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Archive: May, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 12:54 PM

I saw these guys at the Dave Matthews Caravan festival in Atlantic City last summer, and it made for an entertaining pre-Flaming Lips Friday afternoon. The spangly suit-wearing alter ego of the hard-core band The Bronx who, naturally, are from Los Angeles, Mariachi El Bronx are fronted by singer Matt Caughthran, and they're serious about what they do. Thankfully, this is not a kitschy affair, as the video for "Holy," and their 2011 self-titled second album demonstrate. And if that floats your boat, check out their cool cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" here.  Tonight at JB's, Two Gallants open.

Previously: Made In America lineup: Pearl Jam, Skrillex, D'Angelo. Odd Future join Jay-Z Follow In The Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012, 9:07 AM

Hey world, were you really surprised that Mick Jagger was as good as he was on Saturday Night Live? The geezer is a consumate professional, and he's got someone's eye to stick a needle in since his co-worker Keith Richards got all that love for his memoir Life in which he went on about how Mick has a "tiny todger." 

On SNL, Jagger was only as sharp as he was at the 2011 Grammy's when he sang Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" or at the White House when he did Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," and handed the microphone over to President Obama. 

I'm told he was funny in the skits, too, but her let's focus on the music here, with clips of Jagger doing "The Last Time," with Arcade Fire as his band, "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock n' Roll" with Foo Fighters backing him up, a blues called "Tea Party" he wrote fro Mitt Romney with Jeff Beck on guitar, and the Aracade Fire-backed  "She's a Rainbow"/'Ruby Tuesday" goodbye to Kristen Wiig.

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012, 8:19 PM

Pearl Jam, the Seattle grunge survivors fronted by Eddie Vedder who closed down the Spectrum in South Philadelphia in 2009 with four sold-out shows, will headline the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1-2 along with Jay-Z.

Other notable acts added to the lineup on Monday, according to Live Nation, include Skrillex, the electronic producer and DJ (born Sonny Moore) who won three Grammy Awards this year and has become the face of dubstep, the throbbing, bass-heavy dance music; Maybach Music, the alliance of hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross, Washington rapper Wale, and Philadelphia’s Meek Mill; the formerly reclusive, now resurgent soul man D’Angelo; Dutch DJ Afrojack; the acclaimed Brooklyn indie-rock band Dirty Projectors; genre-smashing avant-pop acts Janelle Monáe and Santigold (the Philadelphia-reared songwriter Santi White); controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future, and indie-electro band Passion Pit.

Last week, Jay-Z and Mayor Nutter announced that the two-day festival would be happening on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day, but did not say who would be performing at the Budweiser-sponsored fest, other than Jay-Z himself. Jay-Z will headline one of the two nights on the biggest of the ticketed event’s three stages.

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:50 PM

Pearl Jam, the Seattle grunge survivors fronted by Eddie Vedder who closed down the Spectrum in South Philadelphia in 2009 with four sold-out shows, will headline the Made In America festival along with Jay-Z. The band's web site confirmed the show this afternoon.

Last week, Jay-Z and Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the two-day festival would be happening on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

Until this afternoon, however, we didn't actually know who would be playing the Budweiser sponsored fest, other than Jay-Z himself, who will headline the one of the two nights on the biggest of the ticketed event's three stages.

POSTED: Sunday, May 20, 2012, 10:26 AM

It’s been over a decade since the great Texas songwriter Butch Hancock - who along with his pals Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore is one of The Flatlanders – played a solo show in Philadelphia. So that qualifies toight's gig in the upstairs band room at Fergie's Pub on Sansom Street in which Hancock enthusiast John Train will be opening, as something of a special occasion.

(The show was originally scheduled for the Tin Angel but was canceled, and it's through the righteous efforts of John Train, the nom de plume of Jon Houlon, that's it's been reborn at Fergie's, sparing Hancock the need to travel to Bethlehem to see him at Godfrey Daniels on Wednesday.)

As the Flatlanders go, Ely’s the hard driving rocker, Gilmore’s the ghostly interstellar vocalist, and Hancock the scratchy-voiced Dylanesque lyric writing genius whose songs like “Boxcars,” “Leo and Leona” and “She Never Spoke Spanish To Me” wrap kernels of philosophical wisdom up in winning words of West Texas wit.

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:36 AM

Non-Comm got going in earnest on Thursday at the World Cafe Live.

For a better understanding of what exactly the left-of-the-dial radio confab is, let founder Dan Reeed explain it in my Inquirer story on the WXPN-hosted gathering and guest speaker agent provocateur Bob Lefsetz here.

Music was going on both levels Thursday of the University City club with acts alternating so as to not overlap. I missed the bell borttomed early 1970s Laurel Canyon video of Jonathan Wilson and Father John Misty, the Fleet Foxes drummer he produced, but got there in time for Lee Fields (pictured). The North Carolina bred old-school soul man who records for Truth & Soul records. Fields is a James Brown-Little Willie John style R & B shouter, like a make Sharon Jones, who sweat up a storm while a young horn happy band honked behind him. "Faithful Man," the title cut from his new album, is not what it seems: It's a cheating song.   

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012, 3:37 PM

Kindness, the seven-piece Adam Bainbridge fronted British funk-electro-pop band that were one of the breakout buzz acts for those in the know at SXSW this year, play Dave Pianka's Making Time 12th anniversary party at Voyeur tonight. Logistical details and a DJ list are here.  "Gee Up," is below.

Previously: Non-Comm Thursday with the War on Drugs, JD McPherson Follow In The Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:02 PM

TMZ is reporting that Donna Summer, the disco and pop diva who was a consistent, underrated 1970s radio hit maker with songs like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Love To Love You Baby," "She Works Hard For Her Money," and "Macarthur Park," has died.

The five-time Grammy winner was 63 and had been battling cancer. A selection of Summer videos, including a 15 minute version of Jimmy Webb's "Macarthur Park" and the exceedingly rare "Black Power" from German TV in 1969 (thanks to, are below. Her Associated Press obituary is here and Annette John-Hall's appreciation from Friday's Inquirer is here.

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