Hezekiah Jones and Paper Masques at JB’s Jan. 7


There are two fantastic bands performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Hezekiah Jones is an ever-changing collection of musicians centered around mastermind Raphael Cutrufello. Slow, haunting folk music is the specialty of Hezekiah Jones accompanied by the soothing voice of Cutrufello, adding a dramatic atmosphere that makes live performances a bit more interesting. Check out the song “Postpone,” a great example of the vocal and guitar interplay that can be found in the works of Hezekiah Jones. Paper Masques are more of a spacey, experimental folk group. Utilizing lots of unique instrumentation, the music of Paper Masques features flutes and glockenspiels, amongst other things, over acoustic guitars and dreamy drumming patterns. The song “Vodka and Bottletops” best exemplifies the craftsmanship displayed by this band led by Zelda Pinwheel founder Stephen Quaranta who will be unveiling a new lineup tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/hezekiah11, myspace.com/papermasques (Photo by Lisa Schaeffer) – James Sanderson