Shilpa Ray at Everybody Hits Philadelphia
A female friend of mine says that she loves Shilpa Ray's music because "She sings like I do when I'm drunk". "I" being my friend of course, not yours truly. Also, I would add "but better" to that (sorry anonymous friend!)
Anyway, I think my friend is on to something. When you're drunk you sing as hard as you can, pushing the limits of your voice until it cracks. Even though many of Shilpa Ray's songs are on the mellow side she still sings like she is pushing right up against her limits. Is this is her artistic style or she is stressed by the intensity of emotion she is expressing? That I do not know, but I know that it really clicks with some people.
This is a short photoset because Everybody Hits is a lit up by Christmas lights, some burned out, which by itself is standard DIY venue stuff. Everybody Hits is also fairly large for a DIY venue and has a big (not raised) stage area. Between them the result is that there isn't all that much light in the venue. Unfortunately capturing light is how cameras work (and my old flash doesn't work with my new camera) so most of the photos I got were blurry or out of focus, and the ones I did get were noisy. Oh well, you do what you can.
Walter Lure and The Waldos at Connie's Ric Rac
There is no doubt that The Waldos follow in the footsteps of Walter Lure's earlier band The Heartbreakers. Anybody who likes one band will probably like the other. In fact, why not both? The Waldos always mix a few 70s Heartbreaker classics into their set so you can have both. Like apolitical punk rock with a dash of pop catchiness? Well then you'll probably go for both the old and the new songs.
Buck Gooter at Johnny Brenda's
It's hard not to call a band "Industrial" when the band members are wearing half a car between them. Buck Gooter combine searing vocals, electronic effects (trust me, that acoustic guitar does not sound acoustic), and unique percussion techniques into a musical style which varies from straight-up fierce to thoughtfully intense. Also, politics. Both band members sing, both have plenty to say about the state of the world, and both will try their hardest to drill it into your head. Though Billy (percussion/electronics) is more aggressive than Terry (guitar) in all fairness.