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Curtis Cooper





Weekend Warrior, January 25 - 27

A haunting, volatile, vulnerability seeps into your ears and under the skin in the music of Curtis Cooper. There’s a confessional, candle-lit closeness that encircles lyrically, as the room appears ready to rip itself apart. They create a keen, lingering, emotively-embedded sense of personal narrative – one which shifts the plot forward with a dramatic edge, wielding the sonic vehicle in a precise manner, while pushing the limits around every corner. These songs mesh an at-home, endearing familiarity with a pressure-regulating heaviness that rains down. Tonight at Everybody Hits, Cooper will be supported by garage-psych quartet Secret Nudist Friends, whom recently made their way home after a string of tour dates. Also, fellow Good How Are You Records labelmates Puppy Angst will be joining in the festivities, along with Atlanta glam-punks Material Girls. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hit this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Curtis Cooper, Secret Nudist Friends, Puppy Angst

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Sparrow Steeple, Hermit Thrushes, SAT It’s the Year 2000: DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz, SUN Cabana Wear  

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Cassettes (Record Release), Savage Dads, SUN Concert for Jen Devor: Sweetbriar Rose, Roberta Faceplant

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT George Engel Brooks/Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Yowler, SAT Tate

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lotus, Tweed, SAT Lotus, Tweed

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Willies (CD Release), Renaissance Blvd., Red Letter Life, Whiskey Drippin'

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Sy Mosquiat, Shaun Sloan

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Scholito

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) 5th Annual Benefit for Living Beyond Breast Cancer: The Miners, Travel Lanes, Flies in the Kitchen/(Downstairs) Liz Longley, Jesse Ruben, SAT (Downstairs) Live at The Fillmore, SUN (Upstairs) GTS Presents 4th Annual Winter Wreck

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Gene Smith Band, Haha Charade, Surreal Nation, SAT Sins Of Magnus, Syberia, Voodoo Death Cult 

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI American Dinosaur, Thee Idea Men, Full Bush, SAT The Lunar Year

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Lightninging, Soft Crime, Rubber, SAT Hotbed, Cosmic Lottery

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Kingsnake, The Age Of Truth, Clamfight, Ritual Earth/Past Life, Rare Spirits, Drew Sestito, SAT 90’s Alternative Singalong: In The Presence Of Wolves, DJ Baby Berlin

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Chedder Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The People, Ellen Siberian Tiger

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Tough Guy Soda, Fuzzy Slippers, Frankly Lost, SAT The Ancient Mariners, Knights Reign

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Heels, Beer Me,  Loafass

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) SAT Erin Incoherent, The Russells, Los Gueys, Grey C.E.L.L.

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Somethin' Divine, XPresidents, Jac with No K, SAT Adder, Egocentric Plastic Men, Grunge Puppy

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow, AM Radio, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI  Glass Leaf, Kobika,The Poms, SAT Babe Grenade, Lisa Chosed, Annalise Curtin, Fauna Finch, SUN Copley Woods, Almost People

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Great Time, The Bul Bey, Dahi Divine, Destiny X

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bad Leather, SAT Fox, Backpack, ILY





Weekend Warrior, January 19 - 21

MessyThe Deli Philly’s December 2017 Record of the Month and the latest album from Curtis Cooper, is being celebrated with a release show this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Cooper harnesses an ability to expose an emotional intensity that’s endearingly accessible, developing a well-conceived, melodic framework, while still tapping into a raw, rip-it-out-of-your-chest, guttural tone. In contrast, they can create a sense of stillness, instrumentally illuminating pensions with a dim, folk backdrop, allowing the weight of the words to wrap around you in a comforting manner that still sends chills up the spine. The Andy Molholt-led Laser Background will also be joining them tonight, instilling ease as waves of playful, candy-coated dreams wash over. And infusing joy and humor into their infectious bummer-pop, the duo of Coping Skills will be leading the way. – Michael Colavita

