Friday, April 25, 2014
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POSTED: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:46 PM
Dave Hause.

Roxborough native Dave Hause plays a big hometown show at the World Cafe Live on Sunday night.

The former leader of Philadelphia punk-rock band The Love Ones released his second solo album, Devour, last October. My interview with the guitarist and singer, who's now based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is here

When Devour was released, Hause - whose name rhymes with "paws" - played a number of solo shows in the area, but at the WCL tonight, he'll have a full band at his disposal. Check out "We Could Be Kings" below.

POSTED: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:21 PM
Jon Langford. (Dan DeLuca)

The great Welsh rocker Jon Langford - sometimes of the Waco Brothers, sometimes of the Mekons - plays at the Dogfish Head Brew Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 

For this gig, Langford is performing under his own name, with his band Skull Orchard, in support of his new album, Here Be Monsters. As opposed to the emphatic Cash-meets-Clash raw power pf the Wacos or shambling punk-country experimentalism of the Mekons, Here Be Monsters is a set of acutely intelligent rock songs of a slightly folkish bent delivered with trademark biting wit and left leaning political anaylsis.

"Ooh, what did you do in the war?" the longtime Chicagoan asks, singing of guns, blood and business. "Did you make more money than ever before?" The album's centerpiece is "Drone Operator," in which he explores the would-be moral crisis of a technician with the power to cause destruction on the other side of the globe.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:53 PM

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.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:16 AM

The inductors who will induct the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week in Brooklyn have been announced.

On the Philadelphia front, pop-soul duo Hall and Oates will be speechified by The Roots drummer and Tonight Show bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Bruce Springsteen will talk up his own backing unit, the E Street Band. Current provisional E Street Band member Tom Morello will pen an ode to Kiss. Michael Stipe will send in Nirvana.

Coldplay's Chris Martin, in his first public appearance since becoming uncoupled from Gwyneth Paltrow, will induct Peter Gabriel. Linda Ronstadt will be praised by Glen Frey of the Eagles, and be the subject of a musical tribute featuring Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow. Cat Stevens will perform; his inductor is yet to be announced. 

POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:14 PM

Philadelphia rapper Freeway and Pittsburgh copyright-flaunting sample master Girl Talk have collaborated on their new Broken Ankles EP.

The six song set, which comes out next Tuesday, includes contributions from Young Chris and Jadakiss, as well as Waka Flocka Flame, who guests on "Tolerate," the hater-hating song whose video you see below. The Allen Cordell-directed clip features cartoonishly super-human tough guys Leslie Pridgen and Gregg Gillis - Freeway and Girl Talk's real names - throwing old ladies in the air, sticking hands through the chests of adversaries and tossing bad guys' heads through basketball hoops.

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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:56 AM

The Silver Gymnasium, the seventh album by New Hampshire-bred, Austin, Texas based songwriter Will Sheff was one of the finest, most artfully wrought rock records of 2013.

Sheff is a first rate storyteller, and Silver Gymnasium is a sharply evoked look back on Sheff's hometwon of Meriden, N.H. in 1987. "Down Down The Deep River," the majestic song that is the album's centerpiece, is below. Steve Klinge's Okkervil preview from the Friday Inquirer Weekedn section is here.

Today, fortunate Philadelphians have two chances to see Sheff sing his songs. For starters, he'll do a free in-store solo show at Main Street Music in Manayunk at 1 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 8:25 AM
Jon Stewart with City Gardens owner Frank 'Tut' Nalbone. (Rich O'Brien)

Last night on 'The Daily Show," author Amy Yates Wuelfing and Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes were on with Jon Stewart to talk up the book No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens.

In the 1980s, Lawrenceville, N.J.-native Stewart worked as a bartender at the Trenton club, which he remembered as being a dangerous place with "a lot of punching." He got particularly sentimental talking about a Butthole Surfers show in which there was fire on and all-but-naked woman on stage. An interview with Wuefling and No Slam Dancing co-author Steven DiLudovico is in Tuesday's Inquirer. Read that here, using acces code C93D.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:15 PM

The Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen plays the Prince Music Theater on Friday.

"Toumast Tincha," the lead single from the Saharan guitar band's new album, Emmaar, which was recorded in the town of Joshua Tree in the Mojave desert in California, is below. Saul Williams handles the spoken intro.

My interview with bass player Eyadou Ag Leche from Thursday's Inquirer is here.  I snapped the blurry photo below of the band last week at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Ticket info is here

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