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Weekend Warrior, December 30 - January 1

A new year represents aesthetically a clean slate, the chance to turn the page and let the past whether, recent or not, behind. Of course, the past may also hold cherished memories that one wishes to carry into the future. Either way, Saturday night serves as an opportunity to celebrate, for some, the year that was and for others the year that one hopes 2017 will be.
 
Now, my first instinct when I enter any environment is to look and listen; if there’s music, that’s typically a solid forecaster of good fortune. With that criteria, here are a few places one should consider spending the last hours of a trying 2016. 
 
The high-octane ragged barrelhouse blues of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be headlining Boot & Saddle, paired with the earnest Americana of Levee Drivers, and the playfully bizarre, eclectic Mercury Radio Theater. If funky R&B and soul are your aspirations, Underground Arts is the destination. The brass beacon of Balkan beats, known as West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the retrograde soul-funk engine of Johnny Showcase once again come together for sweaty, good time. And channeling the silky authoritative dance-inducing vibes of Byrne & Bowie, MINKA enters the fray, which also starts with the funky instrumental slices of Muscle Tough.
 
The spellbinding folk-psych of Kurt Vile brings his mellow/mercury-spiking spectrum to The Fillmore, where he’ll be joined by psych-folk outfit Woods and Nathan Bowles. Ortlieb’s will host the mobile-layered, grooving, melodic sojourn of Mo Lowda & The Humble, as well as the atmosphere-altering, future-traversing experimentation of Air is Human, and a DJ set from Suburban Living, who will be pulling double duty that evening performing at Franklin Hall with Vacationer and CRUISR. BTW: Speaking of DJ sets, Lushlife will also be occupying the decks at Johnny Brenda’s.
 
Wherever you’re headed, embrace the joy and stay safe. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to spend this last weekend of 2016…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Grubby Little Hands, Tutlie, SAT Kevin Manning/Lushlife (DJ Set)
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Oh, Are They? (Record Release), Belgrade, Honeytiger, SAT TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb, Mercury Radio Theater, Levee Drivers
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Riverside Odds/Momma Hankton, Rexedog, Erik Kramer, SAT Eaten Alive/Fame Lust
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase, Minka, Muscle Tough
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Making Time
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Cabinet
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Louis Futon, SAT Kurt Vile
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Philadelphia Jug Band, The Theologicals, SAT (Upstairs) Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Destruction, Darla / (Downstairs) Marc Silver
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Loud Company, Commonwealth Choir, The Last Brontosaurus
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kingsound, GhettoSongBird
 
Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) SAT Vacationer, CRUISR, Suburban Living
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Mo Lowda and the Humble, Air is Human, Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Brown Sugar
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Laura Cheadle Family Blues Band
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Solar Circuit, Naps Past Noon, Max Seidman Band, Los Festingos, SAT Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello, Quixote Project
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Chalk & the Beige Americans, Shy Boyz, Dirty Soap Blues Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, SAT Start Making Sense, Band From Mars
 




