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Weekend Warrior, January 8-10

Sure, he recently signed to Matador, rung in the new year with The Black Keys, and is heading out on tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Fucked Up. But Kurt Vile’s notable success in 2009 still takes him back to his Philly roots. Tonight Vile brings his signature lo-fi croon to Johnny Brenda’s.  He’ll be joined by minimalist psych-folk rockers Strapping Fieldhands and Princeton-based indie garage outfit, Home Blitz. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/kurtvileofphilly, myspace.com/strappingfieldhands

Also this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Extraordinaires, SAT and SUN Paul Green School of Rock Presents :URGH! A Music War
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN Decontrol, Violent Society
 
North Star (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Levee Drivers

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.)  FRI Dante Bucci

World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Hustle, SAT Drink Up Buttercup

Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Da Comrade! and Tongue Sculptors

(Photo by Sarah McKay)
 

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January 2010
Orbit to Leslie
"The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake
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Orbit to Leslie's debut full length The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake is an interstellar journey through musical genres that leads you to a planet where glowing experimental indie pop rules the world. But if the world is going to be saved, then a sense of urgency is needed, and it can be found in opener "Elephant Fist", which contains a Radiohead-esque quality to it with its dark underlying themes, non-linear lyrics, repetitious vocal lines, nasty guitar riffs and experimental production with computer generated sounds. However, never fear because frontman Chris Wood's positivity shines through brightly in "Chocolate Cake" whose chorus provides us the title to the album and its feel good mantra. The song sounds like it could've been a lost track from Ween’s classic Chocolate and Cheese that surprisingly would have made it even better. It's just simply hard not to feel good while listening to this album with tunes like the afro-pop influenced "Kennedy Calls", the upbeat and sweetly romantic "Javelin", the aptly titled "Sugar and Salt" with its contrasting flavors between chorus and verse, and the dive bomb guitar licks of "Kamikaze". The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake celebrates the end of the adventure with the ramshackled, fun-lovingly soulful "The Man To Win It". Orbit to Leslie starts this year off just right with a stunning debut full of melodies, hooks and grooves to carry you happily through 2010. - Q. D. Tran - Website

 

 





Drink Up Buttercup Help Create More Kidrockers at WCL Jan. 9

Let newly signed Yep Roc artists Drink Up Buttercup help you get in touch with your inner child – and hey, if you have kids bring ‘em along too – this Saturday at World Café Live.  DUB, the Deli Philly’s 2008 Band of the Year, will be performing their percussive psychedelic rock as part of the KiDROCKERS all-ages concert geared towards children ages 3 – 13 and produced by Beth Lorge.  If you’ve ever been to a DUB show and have been too embarrassed to clap, shout, and bang along, now’s your chance.  Saturday, January 9, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 11:30am, Advance Tickets Adults: $13, Children: $11, Family Four-Pack Discount $44 Free for children under the age of one!  myspace.com/drinkupbuttercupband - Jaime Pannone

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Hezekiah Jones and Paper Masques at JB’s Jan. 7

 

There are two fantastic bands performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Hezekiah Jones is an ever-changing collection of musicians centered around mastermind Raphael Cutrufello. Slow, haunting folk music is the specialty of Hezekiah Jones accompanied by the soothing voice of Cutrufello, adding a dramatic atmosphere that makes live performances a bit more interesting. Check out the song “Postpone,” a great example of the vocal and guitar interplay that can be found in the works of Hezekiah Jones. Paper Masques are more of a spacey, experimental folk group. Utilizing lots of unique instrumentation, the music of Paper Masques features flutes and glockenspiels, amongst other things, over acoustic guitars and dreamy drumming patterns. The song “Vodka and Bottletops” best exemplifies the craftsmanship displayed by this band led by Zelda Pinwheel founder Stephen Quaranta who will be unveiling a new lineup tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/hezekiah11, myspace.com/papermasques (Photo by Lisa Schaeffer) - James Sanderson

 

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Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies Record Release at KFN Jan. 7

If you’re looking for a good blend of acoustic fueled music and indie songwriting, then look know further. Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies. a Philly newcomer and Pittsburgh native, went from playing sparsely attended shows during 2004 to constructing pop music ballads with a chamber ensemble of multi-instrumentalists and gaining rave reviews in 2007/2008. And now with his band of Arch Enemies, he aims to take it a step further with tonight’s record release show. They’ll be joined by The Bee Team with their quirky storytelling and acoustic pop appeal as well as TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, whose Hinterlands EP was one of my favorites last year and whose star shines brighter with each show. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, Free, 21+ myspace.com/stevegoldberg (Photo by Sarah Cass) - Bill McThrill
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