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Hot Guts

Weekend Warrior, December 12 - 14

PhilaMOCA is hosting an out of this world Xmas edition of its Masoleum Party series this Saturday night that will feature electronic music pioneer Charles Cohen providing some interstellar soundscapes. And it will double as the album release party for darkwave/post-punk duo Hot Guts' latest Wilds. Ever since Void Vision's Shari Vari replaced drummer Greg Frantz in March, the group has been revitalized with more of an eerie synth edge, and their first recording together is as enchanting as it is macabre. The evening will be headlined by local vets Crash Course in Science, who will likely be previewing some tunes from their upcoming album that is currently in the works. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $12, All Ages - Bill McThrill
Other places to get weird this weekend…
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Welcome to Deathfest (Philadelphia Premiere) w/a Performance by Night Raids
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Holy Mess, SAT Dixy Blood (Record Release), Full Blown Cherry, Explosive Head
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Problems, Material (Split Tape Release), Clementine/GASH, Severed, SAT The Heels, F.T.S, Wayward Ones, Anti Suburbians/Glitter, Language Problem, SUN Population Zero, HellRad, Severed
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jay Motive, Topshelf Streetz, SAT 56 Men, The Really Cooks, SUN Hot Guts, David E. Williams, Embarker
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Circa Survive, Title Fight, SUN Circa Survive, Title Fight
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Galvanize
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Paul Waltz Band, Sun Cinema, Hiding Scarlet, Thirty-Six Thirty
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Running of The Santas: Split Decision, LeCompt, Gypsy Wisdom, The Wayside Shakeup, Catlin Gould
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT  (Upstairs) The Better Half, The Quixote Project, 46 Reasons, SUN The Peek-a-Boo Revue Holiday Spectacular
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Sister City, Uncle/Father Oscar, whatis whereis whoami, Baby Blitz, SUN Philadelphia Solo Artist Awards and Showcase: Trel Mack, Kidd Chron
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Bailey Hounds, Mike Quinn, SAT That Dream Was Our Life, The Absolute Sky
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The West Kensingtons, SAT Slingshot Dakota, The One2s
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Hambone Relay, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Prince Leem, Leen Bean, Sha Money (OBH), SAT Makhaira/Catching Wasps
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Witch Fist (Record Release), Swarms, Andalusia, Wild North, SAT Sonnder, Sweet Eureka, Birmingham Six, Could’ve Been Kings
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Ghilley, Amped, Corey Lee, SAT Curtis Jr.
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Adam Travis, Wonder and Fury, SAT Terra Voz, Sonogram, The Good Mess, My Son Bison
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Cafe Ole/Control for Smilers, SAT Matt Santry, SUN The Royal Noise
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, Seismic Thrust, Cult Choir, Shots Called
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pushin’ It 2 the Limit (Tape Release), Dopestroke, Ruffed Up, Janelle
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave.) SAT Circadian Rhythms, Laser Background (Solo), Purples


Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Three Man Cannon, Cave People, Ghost Gum, Roses, Queen Jesus

Hot Guts Opening for Dream Police at Underground Arts Nov. 11

Hot Guts, which features the combination of Wes Russell and Shari Vari (Void Vision), continue to travel down their dark and winding path of music with the band relying more heavily on drum-machine beats and elongated synth notes cutting through them. The group just released its first LP as a duo yesterday, entitled Wilds, via Avant! Records. And tonight, they’ll welcome its inception in Underground Arts recently renovated Black Box alongside fellow locals Harsh Vibes, where metal and noise meet LSD. The bands will also be playing host to Dream Police, which is made up of members of The Men, and Brooklyn’s Honey. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, All Ages - Alexis V.


