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Thee Idea Men

New Videos: Red Room Series - Thee, Idea Men

The straight-ahead blues-rockin' stomp of quartet Thee, Idea Men teamed up with Sleepless Sound to record a session for its Red Room series. The band takes little time building up that spiraling sound that’s raunchy yet right-at-home jamming with intensity. They’ll be at Milkboy Philly tomorrow night as part of Communion: Philadelphia, which also features Allan Rayman, LoLo, Mothers and DJ sets by John Vettese.


Weekend Warrior, July 17 - 19

Satellite Hearts convene at Ortlieb’s this evening to celebrate the release of their sophomore LP Desire Forces The Flow. While their debut album occupied a loud, raw and rugged garage space, the peeks into their latest work suggest a more polished pop sensibility. Those tasty stick-to-your-bones guitar riffs remain, but the spectrum of sound for the trio seems to have broadened. The best way to find out after all is to hear it live in the flesh. The thunderous up-tempo smash and grab blues rock of fellow locals Thee, Idea Men open the proceedings, while the multifaceted Virginia-based rock trio of The Dawn Drapes, which combines airy, stabilizing vocals with a heavier instrumental environment, will be sandwiched between the two. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Goodnight Lights, Spelling Reform, Shark Tape, SUN Perseverance
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Hells, VVeed VVolf, SAT The Danger O’s, Night Windows
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Scovilles, Mr. Unloved/Cold Fronts/The Philly Reggae Band, SAT Night Raids, SUN Wizard Eye, Thee Nosebleeds
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Spraynard (Record Release), Dogs on Acid, Year of Glad
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ruby The Hatchet
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Nations, SUN (Balcony) Young Graves
TLA (334 South St.) SAT E-Hos and Patrick Donovan
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Philly Gumbo, SUN (Downstairs) Bob Broudy, Michael J. Vitale Band, Flowering Youth, The Stone Eye, Natalie Chapkis, Red Rising, Post War Dream
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Original Crooks and Nannies, The Naked Sun, SAT (4pm) Heal the Night, Danger Club/(9pm) Ganou, Verbatum Jones SUN (5pm) Reward, Bystander, Home Again/(9pm) Frankie Vado, Khiry Kool, Fonte Cruise, Andrea Valle
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Sunblaze Lane, The Moxy, Aponic Blue, SAT Brad Hinton, Dirty Dollhouse, Caroline Reese and the Drifting 5th
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI King Bison, Brontide, SAT Modern Suits, The Last Measure
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Skipmode, Reed Streets, Caliph Now
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Dr. Ketchup, SAT Low Rise with The Commiserators, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI E-Hos, Carrera Shante, Tye Gunna & JayMar, Boy Wonder/OHMS, Ashes of Our Sins, The Unknown, SAT (1pm) Knightlife. Weekday Warriors/(7pm) The Modalizers, Scars Like These,  Sunblaze Lane, Darwin Candidate, Audio Impulse, A Better Class of Criminal, SUN (10am) Andorra/(4pm) Smacking Madison, Generation Empty, The Good Mess, Little War Twins,  Sucker, Beyond Eden
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Voss & The Jawn, Weekday Warriors, Mixed People, Danny Newport, SAT Dirty Robots, Spin, SUN Oolala, Shy Boyz, Layers and Frames
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI King Magnetic, Jim B-Dot, SUN Hold Down the Ocean
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT DJSC, SUN Franky’s Foxes
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Howlish, Moonstriker, A Day Without Love, SAT Matt Gauss Band, The Rothland
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI BlendMode, Psychedelic Traffic Director, SAT Mr. Sampson, SUN American Babies
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave) FRI Crash Course in Science, Total Discharge           
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Travis J & The Rhinestones, Weekender, SUN Kahlil Ali
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) FRI Night Trip, Northern Lakes
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St) Sat Trey Frey, Solarbear
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Pretty Greens, RIP Stickers
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Thin Lips, lowercase roses.
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, Andrew Meoray
Pariah (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Dolts

