Good things some to those who ... make good music?
Ah, it'd warm our blog band-besotted cackles if it were always so. But there is a happy story to tell about Phosphorescent, the Brooklyn-based, Athens, Ga.-born alt-country band who this spring released the twangy nugget Here's to Taking It Easy, its fourth album of originals.
Earlier this month, after a long NYC night, Matthew Houck and bandmates found that their van, filled with equipment and merchandise (estimated value: $40,000), had been stolen. An online campaign for donations ensued; fellow musicians came to the rescue with loaner gear; and Phosphorescent was back on the road after missing only a couple of tour dates.
Then, a minor miracle: Four days later, police recovered Phosphorescent's van, gear intact. The donations were returned, and the quintet was back on a tour that wends its way to the Troubadour tonight (where J. Tillman and Grouplove support).
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As for their new album, it's worthy of the Iron & Wine/Will Oldham comparisons it has received, and it might even do the man Phosphorescent honored with a 2009 covers album -- Willie Nelson -- proud.
If you need a little bicoastal angst, download: "The Mermaid Parade," courtesy of their label, Dead Oceans.
Elsewhere: Conor O'Brien, the frontman of the Mercury Prize nominee Villagers who did a short solo set last night at Bardot (it was gorgeous), plays the Hotel Cafe. O'Brien will be back in the U.S. this fall with a full band. ... Also at the Hotel Cafe, Jesca Hoop (abetted by Blake Mills) performs songs from her new album "Hunting My Dress." ... And two L.A. bands celebrates the release of new EPs -- noise-pop trio Polls plays the Bootleg Theater, and power-pop quartet the Monthlies play Spaceland as part of the ongoing International Pop Overthrow festival.
Also: Midnight Juggernauts at Cinespace; Bear in Heaven and Twin Sister at the Echo; Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris and others as part of the Thrash & Burn Tour at the House of Blues; Sabrosa Purr, Moving Picture Show and Two Guns at the Viper Room; Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound and Weave! at the Echoplex; the Sister Ruby Band and Boyz Skule & the Precious Medals at the Silverlake Lounge; Cary Judd at the Mint; Ezra Buchla at Echo Curio; and Wounded Lion's 7 p.m. in-store at Origami Vinyl.