Trying to find the best shows going on next month, but are too overwhelmed by how many choices are out there? Here’s a Look at some January shows that might just be a little too good to pass up! And note, while this list primarily features Philadelphia, it showcases bands who are currently touring the country. So if you like what you hear, then you might just want to check their websites and see if they’re coming to a stage near you!
All January 7th at The First Unitarian Church
From R5 Productions Website:
When renowned (and often copied) Los Angeles punk rockers the Descendents were forced to go on hiatus in the late ’80s when singer Milo Aukerman left the group to attend college full time, the remaining members decided to carry on under a different name: ALL (lifted from the title of the Descendents’ final 1987 studio recording). Former Descendents members Bill Stevenson (drums), Stephen Egerton (guitar), and Karl Alvarez (bass) were all in attendance w/ vocalist Scott Reynolds. The Reynolds-led version of ALL issued four albums overall: 1989’s Allroy’s Revenge, 1990’s Trailblazer: Live and Allroy Saves, and 1992’s Percolator. First east coats shows with Scott in YEARS !
Off With Their Heads
Minneapolis strikes again! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS play snotty pop punk that sounds a whole lot like Dillinger4. In fact sometimes Patty plays with them. No Idea Records.
No ‘post’ this or that, no pretense, nothing arty, no sappy emo, no indie-rock, no hybrid anything. It’s an honest formula: music that rocks + punk aggressiveness. Chicago
Kurt Vile January 8th at Johnny Brenda’s
KV’s mad lo-fi brilliance has finally found a home with Matador Records. After putting out a series of home recorded CD-Rs, choice tracks were compiled onto the Constant Hitmaker album put out by Gulcher Records. This started a flurry of national attention resulting in this: his multi-record deal with Matador!
The Strapping Fieldhands were born in the basements and bedrooms of Philadelphia over ten years ago when they began taping their loose jam sessions on home recording equipment, with no other goal than to play around with some sounds among friends and just tape some weird crap to amuse themselves. Bob Malloy had some songs, Bob Dickie had a home studio, Jacy Webster had to be there. A band was begun. Their earliest efforts became the first Strapping Fieldhands 7″ single that was originally meant to be a one-off on Siltbreeze, but the immediate interest generated sparked a series of vinyl singles now collected on the CD Gobs on the Midway. Their first ever live gig was in Fishtown!!!
Super-primitive, homemade indie garage with some screwy chops & time signatures, sort of like bedroom college savant music from a punk modeling himself on “tasty fuckin’ lickmeisters” of the prog era. Princeton, NJ. Songs jump between garage-y romp and impenetrable wall of noise, like a kid running through a candy store. You’re either going to hate this because you’ll see it as an overwhelmingly long narcissistic gaze into the mirror of scuzzy punk nostalgia; or you’re gonna love it because it lacks any/all revelatory aspirations and goes straight for the jugular of intensely stupid fun. From Princeton.
Julian Casablancas January 10th at The Trocadero Theatre
Julian Casablancas’ vocals feature a distinct delivery as well as a wide range in pitch. His signature vocal style combines elements of sing-speak and soul, drawing influences most notably from Robert Pollard, Lou Reed.
As The Strokes principal songwriter, he has the greatest impact on their sound and has been known to be extremely meticulous with it. While Casablancas composes on a variety of instruments, he uses the keyboard to write complex arrangements that he later transposes to fit The Strokes’ guitar-driven lineup.
Another recent change has come in the recording of his vocals, which is significantly clearer and louder than on their first two albums. On The Strokes’ first two albums, Casablancas would always use a filter when singing. He changed this on First Impressions of Earth. Casablancas says this was adjusted only because it fit the new songs’ styles more, and not because he was any less critical about his voice.
On 18th September, UK fans got their first taste of a full song from the album, as Zane Lowe played the track “11th Dimension” on an evening show. It was then later revealed that this would be the first single from Phrazes for the Young, released on November 2 in the UK and November 3, 2009, in the US. Recorded in Los Angeles, Nebraska and Casablancas’ home city New York, the album was produced by Jason Lader, with additional production from Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis.
River of Brakelights
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven January 13th at World Cafe Live
Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey. This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s â€“ early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.
Camper Van Beethoven
This past year marked not only the 25th anniversary of the influential rock band Camper Van Beethoven, but also, in many ways, indie music itself – a genre that this Santa Cruz-based band unwittingly (or perhaps wittingly) helped spearhead in the early ’80s long before the terms alternative or indie became common hyphen fodder for the word ‘rock.’
Camper Van Beethoven
Alec Ounsworth January 14th at Johnny Brenda’s
One more show before he hits the road for his U.S. tour! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth just released his solo debut, Mo Beauty, and to celebrate he is taking his new songs out for a two week residency at Johnny Brendas! Ounsworth is expected to perform material from Mo Beauty as well as the CYHSY catalog, as well as material from Flashy Python (his other band with members of Dr, Dog, Man Man and The Walkmen). Get stoked as his most recent material is easily the sharpest arrangements and best songwriting of his short career.
