"Good music is good music, and that should be enough for anybody.” - Brad Nowell

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ten in 2010 (last post of the year)

2010 brought a successful launch for doeslikemusic.com with 1125+ views in 32 countries, on 6 continents in 4 months.  We're now on Twitter, and have over 350 followers, and growing.  What's really cool is a few bands have been kind enough to request a review of their albums, and even discography, from us!  This'll be the last post for a while; with that said, let's give a toast to 2010!

As a nightcap to 2010, doeslikemusic.com has corralled 10 albums released this year.  Most of these artists are established while some are new on the music scene, and made a decent amount of buzz with their work.  There's no real criterion developed to rate these albums; it's more of a "high-5" to what was able to catch our attention.  I speak pluraly, though it's currently just me, as I have a small dream-team of music enthusiasts I am inviting to write, next year, which will offer a broader experience for readers.

So, let's get to this list already! Besides no grading criterion, there won't be any descriptions either; why not let you decide for yourself why these albums made the cut.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tits

A few minutes ago, I'm surfing FB and come across this pretty sweet Xmas oriented music video posted by my lil bro, Zac.  This music video is by a band I haven't heard of, until now: Patent Pending.  What you have here is a pop-punk band having a ton of fun and showcasing some chick gettin smutty at Xmas time, and even with Santa, too!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Some things you can't explain away..." Joe Strummer 1952 - 2002

A fateful day, 8 years ago, the world at large lost one of its greatest contributors to music, poetry, progressive social reform, and popular culture: John Graham Mellor, better known as "Joe Strummer" co-founder of The Clash and frontman for Joe Strummer & The Mescalaros.  Whether it's felt or not, Joe left a mark on every musician and music fan from the 1970's going forward.  Unlimited artists cite The Clash as a huge influence with such accomplishments as their boisterous, bloody contribution to early punk rock with "White Riot" or, amongst many choice selections, the broken hearted, infectious radio favorite "Train in Vain."  Many owe thanks to the non-genre-specific song writing of Joe, especially today's reggae-rock scene.

Joe Strummer mural, NYC 2010 Bobby Clark, doeslikemusic.com

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria..."

Growing up, there's been a vast amount of music with lyrics so strong, so capable of forming brilliant images as you listen with your eyes closed.  The first song I've ever heard to have this effect on me, Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" was shown to me by my friend Evan, and we used to listen to a Jimi greatest hits collection all the time when we were 12 years old.  That album was the first of many to push, what I knew as music, towards new, bad ass heights.
Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix


Angel! -He smiles in towering, shiny metallic purple armor
Queen Jealousy, envy, waits behind him
Her fiery, green gown stairs at the grassy ground
Blue are the life giving waters taken for granted
They quietly understand

Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite, ready
But wonder why the fight is on
But they're all bold as love
Yeah, they're all bold as love
Yeah, they're all bold as love
Just ask the Axis

My red is so confident he flashes trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria
Orange is young, full of daring, but very unsteady for the first go 'round
My yellow, in this case, is not so mellow
In fact I'm trying to say it's frightened like me
And all of these emotions of mine keep holding me
From giving my life to a rainbow like you

But I'm bold as love,
Yeah! Yeah!

Well, I'm bold, bold as love
Hear me talkin', girl... I'm bold as love!
Just ask the Axis -He knows everything

Friday, December 17, 2010

1 Year In Memorium: Westbound Train

It seems like "going on hiatus" has been the chic thing to do for bands in recent years when they just can't commit to either carrying on with being a band or, simply, breaking up. Coming home for lunch, today, I was going through a playlist I made about 18 months ago that centered around ska and reggae. On that list I found a favorite song I've forgotten about, "Check Your Time" by Westbound Train, a band who decided to go on hiatus right around one year ago.

I was fortunate to have seen them live twice; once with Voodoo Glowskulls and once with the Nekromantix, years back.  I was checking out their merch when their lead singer approached me and mentioned to simply buy their album as opposed to the t-shirt I was interested in.  Thankfully, I took his suggestion, and have been a "loose" fan ever since.  Their soulful, relaxing ska meets oldies doesn't typically fit the bill when I think of ska(Operation Ivy) and is sure to please most who listen to them.

Westbound Train - Check Your Time by hellcatrecords

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A very GWAR-Y Xmas!!!

