Sisters 3 (Vibewrangler)
Forty-somethings will hear echoes of folky sibling trio the Roches on this debut CD by sisters Cassandra, Annachristie and Beatrice Sadler. Though released in 2007, Star Spangled didn’t come our way until a few months ago. On it, these local gals tackle love, politics and the general state of being, their captivating harmonies delivered in a pure, unfettered style. Catch them live Nov. 21 at Johnny Brenda’s (johnnybrendas.com) in Philadelphia. Available at cdbaby.com.
In the Company of Marines: A Surgeon Remembers Vietnam
By James O. Finnegan
(Lulu Press, 180 pages)
Written by a Haverford surgeon and former Navy doctor, this memoir sheds light on what it was like caring for the Vietnam War’s Marine casualties in what might accurately be described as the worst possible conditions. Poignant, sad, witty and apolitical in tone, In the Company of Marines reads like an experiential anthology of Finnegan’s late-’60s tour of duty—one punctuated by three months in an underground bunker tending to wounded soldiers. Available at lulupress.com.
Live @ MilkBoy
Up the Chain (MilkBoy Studios)
Young and unsigned, the hard-working acoustic collective Up the Chain recently had its CD release party at MilkBoy Coffee in Ardmore, home to band leader Reed Kendall. Their jazzy live shows aren’t to be missed—think Dave Matthews meets Jack Johnson, complete with trumpet. The roster of elite local musicians is ever-changing, which makes for an unpredictable listening experience. Catch them live the first three Sundays in November at Roxborough’s Blinkin Lincoln Room (blinkinlincoln.com). Visit myspace.com/upthechain.com.