Snow Day (Take It Easy) Record Release Show Friday, December 20th Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123) 21+/$5.00 9:00 Taggart 8:15 The Successful Failures 7:30 opening band - tbd 7:00 doors
R5 Productions presents: Friday, March 23 Kung Fu Necktie $10 / 21+ 9:30 Ava Luna (http://avaluna.bandcamp.com/) 8:30 Taggart (http://taggartrocks.com/) 7:30 Like a Fox (http://www.likeafoxtheband.blogspot.com/) purchase advance tickets here: www.r5productions.com/event/98025/ Ava Luna- With the release of the critically lauded Services EP in early 2010 and a near-constant stream of shows and short tours over the successive months, NYC natives Ava Luna have built a reputation for noisy, manic basement soul music in the form of stark, earthy synth-driven beats coupled with tight, prismatic vocal harmonies, which Christopher Weingarten has described as "beautiful, infectious, and damn-near indescribable." In a church basement in Brooklyn's deep south, they hone an eclectic mashup of girl group harmonies, growling synth-funk, shimmering distortion, soul stylings set to post-punk snobbery, complex compositions in the guise of quirky pop songs; Al Green singing with Wire, Depeche Mode backing Jamie Lidell. The band has drawn comparisons to TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors, Prince, Arab on Radar, Phillip Glass, James Chance, Aphex Twin.... Taggart- Philadelphia Weekly recently described Taggart as “harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to Nevermind. The guitars are sweet and crunchy like super sugar crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals reminiscent of Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf)”. A band for over 15 years Taggart has released four full length records and has been featured on numerous compilations. In recent years they’ve opened for some of their biggest influences (Portastatic, Tommy Stinson) including opening for Grant Hart and performing as his backing band on a few Husker Du songs. They self-released their latest cd For What It’s Worse in September of 2011. Like A Fox- There is a place within modern music where a foundation of rock-solid songwriting can be married to progressive Technicolor production, resulting in both satisfaction for the soul and brilliant sonic candy for the ears. Like A Fox craft songs that deliver on that promising union. Songwriter Jay Laughlin spent the 1990s developing his vision in the critically acclaimed Philadelphia/New Jersey area noise-pop band Lenola, releasing numerous full lengths and amassing an international word-of-mouth following for their unique sound that proved Pop music could be seriously damaged, yet retain its infectious hooks & charms. Following Lenola's demise in late 2002, Laughlin soon began work on new compositions that pushed harder into some of the Electronic-meets-Rock directions that latter period Lenola had only hinted at. A full ensemble was put together in 2004 to perform these songs live before proper recording commenced. This lineup includes Brian Wilkinson on bass and drummer Pete Girgenti (both from Philadelphia's Grand Fabric). Their instrumentation contain an astonishing balance between delicate acoustic textures and crushing choruses. The vocals float and soar while effected keyboards & buzzsaw electric guitars guide the songs along a happily disorienting ride, all above the pulse of rhythms both man and machine-made. The songs themselves are of a classic form that could have been brought to life anytime in the last four decades. It is this adherence to song tradition while also sounding like it is being beamed back to you from the future, covered in beautiful static & gloss, that confirms Like A Fox as a unique and forward looking group. Enjoy the songs.
st. patrick’s day! saturday, march 17th arlene’s grocery (95 stanton street, nyc, ny, 10002) 21+ / $10 cover 1:00 no excuses, play like a champion 12:00 taggart 11:00 fishdoctor 10:00 folding legs 9:00 the gypsy west 8:00 ports of spain 7:00 blackacre
The Official For What It’s Worse CD Release Show! Saturday, October 29th The Northstar Bar (2639 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130) 21+/$10.00 11:30 Taggart 10:45 Faux Slang 10:00 Knife Show 9:15 Creeping Weeds 9:00 DJ Jersey Dan (Choice Tasters, Y-Not Radio) will be spinning before, after and between all band sets
Manager: Becker Management, LLC
Bio: Philadelphia Weekly recently described Taggart as “harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to Nevermind. The guitars are sweet and crunchy like super sugar crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals rem...See Full Bio
“new album from the long standing philly rockers. full of sonic blasts and bittersweet songwriting, this will sound fantastic cranked out over the speakers. it starts off with a bang here with “good intentions” and doesn’t let up until the last note fades off into the ether. ‘me and sweet j” and “starting now” are some of my other favorites here. taggart has been cranking out great indie rock for awhile now, and the end result is this new release, which is rock solid and worth picking up.”