There isn't too much to say about this besides it needs to be about 20 mins longer:

Christmas With Gwar - Watch more Funny Videos

If you're unfamiliar with GWAR, I just....hope the best for you in life. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mariachi El Xmas Numero Dos

Numero dos del Mariachi El Xmas highlights a 3 part collaboration between Mariachi El Bronx, Wild Light, and world famous The Killers.  Before now, I've never heard of Wild Light, and as can be figured out, I've been a big fan of Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx for some time.  However, until I gave "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" a few listens, I've never appreciated The Killers as much, or ever, truthfully, besides one time...

¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe! - The Killers ft. Wild Light & Mariachi El Bronx by gregkent

The only time I remember kind of liking The Killers, I was at this wild ass, huge party with some high school friends in Ocean City, Maryland, during Summer, 2004.  I had too much Bacardi Limon to drink, and unfortunately, pissed some guy off after, unfortunately, pissing on him, from a balcony above(I drank most of the handle, and wasn't aware the deck below had come out farther than the balcony above.) When someone started shouting about having their shoulder being pissy, I ran inside to blend in, found my friend, Megan, and landed us a nice spot on a half-vacant couch beside a boombox that just finished blaring Modest Mouse's "Float On" when on came The Killers' "Mr. Brightside."

That song could have been called "Victory" for all I cared; I quickly realized the guy who accidentally received some of my piss had no idea what I looked like, as he and a bunch of his bros rampaged upstairs and barrelled through the crowd, asking each and everyone of the partygoers, including Meg and I, where the guy who took a leak off the balcony went.  Normally, I'd apologize for what I had done, but I could sense a few punches to the face were on the way, and opted to play dumb, landing one of my favorite personal victories, ever.  Double Victory: Scored a few beers off the same guy when my bottle of Bacardi and the keg was kicked, an hour or so later.  And that is the only time I can recall ever really appreciating The Killers.  Now, because of "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!", I'll be sure to re-evaluate The Killers' catalogue to see if I can be swayed once more.

I'll be keeping an eye out for more, quality Xmas/holiday songs, though I'm doubtful I'll find any more tunes by Mariachi El Bronx.  The video for "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" can be found below, and gets really cool towards the end.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mariachi El Xmas

There are many ways to celebrate Xmas.  Me?  I think I'll celebrate with great craft beers, and on Xmas morning, I'll listen to my favorite mariachi band(well, the only one I know of, actually): Mariachi El Bronx (alter egos of The Bronx.)  They have this wonderful Xmas tune called "Lady Rosales" which, honestly, makes me want a margarita more than think of Xmas, and it's laden with horns, a love story, a salsa beat, and classic mariachi instrumentation.

Lady Rosales by Mariachi El Bronx

If I'm not too hungover on Xmas morning, don't worry I don't have any kids, wife, or gf to mind, you'll know exactly what I'll be doing: listening to "Lady Rosales" and wishing you Feliz Navidad!

Best Looking Cupcakes, Ever?

This afternoon, I took a few moments away from writing a research paper to browse reddit, for a moment, and stumbled upon some of the coolest looking confections a punk rock fan could ask for:


Thursday, December 09, 2010

"Fear Breeds in Honest Men"

I happened to see this new release over on Tommy Gabel's Blog, and I ordered the orange vinyl.  Really, I shouldn't be buying stuff for myself, this time of year, but what we have here is a 7" showcasing an acoustic version of my favorite song off of Against Me!'s newest album, White Crosses(2010), a song called "High Pressure Low."  

Tom Gabel doesn't exactly come up short writing creative, provocative lyrics, and this does not exclude "High Pressure Low."  The lyrics, with my favorites in bold are:

There was a high pressure low
Developing off the coast of Africa
Uplift in the atmosphere
Push waves across the ocean
Towards Antilles and Bon Air
While I paced in agitation
I drew the curtains closed
I set the air conditioner low
I pressed a warm wash cloth to my face
Somewhere out there a hurricane is coming

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
Fear breeds in honest men
It's a high pressure low
It's a high pressure low

Seven missiles flying over the sea of Japan
Tales of feral children
Sleeping in wolf dens
And the pious preacher commands
I hold my breath in anticipation
Into the shelter of the jungle noble savages run
Vestal virgins triumph over lifelong inhibitions
And I wonder what is real
What is fiction

