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Shannen Moser

Weekend Warrior, September 2 - 5

Though the corporate monstrosity known as Made In America will be taking over Center City Philly this weekend, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a safe haven away from the mainstream crap that will be flooding our streets. Tonight at Nacho House, get the feels with the warm, comforting harmonies of The Afterglows. The natural musical partnership of West Philly housemates Michael Cantor (The Goodbye Party, ex-Ambulars) and Sam Cooke-Parrott (Radiator Hospital) will be celebrating the release of their collaborative self-titled debut LP, which you will be able to purchase this evening on vinyl. It will be a “chill” night of “soft sounds” that will also include local singer-songwriter Shannen Moser and former Chumped frontwoman Anika Pyle. And you won’t have to consume any crappy, overpriced Buds! Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Other places to end your summer at this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Strange Parts, Valley Exit, Emily Robb (DJ Set)
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Andrew Winter/Los Campeones, Las Noches/DJ Deejay: MKOClub, SAT Toska/Loose Tooth, Shelf Life, Blue Smiley/Slow Tongued Beauty, CC, Deflector (DJ Set)/Cosenza, Shizz Lo, Gordon Bombay
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI King Azaz, Kilamanzego, Ex. by V.
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Sylk 130: King Britt
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Haddy Mack, Pedro Fresco, DJ Astro 8000, SAT La Capitaña, Greg Phoenix Experience, SUN Johnny Popcorn
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Soldier On, Pete Groch
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT F.Knitty, M Geez, Md Zeek, SUN The Philly Reggae Band, Tree Rats, Xtra Alltra
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Maria Maslin, Elissa Velveteen
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Ken James & Bridget Foley, Joshua Adair, Khalil Ali
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN King Britt, Mr. Sonny James, Cosmo Baker
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Sam Vile
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Plantation, Rogue Methods, SAT Whiskey Effect, Melissa Menago, Angelique Zuppo, The Founders
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT Mr. Sonny James
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes w/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI  American Dinosaur, Liberty Tribe, Von Roz, Cerrebelles, Harlowe Jones (EP Release show), SAT Danny Newport, Deadfellow, Banned Books
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Harmony Tividad
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Kilamanzego, Groppler Zorn, Control Top, Downtrodder, SUN Soul Glo, Sommelier, MON Whaler, The Phosphenes
FDR Skatepark (1800 Pattison Ave.) SAT Liberty Tribe, American Dinosaur, Mixed People, Delmont
Ben Franklin Parkway SAT-SUN Made In America: Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Lil Uzi Vert


Come Feel The Afterglow Tonight at Lava Space

Michael Cantor (The Goodbye Party, Ex-Ambulars) and Sam Cook-Parrott (Radiator Hospital) combine forces as The Afterglows tonight at Lava Space for a First Time’s The Charm 2016 .  While Cook-Parrott has helped flesh-out The Goodbye Party’s live incarnation, this brand new pairing of the duo offers yet another wrinkle into the collaboration.  With a meshing of infectious pop-melody tempered by a knack for incisive, relatable lyricism, the pairing has the ability to quickly shift musical directions. Tonight, they’ll be joined by the rambunctious release of Todd Killingz, and the intimate acoustic reflections of Shannen Moser. While Bloomington’s Patrick Jennings (Purple 7/Hot New Mexicans) completes the billing. Lava Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.), 7:30pm, $5, All Ages- Michael Colavita 

Fake Boyfriend EP Release Show at PhilaMOCA Feb. 26

Who needs boys anyway when Fake Boyfriend can fulfill your every need? They can satisfy your desire for livid, scuzz-soaked grunge burners, your need for valuable, self-consciously contradictory emotional catharsis, and even your guilty longing for delicate, twee-sensible vocal harmonies. The band’s sound fluctuation inflates the loud-quiet dynamic of Babes In Toyland to the most radical proportion, intermittently paring down to a La Sera level dream pop before blasting into an apoplectic tantrum. Three voices converge into harmony just as readily as they deliberately push at each other through shouting intervals, creating a profound polarity between unity and discord (which we all love). Leave your real boyfriends at home to their videogames and emo-math rock revival bands, and come see Fake Boyfriend tonight at PhilaMOCA for their EP release show. Sharing the stage will be Shannen Moser performing soft, wistful music box vignettes, Secret Mountain, with the most melodically deadpan “tweemo” approach of the bill, and Lady Parts, with sweetly candid punk-lite confessionals. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock


Thin Lips Opening for Des Ark at Everybody Hits Dec. 11

Vulnerable while exhibiting commanding strength, Chrissy Tashijan’s emotively powerful vocal style demands one’s attention. Reinforced by the ever-percolating rhythm section and opportunistic, memorable guitar riffs, Thin Lips sound is potently short-fused. One steady charge after another bursting with narratives that touch on frustration and heartache with a fierce edge. Shannen Moser’s delicate, honest approach gets things started, inviting you into a transfixing intimate space. With captivating lyricism and instrumentation that can be minimal and at others moments a force to be reckoned with, former Philly native Des Ark (a.k.a. Aimée Argote) headlines in support of her new record Everything Dies. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8:30pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Shannen Moser Burns Brightly at The Pharmacy Sept. 4

Tonight, Shannen Moser performs at The Pharmacy with a full band. Moser has honed a recipe of sonic ingredients that couples the tender elegance of stripped-down instrumentation with gentle, transfixing vocal melody. The overall approach may sound simple; however, the reality is intricate. It allows the pieces to fit together in a subtle illuminating manner that burns brightest up close, but also provides intrigue from a distance. With hypnotic vocals canvassed over enticing experimental beats, the duo of Willow Talk magnetically get things started. A pair of Brooklyn-based outfits is sandwiched in between, including Half Waif, whose ever-alluring vocals are complimented by a diverse musical spectrum, establishing a far reach. The free-flowing, avant-garde sounds of Ben Seretan Group round this bill into form. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 8pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita


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