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Weekly Feature #200b: North Highlands - Live at Union Hall, 04.15



Gathered around a table at Macri Park, the five amiable members of North Highlands reflect on their whirlwind experience since the band’s inception in May. At their three-month mark, they had written and recorded a six-song EP that they have likened to a Chili’s sample starter platter for its eclectic nature. By October, they booked an unofficial CMJ show that drew a mesmerized crowd, who raved about it seconds later, thanks to the Internet. In December, they played an uncomfortably packed show at the Cake Shop and acquired a van to gear up for a future tour. - Read Nancy Chow's interview with the band here.

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Weekly Feature #200a: Beach Fossils - live at Deli Best of NYC Fest, 05.13

Dustin Payseur’s cloudy voice over his soft surfer rock guitar is classic. Classic in the sense that it transcends any sort of trendy indie music movement that at this point has become tired and formulaic. Beach Fossils is a refreshing revisit to the lo-fi quality music of 60s rock. The record could easily be a found treasure from your father’s old stored away box of vinyls. The so cal vibe mixes well with Dustin’s distorted vocals and makes for sincere, oft sad songs that remain lively with a pinch of pop. - Read Chloe Schildhause's interview with the band here. Beach Fossils will headline the Deli's Best of NYC Fest show at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday May 13.

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Kick Cancer In The Balls Benefit

On April 21st at Empty Bottle the coolest benefit concert ever will take place and proceeds will go to the Nicest Man in Chicago. That man is David Thomas and he has cancer, but has had some success with treatment. However, he has been dropped from insurance and has a massive amount of medical bills. The event features music from Amalea Tshilds, Follows, and The Record Low. They will also have a bunch of cool items to auction of from local shops and publishers. It is the Kick Cancer In The Balls Benefit and tickets can only be purchased at the door for $12.

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U.S. Girls Back from Europe at DDG April 14

U.S. Girls’ (a.k.a. Meghan Remy a.k.a. Meghan Uremovich) songs contain that beautiful primal instinct inside man and in this case woman to make music. It’s that moment of inspiration by the first person to use a log or a couple of stones as an instrument to joyously express how he or she felt inside. It’s that dire need to create and invent separating the artists from the wannabes. So welcome Remy back from her 2-month jaunt through the U.K., Italy, France and Sweden tonight at Danger Danger Gallery with the always sinister Hot Guts, rockin’ My Mind and interstellar grooves of Mi Ami. You can catch up with her about all the hot topics that she might have missed on the road in Europe like flash mobs, healthcare reform and the recent step closer to the legalization of pot in Philly! Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages myspace.com/usgirlsss (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis from this week's City Paper cover story) - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Blue Giant free April happy hour residency at Laurelthirst

 

The best 5 bucks you'll spend all week will be on a beer at the Laurelthirst...while Blue Giant is knocking the electric blues piss outta ya for free!

The band will be holding down a residency at the LaurelThrist Public House from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in April...

Wait, wait, wait. "What's a residency?" asked singer and country guitar slanger Kevin Robinson. Well, it's where you show up and play to the people that are already in the bar. Okay, that sounds pretty good to The Robinsons and Co. because Blue Giant will be trying out new material and jamming with old friends alongside their normal arsenal of slide and steel guitars, and anything that you can strum in between. Bring a mandolin or banjo.

But honestly, Blue Giant doesn't strum. Sometimes it's mellow and folky acoustic, sometimes slightly psychedelic. Lots of Southern twang with a fiddle here, then electric riffs and ass-kickin' harmonica there - Bringing It All Back Home-era Dylan.

"Got to pay your dues if you want to play the blues, you know it don't come easy," sings Kevin Robinson.

But it's damn easy to enjoy Blue Giant for free.

- Chris Young

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