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
Fear breeds in honest men
It's a high pressure low

Would anyone forgive Robert McNamara
In retrospect he had to admit
There was mistake in going to war
Without first asking all the questions
Yes, Robert Strange McNamara
There are those who just cannot forget
And I wonder have I lost my own compassion

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
They're breaching honest men
It's a high pressure low

A song I've yet to hear is also on this 7" vinyl, "Strip Mall Parking Lots (acoustic)."  I spent $7.25 including shipping, and will most likely post a review after I get the chance to give it a few listens.  This, and other vinyl and memorabilia can be found on totaltreble.

Glass Fetish

Just in time for the holiday season, Fat Wreck Chords has released some pints that look great for any one's glass collection.  I have a variety of pints, snifters, tulips, goblets, mugs, growlers and weizen glasses adorning my kitchen cabinets, but none reflect my love of punk rock as these would.  These glasses feature talented acts Dead to Me, The Flatliners, Swingin' Utters, and Teenage BottleRocket; get yours before they're gone, HERE!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Against Me! touring with Dropkick Murphy's?

I suppose odder couples have teamed up to provide the masses a unique tour package, but as I just read this morning, Against Me! and Dropkick Murphy's are coming to The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, next year.  Dropkick Murphy's are headlining(of course) and Against Me! are opening.  This isn't exciting for a number of reasons:

Do we really NEED a (new) doctor (Dre album), almost a decade later?

“I’m about to lose my mind / You’ve been gone for so long / I’m running out of time / I need a doctor.”

I just heard the new Dr. Dre leak, not "Kush," but "I Need A Doctor," and, well, I'm not totally convinced that we do need a "doctor," after all. 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Machine Gun Blues

Within the last 24 hours, world famous KROQ Radio debuted a new Social Distortion song, "Machine Gun Blues" off their forthcoming record Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes which is slated to drop January 2011.

I have just seen Social Distortion with my brotha, Dustin, at The Electric Factory, in the great city I catch most of my shows, Philadelphia. I had hoped to catch, but ultimately missed, Frank Turner. I had caught Lucero, but wasn't feeling them much; they sounded like Kid Rock minus rap and whatever blend of heavy metal he utilizes. Lucero were talented, but the only "Southern Rock" band that really caters to my interest, as of the time of this writing, is Down. Social Distortion were a real treat to see, and sounded magnificent for a band damn near pushing daisies. If I remember correctly, Social D opened with "The Creeps" and closed with their famous cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Really, they played all of the songs one would expect them to play including a new tune I was able to shoot video of, but am currently unable to recall the name of.

However, one song in particular was missing: "Story of My Life." THE song that turned me on to Social Distortion when I was a teenager, was not part of their set list nor part of the encore. The encore, with no shortage of surprise, except not having "Story of My Life" in it, had a completely reworked version of "Cold Feelings" unlike any version of the song I had heard before. It was slowed down quite a bit, and had this sense of a song I would expect to hear on a riverboat, gambling the night away, nursing a set of the blues. But speaking of the blues, Check out Social D's new song, "Machine Gun Blues" courtesy of KROQ Radio:

Btw, I'm currently still editing the Bad Religion/Bouncing Souls review, and Dustin and I are still in the brainstorming process with editing the absolutley hilarious 40 minute long interview we did with good friends The B Foundation, and most of Ballyhoo!, in The B Foundations smoked out tour van. Don't forget to check back for updates.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Can't wait for this album to drop!

Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
Nov. 9th
(fingers crossed for no more pushbacks) 

Friday, October 15, 2010

"The masses of humanity have always, always had to suffer!"

In anticipation of SPIN Magazine & Myspace Music's Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion, I've embedded "Suffer" as covered by Canada's twin darlings, Tegan and Sara. Germs of Perfection: ATtBR features different tracks spanning Bad Religion's girthy career, with each of those songs covered by a different artist. This album is released, for free, on Oct. 19th
Tegan and Sara chose a very respected song to cover. This gem of audio doesn't clock in more than a few moments, and "Suffer" is perfect in every way. Not only is the topical substance of "Suffer's" lyrics very relevant today, but the tempo, the rhythm, the drum fills, and especially the guitars, catapult the listener 80 MPH off their ass and into an awareness of Dr. Greg Graffin & Brett Gurewtiz's great sense of urgency.

