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Review - The Doctors Fox - 6/19 Lizard Lounge


The Doctors Fox performance at the Lizard Lounge on June 19th showcased the band’s extraordinary talent as they played tracks from their debut album, Plural Non-Possessive, their as-yet-titled sophomore album and a sampling of soul covers with guest vocalist and Soul City alum Dave Hanft. From the opener “Dunga of my Dreams,” a playful back and forth between Americana and jazz, the band fluidly shifted from one influence to another without losing their hallmark feel. David Ladon’s playful vocals weave with melodic guitars and violin, soulful bass and gritty drums.

Ladon has a solid vocal range and excellent control. His lyrics, while socio-politically bent, never lose their sense of fun, from “Beached Whale” which features Ladon singing in the persona of said mammal to “Don Juan,” a song about a player who gets played that tackles the subject with playful Schadenfreude rather than heavy-handed morality and caution. Ryan Aylward’s violin lends an unexpected layer to the music, sometimes melding with Daniel Harris’s and Jon Dashkoff’s dynamic guitars and sometimes playing complimentary tones against guitars or bass, as in the ska and jazz-inspired “Olympic Sculpture Park.” Josh Kiggans’ drumming is near flawless, striking an expert balance between percussive grit and sharp, clean accentuation in every song.

Dave Hanft’s guest vocals with the band showcased the fusion of two talented musical forces. His voice on Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and Sam & Dave’s “Hold On” was strong, emotional and raw without being affected or sloppy. Likewise, the cover songs allowed the Doctors Fox to show their skills, with Harris, Dashkoff and Aylward filling in horn sections with creative arrangements of guitars and violin while Ladon’s bass and Kiggans’ drums drove the infectious grooves that bound the musical camps. Catch their next local show at Church on July 23rd.

--Meghan Guidry

Musical Chameleons Grimace Federation at WCL June 29

One of our favorite post rockers Grimace Federation will be opening for Toubab Krewe, a group of learned musicians that mesh West African traditional music and American rock. While I find Grimace Federation leaning more towards their darker metal influences these days, their former reputation as an afro-beat/acid-jazz outfit still precedes them. However, I think that their upcoming new album that is due out this fall might have people thinking differently. Their recordings online really don’t do them justice anymore, but don’t worry stoned jamband folks - Grimace Federation are musical chameleons so you might get a sampling of those tasty grooves that you are so hungry for. Just get there early to check them out live and find out what they are really all about! World Café Live (Downstairs), 3025 Walnut St., 9pm, $17 floor/$22 mezzanine, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


Suns Release 2 Free EP's

Suns, a fairly new Chicago band consisting of former members of Wax On Radio, Blame Twilight, etc. have released two new EP's for FREE via their website. Go download them now and feel free to donate a few bucks so they can get them pressed. - Brendan Losch

A panty dropper video by Blip Blip Bleep - live at Pianos on 07.03

Check out the first official Blip Blip Bleep music video! Directed by Benjamin Ahr Harrison. It's for "Freak You Out" off the forthcoming full-length album Like Track Stars - due out on June 29th at all major digital stores. Download the MP3 free here: The band will play with Geographer at Pianos on july 3. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

Dinosaur Feathers win and premier video at Bklyn Bowl

In an effort to showcase New York City based musicians and filmmakers, Silver Sound brought to the Big Apple its first Music Video Film Festival + Band Battle at Public Assembly on August 12th, 2009. Out of hundreds of entries from five different countries, directors Chris Piazza and the Moonmen, and the band Dinosaur Feathers (pictured) were chosen as the Grand Prize Winners by popular audience vote. For their prize the winners were given creative reign on music videos to be produced by Festival founder, Erica Harsch - these videos will premiered on Tuesday June 29th, 2010 at Brooklyn Bowl. The auxiliary live performances include Lowry, The Casey Shea Band, and Dinosaur Feathers, with a special short opening set by the comedy band Man Cub.

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