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Radiator Hospital, Downtown Club, The Goodbye Party & More at Everybody Hits March 12

Tonight’s lineup at Everybody Hits is chock-full of intriguing talent. Post-punk trio Downtown Club entices with a blend of mystery and danger, while also providing a catalyst to movement. April Harkanson delivers hypnotic, enchanting vocals over a ruminating layer of ominous sounds as guitar licks cut through the fog and a persistent percussive, keys, and bass combination continues to push forward through the night. A trio of Salinas Records artists completes this bill, including the omnipresent, heartfelt, jangly energy of Radiator Hospital, venting a cascade of emotion through bubbly, bouncing pop-punk that instantly seeps under your skin while also capable of hitting home with shade-drawn introspection. Similarly, Michael Cantor's (The Ambulars) The Goodbye Party, which also includes Sam Cook-Parrott (Radiator Hospital), Joey Doubek (Pinkwash), Chrissy Tashjian (Thin Lips, ex-Dangerous Ponies), and Kyle Gilbride (Swearin'), places an adamant emphasis on ambience, orchestrating songs that have a dual edge - internally searching amid the personal cave, whilst occasionally catching a glimpse of bright up-tempo light and harnessing it. Baltimore trio Outer Spaces dispenses their lyrical narrative-driven pop-rock to complete this night. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior, February 20 - 22

As they work on new material, indie-punk four-piece Swearin’ headlines a lineup that runs three deep tonight at PhilaMOCA. The group has that peeking-through-the-window, un-shaded honesty; however, on the same token, there lies elements of unforgiving brute-force instrumentation. That multiple view sound exhibiting sincerity and strength, while inviting you in and then pushing you back, establishing a dynamic you’ll keep returning to. Michael Cantor, a.k.a. The Goodbye Party (formerly of The Ambulars), whose Silver Blues was The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month, is the meat in this evening’s sandwich (or veggies for all you vegetarians/vegans). The Goodbye Party juxtaposes contemplative ambient tunes with quick shots of power-pop and rust-worn rockers, pointing you in whichever direction the momentary tale dictates. Bassist Jon Rybicki (Radiator Hospital) leads the band Attendant, whose live lineup also includes Ashley Arnwine (Pinkwash), Jen Twigg (The Ambulars), and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killings). They open the night with their slightly off-kilter take on pop rock, and recently dropped a new EP Sun Room last month. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
More places to escape the winter cold this weekend…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Miss Rose's Sexploitation Follies presents HAYAO MIYAZAKI BURLESQUE
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Free Form Funky Freqs, Tom Spiker, SAT Illinois, Satellite Hearts, SUN Upperfields
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Psychic Teens, Bardus/Community Service, Damn Dirty Apes/Ecstatic Vision, The Writhing Squares, S.T.O.P., SUN MRC and the Souvenirs
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Illvibe Collective
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, SAT The Disco Biscuits
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Ode to Omni (EP Release), Max Swan, SAT Dibbs Preston and the Detonators, Full Blown Cherry, SUN Matt McAndrew, CJ & Evan
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Hiding Scarlet/(Downstairs) Quizzo Bowl XI with Johnny Goodtimes and York Street Hustle
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI (5pm) The Really Fast Automobiles, The Reflexes, Andorra/(8:30pm) Bosom Band, Ray Bradley, Michael Kordish, SAT Lawrence Arnell, DJ Kwestion, Burke the Jurke SUN PA Solo Artist Awards & Local Showcase
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Thom McCarthy
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI A.M. Mills, Dressed Like Stolen Cars, SAT Official Sturgill Simpson After Party: Mark Lansky
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI St. James and The Apostles, Gamma Ray SAT Hatchets and Hammers, HighKick, Kevin Killen
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Rock On Philly Presents: Songwriters in the Round A Tribute to Kurt Cobain
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI American Schoolyard, The Joe Hillman Band, SAT Disgruntled Sherpa, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Lupe Garu, Dear Althea, Momma Hankston/John Clark, Marty and Berlin, Jacqueline Constance, Anyee Wright & Sincerely, Tahj, BRI STEVES, SAT (1pm) The Madeleine Haze, Knightlife, Next To None/Ms. Tension, Ricky Ricardo, Mixed People/2F Club, Zell, Watching Savannah Burn, SUN Kur
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Lamplighters (CD Release), Teenage Bigfoot, Beer Me, SAT Kid Cousin, Roi & The Secret People, Overfield
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Superheaven
 
Hard Rock Café (1113-31 Market St.) SAT Alright Junior, The Loud Company, Risen Resilient
 
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar (1200 E. Passyunk Ave.) SAT Travis J and the Rhinestones
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI A Day Without Love, Chalfont, Local Smokes, The Heavy Weather, Jahwula & the Hvuddle, SAT Kenny Price
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT PhillyBloco, SUN Jefferson Berry & the Urban Acoustic Coalition, Stu & the Gurus
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Clique, Loose Tooth, Ghost Gum, Mumblr, SAT The Holy Mess, Ma Jolie
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St. Suite 76) SAT Weekender, Sad Actor
 
Black Vulture Gallery (208 E. Girard Ave.) SAT Crack House
 
Everybody Hits! (529 West Girard Ave) SAT The Lime-Snakes, King Azaz, Loose Tooth, Shitty Friends
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dirty Purple, Breezy, SAT Church Girls, Minor Setbacks
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Combine, Spirulina, Datai Mage
 
The Spruce Caboose (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ulthar
 
Beaumount Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Infernal Stronghold, Backslider, Nightfall
 
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Buster, Community Service, Shrink, Wring Out
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Legs Like Tree Trunks, OhBree, Vita & The Woolf, In Place
 
The First Banana (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Fursaxa
 
Titan House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Hallowed Bells, Accretionist, Lead Pipe, Philiac
 
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Singularity: One Piece Fest: Alex Smith, Low Moan Hover, Diane Foglizzo, St. Skribbly Lacroix, Flesh Prince, A Tree Named Turtle, Moor Mother Goddess, What Nerve, Michael Cantor
 




The Deli Philly's January Record of the Month: Silver Blues - The Goodbye Party

The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita




New The Goodbye Party Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Ambulars' Michael Cantor just released a lovely new full-length album, Silver Blues, under his moniker The Goodbye Party. The multi-instrumentalist recorded it at his home in Philly, from April - September 2014. You can stream and purchase ("name your price") the record below, and it will be available on vinyl via Salinas Records, which you can pre-order HERE.

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