All Ages Sunday Matinee with
For years, Philadelphia’s The Lawsuits have been known for a sound that cannot be pigeonholed into one genre. There is something to be said about a band that has been creating music together as long as The Lawsuits have. With that longevity comes a sort of comfort and understanding for both themselves, and the listener. “Moon Son”, the band’s second full length release, and Random Records debut, showcases years of blending each other’s influences and sounds to create something wholly their own. They have spent their music careers up to this point dipping their toes in multiple sounds and styles to create this very identity. With a nostalgic nod to the greats of the past and a dash of modern productions and self-awareness, laced with sweeping harmonies: this is The Lawsuits.
Formed after songwriter Brian Dale Allen Strouse was introduced to vocalist Vanessa Winters & bassist Brendan Cunningham through a mutual friend, The Lawsuits then recruited fellow Temple alum, drummer Josh Friedman. Their 2013 release, ‘Cool Cool Cool’, was produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and garnered attention from outlets such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste & Philadelphia’s WXPN. The album’s first single, ‘Onion’, was chosen as #22 of Daytrotter’s 300 Best Songs of 2013.
Well-Known Strangers have been entertaining audiences with their cello infused, alternative pop/rock, with-a-tinge-of-country, sound. Members Joe Adamek (acoustic guitar), Betsy Ade (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Sacia Jerome (cello, background vocals), Theodore Koth (lead guitar, background vocals) Roger Gower (drums/percussion) and John Kulas (bass guitar) have been busy performing and preparing for the launch of their new single and music video Splinter, and the release of their debut album Aligned. While Ade and Adamek do most of the songwriting, it’s the band’s creative spark and sonic diversity that are the driving force behind their sound. Ade’s rich lyrical gifts are essential and her vocal delivery is simply unmatched in contemporary music.