Did you do any of last week’s things to do in Philly?
I made it to one – the Cris Valkyria / Victoria Spaeth show at the Tin Angel, and it was awesome (despite both fabulous ladies fighting their own Autumnal head colds).
I also received a report from friends of CK that the Hudson Beach Glass tasting was incredible. I am here in front of all of you making a vow not to miss another one as long as it doesn’t conflict with rehearsal!
Here’s what’s up for this week in Philly – but, first, don’t forget that I have my Philly debut on bass with Filmstar next Friday at The M Room! $8 cover for a 9pm start, splitting the bill with The Tragics & Leiana.
Who: Laura Mann and The Lifeboys, with David Cope
Details: 8:30 p.m. @ The Tin Angel, $10
Why? I played a show with David Cope last year and was transfixed by his songs. He is a trove of genius folk rock songs, with high, ringing vocals reminiscent of classic Neil Young.
What: First Friday @ Drink Philly
Details: Free from 5 p.m. and on at 239 Chestnut St., 2nd floor.
Why? Drink Philly‘s philosophy is that you should never drink a badly-mixed cocktail. They facilitate good drinking with events that feature free signature cocktails and appetizers from local restaurants, plus the additional social lubricant of local art to view and discuss. This month they feature work by Jeremy Goodfellow, April Kuhn, Millie Landis, and Linnea Vegh, plus Brazilian Jazz by the Ryan McNeely Quartet.
Who: Land of Talk with Suuns and Little Scream
Details: 9 p.m. @ Johnny Brenda’s, $12
Why? When I first heard Land of Talk I thought they might fulfill the Garbage-shaped hole in my new music array. That’s not the case, but this indie trio churns out layered, female-lead rock that makes them at home on a playlist with Metric. Take a chance on them in this intimate venue in case they’re playing sheds on their next tour.
Who: Girls Rock Philly 2nd Annual CD Release Party
Details: Noon at Johnny Brenda’s, $5 and kids under 5 are free
Why? You know how I’m always bitching how there aren’t enough plain old rock bands that happen to be fronted by woman? Well, non-profit Girls Rock Philly shares my complaint, but they do more than just bitch – they host musical summer camps to teach young girls to rock as hard as their testosterone-filled counter-parts. Check out what this year’s camp has wrought with a kid-friendly day-time show featuring the bands that formed this year.
What: Philly Sings Philly
Details: 8 p.m. sharp at The Fire, $8
Why? A who’s who of Philly songwriters are convening at The Fire every Tuesday this November to cover each others’ songs. That’s about as much hip as you can fit into a single night of music. Every week of the month features a steller lineup, but it will be hard to top this one, featuring Best of Philly winner Suzie Brown, my personal folk hero Hezekiah Jones, and killer re-interpreter Ryan Williams (of the Ridiculous Fantastic).
As always, if you have the inside line on a cool Philly happening please leave a comment or hit me via the contact field.