Suffer is unquestionably one of my top 25 favorite albums of all time. The other 24 are fodder for another post, in the not too distant future. Check Tegan and Sara's cover out right here:

While really looking forward to hearing this specific track, I was underwhelmed by Tegan and Sara's rendition. This track has Tegan and Sara written all over its sound, and really, that's great. "Suffer" is totally reworked and sounds very original, almost as one of their own. But what makes this track so unique, so fierce, is that it came from Bad Religion during their prime, and their version has teeth, very sharp ones at that. Tegan and Sara have made this into a lullaby. I know Tegan and Sara can compose a killer, fast song. I love rocking out to their song "North Shore."
Compare right below to get a listen for yourself:

Thursday, October 07, 2010

'Twas impossible to turn these songs off during Summer, 2010

These songs are great, and were practically irresistible to the notion of turning them off once they were playing.  A short list, not a ranking of any sort, but packed full of great tunes; check em' out!

  1. Ninjasonik - Somebody Gona Get Pregnant (it's currently my ringtone)
  2. Dead to Me - Little Brother
  3. Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me
  4. Ratatat - Lex
  5. Bad Religion - Won't Somebody (live) (will be reviewing their new album The Dissent of Man)
  6. Japanther - Radical Businessman (f. Spank Rock)
  7. Against Me! - Mediocrity Gets You Pears (The Shaker)
  8. Jawbox - Savory
  9. Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (The Anthem)
  10. Spank Rock - Loose
  11. Bad Brains - Leaving Babylon
  12. Land of Talk - It's Okay
  13. Pixies - Gigantic
  14. American Steel - Emergency House Party
  15. The Death Set - Distressed
  16. Riverboat Gamblers - Dissdissdisskisskisskiss
  17. The Ziggens - Tim the Dinosaur
  18. Death From Above 1979 - Dead Womb
  19. The B Foundation - Daze of Dread (good luck trying to get a copy of this)
  20. The Loved Ones - Coma Girl (a Joe Strummer cover)
  21. La Roux - Bulletproof
  22. Crazy Arm - Broken By The Wheel
  23. Brand New - At The Bottom
  24. Street Dogs - State of Grace
  25. The Bronx - Around The Horn
  26. Rome - Only
  27. Mumford and Sons - Thistle & Weeds
  28. Dirty Heads - Lonely One
  29. Matt & Kim - Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare
  30. Mos Dub - Johnny Too Bad (THIS ALBUM IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD--GET IT!)
  31. Common - Make My Day
  32. Frank Turner - Photosynthesis
  33. Ballyhoo! - Paperdolls
  34. Deftones - CMND/CTRL
  35. Swingin' Utters - No Eager Men
  36. Best Coast - When I'm With You
  37. The Replacements - Bastards of Young
  38. Sublime - Same in the End
  39. Drive Like Jehu - Spikes To You
  40. Kid Cudi, Bethany (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) - All Summer (THIS SONG IS FREE VIA CONVERSE)  
So, maybe it wasn't the shortest list ever made, but all of these songs are so worth checking out.  Really, if you don't know many of these tunes, you don't have any excuse to say you're not curious: You're at the end of the list, and most likely read all the way here.  If you haven't read all the way to here, that's okay, but you DO have plenty of ways to check out these songs. 

Some prime examples are your local record store, Emusic, Itunes, GrooveShark, Pandora, Youtube, and any other streaming music source.  Of course, you always have torrents, Media Fire, and some blogs of which you can....acquire via means of  possible substantial risk(RIAA, trojans, viruses, etc.)

As a nice treat, I've posted the video for Kid Cudi, Bethany (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) - All Summer The video is really creative, and though I have fallen behind with watching music videos in the last 5 years, nobody has shown me any video just like this one.  Enjoy:

Friday, September 24, 2010

"There's nothing wrong with writing songs about cats, boys, and smoking weed."

Who doesn't want to catch a killer band before they blow up?

Ending a 3 day weekend with catching a great show such as the one I was fortunate to attend by Best Coast, The Cults, and Slutever @ The First Unitarian Church, was great! On Tuesday, Sept 7th, myself, my buddy, Gabe, and his cousin, Bernadette, shot down 95 South to University City in anticipation of catching Best Coast, one of the most talked about and consistent top-50, best new music list charters of 2010. It was Bernadette's first show, and I'm sure it won't be her last; each band impressed all of us in attendance. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"I wish I could be like you, then I'd be cool; maybe not..."