More places to be this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Curtis Cooper (Record Release Show), Laser Background, Coping Skills, SAT OOLALA, David Fantasy & Adult Content

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI 722 (Reunion Show), Church Girls, Dylan Jane

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Eliza Edens/Slagmatter, Thunderbird Divine, The Gravies/Lil' Dave, Dr. Plotkin, Gummibear/DJ Deejay, SAT The Charley Few, Fucksake/Pet Lizard, The Space Cats, Mesén Around/DJ Sylo, DJ PHSH, SUN Scantron, Trash Beach

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Kohoutek, Northern Liberties

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Al-Tarik

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Patrick Richards

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Glenn Bryan & Friends

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mt Vengeance, Bryant Eugene Vazquez, SAT Fixation/Traitor, Blasphemous

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Damn Right (Album Release), American Dinosaur, Greg D., SAT Mach22, Everlit, Siravo, Night Mission

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Air Is Human, SAT Goodnight Lights, Witch Bomb

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Creem Circus, RunHideFight

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Reed Streets, SAT Queue, Lizdelise, SUN Plastic Shrines, Styrofoam Dinosaur

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hambone Relay, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, Hannah Taylor & The Rekardo Lee Trio, DJ Dan Reed, SAT Adventure Lost, Tyler Kingsley

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Exclusive Tri-State Showcase

Century Bar (1350 S. 29th Street) SAT Blackhand, Buzzherd, Off Meds

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Port Arthur, Tiger Castle, This Kills Me, Justin Kerecz, SAT Kenny Price, XPresidents, Hank Henny

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Music For The Arts (11th Annual Benefit): Old Soul Revival, Chris Grunwald & The Slow Response, The TC Cole Riot, Droppin Deuce, The Bad Larrys, SUN The Whiskeyhickon Boys, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI PT Benefit: Narra, SUN Small Circle, AllegrA

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Billy Bollinger, The Absolute Sky/Heaven Man, Swwik, Sitting in Cars, The Ugly Barnacles, SAT Badnew, Snakeboy, Flamingo Chicks, SUN Shelf Life, Mavis the Dog/Fred Beans

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)FRI Maryn Jones, Mowgli’s Mirror, SAT Crooked Spine, Tim Woulfe

The Spreehive (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Supine, Get Well, Jennifer

Skulls (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Leadrs, Median





The Deli Philly’s December Record of the Month: Messy - Curtis Cooper

Equal parts confessional and self-veneration, Curtis Cooper’s latest offering begins without a shred of hesitation or apology. Starting off with the full throttle swell of “Freak Out,” Messy unfolds with a satisfying in-your-face bravado. As Cooper croons, “I dare to say that I’m not scared,” screeching riffs, hissing cymbals, and deliberately executed diction amplify the satisfying defiance of survival on your own terms and the intoxicating thrill of reveling in what other’s might consider flaws. A dance-worthy homage to vulnerability, “Freak Out” reminds listeners that it’s okay not to be okay and that sometimes the best way to save yourself is by embracing your inner chaos.

Throughout Messy’s second track, “Philly Jelly,” Cooper channels their inner Billy Corgan circa Machina of God, reviving the best of the grunge era’s zeitgeist. Passion laced with angst and yearning, the song captures the contradiction of being defined by external factors like lovers or hometowns. Through dissonance and sincerity, “Philly Jelly” proves itself to be a perfectly tempered exploration of how proximity can inform desire and a sense of belonging. Prefaced by a whispered countdown, “Crazy” shines a spotlight on Cooper’s softer side. With melodic licks of guitar and proclamations like “I heard your words and I fell for your lines,” the track is as much as it is a love song as it’s an anthem about hero worship. Disillusioned, yet nostalgic, it captures a far too often omitted perspective on romance and remembrance.

