July 21, 2000 |
SUPERCHUNK, with opening act Rock A Teens, TLA, 334 South St. Showtime: 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door. Info: 215-922-1011. Mac McCaughan sings and plays guitar for Superchunk, a four-piece indie-rock band from Chapel Hill, N.C., whose discs have been released on its own label, Merge, for more than 10 years. How would you describe the scene in Chapel Hill? Is there a lot going on in music that people should know about? Well, as Chapel Hill is a college town with good clubs, radio station, record stores, etc. - there's always a bunch of bands existing here.
May 5, 1997 |
To most of the world, the name Sea and Cake conjures up an image of a self-consciously hip coffee shop that looks like a set for Friends. But to the crowd that packed Silk City on Friday night, it's the upper echelon of Chicago indie rock. Crooner and guitarist Sam Prekop came from the late '80s jazz-folk group Shrimp Boat, guitarist Archer Prewitt from quirky lounge lizards the Coctails, and drummer John McEntire will produce and play on just about any band that will have him, most notably experimental bands such as Tortoise and Gastr Del Sol. In a live setting as well as on its latest offering, The Fawn, Sea and Cake's music is the stuff of lazy afternoons.
September 5, 2003 |
In a triple bill made in indie-rock heaven, Guided by Voices, the Shins and My Morning Jacket share the Trocadero stage tonight, each playing for an hour. Given GBV's miniature anthems on the new Earthquake Glue (Matador), the Shins' ringing psychedelic pop on Chutes Too Narrow (due in October on Sub Pop), and MMJ's reverb-drenched Southern rock on It Still Moves (due next week on RCA), it's a chance to sample some of the year's best music. Actually, the bill was made in the Chestnut Street office of Magnet magazine's editors, who conjured it to celebrate the publication's 10th anniversary.
December 23, 2015 |
The indie music festival Kat Kat Phest IV will take place Sunday through Jan. 1 at venues such as Kung Fu Necktie, Everybody Hits, and Cha Cha Razzi. It's also the end of Kat Kat Phest and of its hosting organism, the Philadelphia Kat Kat recording label. But why? "I'm turning 30," says DIY show booker and promoter Ruben Anree' Polo. "I don't want to say that I'm definitely doing something. If I don't do anything, it's cool. Leave it on a good note. " Kat Kat Phest is/was a massive celebration to close out another year of great shows held in basements, lofts, repurposed kitchens, and former warehouses by people actively shaping a scene they love.
November 8, 2007 |
To any home cook who rocks out to a vegetable-prep soundtrack, the idea that music can inspire great food is nothing new. But a few recent and forthcoming cookbooks - I Like Food, Food Tastes Good (Hyperion, 2007); Lost in the Supermarket (Soft Skull, 2008); Please Feed Me: A Punk Vegan Cookbook (Soft Skull, 2004) - are tweaking the idea for indie-rock fans: They're betting on the fact that, in certain circles, a Thai sweet-potato soup is actually more tempting when it's made by the members of the band Belle and Sebastian.
June 12, 1998 |
Here I go again, writing another eulogy for a beloved local rock band calling it quits. This time it's Caterpillar, giving its last hurrah tonight at The Khyber, (10 p.m., 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $5). The Delaware-born Caterpillar formed in the early '90s, taking typical indie rock sounds and mixing them up in untypical ways on two albums and a bazillion singles: Pavement's crooked meanderings, The Feelies' jittery freeze-ups, or the Minutemen's musical high jinks. The fact that the quartet is playing its swan song at the Khyber is appropriate because in the club's heyday, they were the unofficial house band with the perfect soundtrack to dirt, beer, smoke, jumping and shouting.
May 24, 2012 |
Two-day passes for Philadelphia's Made in America music festival were set to go on sale at 10 this morning via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com . Admission for both days of the Sept. 1-2 Parkway party ranges from $99 to $655 for the priciest VIP packages. For details about a shot at the limited number of $99 tickets, check Made in America's Facebook page . Along with Jay-Z's considerable star power and unassailable skills, Made in America mixes in one classic rock-friendly headliner in Pearl Jam with a significant dose of hip-hop, R&B and an especially impressive selection of electronic music, plus a smattering of indie-rock.
October 16, 2012 |
If Calexico were a movie instead of a band, it would be Orson Welles' Touch of Evil – a taut, arty thriller set in a Southwestern border town, full of long shadows and obtuse angles, where evil wears a badge, good men die like dogs, and everyone gets what's coming to him or her in the end. For going on 16 years, Calexico has been trafficking a brand of indie rock aptly described as desert noir - a distinctive blend of spicy mariachi flourishes, campfire...
February 11, 2001 |
For a while in the '80s and '90s, the American indie-rock world was slacker heaven. It was cool for bands not to care about the details of their music or their Cup-o-Noodles existence. The lazy few with the right blend of rumpled charm and negative ambition ruled a disenfranchised underground, and their primitivist aesthetic, derived from punk, spread like a virus: Those pursuing "cred" couldn't be bothered with growing up, much less anything so banal as getting better on their instruments.
October 9, 1998 |
In the interest of full disclosure, it should be said here that Liz Phair and I have a history. We used to be involved. Not that I ever met her, but Phair's 1993 debut Exile in Guyville was a plenty intimate encounter - frank and revealing in the way I'm guessing women talk to each other in the ladies' room. I was smitten. Whipsmart came along soon after and things got a little stale between us. We drifted apart and I didn't hear from her in four years. Word through the grapevine was that she got married, had a kid. Then along came the Lilith-friendly, built-for-Triple-A-radio whitechocolatespaceegg, and I realized what different people we had both become.