Photo / Video Recap: Psalmships, Marie/Lepanto @ Johnny Brenda’s (04/18/18)

Psalmships at Johnny Brenda's 04/18/18

Psalmships, Marie/Lepanto @ Johnny Brenda’s (04/18/18)

I have blogged about Psalmships plenty of times over the years. It don’t get any easier trying to capture in words how amazing Psalmships is. The only word that comes to mind is UNREAL. I know you’re thinking “how unreal is Psalmships?” It’s moments like this that remind me that I need to get some of my other blog features together. In the meantime, you can check out Psalmships music and decide for yourself. Psalmships continues to be one of my favorite artists. Thank you, Psalmships.

Marie/Lepanto (Will Johnson and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster) was a touring band and Wednesday’s show was my first introduction to their music. I enjoyed their set and if given a chance to see another Marie/Lepanto show I would go. Marie/Lepanto creates music that is worth your time and deserves your full attention. Yes, another band that you might want to check out.

Psalmships / Marie/Lepanto @ JOhnny Brenda's (04/18/18)

[VIDEO] Psalmships – “Slow Heart Snowfall” at Johnny Brenda’s (04/18/18)

[VIDEO] Marie/Lepanto – “Simple Scenes” LIVE at Johnny Brenda’s (04/18/18)


Shows This Week: April 25 – April 30, 2018

A list of shows happening this week

Shows This Week: April 25 – April 30, 2018

Another week and we have a new list of show suggestions for you.

Thu 04/26/18 – Madeleine Peyroux / Carsie Blanton @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) | Link
Thu 04/26/18 – Durand Jones & The Indications / Square Peg Round Hole @ World Cafe Live *upstairs* (Philadelphia, PA) | Link

Fri 04/27/18 – Nicole Atkins / Indianola / Carly Brand @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA) | Link

Sat 04/28/18 – Black Horse Motel @ Femme Freedom’s Fundraiser (Philadelphia, PA) | Link
Sat 04/28/18 – Pete Donnelly / Chris Kasper / Oddfellow Church @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA) | Link
Sat 04/28/18 – Tin Bird Choir @ Wyebrook Music Fest (Honey Brook, PA) | Link

Have a great week!
See you at a show!!!

Have your own show suggestions? Please comment below with the show information.


Song For Thought: AJR – “Sober Up”

AJR “Sober Up” (feat. Rivers Cuomo) is a Radio 104.5 discovery. Whenever the song is not playing on the radio I hear it playing in my head. “Sober Up” is catchy and infectious in a way that makes it exciting to listen to every time I hear it. Plus I love to sing or whistle the lines “my favorite color is you/you’re vibrating out my frequency”. Currently this is the only song I know from AJR, the three brother DIY indie-pop group of Adam, Jack, and Ryan from New York City.

AJR will be a part of Radio 104.5’s Winter Jawn 2018. Also on that bill are: Dashboard Confessional, The Struts, and J. Roddy Walston & the Business. Winter Jawn is an all ages outdoor (rain or shine) concert hosted by Radio 104.5 held at XFINITY Live on Saturday, January 27, 2018.


Song For Thought – Val Emmich “Catalyst”

It’s January 1st and a new year is here. I decided to change the intended weekly feature Five For Thought to a daily feature called Song For Thought. Yes, it’s our take on the standard Song Of The Day. So, visit this blog daily for a new song post.

The new year often makes me think of the song “New Year’s Resolution” by Val Emmich. And that would have been a fitting song to post, but I wanted to go with something a bit more positive and possibly inspiring. For those reasons Val Emmich’s “Catalyst” is today’s Song For Thought.

I see ahead a chance to breathe
I’ll start again, it’s what I need
I’ll start again, new and clean

These lyrics remind me of how I like to approach a new year—with a clean slate. This song and those lyrics are inspiring and provided a much needed catalyst to move forward and be open to the opportunities that 2018 might provide.

“Time to change things and mix it up.”


Shows I Attended – 2017

The following is a complete list of shows that I attended in 2017. Sure, it’s a short list but it’s filled with some special music memories. Thank you to all the artists who take the time to perform live and continue to fuel my love of live music. Here’s to 2018 being an even better year. Happy New Year! See you at a show—I mean it.