Thee Idea Men Album Release Show at MilkBoy Philly May 31

Ever since forming in 2011, Thee Idea Men have forged a dynamic approach to bluesy indie rock. And their latest album New Level Shoes is filled with ten songs that put the band’s skills on display. While tracks like “Natural Gravitation” and “Shake It” feature polished danceable rock beats, ones like “Please” and “Addicted” offer something that’s a little more somber and soulful. Thee Idea Men celebrate the album’s release at MilkBoy Philly tonight, and they’ll be joined by the rockabilly swagger of Levee Drivers and the quirky, Man Man-esque indie-pop/rock of OhBree. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Thee, Idea Men at PhilaMOCA Dec. 11

If you’re interested in a night of good ol' rock ‘n’ roll, then Thee, Idea Men gots whatcha lookin’ for this evening at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out. Formed after drummer Tyler March recruited fellow Drexel University student, at the time, guitarist/vocalist Matthew Jurasek to write a few songs for his senior project, the group has evolved into a tight, rockin’ powerhouse with the addition of bassist Kris Prinat and guitarist Matt Raspanti. The band recently won The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll, and you can read our interview with the leotard-wearin’, whiskey drinkin’ crew HERE. They’ll also be joined by fledgling singer-songwriter Katie Frank at the BITBY-curated showcase. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Adam Scherman) - H.M. Kauffman



The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Thee, Idea Men

- by Alexis V.

Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. With all the computer-generated sounds and synth-driven beats flooding the internet, you might think that the opening statement is false these days, but it’s certainly alive and well in The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, Thee, Idea Men. Check out our get-to-know-ya interview with them below, and catch the trio live on Monday, November 19 at Kung Fu Necktie. (Photo by Matthew Raspanti)
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Thee, Idea Men: Thee, Idea Men was a senior project that felt too good to stop.
TD: Where did the name Thee, Idea Men come from?
TIM: We were like, what are we about? Idk dude, ideas! Okay cool! The Idea Men. No wait a band in Chicago has that name. Okay. Add an "e" and then a comma. BINGO!
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
TIM: We're all influenced from ridiculous amounts of music that we've listened/been exposed to: from Streetlight Manifesto to The Chariot, and Billy Joel to The Raconteurs, we're all over the place. Learning as we go along.
We were all in some sort of punk/metal band back in our teens so that influenced us greatly as well. But I think somewhere in the mix, we were all drawn to the blues, in different ways.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
TIM: Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man, Lucy Stone, OhBree!, Snarky Puppy, and J Roddy Walston & The Business.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Matt Jurasek: My parents brought me to a Doobie Brothers and Chicago concert when I was 5. Greatest thing they could have ever done and the first album I got was an AC/DC live CD from my dad I think. Probably a jock jams album in there too.
Tyler March: My first concert was one of the Z100 Jingleballs. I saw O-Town. Oh yeah.  The first album I ever purchased on my own was Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire. I'd say it was a serious step up from O-Town.
Kris Pirnat: My first concert was Aerosmith and Run DMC. The first album I ever purchased was AC/DC's Back in Black. “Have a Drink on Me” is still one of my all time favorite songs.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
TIM: The community is really supportive of music here. We all grew up in New Jersey suburbs where church and VFW shows were extremely popular throughout our high school career. It's good to see that Philly has the same sort of support. 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
TIM: It sucks in the winter. It’s cold and rainy. It’s just miserable, but hey that’s why we play music!
TD: What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
TIM: We're trying to play as much as possible. We just did a CMJ date at Ella Lounge. November 19th - we're at Silk City with Katie Frank and Heyward Howkins, and everyone can look forward to a lot more show announcements as well as new material being played at all of these shows. We're also gearing up to get back into the studio within the next couple of months. 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
TIM: We played at Milkboy in the end of September with The Grand Nationals and The Silent Comedy. The vibe of the show was really amazing, and we all felt like the whole night of music was really top notch.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
MJ: Roast beef sandwiches.
TM: Chicken salad sandwiches.
KP: Italian sub.







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