“Percs of Life,” prefaced by a calm yet evocative interlude, examines the highs and lows of life with initially sparse instrumentation that gradually blooms into gut-wrenching chords. When Cooper sings, “Time to feel alive again/time to be confined again,” the song, like an ouroboros, turns in on itself, resembling the cyclical nature of mortality implied by its lyricism. “Yeah, No,” a psych-infused melody, feels like a vivid fever dream, enveloping its listener in a brief yet lush soundscape reminiscent of a Devendra Banhart b-side or Brian Jonestown Massacre at their tamest.

With the similarly subtle yet instantaneously catchy “Jkayla,” they pick up the tempo. As the track progresses, it carves out an unpredictable topography of its own. By the time Cooper confesses, “I could have been you/I should have been you,” Messy’s listeners will believe them as if it each word was gospel truth. “Everyone Loves You” is a dark and brooding ballad about the thin line between love and objectification and the ever present promise of escape. Ending with “everyone loves/everyone loves you/everyone stays,” the tune sets the proverbial stage for the equally grim “Everybody’s Dying.” Whether the death in this song is literal or metaphorical, Cooper’s macabre lyrics and heavy riffs continue to echo in the minds of listeners as it eases into the LP’s second interlude.

The album’s closer, “Is It Real,” is a hushed yet existential meditation on love and the meaning of life. Here, Cooper’s fondness for the late great Elliott Smith shows, leaving their audience with a sense of melancholic nostalgia mixed with undertones of hope. Similar to 2016’s Laughing in a Line, Messy is required listening for any Philly native who considers themselves a music lover. Cooper’s anthems aren’t just timely; they’re necessary. (Photo by Abigail Townsend) – Dianca London





New Curtis Cooper Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Messy, the new album from Curtis Cooper, was recently unearthed. A transfixing torment registers throughout this collection of songs. Encircling lyrics of solitude will engulf the mind, creating a canvas of beautiful despair. Enlisting Scott Stitzer (of Mumblr) to produce and play an array of instruments, with Jack Zaferes occupying bass duties, these tracks creep into your head and take up temporary residence. It feels like a deeply personal release that pushes toward detonating grunge instrumentation at points, while still showcasing a folky feel, at others. Johnny Brenda’s will play host to Cooper’s record release celebration on Friday, January 19, where they'll be supported by Laser Background and Coping Skills.





Weekend Warrior, April 7 - 9

The world continues its trend of being a chaotic and confusing place. So as the week reaches its tail end, the Pilam Human BBQ XXXIX will be offering a refreshing daylong reprieve this Saturday combining music, eats and whatever your debaucherous heart desires. The noon till midnight billing will include nearly 20 acts in all. Among them, the incisive lyricism of Sad13 delivered on an enthusiastic uplifting danceable platform and the emotive electro-pop/rock of Brandon Can’t Dance, who hovers between a solemn solitude and then swims in a sea of infectious grooves. With a new album Dark Nuclear Bogs set to arrive on April 28, the candy-coated psych-carnival of Laser Background will alter one’s perspective, while the reverberating, relatable melodies of Clique lock into your head as will the spellbinding narratives of this year’s Deli Philly Best Emerging Alt Rock Artists Poll winner, Curtis Cooper.  These are but a small sampling of the lineup, which can view in full HERE, so head over to Pilam for a day of sonic sustenance. - Michael Colavita
 
More places to enjoy this weekend…
 
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Human BBQ XXXIX: Sad13, Brandon Can’t Dance, Laser Background, King Azaz, Curtis Cooper, JamForceF!ve, Darling Run, Glassgrade
 
Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Electrifest: King Azaz, Wordz the Poet Emcee, Downtrodder, Sour Spirit, Interminable, EX. By V., Pinkwash, SUN Madam Data, Kilamanzego, Anatomy Of An Outcast, Carl Kavorkian, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Swarm, Mighthaunt, Solarized
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Vertical Current, SAT Jesse Hale Moore, Birdie Busch, Rosali, Zach Eggleston, