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Show Recap: The Lawsuits Album Release w/The Districts & The Fleeting Ends at JB's

This past Friday evening, some of Philly’s finest flocked to Johnny Brenda’s in celebration of The Lawsuits’ latest album, the Bill Moriarty-produced Cool Cool Cool. There was a steady flow of spectators coming in throughout the evening, which eventually sold out.
 
The impressive folk-rock combination of The Districts kick started the festivities. Ripping through a head-turning set that included standout songs such as “Long Distance,” “Silver Couplings” and “Telephone,” the group displayed a raw instrumental tenacity pairing Rob Grote’s emotive guttural vocals with appropriate foot-stomping jams that gather momentum particularly in a live setting, which was also apparent from their performance the following night opening for White Denim on the same stage. BTW: I heard that White Denim was so impressed by the young outfit that the Austin group invited The Districts to join them for a tour.

Though it was a hard act to follow, The Fleeting Ends fed off that momentum and shifted the tone of the evening towards a smooth, casual pop-rock direction. Focusing on songs from their latest album Our Eyes Are Peeled, the trio showcased catchy, energetic tunes such as “Poor Gloria” and “Sing Groupie,” which helped to rouse their fans. Closing with the quick attacking “Speak in Morse Code,” it was clear that The Fleeting Ends had gotten their message across.

The moment had arrived that the capacity crowd had been waiting for; the lights dimmed, and The Lawsuits hit the stage. Displaying their latest product for the faithful to hear. The room, at once, seemed to truly become a collective, embracing each song like a friend. There was comfort in the simple home-cooking bass groove on “Onion” with its yearning lead vocals and layered harmonies, while the peaceful “Dreaming #26,” turned up-tempo with its instantly infectious backing vocals. Brian Dale Allen Strouse delivered the sermon on the revival-esque “The Working’s of You,” the combination of keys, bass, and percussion set the vibe, gathering steam before leading into torching guitars. “25w A19, 120v Blues” proved to be robust, hard-charging, boogie blues. Vanessa Winters brought the crowd to a fever pitch when sharing lead vocal duties on “Long Drive Home,” and her sultry, soulful voice on “You Won’t Love Me, If You Don’t,” the album’s closer, captured the audience for its entire duration. But, the show wasn’t over. After a quick break, the band came out for a highly encouraged encore that included feel-good favorite “Love Is Weight” amid a series of older material.

This night showcased some fine local talent at different stages of their development. Opening and closing with bands, who demonstrated that they’re truly a force to be reckon with. (Photo by Seth Klinger) - Michael Colavita
 




New Video: "Lyla" (Live - Out Of Town Films) - The Districts

Out Of Town Films presented a “pop-up” show with high schoolers The Districts a few weeks back at Girard Hall. Check out an impassioned performance of “Lyla,” the set’s opener and the opening track to the band’s LP Telephone, below! 

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RSVP for Out Of Town Films' "Pop-up" Show w/The Districts

The good folks at Out Of Town Films are hosting a "pop-up" show with The Districts tonight at an undisclosed location. However, you can join them for the session that will be filmed for their website simply by RSVPing at outoftownfilms@gmail.com. The set will be a good warm-up for this evening's big R5 free concert at Morgan's Pier with Woods and Parquet Courts. (Photo by Caitlin McCann)

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Weekend Warrior, July 19 - 21

Blues music at its core drips with desperation gathering an internal strength, which is the byproduct of fearlessly exposing one’s personal tribulations, opening the curtain for all to see and in turn hear. Despite their youth, The Districts, playing upstairs at World Café Live tonight, have already learned the furtive power of harnessing raw yearning despair, etc. to create music that takes the things lodged deep down in the pit of one’s stomach and pulls them to the surface. Rob Grote delivers explosively intense vocals oozing with emotion, intertwined with guitar work that stealthily lies in the weeds, dishing out well-fitted fits of fury to create a dramatic dynamic. The coarse sandpaper Americana folk of Goodnight Texas, who strips it down and sucks you in with excellent strings and storytelling, will be joining them, as well as psych rock quartet Satellite Hearts. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita

