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Pictures from the free lunchtime Ivy concert I attended at WXPN, Philadelphia on March 11, 2005.

01. Outside the new WXPN building

01. Outside the new WXPN building

This sign can be seen from the westbound Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) right before the 30th Street exit.


02. Before the Concert

02. Before the Concert

The stage at Downstairs at the World Cafe Live.


03. Durand & Schlesinger

03. Durand & Schlesinger

Dominique Durand and Adam Schlesinger. Schlesinger is also a member of Fountains of Wayne.


04. Dominique Durand

04. Dominique Durand

Durand’s voice reminded me of Tracy Thorn (of Everything But the Girl) and Beth Orton, except that there was no change in it from song to song, no fluctuations to make it interesting.


05. More Dominique Durand

05. More Dominique Durand

It’s a beautiful voice, but after a while my mind heard it more as a background to the music rather than the other way around.


06. Even More Dominique Durand

06. Even More Dominique Durand

She moves around quite a bit, so it was tough getting a clear shot of her (I didn't want to be rude and use my flash at the concert, although plenty of other people had no problem with using theirs).


07. Andy Chase

07. Andy Chase

Andy Chase, who is also Durand's husband.


08. Strumming

08. Strumming

The trio was backed by a keyboardist, drummer, and electric guitarist. During introductions they didn't even know the keyboardist's last name.


09. White Sweater

09. White Sweater

Durand's bright white sweater meant I had to adjust my camera settings every time I went between her and another band member.


10. Schlesinger

10. Schlesinger

For the last song, Schlesinger and Chase switched instruments by switching sides of the stage. This gave me the opportunity to get a closer shot of Schlesinger.


11. More Schlesinger

11. More Schlesinger

The sounds of Ivy and Fountains of Wayne are literally as different as night and day. Fountains of Wayne specializes in goofy sunny power pop songs while Ivy’s music has a sultry, airy, after-hours sound. What both bands share, outstanding musical and songwriting talent, is no doubt due in large part to Schlesinger’s influence. Those who know Fountains of Wayne only from their hit "Stacy’s Mom" might not know it, but their albums are musically all over the map and their lyrics are sharp and funny without ever getting overly obnoxious. Schlesinger reminds me a lot of Beck, in that he wears his musical influences on his sleeve but at the same time tries to expand on their sound rather than just imitating it.


12. Chase from Accross the Stage

12. Chase from Accross the Stage


13. Dress Casual

13. Dress Casual

How much money do you think Fountains of Wayne has made Schlesinger? Do successful rockers wish they could dress better, but know they can't without looking like a sellout or does sucess allow you to dress however the hell you want?

There was nothing wrong with Schlesinger's outfit, these are just some of the things I think sitting alone at a concert.


14. World Cafe Studio

14. World Cafe Studio

After the concert I hung around for the free tour of the new WXPN studios. This was my second tour, but my first with my camera.


15. Autograph Wall

15. Autograph Wall

WXPN has musicians sign the wall outside their main broadcasting studio. I made sure to get a shot of Stan Ridgway's autograph.


16. Gold Records

16. Gold Records

Thank you gifts from grateful artists.


17. Outside the Offices

17. Outside the Offices

Once you go into the new WXPN building, you can either go to one of the two restaurants/concert spaces or into the WXPN offices. This sign is outside the offices.