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Philadelphia got an early Christmas present in the form of the late addition of Crystal Antlers to the November 5th show at Voyeur nightclub.  The Long Beach, California 4 piece put on a mind blowing set this night having traveled from Brooklyn in a battered tour van and finishing the trip inside that same van being towed by a tow truck.  The group as no worse for wear playing their brand of Indie Psychedelic Rock and surely winning over many fans who were not previously familiar with their work.

Crystal Antlers is currently made up of Johnny Bell (bass/vocals) , Andrew King (guitar), Cora Foxx (organ) and Kevin Stuart (drums).  They are an eccentric group having morphed from a trio to their current lineup (losing one member, gaining two or three more depending on the day).  Crystal Antlers evolved during their stint as chimney sweeps and received their name from their boss during that time.  Continuing to grow, they have put out 4 albums since 2008 and trace their origins back to 2006.

The November 5th show was a piece of amazing showmanship with Johnny Bell reminding us of Kurt Cobain if he had been born 18 years later.  Cora Foxx was a great addition to the group and offered up funny antics by bringing dressing room decor on stage in the form of an electric lamp which he proudly displayed on top of his keyboard during the set – hilarious.  Andrew King was an axe-murderer on stage with impressive guitar solos.  Kevin killed it on drums leaving no doubt the Crystal Antlers were tougher than their name suggests.  Taken in it’s entirety, the Crystal Antlers added a component to the show that would have been missing in their absence.  A grunge meets 10’s psych flair.  In no way, shape or form should you ever miss one of their shows if you have a chance to go.  The Crystal Antlers are f*cking amazing.  Here is some video we shot from the evening:

 

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