If you've ever been to a Deftones concert in a large venue and left feeling as if you've been slighted in some way, you need to see the Deftones in a club-style venue PRONTO! 

This was my 6th time seeing them since 2000, and was by far tied for favorite with the 1st time I saw the Deftones play @ The Electric Factory.  Thankfully, I was able to snap over 400 pictures(with the assist of rapidshot) over the course of approx. an hour and a half.  As always, the bouncers and subsequent staff of the umm, glamorous...^cough^ Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pa were as self absorbed and charming as ever.  Some of the bouncers said it was cool to bring in a camera while another bouncer, who made a grab at my camera, had a different approach on my filming.

Now, The Deftones hit the stage and went right in to the title track of their recently released album, Diamond Eyes, and lit up the stage with tons of vigor.  This seemed like the most enjoyable show that they've played, that I attended at least, in the last 10 years.  Chino was vaulting from the stage to the crowd, then back to where Frank was spinning discs, and back to the crowd again.  I was generously reminded of the videos I watched of the Deftones' performances during the mid-late 90's with them thrashing about and delivering the high-octane energy fans of this band have come to expect.

Mind you that during this album cycle/tour it is of particular importance to note that Chi Cheng, their primary bassist, is still sidelined due to a car crash a few years back, and is having his legacy up held by Quicksand bassist, Sergio Vega.  Sergio sounds to fit in seamlessly with the band, and is doing a killer job ripping it up on the low end.  Honestly, if you've never witnessed a Deftones show, you'd never know anything was amiss.  Sergio was upfront with the crowd for most of the show, and he was loaded with smiles.

That evening's setlist comprised mostly of songs from their new album and primarily neglecting previous releases Saturday Night Wrist(2006) & the eponymous Deftones(2003) almost entirely.  The show closed with a run through Adrenaline(1994) and the last song played before the guys left the stage was the fan favorite "7 words".  I was hoping to hear classics/my personal favorites like "Bored", "Minerva", "Minus Blindfold", "Xerces", "Teething", "Crenshaw Punch", "RX Queen", "Hexagram", "Can't Even Breath", or any of the covers they perform.  What can I say? I've got a long list since I've been a fan for over a decade!!!

Every song that was played was played with loads of integrity.  The opening melody of "Be Quiet and Drive" gives me chills whenever I hear it and transports me back to being 13, rocking out on the way to school with my face happily between a pair of headphones; that happened again without mercy.  If you looked over at Steph, Deftones' guitarist, all you could see was this huge mop of hair, at stage right, thrashing about like a sincere metal guitarist's hair should.  He seemed to grow a wicked smile while chugging into "You've Seen the Butcher" and his adoption of the 8-string baritone guitars over the years adds a particular strength to his acclaimed riffage.  It's no wonder why he's consistently named one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

Though I couldn't see him, Abe's distinct style of drumming was without flaw, and kept perfect time on the snare throughout "Elite."  The crowd erupted for the third single off of White Pony, "Digital Bath", of which Abe drops into before Chino serenades with the line of "You move like I want to; to see like your eyes do." It is borderline haunting.

Without any hesitation, I am very eager to see these guys again.  I've been formerly let down at Deftones concerts by issues that can be solved by hiring the right audio tech, or being in a better venue, but everything came together perfectly the other night and there wasn't a person in attendance that could've said they didn't enjoy the show.  I'll be posting pictures shortly, and if my internet connection remains consistent, I'll be posting the videos I shot to my Youtube account in good time as well.  As a courtesy to you, I've posted the setlist, which looks entirely accurate, via Setlist.fm:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Upcoming Shows I'm Checking Out

  1. Best Coast @ First Unitarian Church; Tues, Sep 7th
  2. Deftones @ Croc Rock; Sun, Sep 12th
  3. Street Dogs @ The TLA; Fri, Sep 17th
  4. Social Distortion @ The Electric Factory; Sat, Oct 30th
  5. Ratatat @ The Electric Factory; Wed, Oct 6th
  6. Bad Religion @ The Electric Factory; Tues, Oct 19th
  7. Land of Talk @ Johnny Brenda's; Fri, Nov 5th

As can be seen, I'm going to be pretty busy checking out the shows listed above over the coming months!  I've already seen Deftones 5+ times, they were my very 1st concert back on June 21st, 2000, Bad Religion, 1st crowd surfing experience and warped tour, and I've had a very fulfilling and bad ass time when I saw the fierce, impassioned Street Dogs twice.  Awesomely, all 3 bands had/will have new music grace music fans' ears calendar year 2010.

