So much music, so little time: There are at least four bands playing in Philadelphia tonight that I'd be seeing simultanously, if I had my druthers.
Let's start with Wussy, the Ohio foursome fronted by Lisa Walker and former Ass Ponys leader Chuck Cleaver who seem to be finally gaining audience-building traction to go along with their exalted stature with critics, one of whom, Robert Christgau semi-famously referred to them as "the best band in America." They're at Milkboy in Center City, along with the Josh Olmstead Band and Bastards of Earle. Tickets here. An interview I did with Cleaver in 2012 is here, and a clip of the band playing in Austin, Texas that year is below.
Another option would be Real Estate, the suburban North Jersey quintet who have make effortless sounding, wistful guitar pop on their latest album, Atlas. They're at Union Transfer, with Pure X, tonight. Tickets here. "Talking Backwards" is below.
Pattern Is Movement, the Philly indie soul duo of Chris Ward and Adam Thiboldeaux, released a self titled album this week, which is their first record is six years. It's been too long. I saw them at SXSW and here's what I wrote. They're at the Boot & Saddle tonight, with Yellow Ostrich and Busses. The fabulous cover of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" is below.
Finally, there's Sturgill Simpson, the Kentucky bred Nashville outsider with the Waylon Jennings baritone who is about to blow minds with his album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, due in May. He's great. I also saw him in Austin, and wrote about it. He's at Underground Arts as part of a Communion night. "Long White Line" is below.
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