Weekend Warrior, August 22 - 24

Tonight, fittingly The Bad Doctors kick off a run of tour dates at The Pharmacy. In support of their latest LP Burning City (FDH Records), The Bad Doctors perform dance-inspiring electro-synth foundational tunes, pulled from the poorly lit shadowy corners of the mind, giving the racing-through-the-side-streets vibe an added heart-thumping appeal to urgency. While you’re prone to cautiously look over your shoulder, post-punk trio Psychic Teens is hard at work on their next full-length LP, the follow-up to COME, and will be playing some new tunes this evening. Psychic Teens ooze an authoritative, agitated, buzz-saw sound that demands one’s full attention. The duo of Wes Russell and Shari Vari (Void Vision) team up as Hot Guts, comfortably fitting on this bill with their menacing brand of post industrial-wave and a new record Wilds set for release this fall via Avant! Records. The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.), 7pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the eventual end of summer this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Tinmouth
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Grand Nationals, SAT Myrrias, Sheer Mag
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI It’s A King Thing, Joy Riding, SAT Air is Human, Nick Millevoi & Brandon Lopez/Radiator Hospital, QUIT SUN Science Club. Corporate Hearts
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Son Little
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014:Problem Solving, RFA/ (Downstairs) Levee Drivers, SAT (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014: Allie Carroll, The Mellowells, Static Mountain, Crucial/The Better Half, Zymotic Flow, Red Rising, 46 Reasons
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT TWOB Fest: Marietta, Leaky Soups, Eureka Driver, SUN TWOB Fest: Kite Party, Broken Beak, Address, Carved Up
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Trevor Felix (Release Show), The Inconsiderate Bastards, Get ‘Em Wet, SAT Carl Kavorkian, ialive, Zah Garner, Cornelius the Third, SUN Tribute, Hyper Inc., The Basement Boys/(Late) Jonas Oesterle
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Screaming Rattler
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Commonwealth Choir
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, The Silence Kit, Dressed LikeStolen Cars, SAT Wilbur, La Overtoner, Tiny Cities, SUN Major Van Winkle
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) Sun DEL, Lee Jones
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Richard Bush & The Peace Creeps
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI  Ross Bellenoit, SAT Silvia Platypus, Upholstery, SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Wooden Hez, The Madeleine Haze, Andrew & The Rhythm Hounds/StarSkream, SAT  Woofstock 2014: Sinners Saints, Syrrah, Robbing Noll, Scars of Bourbon/Aniqatia, Big Stall, Lightning Arms
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT GASH, Sparklefight
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Field Mouse
The Station (1550 McKean St.) SAT Line Leader, Time Hitler and the Assholes From Space
Greys Ferry Skatepark (3600 Greys Ferry Ave.) FRI Ma Jolie, Mumblr, Community Service, Ted Ngyuent, Sic Bacchus, Blankbook, Starving The Tsunami
City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) SAT Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Illinois, Mo Lowda & The Humble
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dry Reef, Matt Gauss, SAT The Aponic Blue, Charles Noo
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Pure Jerry, The Happy Dog
1427 Frankford Ave. SUN Up the Chain
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI John Galm, Good Crime, The City and I, SAT Kids
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI TWOB Fest: Grower, Disinterest, Limits
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bad Braids, Kerosene, HELP, Raw kale
Rogue’s Tavern (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Stone Furs, Vita and the Woolf, The Yetis, Twosies
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Andorra, Krispy Kareem, Forever Lesbians, Shrink

New Guts for Hot Guts at JB's March 24

After drummer Greg Frantz left to temporarily join Bleeding Rainbow, we weren't really sure what would happen to noisy, post-punk outfit Hot Guts. Well, it looks like frontman Wes Russell has regrouped and teamed up with darkwaver, Void Vision's Shari Vari, which should make for an interesting combination. I don't know of any recordings available from the duo yet so you'll just have to come out to Johnny Brenda's tonight to hear what the latest version of Hot Guts sounds like now. They'll be headlining the beloved Fishtown venue supported by NYC-based duo Weeknight and macabre local singer-songwriter Scott Churchman. It will be their only hometown show this spring so don't miss out. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.


Hot Guts Opening for Quintron & Miss Pussycat at KFN April 30

Hot Guts recently celebrated the release of their debut LP Edges (Blind Prophet Records) at Wierd Records in NYC. (You can stream its dark wave title track completely HERE as well as other sample clips from the record.) Founded in 2007 by frontman Wes Russell and drummer Greg Frantz, the duo is accompanied by Michael Reaser (FNU Ronnies) and Adam Cooper (Tickley Feather, Akasha Blade, the Chimeras) on the album, which also features contributions from Miss Shari Vari (a.k.a. Void Vision) and Philly-based experimental musician Charles Cohen (on the Buchla Music Box). Hopefully Hot Guts will be joined on stage by special guests tonight at Kung Fu Necktie when they open for Quintron (who ingeniously invented an analog “drone synth” called The Singing House that you can learn more about HERE) & Miss Pussycat and S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Kevin Riley) - Alexis V.


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