If you like rock ‘n’ roll then it’s hard to imagine not digging The London Souls. These guys just ooze conviction, honest feeling, and tried ‘n’ true rock moves. Bit of Thin Lizzy and the classic Hendrix trio evident in this fresh live clip from Philly’s The Blockley, but it’s all real as it comes, no fake moves or aping anyone’s moves. Once again, Jake Krolick keeps the camera where it needs to be – in this instance, up close enough to get some sweat on you. If this don’t make you bob your head and finger a little air guitar we’re concerned for your soul.
Bands should start commissioning Jake Krolick to capture their performances. The guy has great instincts for snaring the intangibles of live music – the vibe in the room, the colors and scene outside the club, the small non-verbal exchanges that happen onstage. To wit, this charming clip of a charming song from the exceedingly charming rock combo The Mother Hips. DI especially likes the Scorsese-esque continuous shot that opens the video. Oh, the Hips recently announced the first big list tour dates for 2013, which you can check out here. They’ll be hitting some rare spots this year – Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, NOLA, Denton,TX and the band’s first show at the New Parish in Oakland – as well as their annual festival The Hipnic in May. Good times waiting to happen that we can wax about together in later days…
In the late 1960s, Rahsaan Roland Kirk frequently began his concerts by saying, “This ain’t no sideshow!” It’s understandable how one might mistake some elements of the proceedings as being for pure show, acts of provocation designed to stir things up for the sake of it, but the method behind Kirk’s sometimes-seeming-madness are evident in music that fearlessly and sweepingly grabbed pop and high culture and made them bump uglies. Nothing was off limits for Kirk, and music thrives in such freedom forward settings. One of Kirk’s clearest modern descendents is Marco Benevento, who exercises the same thoughtful lack of restraint, the same tongue-out, matted hair embrace of chaos and humor, and the same skills to pay the bills. Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at this freshly captured video from our undying pal Jake Krolick from this past Saturday at The Blockley in Philadelphia and see if you don’t think Marco is vibing on the same frequency as the great Rahsaan. We’ve even included a classic clip from Kirk to aid in your comparison.
Don’t stand off in your own little world. Be here in the now. Join us in our run through the wilds of the human condition. This is what Akron/Family cries in ways literal and figurative each time they gather in a music hall. The ultimate rise and fall of their concert experiences hinges on the level of engagement and enthusiasm of everyone in the room, not just the dudes with electrified instruments. This evening at The Blockley in Philadelphi (distilled beautifully by DI Brother In Arms Jake Krolick over at the quite swell Beat Of My Strut) looks like the lads and the gathered mob were symbiotic in the extreme. Aided by members of Sun Ra Arkestra, this January night appears to have loosened up some love, including a nod to the recently passed Etta James, who Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton suggests would like folks to party in her honor. We couldn’t agree more.