Staff Pick: Free Energy at Ace of Cups

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From the January 17, 2013 edition

By etymology if not reputation, Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love, and no band represents those positive vibes better than Free Energy. Love Sign, the power-pop masters’ latest cowbell-laden LP, is stocked with would-be arena anthems, broad smiles and bear hugs transmuted into power chords and harmonized choruses straight from the ’70s. All that rock ’n’ roll fun comes to Ace of Cups this Tuesday with support from fellow Philadelphians Sweatheart, the absurd and glorious art-pop outfit fronted by Columbus native Thom Lessner (maybe you’ve seen his art at Dirty Frank’s?). Dave Buker & the Historians opens the show.