Weekend Warrior, January 7 – 9

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Homebred indie folk outfit, Papertrees, has quite an impressive pedigree of local players. An ever-emergent concept of sorts, Papertrees started with singer/songwriter/guitarist Allison Polans’ lissom fingers and ended up with some notable scene vets as part of its core: Phil D’Agostino (upright bass), Alec Meltzer (drums/percussion), Carl Cheeseman (electric guitar), and Nate Gonzalez (organ/keys/accordion). (Polans can also notch out Andrew Lipkeand Deirdre Loughridge as former playmates.) And these guys and doll are also doing time with other revered local outfits like Hezekiah JonesThe Spinning Leaves, and Wes Mattheu & The New Way Down, to name a brief few. Really, it’s a royal family of musicians cooking up jazz-infused speakeasy folk for rainy days and sleepless nights – graceful, distending arrangements that both bustle and drift underneath the feet of Polans’ tenderly rich intones and disenchanted librettos. They recently took a hiatus from performing live (the December 9th show at The Ox was their first since September) but are back in full force and gracing the rostrum at Uni City’s The Blockley tonight with local cohorts Toy SoldiersLevee Drivers and The Lawsuits.With Toy Soldiers’ fiery blues-rock, Levee Drivers’ boots-kickin’ rock ‘n’ roll, and the Lawsuits’ complex Americana, this bill will definitely keep you warm indoors while the crisp, bitter snow blankets the world outside.The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St, 8pm, $5 adv/$7 door, 21+ (Photo by Will Connelly)
By Annamarya Scaccia (credit not given on site)


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