Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer. Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here). The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here. Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”
The Trouble With Sweeney
There’s been a lot of excitement for Philly bands circa late 90s / early aughts in the past week. First there was The Low Road’s reunion at The Tin Angel, then there was the announcement that B.C. Camplight will be releasing a new album in early 2013. Now we hear that The Trouble With Sweeney – the rock and roll combo fronted by then-Philadelphia Weekly writer, now-Philebrity editor Joey Sweeney – is reuniting for an appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, December 8. Capping off a night they’re calling “JOEY SWEENEY YOUR LIFE IS CALLING: The Best Of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012,” Jojo’s current band Arctic Splash is also on the bill, along with The Barnabys, the group he started at age 17, and Bitter Bitter Weeks, the band fronted by Philly uber-producer (and Sweeney’s friend) Brian McTear. The whole night is in celebration of Joey’s 40th brithday, and tickets and information on the show (party? happening?) are available at the venue’s website. Below, listen to “The Break Up,” the melancholic-poppy opening track from The Trouble’s 2002 LP I Know You Destroy.
Photo by John Vettese