 
More places to hide out from the heat…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Mock Suns, SUN Arc In Round
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Johnny Miles
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Norwegian Arms, Dream Safari
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Cultureal, The Underwater Sounds, Katie Barbato, Members of The West Philadelphia Orchestra, Philewephia, Sacred Vibration
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Seven Second Suicide, No Remorse For The Fallen, SAT Luther, SUN Wild Rompit
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Kevin Killen, SAT Rafiya, Rotimi
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Echo Cellar Rockers, SAT Citadel, Cheers Elephant, W.C. LIndsay, Lucy Stone
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Ang & The Damn Band, Shorty boy-boy
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Alien Architect, Droid Daughter
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Chic Raw, Inner City Hustlers, Dollar Boyz, Young Savage
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Midsummer Mayhem w/Us, From the Outside, After The Glory, Mercy Starts With Me, Stealing Skies
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Jason Fraticelli & The Wet Dreams, SAT Phantasm
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Ryan Weidman, Ado James, SAT The Jack Roses, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Jeff Thomas' All-Volunteer Army, Divers, Chelsea Reed and The Fair Weather Five, (Upstairs) The Districts, Satellite Hearts, SAT The Better Half, Dime Street Joker, Brett Talley Band, Quixote Project, Rodger Delany, SUN Woman's Way Benefit Concert w/Wounded Healers
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT Brithers In Exile, SUN Supreem & The New Experience, Supreem Da Rezarekta, Silvercord
 
The Station (1550 McKean St.) FRI Braille, Window Liquor
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N 7th St.) FRI No Such Noise!, The Stonewall Vessles, SAT Flesh Engine
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Soraia, Counter Riot, Banned Books
 
Pageant Soloveev (607 Bainbridge St.) SAT Mincemeat or Tenspeed, Dungeon Broads, Some Pepper, Unguent
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Restorations, Run, Forever, Ma Jolie
 
Yarga’s Basement (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Marietta, Smoother, Airman Trout
 




Recap & Photos: The Orwells, The Kingston Springs & The Districts at North Star Bar

The Districts, a group of young trailblazers from Lititz, PA., is a band whose popularity is increasingly rising in Philly (thanks in part to the high schoolers being embraced by our local folk/blues community). The group kicked things off for the evening at the North Star Bar with their jazzy blues-infused power rock. The four-piece came out on stage and demanded the eyes and ears of everyone in attendance within just a few strums of their guitars, and immediately every notion of a novice band had been completely thrown out the door. Their age and talent was definitely not an issue. With a variety of song styles ranging from the likes of “Lyla” and “Funeral Beds” with their contemplative folk arrangements that melt your soul like a hot knife through butter to the more up-tempo “Four & Four” and “Long Distance,” which rejuvenated your weathered mind by enticing you to grab a loved one and ecstatically spin with them into tomorrow. The Districts offer a glimpse into the creative minds of the young talent flocking to our not-so-secret-anymore music scene.

The Kingston Springs are a bunch of good ole boys from the middle o nowhere Tennessee, who currently reside in Nashville, and they brought the absolute best arsenal of their backyard classically inspired surf rock, with a twist of southern style and flare. You could hear such jovial and relaxed tones in “1991” and “Sweet Suzie” which made you want to stomp your feet and knock back a few shots of bourbon and PBRs. They’ll be heading on to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival with notables like The Flaming Lips and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Now, brash teenagers, The Orwells, like it loud. They like it really, really loud to say the least. The flower punk band from Elmhurst, IL acknowledged everything that came before them, and set it all on fire with songs like “Mallrats” and “In My Bed” and the timeless charge of “fuck you!” However, you could still find traces of Bowie, David Yow and Iggy Pop in the ashes after the smoke cleared, providing plenty of hope for what they’ll be sharing with us in the future. You can also check out our photos from the evening HERE. - John Clements

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