I get excited when I think about these shows coming up, but I'm still reluctant to believe that I'm seeing Social Distortion live.  I've been a fan of this band for almost 10 years, and have continuously missed each opportunity to see them live.  Did you know that Rancid's eminently talented, and epically frantic playing bassist, Matt Freeman, toured with Social Distortion a few years back? Yeah, I did - before the tour started, and in true broke/lame fashion, missed it.  I attempted to get my fill of the experience by reading reviews and hearing stories from a guy who used to work at a tattoo shop I frequented from 17-19.  However, I already have my Social D tickets in hand, well, back at my apt at least, and am guaranteed to see them this time.  In about 2 months time, I'll either be right up front or above at the bar, "singin' to myself, there's got to be another way."  I love the sentiment of Ball and Chain, and am sure to flood any bar that has a jukebox with Mike Ness' retrospective and soulful crooning.

I've recently discovered Land of Talk, Best Coast, and Ratatat in the last year.  Both fronted by lady lead singers, Land of Talk and Best Coast are going to be a nice change of pace for me; they're both sort of laid back, not immensely popular, although getting a lot of good buzz, and I'm hoping-HOPING- it won't be the Philadelphia show/concert standard of having the majority of the crowd swarm you with terrible, omnipresent, rotten hoagie-scent spewing armpits.  Not that it totally takes away from the concert experience, but it's a staple of EVERY single show that I go to.  Sometimes I wonder if not washing on the day of a show is a tradition I've yet to be clued in on.  Ratatat will also be a nice change-up as their songs aren't vocal centric, and I'm hoping I can just:
  s   p   a   c   e  .  t   h   e  .  f  .  o   u   t   

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gotta start somewhere...

I found new music to share: Dom.  I just heard of this ambiance of beats and reverb expanded vocals that blend well with the heavy synths and catchy hooks, tonight.
Kid Cudi lead me to Ratatat which followed with the openers on their current tour, Dom.

You see, I have a knack for missing great opening bands.
For example, back in March of this year, me and some friends went to two shows in one night with the first comprised of the ever-sweaty, pulse surging shitfest that is The Bronx, the herb seeking Aussies, Violent SoHo, the gorgeous sounds of flamenco that meets great crafting and delivers with style- Mariachi El Bronx(alter egos of The Bronx), and the whole point of this run on sentence: Japanther, the indie, Ramonesish, NYC based, genre hopping band that I missed all but 2 songs of.  I took note in my blackberry that I HAD to check this band out, and find others like them.

When they left stage, I was so pissed! Even after the great performances put on by the rest of the bands and hiphop artists from the second show: Philly's own Plastic Little.  Maybe 15 of my friends were there, cramped in with the rest of the crowd(of which, as I found out, SpankRock comprised 1)and I was vowing to never miss an opening band again.  Even as we were driving from South Philly to Olde City with some nice ladies we just met, there was this nagging in the back of my mind knowing I missed something possibly wonderful.  Well, more drinks and a half-night's rest later, I spent a sunny, Sunday morning hitting up my eMusic account to score some Japanther, and I found that I had reason to be so hard on myslef: these guys have some sort of awesome lo-fi rockout going on, and I've been blind to it all.
TL;DR Never missing an opening band again-if it's within my capabilities not to.

So, Dom.  I'm going to see them open for Ratatat @ The Electric Factory on Weds 10/6.
It's rather difficult to find much on them via search engine supreme Google(I guess their name is too commonly used for other things?), but Pitchfork does have an artist page for them @ http://pitchfork.com/artists/28774-dom/

If you like Ratatat, Wavves, Justice, and any electronic or creative indie music, you just might enjoy Dom.  I have yet to hear enough of them to declare any degree of heartfelt awesomeness, but they definitely give a nice first impression.