Friday, August 15, 2008

Your Local Weekend

Last weekends These United States and Apparitions shows were a hit. Thanks for all that came out. Not to be outdone, we here at IA have our name on another show, this time at the Rock & Roll Hotel in DC featuring The Dance Party and Via Audio and showcasing new talent from the area with Feral Kids. Also on the bill is a DJ set by our friends from Middle Distance Runner. Check out the prior post for some tunes.

Now I know everyone can't make it to our show, so if you must go elsewhere, here is what to see.

All weekend long up in the middle of Montgomery County is the annual phenomenon known as the Philly Folk Festival. If you are going for the day or camping throughout, the weekend looks a little wet, but don't let that deter you. Check out the likes of Steve Earle, Kimya Dawson, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Hoots and Hellmouth along with many more.

Quite a few bands are playing multiple shows this weekend.

Philly favorites Creeping Weeds are joining forces with BOAT for an East Coast tour and are kicking it off at Johnny Brendas. Creeping Weeds has a killer cover of "I'm a) Donkey For Your Love", so I am wondering if any collaboration is in store. Also getting in on the fun for this show are two other Philly bands, the perpetually performing Drink Up Buttercup and Greyhounds. The tour continues onward Saturday to The Crackhouse in Honey Brook, PA (somewhere between Coatesville and Morgantown).

mp3: Creeping Weeds - Long Way Down
mp3: BOAT - (I'm a) Donkey for Your Love
mp3: Drink Up Buttercup - Young Ladies

Texas transplant Jana Hunter is on a nation wide tour that kicked off Thursday night in DC. The Texas influences are hard to miss with slide guitar and country-infused melodies. She is on tour with Baltimore acoustic folk artist Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez who is also a member of her touring band and just released a new CD. Check them out in Philly Friday at the Manhattan Room.

mp3: Jana Hunter - Valkyries
mp3: Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez - The Letter B

Omaha's The Faint have a new album out and are going on tour in support. Catch them this Saturday at the 9:30 Club and The Troc on Sunday with Shy Child and Jaguar Love.

mp3: The Faint - Paranoiattack
mp3: Shy Child - Astronaut
mp3: Jaguar Love - Highways of Gold

Californians Bodies of Water and Port O'Brien are coming through the area this weekend, playing shows at Johnny Brendas Saturday and Black Cat Sunday. The Philly show also has one the best live acts in Papertrigger, who are putting together their first full length album.

mp3: Bodies of Water - Under the Pines
mp3: Port O'Brien - From Port
mp3: Papertrigger - Fox Hunting

Titus Andronicus, a New Jersey band with a new album The Airing of Grievances (it's a Festivus miracle!) are playing three shows throughout the region. The Rosewood Thieves are sharing the stage with them at The Red & The Black Saturday, then catch Titus at Ottobar Sunday and The Barbary Monday.

mp3: The Rosewood Thieves - Silver Gun

There are plenty of one city shows this weekend as well.


If you are heading down the Jersey Shore, Nicole Atkins will be found at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.


Bob Dylan is also in AC at the Borgata.

Bridges and Powerlines are in my neck of the woods at Mojo 13 with Philly's Adam & Dave's Bloodline.

Boy Genius is in Philly at The Manhattan Room.

DC favorites Exit Clov are joined by Bostonians You Can Be A Wesley at IOTA.

mp3: Bridges and Powerlines - Uncalibrated Guns
mp3: Adam & Dave's Bloodline - The Lonely Pioneers
mp3: Exit Clov - Working Class Hero


Julie Ocean is playing Galaxy Hut.

Baltimore's Squaaks are doing a local show at Fletcher's.

mp3: Julie Ocean - At The Appointed Hour
mp3: Squaaks - Be Dry My Bleeding Heart

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