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Rock ‘n’ Roll Call: The Lives of Famous Men

Their name is The Lives of Famous Men, and if their career thus far is any indication, they will probably know exactly what those lives are like.

Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, this five-piece eventually moved to New York City, where they now claim residency at Arlene’s Grocery and at Philadelphia’s North Star Bar.

Vocalist Daniel Hall has a soothing yet expressive tone, channeling a mix between Head Automatica‘s Daryl Palumbo and The Spill Canvas‘ Nick Thomas. The group behind Hall writes with a strong indie pop sensibility (similar to Steel Train and The Format) as showcased on their latest record, Marigold Maxixe. The record is an evolution from the group’s past material, which was more upbeat and jazzy, but shows that the group is both maturing and unafraid to experiment with new sounds.

Like Meg & Dia, the group opted for a more toned-down approach for their new release, which features airy guitars, steady drum beats, vocal harmonies and charming acoustic guitars. Charging electric guitars have been traded in for bells and tambourines, but the change is both refreshing and well-executed.

After performing at SXSW, Warped Tour, MTVU’s Campus Invasion and on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Lives of Famous Men are more than ready to take on the indie scene. Produced by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies), Marigold Maxixe is now available for streaming and download on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Click here to check out The Lives of Famous Men’s performance on Jimmy Kimmel and hear some of their older material in the player below!

50 States In 50 Weeks… Week 44: Pennsylvania

Fun Facts: State Dog: Great Dane, State Song: “Pennsylvania,” State Flower: Mountain Laurel

Home of: Bill Haley & His Comets, The Dead Milkmen, Disco Biscuits, The Roots, Hall & Oates

The Venues: Johnny Brenda’s is a local Philly favorite to catch the the best indie touring bands like Quasi and The Apples In Stereo as well as local and regional stars. The Trocadero Theatre offers a main theater for larger acts like reggae legends Steel Pulse and indie gods The New Pornographers and a balcony for smaller bands and weekly movie nights. Looking for something more intimate? Milkboy Coffee is an all-ages venue/coffee shop that offers a wide variety of local and regional talent. With two locations in Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, as well as a recording studio and an artist development service called “The Unlabel,” Milkboy is a great place to fill all of your local music needs.

The Music:

Atlantic Avenue – It doesn’t take many listens to understand how Atlantic Avenue’s radio-ready pop/rock sound has earned them opening slots for national acts like Boys Like Girls, Circa Survive, Armor For Sleep, Quietdrive, Valencia, Mae and more. The band was a finalist in OurStage’s 2009 MTV VMA Best Philly Breakout Artist competition, opening for All Time Low and The White Tie Affair at the VMA concert at Six Flags Great Adventure. Continue Reading 50 States In 50 Weeks…Week 44: Pennsylvania

 


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