Kurt Heasley of Lilys | via wfmu.org
I don’t know where the heck the Lithuanian Music Hall is but Lilys are playing there and that’s amazing
If you know anything about the Philly psychedelic cult faves Lilys, it’s that seeing them live is like spotting a Bigfoot – super rare / possibly imaginary. With good reason; mastermind Kurt Heasley is a studio perfectionist moreso than an active performer, and his live band has featured literal scores of members and collaborators over the year. (City Paper charted their family tree back in 2006, and it was pretty robust – and admittedly incomplete, even leaving a blank space reading “Are you a Lily? Fill in your name here.”)
But Heasley has re-emerged from the shadows this year, first to play a robed cult-leader who burns Creepoid alive in the “Dried Out” video, and next to announce his first live show in eons at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Regarding the latter, the initial reaction from Philly fans was a mix of “yay!” and “Brooklyn? And not Philly?? What the hell is that shit???”
But a Philly show was in the works the whole time. And today we found out the details – it happens Saturday, October 10th at somewhere called the Lithuanian Music Hall at Tilton and Allegheny in the City’s Port Richmond section.
The gig is a retrospective of sorts, packaged as Lilys: Corruption Wrecked My LIfe. It is reportedly “A very special engagement featuring never before or rarely performed early material 1990-1995 (Eccsame The Photon Band, In The Presence of Nothing, & more).”
Moreso, check out this lineup:
Featuring Kurt Heasley with / musical director Don De Vore and:
James Richardson (MGMT)
Will Berman (MGMT)
Matt Werth (RVNG Intl. founder)
Alex Craig (Limited, Ducktails, Big Troubles)
Um, we’re there. Tickets are available now via R5 Productions.