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Jim Marshall 1936-2010

Last week, the Bay Area lost long time San Francisco resident and photographer Jim Marshall. Jim  helped shape the image and record the history of rock and roll in the 60's and 70's. If you recall ever seeing iconic images of Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival or Johnny Cash giving the camera the finger at a San Quentin prison performance, then you've seen some of Jim's work. In addition to his documentary style portrait photography, Marshall also shot over 500 album covers. He was known to be as rebellious as the figures he captured and was an important part of the legacy of Bay Area music.

You can check out a virtual collection of his work at www.marshallphoto.com

-Nicole Leigh

Photo courtesy of Scott Sommerdorf

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Party Photographers Wanna Take Your Picture at KFN March 28

Ah, reverberating vocals buried in waves of hazy distortion. Count me among those who feel Philly needs more of a shoegaze scene (I'm not the only one, right?). Thankfully, Party Photographers are here to up the quota when it comes to introspective rock n' roll rhythms that lie firmly between the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Tambourine (perhaps a more feminine version of the former, and a more rockin' latter). Bouncy leads found in tracks like "Piano Vache" are the perfect counterpart to the claustrophobic psychedelia of "Four Legged Bird". If you want to get lost in some hazy drug dreams (without, necessarily, taking drugs - well, you can if you want to), head over to the Kung Fu Necktie where these guys and gals are joined by Beaches, Love of Diagrams and Mothers Day. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street, 8 pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/partyphotographers - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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D.I.Y. Bushwick Fest, Day 3: Guitars, Lowry, Boom Box Repair Kit

My 2nd night at the DIY Budhwick festival (which was the fest's 3rd overall as Bill covered last night's shows) started out calmly, with Guitars at the Opera House lofts.  Self described as minimalist country, they had slow but driving rhythms, simple melodies, harmonica and tambourine interludes.  The beat picked up with Photon Dynamo and the Shiny Pieces (picture under here), an energetic rock trio with strong technique, attractive harmonies and jazz-inspired chords and rhythms.

 

I next went to Brooklyn Fire Proof to catch Otis Grove, a three-member instrumental jazz/funk/hip-hop jam band from Allston, Massachusetts. Having been together eight years, they played with a solid, captivating energy, soloing and improvising off each others’ themes, utterly absorbed in the music.  Sam Gilman’s riffs and chords on the Hammond organ created a distinct, 70’s sound that drove the music, while Tyler Drabick flaunted his skills on guitar and Blake Goedde showed his on drums.

Lowry, comprised of keyboards, two guitars, bass, banjo, drums, and tambourine, played next to an eager, dancing audience. Singers Alex Lowry and Heidi Sidelinker created lovely, folk melodies over simple chords and catchy beats.  Sidelinker’s voice was ethereal and haunting, especially in her banjo solos toward the end.

The last band to play at Brooklyn Fire Proof was Boom Box Repair Kit, a fun, fast-paced Latin influenced indie rock/reggae band with a wild, enthusiastic energy. Frank Pace led the songs with his fast-paced, pounding drums.  Most of the songs were in minor keys with saxophone and trumpet solos. Each member played an impressive solo during their last song, “Dancing with a Stranger,” marking the end of the evening.-Vivian Doskow

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Gemini Wolf Remix Album Release Partay at Tritone March 27

Tritone will be holding a dance partay tonight when Gemini Wolf celebrates the release of Rare But Serious Side Effects, a remix album for Synchronized Eyes, on local label earSnake. They’ll be joined by fellow earSnaker and one woman dance partay herself Lillie Ruth Bussey (whom we heard will be getting an extra-long set for the evening) as well as “mad scientist” and former Girls Rock Philly camper Attia Taylor. So grab a city special and fried candy bar before you start jammin' on the one! Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/geminiwolf - H.M. Kauffman

 

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Jukebox the Ghost Back Home at JB’s March 27

While you’re waiting for Jukebox the Ghost’s yet to be released album with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) of Tarquin Studios, the boys will be ending their trip from SXSW and run with Tally Ho tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. You should come out and welcome them back because rest assured that they’ll be off and running from city to city again. But when they take the stage and break out classics like “Hold It In” and “Good Day” as well as the tandem guitar riffs and piano rhythms, it should feel like old times. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/jukeboxtheghost - Bill McThrill

 

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