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@ The M Room, 11/23/12

An eclectic lineup of female-fronted bands took hold at The M Room here in Philly on Friday night, for the penultimate GoGirlsMusic festival event of 2012. Proceeds from the show went to two charities; local food bank Philabundance, and Wreaths Across America, which coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies. M Room, as usual, proved to be a bit of a challenge regarding sound, and there was a decent audience, but for the pure music lover and musician alike, the effort surely didn’t go unnoticed.
May is a bilingual dance-oriented songwriter with upbeat backing tracks and positive outlook to match. She performed with bass and drums alongside, which she mentioned to me is still something to get used to. She appeared both structured and inspired on stage, bouncing around a bit on a few tunes. She wore a strong sequined red shirt under black suit for the occasion, which looked  great in the general darkness on stage.
Lori Citro, in comparison, was gentlest of all the performers, and for this reviewer the best with stage presence. She performed on keys with sax and drums backing up.She has background in musical theatre along with songwriting, and was willing to tell stories of the songs with both humor and poignancy. Notable songs included “Dorothy”,  an ode to the musical “Wicked”, Love is first and foremost in her material.
Gina Cieri runs the Philadelphia chapter of GoGirlsMusic, and does duel lead guitar with twin sister Tina in Prima Donna. This local band, with a good regional performance history presents original songs in the vein of classic rock, recalling at once Heart (twin guitar attack), The Doors (mythical lead singer-poet), and possibly Blue Oyster Cult (slightly progressive, great solos). Prima Donna have been around for about 10 years with several lineup changes, the current one is closest to the original. As I understand, Gina is the mastermind, writing the music and lyrics. The hooks are excellent, with a few good solos amongst the songs performed. Lead vocalist Kelly Werkheiser has a good attitude on stage channeling some anger within the song and commanding her place well. Prior to “Fire Me Up”, she exhorted response from the audience.
Grown Up Avenger Stuff are from North Carolina, a 4 piece with one general tone, and that would be loud! Lead singer Deirdre Kroener was in complete control, with a focused attitude on getting her message across, and doing so in restless fashion. The band followed in time to her wails and shrieks, rocking just as hard without vocals themselves. The music itself resembles hard rock, with generally blues motifs, again recalling The Doors, Led Zeppelin and similar bands. Sporting a sparkly black top with a small sequined design, and rocking multiple tattoos along her forearms (one containing original verse, Deirdre appeared devoted to her cause, simply to rock out. Nothing is left to chance sonically. She has a naturally high voice that she doesn’t turn up to eleven, but it gets up there. They closed the show with a very short number that was loudest of all. Outside of a short tour in Western Canada, they are making their first real foray outside of their homebase, touring across the East Coast. Easily they are the loudest band I’ve heard outside the Carolinas. Talking with them after, I learned that they are friends of The StereoFidelics, fine noisemakers themselves. 

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On the next show I will conclude the debut airing of a Nanci Griffith tribute album
released by Huntington NY label Paradiddle Records. Titled “Trouble In The
Fields: An Artists’ Tribute To Nanci Griffith”, it contains music from
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I already have another concept CD that will debut on the show after next, which is the week of 11/25.

Also for the 11/18 experience, I’m briefly reviving the New Music Sampler segment, to give airplay to artists that have been on my waiting list the longest. It will be like RCB Novus Ordo tho in a smaller, even friendlier form.

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I’m still pretty excited about working in new media and getting to work on projects that will be insightful and fun for Philly residents to view. I am a few ideas in mind, and yet there isn’t much I really can do until I take a few more courses and have a crew ready to assist. No clue when more classes from the public-access network will be ready yet.
COVERAGE: 3-4 times a month I go out to Philly-area gigs to do photos, some
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some point in the future I might want to barter this work or be simply paid.

I was at a showcase at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie on Sunday 11/12.
Full review right here: https://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/11/12/kung-fu-necktie-111112/


VIDEO of Song Dogs & The Nightjar:

NEXT shows I’m covering:
11/23: @ M-Room, Philly: Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Lori Citro among 5 female-fronted bands in a GoGirlsMusic event, with proceeds to benefit Philabundance and Wreaths Across America www.grownupavengerstuff.com www.gogirlsmusic.com

I’m looking for at least 2 more events to cover in December in or around the Philadelphia metro area.
Outside of radio for a moment. I received a note from Nina Gray, who manages the folk-rock duo-led band of Buskin and Batteau. Nina received a phone message from Bethany Yarrow (daughter of Peter), who runs The Action Center in Far Rockaway, NY. Bethany reported on the living conditions of families in the area, and about The Action Center’s place in the community. It truly exists to help bring more creativity and postiveness to the area. Bethany says it’s the only place in the area that is acting as a supply distribution center. Soon it will also be a warming center. You can contribute to The Action Center at www.theactioncenter.com Nina’s full note on Facebook is here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/nina-gray/hurricane-sandy-aftermath-what-bethany-yarrow-is-doing-how-you-can-help-with-tha/10152271993140788

RCB REVIEW from this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: Among the notable, you’ll hear new music from Philadelphia’s pre-eminent Celtic-folk ensemble RUNA to start off, along with transgender songwriter-activist Ryan Cassata, and Paris-based Matthias Strum.
RCB proper: Segment 1: Loretta Hagen & Danielle Miraglia share billing on 11/17 in Macungie, PA (had to look that one up). Spun more new music from Sarah Blacker and Darlingside in this segment too. These artists already performed at the Red Door in Portsmouth NH on 11/12. Segment 2 includes brand new music from solid alternative rock band Mercury Morning. The original Red Molly trio are heard in this week’s listen to “Trouble In The Fields”, the Nanci Griffith tribute album I’ve aired the last several weeks. Segment 3 contained a rather depressive vibe sorts. Lorraine Leckie released new CD with co-conspirator Anthony Haden-Guest this week. I can only imagine what celebrity LL was referencing in the song I spun. Elaine Romanelli & Anna Dagmar to share billing at a house concert in Franklin NY on 11/18. Final segment: Along with Stevie Coyle’s “Penny Wishes” was a tiny preamble containing some banter from a carny advertising cojoined twins. You’d have to hear it, I suppose. I also segued Lara Herscovitch’s “From A Bridge” (inspired by the Grand Canyon) with Heather Pierson’s meditative piano instrumental, referencing her birthplace of Joplin, MO.

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