Christopher Sikich's Posts
See Tancred at Boot & Saddle
Opening the Wednesday night show with the entirety of the forthcoming album “Nightstand,” Tancred wowed the devoted Boot & Saddle following with the sounds of new, followed by a raucous set of old. Jess Abbott and her tight band followed up a strong opening set of new songs from Augusta Koch of Cayetana.
War On Women at Boot & Saddle
Last Sunday, Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle hosted the intense and awesome display of musical awesome that is War on Women. Fronted by the powerful Shawna Potter they topped an impressive bill that also featured The Up! Up! Ups! and Sick Shit.
See Caroline Rose Play Johnny Brenda’s
Caroline Rose packed Johnny Brenda’s last Thursday in support of her phenomenal 2018 record Loner. Her a her three bandmates were obviously having a ton of fun as was the packed room, which was often dancing to catchy tunes like “Bikini.”
Hop Along and Lucy Stone at Johnny Brenda’s
Last Saturday Hop Along played a super sold-out record release show in honor of Bark Your Head Off, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s. Songs old and new sounded electric. The promising Lucy Stone opened.
Caroline Rose and Hurry at Main Street Music
Playing an in-store at Main Street Music last Thursday, Caroline Rose and her band delivered a stupendous stripped down acoustic set to a packed store. Philadelphia-based indie-rockers Hurry followed with a brilliant set of their own.
Mirah and Secret Drum Band at Johnny Brenda’s
The glorious sounds of Mirah graced Johnny Brenda’s stage last Wednesday. With a diverse setlist that included a new song (“Energy”) and comments about an upcoming album, it was a great performance of the past and future. Secret Drum Band brought four drummers and a guitar player to weave some stunning environmental-themed percussive sounds to open the night.
Shame with Cult Objects at Cousin Danny’s
Last Thursday, the British quintet Shame put on a unforgettable sweat-soaked set in secret Philly venue Cousin Danny’s. The floor bent to nearly a breaking-point and the young group led an excitable crowd through an ear-crushing set. Philly’s own Cult Objects opened with their own rock magic that got the crowd revved up.
Kristin Hersh and Grant-Lee Phillips live at Boot & Saddle
Kristin Hersh and Grant-Lee Phillips put on a wonderful dual-headlining show at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia last Wednesday. Both brought out the hits and some newer material, enchanting a riveted crowd.
Amy Rigby live at Dawson Street Pub
Amy Rigby put on a brilliant performance last Saturday at Dawson Street Pub in Philadelphia. Playing with Wreckless Eric, the show spanned her career and showed off her glorious songwriting skills and superb guitar work. Local band The Knife & Fork Band opened with a solid set.
Screaming Females live at Monty Hall
Led by the fury of Marissa Paternoster, one of the greatest guitarists of not just now, but ever, this was a show that will not be forgotten. Spowder opened with a glorious punk set.
Robyn Hitchcock plays Monty Hall
The always entertaining esoteric guitar maverick played two sets of chestnuts and reliable favorites from his vast career. From “Queen Elvis” to a request from yours truly (the rarely-played “Trilobite”), it was a stellar evening of music. Emma Swift joined for a handful of songs.
Ex Hex, Sail Mail, and Des Demonas play the Black Cat
A phenomenal Saturday at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. as the indie rock awesomeness of Ex Hex led a strong three-band bill on 2017’s penultimate night. Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris unleashed some new Ex Hex material as well as old. Snail Mail and Des Demonas played some great sets to warm up the chilled crowd.
The National with This is The Kit at Verizon Hall
The National electrified a sold-out Philly crowd with “Sleep Well Beast” and many of their indie-rock classics in this grand classical music hall.
The Dream Syndicate with Richard Lloyd at The Bowery Ballroom
The Dream Syndicate rocked the socks off of the crowd hungry for music from their first album in 30 years (How Did I Find Myself Here?) as well as their classics.
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton at Boot and Saddle
November ended memorably with a night of warm folk melodies.
Regina Spektor at The Queen
Playing solo mostly on piano, she wowed with a career-spanning set
Grizzly Bear at The Fillmore
Indie-rockers stunned on a wet autumn night
Tori Amos at the Tower Theater
Tori Amos is as spellbinding vocally and with the piano as ever.
The Breeders at Union Transfer
It was an exhilarating night of rock
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