For just the third time in six years, wistful New York romantics Springhouse reunited Saturday night, playing to devout fans at Philadelphia's Johnny Brenda's venue. This time around, the band -- drummer Jack Rabid, who is also the founder of music mag The Big Takeover, vocalist/guitarist Mitch Friedland, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Heinemann -- not only returned with fresh vitality, but excellent new tunes to boot. Springhouse started their set with an extended instrumental that broke into "Asphalt Angels," a shimmering song off 1993's Postcards From the Arctic. However, the trio didn't waste any time before delving into material from their new album, From Now to Okay, including stunning tracks such as "Passion" (a self-reflective tune about restarting a band), "Moving Van," "Time Runs Out," and "Never Impossible." The new material's tuneful melodies melded intuitively with Spri
Filing on stage like an army ready for battle, the seven friends that compose the Most Serene Republicdescended upon the North Star Bar last night (Dec. 12).