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Weekly Feature 194b: Lissy Trullie

From Sid Vicious to Iggy Pop, real names have been forsaken for pseudonyms with a rock ‘n’ roll feel. Lizzy McChesney didn’t have quite the right ring to it, so the singer-songwriter christened the stage name Lissy Trullie to host the rotating musicians that write and perform in her band. Although she currently slays crowds with her guitar skills, she began her musical education with the least punk rock instrument, the xylophone.  This minor setback to dominating the world with her rock ‘n’ roll only fueled her desire to obtain a guitar. After a great deal of pleading, her parents finally bought her the much-coveted guitar. She began writing songs at 14 based on the basic song structures found in Tom Petty songs her instructor taught her. Over time, her songwriting shifted with her exposure to different frameworks and sounds. - read Nancy Chow's interview with Lissy here.


Weekly Feature 194a: The Antlers - Live at In Vino, April 11

Peter Silberman grew up in a family of writers and editors. When you hear his band The Antlers -- and more importantly, when you read his lyrics -- it's obvious. The story told in the band's 2009 album Hospice reads like a young writer's first tragedy. And it hurts to hear.
Just shy of 24-years-old, and fresh off of nearly four months of touring, Silberman was sipping coffee in Brooklyn on a December morning. He said he was "very happy," but he mostly spoke about illness, abuse and mortality, the themes of his latest record.
"I hate to say that my favorite writer is very depressing, but it's true," he said. He was speaking, of course, of 1980s short story writer and poet, the seminal minimalist Raymond Carver, whose work Silberman called both "hopeful" and "doomed."- read Joe Coscarelli interview with the band here.


Welcome Home A Sunny Day in Glasgow at KFN April 1

With a brand new EP coming out and a European tour coming up, it looks as if Ben Daniels and the rest of the new members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow are starting to gain some serious momentum. It's easy to see why, their sound being somewhat of a refreshing reminder of the shoegaze/dreampop era, creating highly feminine, swirling soundscapes in the vein of Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. A Sunny Day in Glasgow bring more of an electronic update to this vibe, weaving samples and guitar into mesmerizing patterns and drones to make a certain type of pop, one that's delicate and intense at the same time. Just listen to the nearly symphonic opening swells of "Nitetime Rainbows" (from their forthcoming EP of the same name) and you'll probably understand the flurries of praise heaped on them by everyone from Pitchfork to the BBC. They're returning to their hometown tonight with Arc in Round and The Homophones, so don't miss it because you might not see them back any time soon. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., 8 pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/sunnydayinglasgow - Joe Poteracki



Dangerous Ponies Stampede into The Ox April 1

Ever since they released their EP, Dr. Ponie Medicine Ponie, Dangerous Ponies have been bringing their traveling party of love to the masses. As one of the newer members of Punk Rock Payroll (The Extraordinaires, Lux Perpetua, Kill You In The Face), they’ve already hit the road for tours, played SXSW, and put together a dance fueled music video. And one night before they hit Virginia for the Macrock Music Festival, Philadelphia’s finest 7 piece queer and allied band is ready to play a set at The Ox tonight. Once they break out their electric sing-alongs inside the latest darling of Philly’s DIY venues, it’s sure to turn into a joyous celebration. Also on the lineup is Fishtown’s lo-fi garage rockers The Spooks who have been gaining some deserved attention of their own for their EP Sea Monster. The Ox, 2nd and Oxford, 8pm, $5, All Ages myspace.com/dangerousponies - Bill McThrill



New Stanley Ross

Stanley Ross (aka Nicholas Meiers) is back with a free ep, MN-EP from Rock Proper. This EP follows his two self-released albums and finds him working with some new musicians and creating a new sound. The album features Tim Cronin of Camera Obscura, Domenico Ferri of Brother Truck, and many other talent musicians. The EP was produced by Gary Burger of 60’s legends The Monks! It is a subtle slow burner that will guide you into the summer.


MN-EP will be released on April 6th, and will be a free digital album. Stanley Ross plays with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen at Schubas on April 8th.


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