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An American Chinese Does Delivery to JB’s March 24

An American Chinese Does Delivery to JB’s March 24

Somewhere between 1990s Modest Mouse and Against Me!, Philly natives An American Chinese have a knack for crafting acoustic based tracks meshed with clever quips and snare. A quick listen to their EP, Panic Pilgrim, leaves listeners smitten with their hodgepodge mix of folk and indie-pop. The raspy beat of “No Not Like That” is easily danceable, laced with classic rock construction, bringing to mind Asthmatic Kitty’s Starlight Mints. “Blaine Wiggins Failed Magician” is swimmingly swoon-worthy, adding strings alongside cymbals and nearly whispered vocals. An American Chinese’s songs are daring but discernibly thought out, making “Metropolitan” and “Jersey Claw” experimental but enjoyable. With a sound evocative of their creative independence, An American Chinese defies convention while having fun, which is always admirable. I just wish they’d release their latest album Utopian Tree already. It should definitely be a fun evening with Cheers Elephant and The Bee Team also on the bill. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/anamericanchinese - Dianca Potts
Published: March 23, 2010 |

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