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Levee Drivers Ready to Kick Some Ass at North Star Bar Jan. 9


After such a strong showing in our annual Best of Philly Emerging Artists Open Contest, it’s nice to see that we’ll already have a chance to hear Levee Drivers perform live in 2010. It seems like this band “born in the wrong era” is beginning to make their mark on the present landscape of the local indie music scene. Count on their sound to emulate artists like The Man In Black and Wilco when they rock out tonight at North Star Bar. They’ll be joined by Yardley’s powerpopsters Run To Sandy. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/hentaimusic - Bill McThrill



Da Comrade! Ist An Tritone Jan. 9


It is still kind of sad to see the house show spot Chernobyl no longer hosting events. But ever since Da Comrade! moved on from their venue/home, they’ve continued to blow it up like the disaster that it was named for! The War From Your Living Room was another favorite release of mine last year. Everything from the recording to the design of the album cover was a full blown group effort by the band and their Chernobyl Collective. Catching their live performance usually adds up to seeing them painted up and doing something quite unexpected on top of their incendiary music. That’s why catching them at Tritone tonight might just have to be your prerogative. They’ll be joined by Tongue Sculptors whose music seems to echo everything from lo-fi garage to Tom Waits. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $5, 21+ myscape.com/dacomrade - Bill McThrill



Weekend Warrior, January 8-10

Sure, he recently signed to Matador, rung in the new year with The Black Keys, and is heading out on tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Fucked Up. But Kurt Vile’s notable success in 2009 still takes him back to his Philly roots. Tonight Vile brings his signature lo-fi croon to Johnny Brenda’s.  He’ll be joined by minimalist psych-folk rockers Strapping Fieldhands and Princeton-based indie garage outfit, Home Blitz. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/kurtvileofphilly, myspace.com/strappingfieldhands

Also this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Extraordinaires, SAT and SUN Paul Green School of Rock Presents :URGH! A Music War
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN Decontrol, Violent Society
North Star (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Levee Drivers

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.)  FRI Dante Bucci

World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Hustle, SAT Drink Up Buttercup

Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Da Comrade! and Tongue Sculptors

(Photo by Sarah McKay)

January 2010
Orbit to Leslie
"The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake


Orbit to Leslie's debut full length The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake is an interstellar journey through musical genres that leads you to a planet where glowing experimental indie pop rules the world. But if the world is going to be saved, then a sense of urgency is needed, and it can be found in opener "Elephant Fist", which contains a Radiohead-esque quality to it with its dark underlying themes, non-linear lyrics, repetitious vocal lines, nasty guitar riffs and experimental production with computer generated sounds. However, never fear because frontman Chris Wood's positivity shines through brightly in "Chocolate Cake" whose chorus provides us the title to the album and its feel good mantra. The song sounds like it could've been a lost track from Ween’s classic Chocolate and Cheese that surprisingly would have made it even better. It's just simply hard not to feel good while listening to this album with tunes like the afro-pop influenced "Kennedy Calls", the upbeat and sweetly romantic "Javelin", the aptly titled "Sugar and Salt" with its contrasting flavors between chorus and verse, and the dive bomb guitar licks of "Kamikaze". The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake celebrates the end of the adventure with the ramshackled, fun-lovingly soulful "The Man To Win It". Orbit to Leslie starts this year off just right with a stunning debut full of melodies, hooks and grooves to carry you happily through 2010. - Q. D. Tran - Website



Drink Up Buttercup Help Create More Kidrockers at WCL Jan. 9

Let newly signed Yep Roc artists Drink Up Buttercup help you get in touch with your inner child – and hey, if you have kids bring ‘em along too – this Saturday at World Café Live.  DUB, the Deli Philly’s 2008 Band of the Year, will be performing their percussive psychedelic rock as part of the KiDROCKERS all-ages concert geared towards children ages 3 – 13 and produced by Beth Lorge.  If you’ve ever been to a DUB show and have been too embarrassed to clap, shout, and bang along, now’s your chance.  Saturday, January 9, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 11:30am, Advance Tickets Adults: $13, Children: $11, Family Four-Pack Discount $44 Free for children under the age of one!  myspace.com/drinkupbuttercupband - Jaime Pannone


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