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POSTED: Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 7:52 AM

By any metric, Fantasies, the gleaming self-released album by Canadian indie rock band Metric, is a contender for 2009 best-of lists. Tonight, the Emily Haines-fronted outfit play a Thanksgiving eve show at the Electric Factory that should be over and done before ?uestlove starts his DJ set at Cheerleaders. "Gimme Sympathy" is below.

Previously: Rihanna vs. Shakira 

POSTED: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 11:32 AM

Tonight's Devendra Banhart show has been moved from the Electric Factory to the TLA. The official reason given is that a water main broke in the vicinity of the Factory,  though ticket sales might have something to do with it, since South Street's TLA is half the size.  The neo-hippie songwriter is touring behind the streamlined new What Will Be Me. Last week's John Timpane's Inquirer interview with him is here.

Previously: Killing Sunday Night

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:06 PM


There were a pair of Robbie's picking guitars in Chris Cline's living room in Media on Sunday night. Robbie Fulks is smart-guy sharp-witted country songwriter on the right, Robbie Gjersoe is is the crackerjack sideman on the left. It was one of those super-intimate house concert situations where a nosebleed seat was way up on a staircase landing, a good 12 feet from the players. Fulks, for the uninitiated, is a Chicago-based former Nashvillean who was born in York, Pa. and grew up in North Carolina. He did "Cigarette State" about being raised in tobacco country, but left out "F- This Town," about how he really feels about Nashville. He's a barbed, funny guy with a devilish misanthropic streak. 

There's a little Roger Miller and Elvis Costello in there, and a fair share of Randy Newman. "This is another one about non-acceptance of the modern world," he said before "Waiting For These New Things To Go," and summed up his world view in the delicately beautiful "I Like Being Left Alone": "Keep me well away from the P.D.A., the traffic and the telephone..." Such are the ironies of the music business for an old-fashioned guy with a misanthropic streak, however, that Fulks, who's a fine, underrated guitar player, finds himself cozying up to fans in a Delaware County living room - and knocking out a made-up-on-the-spo Jimmie Rodgers-style blue yodel called "Media Blues" - while hawking his digital-only packed-to-the-gills new release 50 Vc. Doberman. It's available in condensed form on iTunes, or in all its 50 song glory for a budget priced $35 at

POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:59 AM


Ray Davies was very much the charming Kinksman at the Tower Theater on Saturday night, working the crowd like a schooled British vaudevillian, even going so far as to cheekily tell the fired-up Upper Darby crowd that he had just come from New York, "that suburb of Philadelphia." Plus, he kissed a baby who, naturally, was named "Lola." Lots of audience participation in a show divvied up between 45 minutes of sit-down acoustic and an hour of stand-up rock and roll, and lots of great songs, that still only skimmed the Davies catalog: "Waterloo Sunset," "Sunny Afternoon," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion,""Apeman," brother Dave's "Death Of A Clown" (and the heartfelt and obscure "A Long Way From Home," written and sung for Dave), along with the rockers "Till The End Of The Day," and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?," and the fuzz tone classics "All Day And All Of The Night" and "You Really Got Me." Plus a healthy helping of Davies' two 00's solo albums, whose tunes like  "In A Moment" and "The Tourist" fit in quite nicely. Here's a bunch of pictures, more after the jump.

Previously: Miranda Lambert, Worth The Drive

POSTED: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 12:00 PM

It's almost enough to make me consider spending a Saturday afternoon outlet shopping: Country-rock spitfire and superb songwriter Miranda Lambert, whose latest, Revolution, is a Top 10 of 2009 contender, is playing in Reading tonight.  It's a beautiful day for a drive to the Pretzel Capital of the World, and the only opportunity to see the pistol-packing Texas firecracker in these country music deprived parts any time soon, as the next closest tour date on her itinerary is in South Carolina in March.

Here's a profile of Lambert I wrote back in 2007 when she was on tour with Toby Keith, and here's Nick Cristiano's review of the new album. And below is the new single "White Liar," in which, for once, she dispenses with a wayward man without whipping out a weapon, and a rocked-out cover of John Prine's "That's The Way The World Goes Round," which give youn a good idea where Lambert's coming from. And check out the bearded preacher in the "Liar" video: It's rough-and-tumble (and worthy of investigation) country baritone Jamey Johnson.

Info on Lambert's show at the  Sovereign Bank Performance Center is here.

Thats The Way That The World Goes Round - Miranda Lambert
POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009, 10:39 AM

Pearl Jam - those dudes from Seattle who dressed up as Devo when they closed out the Spectrum last month - are going to be on Austin City Limits this weekend. Somehow I'm saying that nothing they do will be quite as crushing as this cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" from the next to last night Spectrum night.  Details here.

Previously: Heaven Can Wait

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 10:02 PM

Never mind the Bob Dylan "Must Be Santa" video. This one, "Heaven Can Wait," a collaboration between Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg - the daughter of Serge, who played Susie Rotolo-slash-Sara Dylan to Heath Ledger's Bob in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There and was named best actress at Cannes for her role in Lars Von Trier's Antichrist - gives dear old Dylan a run for his money for non-sequitorial weirdness. Watch for the half-bearded man, and the fellow with the pancake face. Gainesbourg's Beck-produced IRM comes out January 26.

Previously: Must Be Dylan

POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 1:10 PM

Here are a couple of audio-visual aids to go with my Norah Jones-50 Cent review, which is in today's Inquirer. Below, Jones doing "Chasing Pirates" on Letterman, and Fiddy doing "Baby By Me," with Ne-Yo.

Previously: Adam Arcuragi at the North Star

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