Anvil January 17th at Theatre of Living Arts
The story of ANVIL goes back to the early roots of Heavy Metal. ANVIL was a true pioneer of this genre of music beginning their career in the late 70’s. They began recording albums in 1981 with their debut album called Hard and Heavy. It was well received in England where they ended up playing some of the worlds most revered rock festivals, The Monsters of Rock and Reading Festivals. The band recorded two albums with producer Chris Tsangarides called Metal on Metal and Forged in Fire, which remain as classic albums to this day. The band went on to tour with Motorhead in the United Kingdom. ANVIL also played in Japan as a headliner in 1983 and then on a massive festival circuit with Michael Shenker Group, Scorpions, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi in 1984 at the Super Rock festival series. This was the first festivals of this type ever held in Japan. ANVIL has continued working very hard producing albums on a regular basis and has never given up their dream. They have recorded 13 studio albums to date and are currently looking for distribution for the newest cd appropriately titled This is Thirteen. The album was recorded in England with producer Chris Tsangarides and truly ventures back with a vengeance to the classic ANVIL sound. In recent years ANVIL has been fortunate enough to get evolved with a very special friend Sacha Gervasi who is currently directing and executively producing a docudrama about the bands real life history in real time. There is incredible footage of actual experiences touring and recording in the past 2 years. Sacha is known for his great work with Steven Spielberg on the movie Terminal, staring Tom Hanks. The ANVIL movie debuted at the prestigious Sundance Festival in January 2008. People love this band when they learn about their incredible tenacity and dedication to their music. It comes out in the live performance so intensely it is a truly overwhelming experience. Something not to be overlooked or missed.
The True Story of Anvil
Asobi Seksu (Acoustic Show) January 28th at The First Unitarian Church’s Chapel
Asobi Seksu is an American Dream Pop band based in New York City. Their music draws influence from the shoegazing genre as well, and similarly uses a textured and effects-heavy vocal and guitar sound. The band consists of Yuki Chikudate (vocals, keyboards) and James Hanna (guitar, vocals).
They were originally known as Sportfuck, and in 2001 released their first self-titled EP. Finding the name juvenile, the band soon changed their name to Asobi Seksu. Their full length debut followed in 2004. They regrouped with a new rhythm section for their second album, Citrus, which was recorded in Gigantic Studios, New York City, with producer Chris Zane and Released in 2006 by Friendly Fire.
One Little Indian Records re-released the band’s first album Asobi Seksu and the follow-up Citrus in 2007.
Asobi Seksu was featured in the fifth episode of the fifth season of the American hit television show The L Word, and the first episode of the third season of the British television series Skins. The song “Layers” from the album Hush was also featured in an episode of Ugly Betty and in the trailer for So Yong Kim’s film “Treeless Mountain”
Between The Buried And Me January 31st at The Trocadero Theatre
The human brain is a labyrinth that we will never fully comprehend. The next chapter in the pantheon of stories from the enigmatic BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME entitled The Great Misdirect gives us their inventive impressions of what this mysterious tool may be capable of. It introduces us to an elaborate cast of characters that are odd, unique, familiar and somewhat comforting. A group of outsiders trying to comprehend the strange worlds they all inhabit. From the truckers chatting about UFO sightings, to the power struggle of a cult leader, all the way to the story of a common man, leaving everything behind and ?oating to the middle of the ocean; The Great Misdirect is a truly enthralling adventure. The ?ve stories that interlock within this fantastic tale is an inspiration to the creativeness that extreme metal is capable of and a testament to where BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME is taking the genre. It con?rms that they are not only a group of skilled musicians and gifted performers, but also fantastic story-tellers that have an endless wealth of imagination and interest in furthering the realms of hard rock and heavy metal. Disconnect yourself from what you have perceived as logic and reality, close your eyes and step inside your own limitless psyche and join BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME in this walk through The Great Misdirect.
Between the Buried and Me’s general musical style has been stated by criticts to be primarily a blend of metalcore, progressive metal and even at times death metal, along with them incorporating many different musical styles: “One minute the band may be playing thrash metal and the next they’re flowing into death metal growls and thick guitar riffs… the metal take on things can seemingly change in a flash as lead singer Tommy Rogers fleshes out his vocals and utilizes the keyboards to create something that sounds more like it should be on a Smashing Pumpkins album”. On their covers album, The Anatomy Of, the band pays tribute to many of their diverse influences, including King Crimson, Soundgarden, Pantera, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis, and Smashing Pumpkins.
In early 2010, Between the Buried and Me will be touring across the US with Cynic, Devin Townsend, and Scale the Summit. Afterwards, they will conquer Europe supporting Lamb of God, along with Job for a Cowboy and August Burns Red.
Between The Buried And Me