Return to the Philly of the 80s with The A’s (playing Underground Arts on 1/26, tickets on sale today)

These days Richard Bush tends to kick around the Philadelphia music scene with his pop-rock band The Peace Creeps, but some 30 years ago, he was one of the frontrunners of the city’s New Wave scene in The A’s. The freewheeling band put out two full-length albums on Arista records and one self-released EP, and even though it parted ways in the early 80s, the guys reunite every now and again – like the Electric Factory show they played in 2007, or the Underground Arts appearance that goes on sale today. Tickets for the January 26 appearance will be available here at noon today. While we’re waiting, here are a few blast-from-the-past moments from The A’s video archive.

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Listen to Beck And Cauthen’s and The Peace Creep’s Free At Noon performances at World Cafe Live

Paul Cauthen (left) and David Beck (right).

From NPR Music:

Beck And Cauthen

Texas natives David Beck and Paul Cauthen formed Beck & Cauthen back in 2009 after a series of chance musical encounters in Austin. It wasn’t long before the roots-rock duo — who take cues from Robert Earl Keen, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones — headed to the studio to record their debut, Sons of Fathers. The upcoming album was produced by Grammy winner Lloyd Maines, and it promises to be full of their signature melodies and the feel of Texas on the road.

The Peace Creeps

The Peace Creeps are a Philly-based psychedelic rock outfit. Frontman Richard Bush was originally the leader of local icons The A’s, but after some label issues, Bush formed a new band with guitarist John Marchiano, drummer Jeff Pancoast and bass guitarist Roy Fisher. Their 2006 debut, Autumn of Love, brought together a number of local musicians for a nostalgic and colorful journey.

Almost five years later, The Peace Creeps are back with their second offering. On Time Machine, the band continues to worship ’60s rock. One can easily hear the British Invasion, along with more modern-day references like Dr. Dog and Wilco.

You can listen to last Friday’s performance here.


The Peace Creeps + Beck And Cauthen to perform a Free At Noon concert Aug. 19th at World Cafe Live

Beck And Cauthen

On Friday, August 19th, a pair of bands will drop by World Cafe Live for a Free At Noon doubleheader: The Austin, TX-based Americana duo Beck And Cauthen and Philadelphia’s own The Peace Creeps. Beck And Cauthen is currently on tour in support of their debut album, Sons Of Fathers, which was released earlier this year. Go here to reserve a spot for the show once free tickets become available.