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Intern Matthew’s Weekend Picks: Get Your Country On.

November 15, 2012

Every week, intern Matthew Albasi brings you his musical selections for the coming days …

I don’t know what it is about this weekend, but there is an awful lot of country-ish music going on in the city. Aside from the big acts like John Prine, Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, a couple of Wainwrights and Conor Oberst, you have a lot of local bands with a similar sound. Thanks to the amazing powers of sub-gernre-ification many of these bands are not “country” in the traditional cowboy hats and spurs kind of way, but instead they bring something a little different the table. So, get out there and enjoy.


The Miners, Shark Tape and SuperFive @ Milkboy

The Miners have been doing their country music thing in Philly for quite a while. In their current incarnation they’ve been around since ’09. This show will be the release of their first EP, Miners’ Rebellion, which was mixed and mastered at Milkboy the Studio.

The Donuts, Morning River Band and The Knife and Fork Band @ The Fire

This all local show is going to be great. The Donuts have got a great sort of punk, sort of country sound. Morning River Band is a bit more traditional with an Americana sound filled with fiddles and twelve-strings. As for The Knife and Fork Band, they’ve got a cello, a fiddle and an accordion. What more do you need?


+Church+, HogMaw, The Wounded Healers and Victoria Spaeth and The Spaeth Cadets @ The North Star Bar

+Church+ makes me think of Jeffrey Lewis if he started a country band. There is a smattering of grunge mixed with the detached soulfullness of Leonard Cohen. It’s all around solid stuff. HogMaw, the  thundergrass masters, will be playing their foot stomping version of old appalachian-inspired tunes.

Husky, Amy Cook and The Bailey Hounds @ Johnny Brenda’s

The real draw for me here is The Bailey Hounds. Any band that can cover Glen Danzig’s “Mother” using an organ and an acoustic guitar is good in my book. On top of that the rest of their music ranges from toe-tapping modern bluegrass filled with arpeggios and solid bass lines to crunchy slide guitar filled blues.


Gashcat, Franklin Bruno and Gleason @ Kung Fu Necktie

Gashcat is good, even if their name makes me inexplicably uncomfortable. Their sound is somewhere around Neutral Milk Hotel with a little more anger. Franklin Bruno is another reason to check out this show.  Aside from him likely being the most intelligent man you’ll see on stage (he teaches modern symbolic logic at SUNY) he’s also a damn good musician.

Truth & Salvage Co. and Tim Brantley @ World Cafe Live, Upstairs

I think Truth & Salvage Co. is the only band on this list that actually wears cowboy hats. Well, at least one member does and that’s all that matters, right? Sartorial requirements aside, these guys are good. They channel a time, long ago, when rock and roll and country music weren’t that far apart. Better yet, they do it well.

Well, that’s it for this week Philly. Even if you don’t think you like country music, check out a few of these bands. Broaden your horizons. They may surprise you. Take care

One Comment
  1. November 15, 2012 11:39 am

    Thanks for mentioning the Lucy Wainwright Roche show this Sunday. It should be a great show with the additions of Lindsay Fuller and Kaia Wilson. Keep up the good work with the blog,

    Executive Director
    Philadelphia Folksong Society

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