Langhorne Slim

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Langhorne Slim

Dawes, April Smith & the Great Picture

Thu, November 19, 2009

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

21+ Proper ID is required

Langhorne Slim - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Langhorne Slim
Langhorne Slim always packs the house at Johnny Brenda's, so please buy tickets early! One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim's live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles. Be Set Free has captured this charisma and spirit -the "hold your heart" moments and "raise a drink" dance vibes shine throughout with lush string arrangements and the fine sonic talents of drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and bassist Jeff Ratner. Langhorne's stronger than ever vocals lead the journey blending his poetry through the beautiful chaos and bearing a wisdom that reflects a broken heart battling the perils of true hope. Gut wrenching lyrics and gorgeous merry melodies-it would be easy to categorize it as folk, but this time-it's much more complex than just that slice of pie. Sweet hallelujah choruses bleed and turn to the darkness of blues.
Dawes - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Upon first listen, it is obvious Dawes is influenced by the endearing lyrical nature of those such as Dylan, Fogerty, Petty, and Springsteen, among others..." Dawes provide a "...delicate, sun-soaked, folk-gospel-rock offering created by an assemblage of young men wise beyond their years. You’d think 23-year-old frontman Taylor Goldsmith was more-than-double his age simply by his enlightened lyricism and the sincerity heard in his vocal stylings..." -
April Smith & the Great Picture - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
April Smith & the Great Picture
When she began to write songs, she incorporated elements musical and otherwise, some contradictory in theme or vibe - to anyone but April. Because she'd been so diversely inspired, it was a cinch to stitch together Queen's majesty, big band's sunny optimism, the terror and despair of horror flicks and Edgar Allan Poe writings, and the cottonmouthed wit and poignancy of Wes Anderson films. From this influential primordial stew came April's new album Songs for a Sinking Ship.

The album's sound was informed by the '30s and '40s, juke joints and cabaret, the Andrews Sisters and, of course, Waits. Smith covers a wide range as a singer and songwriter, from the heartbroken ballad "Beloved" to the cheeky tell-off "Stop Wondering" and the sexy swagger of "Wow and Flutter." Her voice swoons and seduces, and then escalates to breathtaking peaks, backed by piano, upright bass, drums, guitar, horns, ukulele, accordion and even, when the occasion warrants, a suitcase used as a bass drum.

It's the music of a precocious child that never lost her curiosity and verve, and of a beguiling woman who clutches music to her chest and embraces new twists to her character. She bounds between happy, anxious, sassy, seductive, melancholy, and murderous - sometimes in the same song.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125