Weekend Warrior, October 28 - 30

Technically, Halloween falls on Monday. However, the autumnal celebration of dastardly deeds and debauchery will be in full flux this Saturday as Underground Arts opens its doors for the 7th Annual TJ Kong Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow. Along with a haunting stir of booze-saturated country blues perpetuated by Kong & The Atomic Bomb, the candy-coated, Andy Moholt-led daydream down the rabbit-hole, better known as Laser Background, will provide their twist on The Zombies’ catalogue. The attitude-infused rumbling reverberation of Straw Hats and the serenading psych-pop grip of Grubby Little Hands will be joined by the slinky, streamlined, funk-fueled fire of MINKA and the rippling surf-psych wave of Ceramic Animal to seal this evening. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to party this Halloween weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Purling Hiss, Honey Radar
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater (Record Release), Gringo Motel, SAT American Film Institute (Members of Restorations - A.F.I), The Danged (Members of Hound - The Damned)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Dweeb, DJ Eric Schuman/Sean Hearn, SAT Burnout Star/Wassup Gina , Jesse Tyler, SUN The Superweaks (Record Release), Thin Lips, Three Man Cannon, Sun Organ
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Hurry, Eric Slick, Cherry, Cave People, SAT Summus & Sad13, Ivy Sole, Empath
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Jawn, SAT Andrew Meoray, Slikk Mouth, SUN Elissa Janelle Velveteen
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) RUST - Neil Young Tribute, SUN (Upstairs) Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Benefit Show: Hinton, Bower, Jones
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Daddylap, Egocentric Plastic Men, School of Rock Philadelphia, Kevin McCall, SAT Members of Conversations and The Best Westerns as Third Eye Blind, Members of North Lawrence Midnight Singers as George Harrison, Josh & Rachel (The Really Cooks) as Marty & Bobbi Culp (SNL), SUN Pure Jerry
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vic Ruggiero & The Snails, Night Windows (as Weezer), Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band (as Bill Withers), Seoul Dehli (as Black Sabbath), The Preps (as Green Day), SAT Louie Louie
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Trailer Trash, The Pink Robots, Stoned Queens/Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, DJ Royale, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh, Sophie Sucre
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Looseleaf, Rogue Methods, Overcoming Gravity, SAT Audio Impulse, Stereotytans, The One2s, Custom Power Ride, Rob Clancy, SUN DUSTWUN, Cthulhu Martini, Physis, Great Neck
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI LSDXOXO, Precolumbian, SAT Lost Continent, SUN The Droogettes
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT The Haunting of Poe: A Burlesque Masquerade
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Pete Groch, Rad and Kell, SAT Makhaira, SAT Pravda
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The GTVs, The Wayside Shakeup, SAT Philly Bloco, SUN Splintered Sunlight
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.)  SUN Dear Friend, The Insides, Honeytiger, Haunted Homes
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S.18th St.) SUN Loose Tooth Friendship, most selfless cheerleader
 
Space 1026 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sinking Body, Shape Denter
 
The Cable Box (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mich Laggi, Giancarlo (EP Release), Harmony Woods
 
Black Magic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Birthday Ponies, Minor Setbacks, Tiny Rainbows (as Megadeth)
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nina Ryser, Gun TV, Mack Enemy
 




New Track: "Leaving the Light On" - MINKA

We think that MINKA is trying to answer the question - "What would The Talking Heads sound like fronted by David Bowie?" - with their latest single, "Leaving the Light On". It's a good question to ponder, and now, we have been given a glorious dance track to set free into the ether. You'll be able to get down to this one and many others this Saturday, October 29 at TJ Kong Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow VII, being held once again at Underground Arts.

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City Rain Record Release Show at MilkBoy Philly June 17

Tonight at MilkBoy is the record release show for Ben Runyan’s brainchild, City Rain. The ethereal, anthemic suites that make up Take Me To The Void do not shy away from being maximalist, but embrace the glistening bombast within the elctro-pop tunes Runyan has crafted. The EP, which is apparently focused on a breakup, does not spend any time mourning, but rather exploring. There are elements of M83, Coldplay and The Killers, a confluence of epic stadium-status influences. Runyan does commercial work, teaches amateur DJs and licenses work, so the tunes are squeaky clean and pitch perfect. Also on the bill for the evening Minka, a dancy, Talking Heads-lovin' (presumably) Philly rock quartet. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.





New Track: "One of Every" - Son Step

Enjoy the gentle gliding tone of “One of Every”, the latest single from experimental-pop trio Son Step. The song is by the soft pulse of keys and percussion washed over with vocal harmony creating daydreaming atmosphere. It’s featured on the band’s forthcoming Natural Majique LP, which will be released on May 27. Bourbon & Branch hosts Son Step’s record release show May 28 with Minka, and Circadian Rhythms. (Album Art by Nicholas Bohac)

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