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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

HezekiahJonesThe 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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Watch The Lawsuits take on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in a new live video

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits

It’s pretty clear that The Lawsuits, along with generations of bands, are inspired by folk legends Fleetwood Mac. The Philly four-piece recently covered “The Chain” live in Richmond, VA last month and revitalized the energy that’s embedded in the 1977 classic. Led by Brian Dale Strouse and Vanessa Winters’ impressive dual harmonies, the band hits the mark with their lively rendition of the track. The Lawsuits play at Underground Arts tomorrow night for this month’s Communion Club Night alongside Johnny Stimson, Sturgill Simpson, Banned Books, and Gretchen Lohse. Get tickets here.

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Up The Chain perfects a cover of The Lawsuits’ “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t”

Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Up The Chain (aka Reed Kendall) channeled his inner balladeer in a sweet and simple rendition of The Lawsuits’ “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t” recorded for Root Down in the Shadow‘s Cover Club series. This is just one of many forms the song has taken. Originally a solo tune written and recorded by frontman Brian Dale Strouse, it became a full band affair and was featured on the Lawsuits’ album Cool Cool Cool with Vanessa Winters on vocals. Kendall’s version resonates in a quietly somber way that’s just enough to draw you in and keep you listening. Check it out below and get tickets to Up The Chain’s April 26th show at Ardmore Music Hall here.

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April’s Communion Showcase hosts The Lawsuits, Banned Books, Gretchen Lohse and more

Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes
Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes

Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd.  NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books.  XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well.  Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.

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Watch Ron Gallo’s moving cover of The Lawsuits’ “Anybody’s Girl” (playing Boot and Saddle 1/30)

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via facebook.com/rongallomusic

Local musician Ron Gallo (of Toy Soldiers) recently recorded his own acoustic rendition of The Lawsuits’s “Anybody’s Girl” for Root Down In The Shadow’s Cover Club series. While the original is swinging and upbeat, Gallo’s unique vocal tone is emotional and just tears at your heart strings. To top it off, he relates it to a certain heartbreaking film from 2004: “If the original is the kiss scene in The Notebook where they run at each other on the dock, then this is the scene where he builds the house”. Stream both versions of “Anybody’s Girl” below. Get tickets to Ron Gallo’s show at Boot and Saddle on January 30th here and lighten your mood with its hilarious promo video.

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Just Announced: The Lawsuits added to Katie Frank’s record release show (playing MilkBoy on 2/21)

 

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits

When Katie Frank and The Pheromones celebrate the release of their second full-length Counting Your Curses at MilkBoy on February 21st, The Lawsuits will be there to get the night started.  The indie rock / roots band, who released their own LP Cool Cool Cool last Fall and rang in the New Year at MilkBoy with a sold-out show, join Kevin Killen in the support slot.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Lawsuits at MilkBoy, Screaming Females at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly Bloco at World Cafe Live and more

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Commonwealth Choir and T.J. Kong will join The Lawsuits tonight at MilkBoy as they did in this Van Morrison cover

XPN welcomes The Lawsuits to MilkBoy for New Years Eve.  The jam-packed line-up, featuring the local indie roots-rock outfit with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir, will ring in 2014 by performing songs off of their recent Cool Cool Cool release.  Members of the bands got together recently to cover Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” so a reprise of that performance may also be in the plans.  Tickets and information for the 21+ celebration can be found here.  Check out the cover video below.

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Members of The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and Commonwealth Choir take on “Wild Night” by Van Morrison (playing MilkBoy on NYE)

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To get everyone ready for their New Years Eve show at MilkBoy in a couple of weeks, members of The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir collaborated on a rocking cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” that includes a knock-out harmonica solo by Kong’s Dan Bruskewicz.  Check out the video below and pick up tickets to the XPN Welcomes show here.

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Watch Brian and Vanessa from The Lawsuits cover Ween’s “She’s Your Baby” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 12/6)

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 3.34.07 PMFor the latest installment of Root Down in the Shadow‘s Covers Club series, it’s like Bucks County of the present takes on Bucks County of the past. Brian Dale Allen Strouse and Vanessa Winters of The Lawsuits delicately harmonize on “She’s Your Baby,” a gentle folk-tinged tune from Ween’s 2000 album White Pepper – which Strouse tells Root Down’s Dan McGurk was the album that served as a gateway to the weird and eclectic world of the Deaner and Gener. Watch the video below, and compare it against Ween’s original. The Lawsuits open for their Bucks County brethren Levee Drivers Friday December 6th at Kung Fu Necktie; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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The Lawsuits record a stripped down session for NYC Taper’s Backyard Brunch series

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The Lawsuits | Photo by John Vettese

 

Indie folk rock outfit The Lawsuits have been making quite the musical splash since releasing their EP Cool Cool Cool, and people outside of Philadelphia are starting to take notice.

NYC Taper hosted the band for its Backyard Brunch sessions, recording their live set (counter-intuitively) in a small living room in Brooklyn, NY. Driven by the gut-wrenching vocals of Vanessa Winters and singer-songwriter Brian Dale Allen Strouse, the stripped down (although not fully acoustic) session brings out the grass-roots sound and feel that is so pertinent to the band’s foundation. The session includes songs from The Lawsuits’ Cool Cool Cool, as well as tracks from their first EP Numbers and the 2013 single release “Love is Weight.” To top it off, the band does an impromptu cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”

Stream and download the full set via NYC Taper here. The Lawsuits will be performing at Kung Fu Necktie on 12/6 and Milkboy on New Year’s Eve 12/31. Find tickets and more info for both shows here. Watch The Lawsuits perform “Long Drive Home” for their Key Studio Session below.

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