Did you know that Radiohead’s drummer, Phil Selway, is coming out with a solo album? I heard one song. If you like weak Pablo Honey era B-sides (and ugh, I do), you’re in super luck. But speaking of drummers creating solo albums, ex-Dr. Dog drummer Juston Stens, with his band The Real Gang, is coming out with one. And from what I’ve heard, it’s actually pretty damn good. His Myspace mentions that he shares the same birthday as Ringo Starr. Tomorrow never knows, indeed. Definitely in the Dr. Dog universe, but with a slight Pulp base and a serious 60s rock&R&B chaser. And with a significantly less nasal bouquet.
And guess what? Stens and the Real gang are playing a free show tonight, Philebrity Rock ‘N’ Roll BBQ, at Penn Treaty Park, 7PM-9PM. And Noise Narc crush Birdie Busch will be opening. Worried about the rain? Worry wort. The show will move indoors to The Barbary if the sky doesn’t cooperate. Still free. Still great tunes. Just a slightly less beautiful view of the Delaware and Petty Island. Sorry, Chris, no relation to Tom. But… Stens does have a sweet cover of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” on their Myspace.
Oh, and until 8/12, download their EP for free from the above psych-widget.
Because I had no idea I’d be going to two other concerts (the other being Arcade Fire on Monday) this week when I bought the tickets a few months ago, I’ll also be going to see Local Natives on Friday. Back then, I really was expecting the LA natives’s debut, Gorilla Manor, to grow on me. It’s a good album, but one I find myself less and less drawn to. It’s very… pleasant. As Pope said:
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer.
Anyway, the show is at the First Unitarian Sanctuary and has been sold out for months. If anything can improve my disposition about Local Natives, it’ll be hearing their soaring vocals bounce off the rafters of that most wonderful of indie rock venues/hippy churches. And hey, “you don’t like anything on local radio / so you fumble around ’til you land on NPR / and listen to world news.” Just like me! Before my car got stolen last week. NPR-thieving bastards.
Buy Gorilla Manor on Amazon.