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Cake @ The Keswick Theatre

Who: CAKE When: 4/18/11 Where: Keswick Thatre, Philadelphia, PA I have to admit that this Jewboy forsook his Passover Seder to see the second night of two! sold-out shows by Cake at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre. Not to say that this concert was not a religious experience – the Cake faithful sang along as dutifully as

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Polka Dot Cadaver-New Release- Sex Offender

Baltimore based cult favorites Polka Dot Cadaver will release their new record Sex Offender on Rotten Records May 10th. I get acquainted with the band via a couple of videos from  their first record Purgatory Dance Party. The songs are taut and memorable and the videos, especially for the song “Chloroform Girl” are fascinatng and

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Songs In The Pocket Releases “Open My Eyes”

Hooter’s drummer David Uosikkinen has released the second Essential Songs Of  Philadelphia for his In The Pocket project. Ably assisted by Hooters band mates Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman as well as Jeffrey Gaines on vocals and former A’s guitarist Rick DiFonzo; the boys have recorded a stellar version of the 1968 hit by Todd Rundgren’s

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Via Linota-Justin Anderson

The first thing that strikes me when I sit down with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Justin Anderson, at Starbucks to discuss his project Via Linota[translated from Latin meaning through words and notes] is his level of intensity. I think “no caffeine for me” and immediately order an herb tea. He holds a copy of his recently released CD

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Songs In The Pocket-The Essential Songs Of Philadelphia

“I can almost hear people now, who died and made this guy king?” The guy is The Hooters drummer, David Uosikkinen, and the songs he explains are ones that are essential to him.”These were songs that were essential to my development as a musician.” Uosikkinen ,who recently moved back east after twenty years on the west coast said

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Marc Berger-The Long “Ride”

For New York based singer-songwriter, Marc Berger, creating the soon to be released album Ride has become almost a life’s work. The record is based on his impressions of being a city boy out west. “I spent some time out there and the place really resonated with me. I think my sense of being out there, the sky,

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Local Natives-The Troc Oct. 27th

It was a chilly Sunday night last December when I traveled to Philly to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the  First Unitarian Church. I found out that two other bands were on the bill. I’m thinking, “It’s Sunday night and I have to wait through two other bands till I get to

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Times Two-One On One

Sometimes music makes for strange bedfellows. Such is the case with Central PA duo, Times Two. Singer guitarist, Ken Heeter, put it like this….”I’m James Taylor and Brad Hajek [lead guitar,vocals,harmonica] is more like Metallica guitarist James Hetfield. When we got together I didn’t think it was gonna work. I went to Brad’s house and we played

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Brian Miller-The Lightning Bug Situation-Senorita Burrita 9/25

It’s been quite the journey for Lancaster native, Brian Miller. “I moved out to San Francisco in 2004 and ended up meeting singer-songwriter  Jolie Holland at a coffee shop I was working at.” Brian ended up touring the world with Holland as lead guitarist in her band. “It was a wonderful experience. We had a great

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The Billies-Surviving By Staying True To Your Art

The Billies, there are two to be exact, are Jersey expatriates who now make their home in Lancaster. The duo consisists of Chrisie Santoni on guitar and vocals and Craig Smith on percussion and vocals. I catch up with Craig prior to the group’s performance at this Saturday’s Tristate Indie Showcase at East Petersburg Community

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