Some smart someone somewhere started calling Black Landlord “Philadelphia’s house band” a bit ago, and the fact that no one’s seen fit to argue the point speaks to its veracity. They’ve earned the title by exhibiting many of the traits of the city that gave birth to them. They’re fun and funky, and you won’t find too many bands working as hard from clock in to clock out. Led by former Goats frontman Maxx Soyanoff-Williams—a giant, impossible-to-ignore presence of good vibes and razor-sharp wit—the nine-piece crew also happens to be made up of some of Philly’s finest bands of yesteryear: After Dinner Mints, Shellito, Delta 72, Sugar Skulls, Omegalord. They tore PW’s Concerts in the Park a new one in ’08 and have only gotten better in the summers since. Black Landlord run this town, and rent is due. Fortunately, they’d prefer you pay by moving your feet and shaking your ass.
Sun., Aug. 19, 6:30pm. $20. With Curse Of Samsara, the High Five, Goddamnit + Hang-UP to Flat. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
PW's Music Issue 2014