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Weekend Warrior, February 6 - 8

Most Sundays, rest and recuperation are considered the optimal approach. Washing away the fatigue accumulated over the course of the week, and preparing for the dreaded Monday that lies ahead. However, the lineup at First Unitarian Church is the type that suggests or dare I say demands attendance. Carrying a three-headed monster of a lineup including a pair of local favorites. Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, a.k.a. Blues Control, attack the traditional boundaries. Cleanly experimenting in a bluesy, jazz-textured avant-garde realm that occupies or at least reaches for higher elevations. While some of the instrumentation offers a familiar air, the manner in which it is presented and unexpected nature of combinations shed a new light. Speaking of traditional sounds that jump up and smack you into attention, Sheer Mag does just that. Garnering The Deli Philly’s November Record the of Month honors with their debut EP 7", the group’s natural garage-punk hybrid steadily prowls along with a robust bass-thumping/drum-slapping looseness. Add in catchy guitar licks that step up for raw tight solos and Christina Halladay’s feisty tenacious vocals that grab hold of any audience, and you have a recipe for success. Finally, the night is headlined by the infectious psych-punk of Parquet Courts. So all things considered, it makes sense that this show is sold out. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
 
More places to enjoy this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, SAT Scott Churchman
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells (Record Release Show), Trophy Wife, Bonzai, SAT I Think Like Midnight, Nixon’s Head, Beretta 76
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pulling Punches, Die Choking/Hoser, Breezy, SAT The Nocturnal Jocks, Dead Tenors/Dixy Blood, The Scovilles, SUN Carl Madison
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Wonder Years: Performing The Upsides, SAT The Wonder Years: Performing Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing, SUN The Wonder Years: Performing The Greatest Generation
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI El Malito & the 33rd Century, Galvanize, DJ Kurtlife, Visitor 10, SAT Bardo Pond, Watery Love, Hound
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jah People, The Philly Reggae Band, SAT Adam Travis & The Soul,  Native Maze, SUN Bria Marie, Naeemah Z. Maddox, Jaye Sanders and Dena Underwood, Alisa Joe and Gyrl Problems
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Peek A- Boo Revue Presents High Thighs & Bow Ties, SAT Honor, Chestnut Grove, Hopscotch Jefferson
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Performer-Songwriters from Curtis, SAT (Upstairs) (Noon) 3rd Annual Winter Doldrums Music Festival: The Rent-A-Cops, Divers, Vilebred, No Good Sister, Christine Havrilla, Brian Flanagan Band, Andrea Nardello, Kicking Down Doors, Tin Bird Choir, Mason Porter, Sweetbriar Rose, Lovers League, Black Horse Motel., Sparkle Pony, Paige Allbritton, Chelsea Sue Allen, Gavilán, John Galla (Downstairs) (7pm) Alo Brasil, (10pm) Alo Brasil, SUN (Upstairs) Andorra, The Excape
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Foxhound, The Spinning Leaves, SAT (5pm) Legs Like Tree Trunks, Jet Set Sail/(9pm) Verbatum Jones, Hazie Blue, The Bul Bey, Gabriel Wolf, SUN Varials, Young Graves
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI La Capitaña, SAT Venice Sunlight
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Wild Rompit, Nark, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SAT The Blessed Muthas, The Improbables
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Go Around, SAT Plantation, Solus Rex, Black Rue
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI John Mallinen, SAT Rust - The Music of Neil Young
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI 2F Club, StarSkream/Boy Wonder, The Hvddle, Chartel, SAT Pontious Pilots, Black Market Revolution, One Inch Gap, Dorkosaurus/Unit Theory Hopochie Coochie Men, Sunblaze Lane
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Music Box Dynamo, Sucker, HighKick
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI RC, SAT Serious Boom, SUN Jacqueline Constance
 
Club Risque (1700 S. Columbus Blvd.) FRI Prosper or Perish (CD Release), Slave Dog
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI McRad, Ra Leaf, Boots Movement Show Featuring: Doc Hero, George “Spanky” McCurdy, SAT Control For Smilers
 
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sic Bacchus (Final Show), Collect Yourself, Thieve
 
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Euphoria Again
 
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Post Sun Times, Shakai Mondai, Minka
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Abi Reimold, Row, Eleby, Euphoria Again, Shannen Moser
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT A Day Without Love, Second Marriage, Languid PA, Uncle/Father Oscar
 
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pussy Dogs
 
The Nut House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI GG Lohan, Bridget McEnerney, Gwendolyn Rooker
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tiny Rianbows, In Place
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Tatsuya Nakatani + Lea Cho + Russ Waterhouse at Highwire Gallery Oct. 26

When Japanese solo percussionist and mastermind behind the Nakatani Gong Orchestra Tatsuya Nakatani plays an intimate, experimental set at the Highwire Gallery tonight, he’ll be backed by the perfect musicians in Blues Control. Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse have been highly regarded for their fevered avant-garde blues-tinged noise rock. And ever since signing to well-respected indie label Drag City, they have gained even more exposure, finding themselves on stage with indie favorites like Deerhunter, Quasi and Maria Minerva. Add in tonight being Sinking Body’s first show in 9 years, and you have a good reason why Fishtown is such a hotbed for underground music. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., 8PM, $8-$10, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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Free Download: Daytrotter Session - Blues Control

Don't let the rain and thunder get you down this morning. Daytrotter just released their session with avant-garde duo Blues Control to help part those clouds in your mind. You can stream and dowload it for free HERE (w/membership). Enjoy!

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New Music Video: "Opium Den/Fade to Blue" - Blues Control

Check out Blues Control's hallucinogenic new music video for the track "Opium Den/Fade to Blue" from their latest album Valley Tangent (Drag City)! It was directed by video-artist Kathy Rose, and premiered earlier today via ARTINFO. The duo will be hitting the road soon for an extensive tour of the U.S. Unfortunately, there is no Philly date scheduled in their calendar yet so you'll just have to puff down and zone out to this art piece.

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Blues Control Opening for Six Organs of Admittance at JB’s Dec. 2

The duo of Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse grace the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The pairing a.k.a. Blues Control paint expansive musical landscapes layering keyboards, synth, and guitar, among other instruments creating textured scenery that pulls you through the streets. Taking microcosmic snapshots throughout their movements, Blues Control does a masterful job of pinpointing the darkness, which lies in the void, in one moment, while showcasing its potential openness in the next. Leading the listener on a sonic tour, which follows their customized route, Cho and Waterhouse take the reins, at times, showcasing places you’ve never seen and at others displaying the familiar from a unfamiliar point of view. Blues control will open for fellow Drag City labelmate Six Organs of Admittance, the moniker of experimental rocker/composer Ben Chasny. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ (Photo by Jarek Miller) - Michael Colavita

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