Artist Spotlight: The National Rifle

I had the opportunity to check out a band from Philly at WonderRoot last night. Their name is the National Rifle and I was stunned at how tight their performance was. The band members definitely locked in at WonderRoot- the melodicism and charm of the individual parts stood out, yet it all coalesced to create a powerful and moving sound.

I could hear strands of bands like the Hold Steady and Bloc Party, so fans of those groups will enjoy. However, I also heard a bit of Bruce Springsteen. I feel that may because the singer/guitarist rocked out with a Telecaster and had a similar swagger and pseudo-imprecision as the Boss.

Overall, I had a great time and this band from the city of brotherly love proved Philly is churning out some A grade indie music acts.

National Rifle is still on tour, check the dates below to see if they’re coming to a town near you. For other news related to the band, click here.

National Rifle MARCH/APRIL 2011 Tour

3.12.11
LIVE
21+
Greenville, NC
3.19.11
CAKE SHOP

w/ Monuments
21+
New York, NY
3.31.11

Living Hell
All Ages
Dubois, PA
4.01.11
Howards Club H
All Ages
Bowling Green, OH
4.02.11
The Lake House
All Ages
Normal, IL
4.03.11
The Loft
All Ages
Macomb, IL

4.04.11
Lemp Arts Center
All Ages
St. Louis, MO
4.05.11
Bourbon Theatre
All Ages
Lincoln, NE
4.06.11
Pizza Power
All Ages
Lawrence, KS
4.07.11
Tulsa Bacwards
All Ages
Tulsa, OK
4.08.11
The Prophet Bar
18+
Dallas, TX
4.09.11
Courthouse Co-op
All Ages
Memphis, TN

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