Last week, I was talking to a friend about the wonder that is Justin Bieber. I had just returned from his 3D movie experience, Never Say Never. Although I did attend with my 8-year-old sister, I was not so secretly excited to see it, as well. I’ve had an inappropriate crush on J Biebs ever since he performed on TV the New Years before last.
Every time I scan my iPod to determine who has the honor of being replaced by newer and shinier music, I always, ALWAYS refuse to even touch The Virgins. I first found out about these guys while watching Gossip Girl. (Hey, they play some decent music on that show, including but not limited to: Feist, Beck, OK Go, Band of Horses, The Kills, The Kooks, Manchester Orchestra, MGMT, Black Keys, Matt & Kim, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Delta Spirit, White Rabbits, The Dead Weather, Neon Trees, Tokyo Police Club, The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, The Dig, etc., etc.) Damn, I didn’t even realize how much good music they played until I read this.
Setting - Goofy me. I’ve been to what seems like a million shows at the TLA, and yet still get confused as to the location of this iconic venue. This is pretty amazing, considering I live just a few blocks away. I jumped into a taxi and foolishly headed over to the Electric Factory. Stepping out of the cab to what looked like a hip-hop show, I quickly realized I was in the wrong place. Whoops! I have no idea why I always seem to confuse the two venues. $22 later, my friendly Moroccan cab driver got me to the right spot.
Setting: Standing upstairs at World Café Live, scanning the crowd to see what kind of fans Taylor Momsen, or T Moms, has in Philly. She brought out everyone from dads and daughters (equally excited for the show) to young teenybopper girls to slightly creepy single guys.
What a great thing to wake up to! Minus the Bear played the Electric Factory last December (review here) and made their video for "Hold Me Down" from their live set. Pretty cool, right? I spy my good friend Lauren M. multiple times throughout the video. Unfortunately, this song was after I decided to remove myself from the barricade, as getting elbowed in the head did not equal a good time. Were you there? Can you find yourself?
Okay, as if my last piece of news wasn't exciting enough, my favorite indie rock band, Manchester Orchestra, is releasing a much anticipated album as well as playing a show in Philly. I first fell for these boys when I went to their show at The Troc on a whim after a friend of a friend added their album to my iTunes library. It caught me off guard how much I liked them, and even more so once I saw them live. After seeing them play at The Troc twice and at North Star Bar (as Bad Books) I've been waiting for my next chance to see them again.
I am SO thrilled to share this amazingly exciting news. I have been a huge Sondre Lerche fan since I was in the 9th grade. I have been to almost all of his Philly shows, and one New York show, ever since. I've been anxiously waiting for details on his new album, as I have been following him on Twitter discussing the writing and recording process, as well as requesting suggestions for an album name, which is officially self-titled.
Setting: Wandering the streets of West Chester in the freeing cold weather, asking random people which direction The Note is in. One guy told me on the other side of town (lies), while another pointed me in the right direction, which happened to be less than a block from where I was standing. I guess Philly streets just make more sense to me.