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  • Little Big League Swing for the Fences with Their Debut Record

    VAN CHAMPIONS: Members of Little Big League previously played in Post Post, Strand of Oaks and Titus Andronicus. When Michelle Zauner of Philadelphia band Little Big League answers her cellphone, it’s obvious she’s been rudely awoken. “Oh, hey. We’re doing this right now?” she asks. Her voice is scratchy; she sounds baffled....

    • Jul 25, 2013
  • Ex Reverie/Larkin Grimm/Ember Schrag

    You might not know it, but what you need right now is a BYO-blankets-and-booze concert under the stars. Fronted by Gillian Chadwick (pictured), a refugee from Espers’ cult compound, Ex Reverie claims they make “glam rock from the year 1066,” but there’s a good chance they’d have been swimming with the witches...

    • Jul 18, 2013
  • Philly Record Label Good Behavior Wants to Get Physical With You

    SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE: Harvesting Monsanto, the latest album by Forcefeel (above), is available as a limited-run cassette from Good Behavior. (Rubber glove included.) While Forcefeel’s latest album is just a $6 download away, the Connecticut electro-noise artist is hoping you’ll want a more physical musical experience. That’s why the 15-track...

    • Jul 11, 2013
  • Lantern Aces the Rock ’N’ Roll Rorschach Test

    Emily Robb and Zachary Fairbrother of Philly band Lantern are lounging in a shadowy booth at Oscar’s Tavern, downing lagers and explaining why they named their first LP Rock ’N’ Roll Rorschach. “We’d both just read Watchmen,” says Robb, referring to Alan Moore’s graphic novel, which includes a grim, misanthropic vigilante named...

    • Jul 2, 2013
  • Long Live Light Heat

    You can be damn sure Quentin Stoltzfus did some Googling before naming his new band.  Almost no one had heard of Google last time he named a band. It was the late ’90s. He’d come across the word “Mazarin” in a book, liked the look of it and started scouring record stores...

    • Jun 19, 2013
  • Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band kick out the jams at Ortlieb’s

    Guitarist Chris Forsyth and I have a mutual friend on Facebook. The friend recently posted this obscure quote from an old album review penned by critic Robert Christgau: “Contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded.” Forsyth was the first commenter to name the album. “Duh,” he wrote. “Live/Dead. What else could it...

    • Jun 12, 2013
  • Cool Shows and Hot Topics at Ladyfest

    Ladyfest Philly 2013 runs Fri., June 7, to Sun., June 9, and includes concerts, workshops and other events. Individual tickets are $10-$20; a three-day pass is $40. Complete schedule and ticket info at Allison Pense Black Wine Friday/June 7 Philly “cuddle-punk” trio Amanda X kicks off Ladyfest’s busy opening night at the...

    • Jun 5, 2013
  • About a Band

    “Everyone has someone they really despise,” surmises Matt Korvette between bites of a vegan sloppy-joe sandwich at the Royal Tavern. “I’ll never stab anyone in the face, but I’ll be happy when someone I hate dies from cancer. I just quietly, patiently hope for the worst.”  These thoughts are inspired by “Cafeteria...

    • Feb 5, 2013
  • Album Reviews

    Music Album Reviews Sierra Hurtt’s Stranger | Marc Silver and the Stonethrowers, California Avenue | Many Arms, Many Arms | Ross Bellenoit, Home Songs Vol. 1 | Cheers Elephant, Like Wind Blows Fire email print font size share LinkedIn StumbleUpon Tumblr Digg ChimeIn Delicious Google+ Reddit options   Posted: Thu, Mar. 1,...

    • Mar 1, 2012
  • Disc-o-scope

    Music Disc-o-scope Craig Finn’s Clear Heart Full Eyes | Plug’s Back on Time | Cass McCombs’ Humor Risk | Hectic Zeniths’ self-titled email print font size options   Posted: Thu, Jan. 19, 2012, 3:00 AM Disc-o-scope City Paper rock On hiatus from The Hold Steady, Craig Finn hoofed it to Austin to...

    • Jan 19, 2012

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