Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck are no strangers to the music world, and have worked together many times in the past, but this year saw a new collaborative project from the duo, Arthur Buck. The band’s self-titled album came out in June, and their recent run of east coast tour dates brought them to World Café Live in Philadelphia, where they played a blistering set of tracks from that release backed by Scott McCaughey on bass, Linda Pitmon on drums, and Gregg Foreman on keyboards. Live, the group kicked the intensity (and the rock) up a notch from the album, and even debuted four new songs they’ve already written since. Opening the show was Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines.
Arthur Buck setlist I Am the Moment The Wanderer Wide Awake in November Are You Electrified? Forever Falling Where Did You Go? Don’t Try to Understand It If You Wake Up In Time Before Your Love Is Gone Forever Waiting Can’t Make It Without You American Century Fall in Love With Me
Encore: In the Sun (Joseph Arthur cover) Coney Island Baby (Lou Reed cover) Love at First Sight