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TJ Kong

New Video: "Standard Human" (Purples Cover) - TJ Kong

The latest Root Down In The Shadow’s #CoverClub video finds TJ Kong performing their take of “Standard Human” by local pals Purples. This version slows down the tempo momentarily allowing that whiskey-warmed vocal to wraparound the one-two punch of bass and guitar, before pushing things a bit harder. The video was directed by Bob Sweeney and recorded at Cambridge Sounds Studios.

New Video: "I Hate My Truck" (Live - Acoustic) - TJ Kong

Local music collective American Diamond just shared the first epsiode of its new performance series dubbed Porta Sessions. TJ Kong, a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz, takes a seat at the mic to play a new song of heartbreak, "I Hate My Truck," and do a little scatting. He'll be taking his solo act to the stage of The Boot & Saddle tonight when he opens this evening's bill.

Break-In Fundraiser Show at Underground Arts May 3

When Mat Burke set out to record his new album at the end of the holidays, things took a turn for the worse when a robber broke into his house and stole $10000+ worth of equipment, including several pieces that he borrowed from the studio that he was recording at. Underground Arts were quick to help by offering up their space and staff for him to host a fundraiser, and tonight Burke and several of his friends from the Philly music community will attempt to recoup some of the money that's needed to replace the stolen items. The multi-talented and vivacious Ali Wadsworth will be performing with her backing band as of late, Satellite Hearts. They are currently having a serious music love affair. Levee Drivers will be providing their patented booze-tinged, rural-boy swagger with a heart of gold for the evening, and Dan Bruskewicz, a.k.a. TJ Kong, minus the Atomic Bomb, will be crooning the audience with Tom Waits songs and music from his latest album KONG. The evening will also feature the Philly return of the Brothers Murphy of Penrose, who recently relocated to Brooklyn. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill

Psalmships & TJ Kong Bookends at JB’s Nov. 17

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s plays host to an evening of singer-songwriters culminating in a set by sad-folk brooder Joshua Britton, a.k.a. Psalmships. Hypnotic and painful, tracks from his latest album, Songs for a Red Bird, reach an unselfconsciously emotional level, so get excited to be depressed by these newly released heartbreakers live. Kicking off the evening will be Bukowski-esque storyteller TJ Kong, a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz, with his roughneck garage-blues stripped bare for his solo performance this evening. Sandwiched between the two bookends will be the rustic Americana tunes of Kettle Pot Black and Asheville pop-rock seductress Emily Easterly. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Fankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier

Happy Halloween & Don’t Get Arrested!

We love Halloween; however, we’re also not always the greatest planners. For those who actually have a costume but still aren’t sure where they’ll be getting into trouble tonight, please allow us to make a few suggestions. Surprisingly, the weekend before Halloween was rather a disappointment this year. We’re guessing that with the holiday falling on Thursday, people figured that it was close enough to the weekend to make it a long one. Hopefully, you were able to take off work tomorrow to fully enjoy the festivities. Or at least, you have a cool enough boss who can forgive you smelling like a dive bar while still having some residue of zombie makeup on at work.
Well, a good place to be where there will be no judgment this evening is the 4th annual TJ Kong Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow at Underground Arts with Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Cold Fronts, Johnny Showcase, Purples (ex-Teeth), Manterial Girl and DJ Breakfast (Jonas Oesterle). This will surely be the place for fine up-and-coming local acts, drunken debauchery and human sacrifices - if you’re into that sort of thing like we are. If you’re looking to spend Halloween in a bigger space, the Philly staple for live concert craziness, Man Man, will be closing out their two-night Halloween run at Union Transfer with King Khan & The Shrines, MELT-BANANA and Hell Shovel. Another traditional Philly favorite is Making Time with this year’s party dubbed “Pure Halloween.” You’ll find the usual suspects raging to futuristic sounds.
Now, those are the bigger events on our radar. So if you are feeling like doing something kind of off the beaten path, there is Mercury Radio Theater, who will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album The Death and Life of the Undead Boy, at Johnny Brenda’s with local burlesque mainstay Miss Rose and her lovelies. And for those who are in a giving mood on this unholy of evenings, you can find likeminded people at The Mitten for the Halloween Cover Show to Benefit the Philadelphia Student Union and at The Boot & Saddle, where our friends Iron will be hosting a benefit show for BuildOn.org, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.
All these events should have you covered for tonight - just don’t get arrested. Have a happy and somewhat safe Halloween - cheers! - Q.D. Tran

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