Gifts are coming to the IA area a few days early. A great lineup of shows this weekend. Quite a few big names are rolling through the area to make your holidays bright.
The fighting Gallagher brothers have somehow not killed each other yet and put out a new album, Dig Out Your Soul, in October. Now Oasis is touring the states, hitting the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden Friday and the Patriot Center at GMU Saturday. Will it be a great show or a fist fight on stage? Always a toss-up when they take the stage. If it couldn't get anymore interesting, Ryan Adams is also on the bill, also supporting his own October release, Cardinology. Since Ryan is known to have his own issues, this could be a really interesting scene. Who has bets on the first to implode?
Come On Feel Evan Dando. Lemonheads front man is out solo hitting the area hard with shows all over the place. Starting his whirlwind pre-Christmas tour at the Tin Angel Saturday, he then heads to Annapolis for a Sunday afternoon show at Rams Head Tavern. Sunday night, Evan can be found in Baltimore at the Ottobar. Then on Monday, local favorite Vandaveer joins him in Arlington at IOTA.
mp3: Lemonheads - No Backbone
If you want to get out and dance, electro-pop mavens CSS are at the TLA in Philly Friday night, then down at 9:30 in the District Saturday.
mp3: CSS - Alala
And I just have to mention this show. Friday night, the Shaolin stylings of Wu-Tang Clan will descend upon Philly and The Troc. For those of you who can't make it to Philly, Lancaster, Baltimore and DC shows are next week.
Along with the big boys above, lots of locals are heading out to perform this weekend. Baltimore's Lake Trout is having a party, celebrating the release of their new live album. The shindig is at the Ottobar with Jason Dove opening.
It's Feet Night for the Baltimore Round Robin show at Sonar. That means Dan Deacon and Future Islands, along with many others, will play one song then pass along to the next. Confused? Me too.
Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller is solo and performing at the World Cafe. Show is at 7:30, so get there early and have a bite while you are there.
Philly's Blood Feathers and The Oranges Band are swapping cities and swapping performing order. Johnny Brendas is the site for what is a great show of local bands. Also on the bill is another Philly band The Homophones.
The Velvet Lounge is hosting DC's Imperial China along with PRV Trio, The Convocation and Snack Truck, while the Millcreek Tavern (I used to frequent under a different name) has Karate Coyote. Check out the recent post on them.
mp3: Lake Trout - Street Fighting Man
mp3: Jason Dove - End of the Year
mp3: Dan Deacon - The Crystal Cat
mp3: Future Islands - Old Friend
mp3: Imperial China - There Is No Translation
mp3: Blood Feathers (album stream)
mp3: The Oranges Band - ArtStar
mp3: Karate Coyote - Move Yourself
A Little bit lighter on Saturday, but still plenty to chose. Pick of the night goes to Seth Kallen and Sean Hoots (of Hoots & Hellmouth) at Milkboy Coffee. It'll be a laid back, acoustic coffehouse type of night. A nice way to relax from the holiday hustle.
Dance and Hip-Hop come out to play at Johnny Brenda's with locals Prowler and Reef the Lost Cauze.
The Abbey @ ABC has Central PA workhorses The April Skies and Kheris, while The Fire hosts La Strada.
mp3: Seth Kallen - Shiver
mp3: Hoots & Hellmouth - Want On Nothing
mp3: The April Skies - X
mp3: La Strada - The Sun Song
Give the gift of a donation at IOTA Sunday to support the Virginia Hosptial Center Foundation and get great music in return. The lineup include Middle Distance Runner, Greenland and Revival.
Relatively new on the Philly bar scene, Kung-Fu Necktie is already grabbing some great bands to play. Check out Aderbat, who has put out one of the best albums of the year, not just locally but overall. Joining them is another stellar local Drink Up Buttercup and The Circadian Rhythms.
mp3: Middle Distance Runner - Top of the Stairs
mp3: Greenland - Sorrow in the Snow
mp3: Revival - Fog Rolling In
mp3: Aderbat - Make You Run
mp3: Drink Up Buttercup - Young Ladies
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