Drink Up Buttercup

Philadelphia, PA

The best weirdness comes from Philly, and nowhere is that truism more evident than in the twisted brilliance of Drink Up Buttercup. The quartet’s debut album, Born and Thrown on a Hook, is a marvel of musical dichotomy, veering from Psychedelia to trippy Folk to sunshine Pop to noisy experimentalism to jangly Rock, sometimes from song to song and sometimes from verse to chorus to bridge. If Marah is Philly’s Bruce Springsteen/Replacements hybrid, then Drink Up Buttercup is their Polyphonic Spree/Tom Waits gene splice.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Todd Rundgren and The Kinks drop carnival acid and are absorbed by the grooves of The Man Who Sold the World and After Bathing at Baxter’s. (Brian Baker)