01/06/17 – Nicky P / Archawah / Former Belle @ Underground Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
01/14/17 – Pawnshop Roses / Travel Lanes @ MilkBoy Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
01/18/17 – Val Emmich @ Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
01/31/17 – Farewell to Tin Angel: John Francis / Ross Bellenoit / Stargazer Lily @ Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)

02/01/17 – Mondo Cozmo / Hemming @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA)
02/04/17 – Mondo Cozmo / Illinois @ Connollys Pub (Hatboro, PA)
02/17/17 – Freddie B’s Birthday Bash @ Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia, PA)
02/18/17 – Hezekiah Jones / Black Horse Motel / Adrien Reju & Andy Stack @ Underground Arts (Phila, PA)

03/11/17 – Ben Arnold / Andy Stack & Adrien Reju Duo @ Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, PA)
03/19/17 – Amos Lee / Chris Kasper @ Wellmont Theater (Montclair, NJ)

04/05/17 – Val Emmich @ Facebook Live (Interweb)
04/08/17 – IKE / Jealousy Curve / Pawnshop Roses @ Theater of Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
04/15/17 – Former Belle / Archawah @ Maxwell’s On Main (Doylestown, PA)
04/20/17 – Canvas People / Sixteen Jackies @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)
04/21/17 – Methyl Ethel / Blonder / Archawah @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA)

05/06/17 – Hinton Bower Jones / Tin Bird Choir @ Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, PA)
05/25/17 – Chris Kasper “O, The Fool” Record Release / Sean Hoots @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)

06/03/17 – Val Emmich ‘The Reminders’ Book Release Concert @ Maxwell’s Tavern (Hoboken, NJ)

07/01/17 – Val Emmich & The Veeries @ The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)
07/11/17 – Tank and The Bangas / Sweet Crude @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)

08/10/17 – Ben Arnold Band @ Gorgas Park (Philadelphia, PA)
08/18/17 – Sonofdov / Emily Barnes @ Dragonfly Cafe (Somerville, NJ)
08/30/17 – Silveeo / Psalmships / Andy McLeod @ Bourbon & Branch (Philadelphia, PA)

09/13/17 – Mondo Cozmo / Illinois / Flagship @ Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA)


11/06/17 – BANNERS / Dean Lewis @ Mercury Lounge (New York, NY)
11/11/17 – Ben Arnold Band @ Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, PA)

12/09/17 – Illinois @ Archie/s Big Heads (Hatboro, PA)

Another great year of live music.



Five For Thought – 12.15.17

Ben Arnold – “Sinister Direction”
“Sinister Direction” will appear on Ben Arnold’s forthcoming album ‘Sunday Morning Meltdown’ which is scheduled for a January 2018 release. This song, as does most of Arnold’s music, has a rich soulfulness that is pleasing to the ears and lyrical sustenance for the mind, plus the delightfully distinctive tone of Arnold’s voice. So, if you get a chance to see a Ben Arnold show you should go. And be on the lookout for ‘Sunday Morning Meltdown’. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear the new album.

Sonofdov – “Fight Or Flight”
Sonofdov is the musical work of singer-songwriter Dennis King. Sonofdov’s music was brought to my attention years ago when I used to blog for another blog. It was a great musical discovery and I’ve been a fan ever since. Anyways “Fight Or Fight” has all the elements of a great Sonofdov song: acoustic stripped-down feel, honest lyrics, and King’s voice has a humbly alluring timbre. Give this track a listen if you don’t believe me.

Square Peg Round Hole – “Hush”
“Hush” is off Square Peg Round Hole’s 2017 release ‘Five Years’. I am simply fascinated by Square Peg Round Hole’s ability to constantly create emotion filled sonically saturated soundscapes. This band is clearly gifted with amazing musical talents. Wow! Glad to see the band went for an ambient sound on this ep because they wholeheartedly make it work. Unfortunately, I don’t see any shows listed for Square Peg Round Hole now, but I hope that changes soon.

Black Horse Motel – “Bones”
I think I saw Black Horse Motel only once this year and that is unacceptable. I do remember hearing “Bones” performed live and it’s a great song. “Bones” is from Black Horse Motel’s 2017 release ‘Parable’. Sometimes you just need some good Americana/folk music in your life and Black Horse Motel dispense it in spades. YES!!!

Maitland – “Glimpse”
“Glimpse” is the title track from Maitland’s June 2017 album ‘Glimpse’. I’m so glad that I found this song while Bandcamping the other day. I know that I’ve seen Maitland perform at least once in the past and I think I liked that performance. Well, “Glimpse” is a resounding reminder that I should have been paying attention to Maitland all along. Maitland, please accept my apology—I’ll be listening.

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