.
Local indie emo / rock group Little Big League start their fall tour next week, hitting cities as widespread as Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL and Allston, MA (with a stop in Gainesville, FL for FEST along the way). Formed in 2011 by Michelle Zauner and Kevin O’Halloran (Post Post) with Ian Dykstra (Titus Andronicus) and Deven Craige (Strand of Oaks), the band released its atmospheric debut full-length These Are Good Peoplein August on Tiny Engine Records. The record is glimmery and striking, pulling at heartstrings from the first track to the last. Tickets and information for the November 13th show at The Barbary with Paws can be found here. Below, watch Little Big League’s video for “My Very Own You” filmed by Out of Town Films, followed by a tour video.
WXPN welcomes UK singer/songwriter Jake Bugg to the World Cafe Live stage tonight. With a subtle folk rock sound, Beatles-esque undertones, and sincere lyricism, it’s no wonder that Bugg reached the top of UK’s charts with his debut self-titled album in 2012. Find ticket information for tonight’s show here.
The Atlanta-based outfit O’Brother is playing at The Barbary tonight. The five piece is touring in support of their second full-length release Disillusion. Go here for tickets and more information.
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are coming to Tin Angel tonight. The western swing outfit celebrated their release of What A Dream It’s Been this past August. Watch the boogie band perform “Spanish Dagger” below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.
New Hampshire pop punk band The Queers will perform tonight alongside Dwarves at the Barbary. Founded in 1982 by Joe King, The Queers broke up after two years, but soon reformed to include a whole new line-up. The group is said to be styled on the Ramones model, but deviates from this with prominent vocals and guitar solos. Opening the show is Chicago punk band Dwarves, also founded in the 80s. Created initially as a hardcore garage punk band, the group has since moved to a more punk rock vibe and is known for its wild and unusual live sets. Berkley’s rock and roll group The Atom Age and Philly’s punk rock Bucket Flush will also perform. Listen to The Queer’s “Today I Fell in Love” and find tickets and information here.