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The Spinning Leaves Whirl into JB’s April 2

Since Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker first met in 2006, they’ve crafted a sound that can seamlessly be sewn into the proud tradition of American music which they’d humbly give credit to the assortment of 50+ musicians that they have worked with on their recordings. But at the forefront, you’ll find Michael the Baker’s heartfelt achy rasp and B the Leaf’s charming lilt playfully circling each other. However, they are excited about performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with their full band. Also on the bill with The Spinning Leaves are Oso, whose debut The Bellringer was one of my local faves last year. They’re already preparing to release a second album. Newly added to the lineup are Toy Soldiers who will surely have their army of Temple boppers hitting the dance floor. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/thespinningleaves - H.M. Kauffman

 

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April 2010
Power Animal
"People Songs
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When I first reviewed Female Wrestler by Power Animal (a.k.a. Keith Hampson) in December 2009, I remember thinking where are those amazing tunes with the ridiculously long names that were on his MySpace. I actually felt bad that more people might not get to hear them. Well, I’m happy to see/hear that those tracks have re-emerged on Power Animal’s official debut full length People Songs released on Waaga Records, an offshoot of indie label Lefse (Neon Indian, Tape Deck Mountain). These bedroom recordings have returned more polished, but certainly have not lost any of their experimental pop goodness that makes People Songs its own unique animal among the herds of lo-fi recordings grazing on the landscape of the indie music scene. The album puts you in a dream-like state where there are plenty of moments that you find yourself happily grooving out to the strangest mixtures of polyrhythmic beats and harmonies mixed with samples, handclaps, xylophones, banjoes and anything else that might make noise. The highlight of the album for me is (take a breath) “Dear My Body, I'm Not That Body. Dear Keith Hampson I’m Not Your Name. You Are A Shaky Boat With A Curse Upon It, But I Need You To Get To The Other Side Of The Lake.”, but with other favorites like “Money/Pocket”, “All I Can Hear Are The Bees”, “Birds Have Worries Too!”, “Copernicus”, “Sometimes” - actually just hit Play Repeat All and enjoy. Fun drugs definitely recommended while listening. - Q.D. Tran - Website

 

 





Welcome Home A Sunny Day in Glasgow at KFN April 1

With a brand new EP coming out and a European tour coming up, it looks as if Ben Daniels and the rest of the new members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow are starting to gain some serious momentum. It's easy to see why, their sound being somewhat of a refreshing reminder of the shoegaze/dreampop era, creating highly feminine, swirling soundscapes in the vein of Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. A Sunny Day in Glasgow bring more of an electronic update to this vibe, weaving samples and guitar into mesmerizing patterns and drones to make a certain type of pop, one that's delicate and intense at the same time. Just listen to the nearly symphonic opening swells of "Nitetime Rainbows" (from their forthcoming EP of the same name) and you'll probably understand the flurries of praise heaped on them by everyone from Pitchfork to the BBC. They're returning to their hometown tonight with Arc in Round and The Homophones, so don't miss it because you might not see them back any time soon. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., 8 pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/sunnydayinglasgow - Joe Poteracki

 

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Dangerous Ponies Stampede into The Ox April 1

Ever since they released their EP, Dr. Ponie Medicine Ponie, Dangerous Ponies have been bringing their traveling party of love to the masses. As one of the newer members of Punk Rock Payroll (The Extraordinaires, Lux Perpetua, Kill You In The Face), they’ve already hit the road for tours, played SXSW, and put together a dance fueled music video. And one night before they hit Virginia for the Macrock Music Festival, Philadelphia’s finest 7 piece queer and allied band is ready to play a set at The Ox tonight. Once they break out their electric sing-alongs inside the latest darling of Philly’s DIY venues, it’s sure to turn into a joyous celebration. Also on the lineup is Fishtown’s lo-fi garage rockers The Spooks who have been gaining some deserved attention of their own for their EP Sea Monster. The Ox, 2nd and Oxford, 8pm, $5, All Ages myspace.com/dangerousponies - Bill McThrill

 

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Get Intimate with Joshua Marcus at JB’s April 1

With his unruly red beard and banjo in tow, you may mistake breakout Philadelphia-native Joshua Marcus for his doppelganger, indie-folk wonder Sam Beam. Although both musicians incorporate honest lyrics and southern influences into their sound, the similarity stops there. Marcus’ simple melodies are arranged around the raw power of his voice. He is able to express his passion and tell whole stories through different intonations. This ability gives his songs a certain intimacy like a warm Appalachian summer sitting on your back porch sipping a Bud while watching a buddy sing his life into the night. With his recent release, Reverse the Charges, Marcus traveled across the country, stopping in different states to record his experiences with ultimately over four-dozen fellow musicians. The effect is a sound of overlapping lives that ultimately become one American voice.  Experience a different world for an hour or two and stop by Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/joshuamarcus (Photo by Chris Poppe) - Katie Bennett

 

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