Believe: The Detroit Cobras are a goddamned American treasure.
>>> Big, big, festival weekend in the area, so here’s hoping the weather holds out: XPOnential Festival, WXPN‘s massive undertaking in Camden, is always a good time; QFest rages on; and down in Delaware, Firefly? Anyone? Anyone?
>>> But if you’re flying by the seat of your pants, you may want to check out Art After 5 with Orquesta La Paz at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art. Philly’s OLP bear the unique distinction of being the only salsa band to ever reach the final entry nomination list for the Latin Grammys in four catagories, including album of the year. Palabra!
>>> And at Underground Arts, enjoy the moody art rock of Lotus Plaza, the side project of Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt.
>>> The various festivals still run strong on Saturday, but there’s also some great one-offs, too: The Detroit Cobras, the perfectly gritty rock-and-soul band fronted by Rachel Nagy, are at Johnny Brenda’s, and it is not a stretch to say the we adore this band. They don’t come through often, either, so work hard on getting to this one.
>>> As mentioned earlier, Hot Chip are at Electric Factory, and indie darlings Fang Island play an early show at Morgan’s Pier.
>>> And can we recommend a dance party/great records hang to you? The Boogie-Down at Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, presided over by DJ Botany 500 aka Milkcrate Coffee’s Adam Porter. Great dude, amazing taste, classy venue.
>>> Nothing sticks out, so just get up, make some coffee, put on Jonathan Wilson, read the Times, and figure out what you’re grilling later. God, sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
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