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Call ‘em blues, garage or modern, Philly’s Thee, Idea Men are a tight and infectious rock four-piece. Emerging in 2012 from the Drexel University scene that also gave us Lucy Stone and W.C. Lindsay, the band’s rumbling Stratocaster overdrive (guided by frontman Matt Jurasek and lead guitarist Matt Raspanti) was in top form on their 2012 release New Level Shoes. Recorded with Tommy Joyner at MilkBoy and released in May, the album sits nicely alongside festival scene favorites J Roddy Walston & The Business and The Weeks, reviving a classic American music style in a contemporary setting. Continue reading →
Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers will headline Union Transfer tonight. Just last month, the band released its fourth full-length album Rented World with a surprise CD release show at Golden Tea House, followed by an acoustic set in WIlkes-Barre. Their new album takes a surprising new direction, with nods to 90s alt rock, but still contains the Menzingers’ signature pop-punk hooks. Check out their previous studio session and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender.
Thee Idea Men, a bluesy Philly indie rock band that formed in 2011, are ready to debut its second full-length, New Level Shoes, released digitally today. The 10-track album is reminiscent of The Black Keys in terms of their static and grit. Each song is different from the next, jumping from a sinister, psychedelic rock vibe in “Shake It” and “Underplayed” to a slower more mellow bluesy sound like in “Please” and “Addicted.” You can listen to a full stream of the album below and catch Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy on May 31st for their CD release show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Philly-born four-piece Thee, Idea Men recorded a live video of their new single “Help Me Mama” during a set at Milkboy last week. The local outfit shed their quirky alt-rock exterior in favor of a sixties rock sound for the new track, which will appear on an upcoming full-length called New Level Shoes coming out in May. Distorted guitars and crisp symbols crash over front man Matthew Jurasek’s blues-rock vocals. Check out the video below.
Broad Street Music Group takes their quest to showcase local talent into the new year with their first event of 2014, happening at World Cafe Live on January 3rd. The featured artists for next month’s concert are cellist / singer Daniel Delaney, rock four-piece Satellite Hearts, quirky alt-rockers Thee, Idea Men, Drexel Hill’s The Tressels and jammy experimental band The Jawn. Check out videos from the performers below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show here. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.
Phil Anselmo is probably one of the most prolific figures in the world of metal today. Originally gaining fame as the singer for Pantera, Anselmo has since performed with his own groups Down, Superjoint Ritual, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals and a few others. Tonight, the famed metal singer will make his way to Union Transfer where he’ll play with his backing band The Illegals. Anselmo released his second solo album, Walk Through Exists Only, a month ago. Below, check out a song from his latest release and click here for ticket information for what’s sure to be an ear-melting show.
On their way to SXSW in March, Philly’s Thee, Idea Men stopped by WRVU in Nashville, TN with tourmates Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Dan Orlando and WC Lindsay. The group of local musicians performed a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” live on the Vanderbilt University radio station, with Orlando on keys and Lindsay behind the camera. Check out the footage below and see Thee, Idea Men live at MilkBoy on June 13th. Dan Orlando will be at Kennett Flash on June 1st. Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.
December’s Tuesday Tune-Out hosts Bands in the Backyard welcome the colorful indie rock of Thee, Idea Men and the folk rock of Katie Frank to PhilaMOCA for this week’s music and film event. Both bands released new music this year – Thee, Idea Men put out Getcho Groo Von in May and Katie Frank shared her debut EP Covered Bridge Road in September. Admission is $5 at the door for the all-ages show, and more information can be found here. Below, stream and download Thee, Idea Men’s “She’s Got the Wand.”