All three of the above will be available for free at Main Street Music in Manayunk on Sunday afternoon when the North Carolina quintet Roman Candle come in for a gratis in-store performance. The Skip Matheny-fronted quintet played the North Star Bar on Friday night - that's where the picture comes from, with Matheny's wife Timshel on keyboard on the far left _ and after heading out to Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. to play a gig with Iron & Wine last night, today the Chapel Hill, N.C. band comes back to Philadelphia, where, Matheny said, they sell more records than in any other city. We've got good taste, apparently: Oh Tall Tree In The Ear, the band's sophomore release, is a particularly strong, exceedingly smart rootsy pop-rock affair that references Neil Young and Paradise Lost without seeming the least bit pretentious, and the excellently named crew delivered songs like the sarcastic "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK," with vigor at the North Star. On Sunday, the music starts at 2.
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