NORTH STAR BAR
After a year-long hiatus, beloved Arizona indie-rockers Lydia are back on the road. The reformed unit, led by singer/songwriter Leighton Antelman, is out supporting their just-released Paint it Golden, and will be rolling through Philly's North Star Bar on tour.
After releasing 3 well-recieved records of honest, evocative indie-pop, Lydia called it quits once their Assailants EP dropped in 2010. Antelman and drummer Craig Taylor decided to pick up where they left off in 2011, and are ready to share their new tunes with the world.
Supporting Lydia will be synth-happy outfit Speak, as well as breezy Atlanta rockers Ocean is Theory. Get ready for an intimate night of heartfelt music that's well worth your ears.
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Philly show-goers will be treated to an appearance by one of alternative rock's longest running acts when The Lemonheads roll through North Star Bar this Saturday, Oct. 8. The grizzled quartet will bring along some youthful torch-carriers of the genre they helped create, with indie upstarts The Shining Twins and New York Rivals coming for the ride.
Rising out of their punky garage beginnings in 1986, The Lemonheads became one of indie's bigger acts in the early 90s, with several successful singles including a cover of Paul Simon's "Mrs. Robinson." The brainchild of songwriter Evan Dando, The Lemonheads were re-ignited with new members in 2005 after a six-year hiatus. Now as active as ever, Dando is once again ready to bring his signature brand of tunes on the road.
There is something so appealing about a guy who really knows how to work his instrument. In October, NY based band, Atomic Tom, took rocking to a whole new level when they recorded a video of their single "Take Me Out" solely with IPhone Apps. Using Shred, Pocket Guitar, Drum Meister, and Piano Professional, the quartet created a Youtube hit that has gained them over 4 million views. Their internet fame has landed them radio ads and gigs on George Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the Early Show.
Joonbug bloggers caught up with Luke White (vocals, piano), Eric Espiritu (guitar), Philip Galitzine (bass) and Tobias Smith (drums) at their Philly performance. Lion of Ido and The Dance Party started off the night for the band at North Star Bar. Hailing from DC and NY, the opening acts are also friends of the band. "We try to play with musicians who are actually nice people too," says Eric.
It's the same damn thing every week. I'm enjoying my paper, drinking black coffee, reading every snarky article with glee, and then I get to the the concert listings. Well Goddammit, I think. Goddamn them for coming on tour, that week, this the week I am completely broke. And as I say this every week, I think to myself, if I had those photographs, I would totally be able to extort Bill Gates. Yes, ruining that man's successful life would I'd never have to worry about money, or actually earning money, ever again. And that, my friends, that is my beautiful dream.
IF I COULD BLACKMAIL BILL GATES...