For those of us who grew out of our parents musty record collection, and into a whole generation of groups hailing from the new wave of the 80s to the alternative, Brit-pop and indie of the 90s to now: this is your week!
Brassy lead singer Miles Hunt of "The Wonder Stuff" is back for another US group of dates, playing a feature tonight (August 13, 2009) at The North Star Bar, in Philadelphia. Having been accompanied by artist Erica Nockalls since Hunt's group The Wonder Stuff reformed in the early 2000's (remember dancing to groove-pop hits, "A Wish Away", and "Size of a Cow"?), Hunt and Nockalls complement eachother's styles to perfection. Having also seen Hunt on stage as part of The Wonder Stuff, we can attest that his ability to energize and captivate an audience is fact, and his new volume of material as a solo artist attests to his continuing ability to put forth a great catalogue of songs and push his creative to the limit. For those of us who love a great pop song, and followed bands in the same tradition of Housemartins, Waterboys, Carter USM, Levellers, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Ned's and others, this is a great artist who doesn't come over often enough--make sure you catch Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls tonight! The duo will be playing selections from their newly released album "Catching More Than We Miss". Download the latest Fake Chapter records sampler, including Miles Hunt's track "These Things Remembered" by clicking here.
Through Scottish group The Trashcan Sinatras' 1990 release of their pivotal album "Cake" to their 1996 release "Happy Pocket", internet-only demos, extensive and exclusive B-side releases, and their most recent--2009's "In The Music", they have kept it going. Throughout their career, The Trashcan Sinatras have gone into bankruptcy and back (with the dissolution of the group's label Go! Discs, the group found themselves having to sell the very home studio that was their reward). They paid their dues, staying the course with their soft-jangling, beautiful, and often haunting portraits of places and relationships put to song: they have pushed themselves and their fans have embraced them, even if slightly off in the fringes of music society--and possibly loved them moreso, because of this. It's not often that bands hold their fans so close to heart; The Trashcan Sinatras often go to great lengths to include the fans who allow them to keep creating (even going so far as to list fans, who bought their latest album early, in liner notes as thanks). This comes to our call: show a little love to the band that loves you back. The Trashcan Sinatras are playing a double bill this Friday evening (August 14, 2009) at Philadelphia's Tin Angel (one show at 7:30 and one at 10pm) that is already close to selling out: let's make it happen! Cheers, to the 'Sinatras, and may the music always be the best part of the people who put their heart into making it!
Folklore, the group that takes as much from the Athens GA independent scene as it takes from its local supporting musicians who hail from Philadelphia and beyond (horns, blistering folk-rock appeal, and a party attitude), owes its calling to lead singer and local talented musician Jimmy Hughes (an original to the E6 label roster, as a member of Elf Power). Folklore headlines at the Green Line Cafe (45th and Locust location), this Saturday (August 15, 2009), along with Brooklyn's electro-pop group My Teenage Stride (from the school of Pains of Being Pure At Heart--friends), and the affably-named "Knight School" (feat. Kevin: of former Philly, now Brooklyn-based group 'Lil Hospital). For an evening out, this is will be one hot pop showcase!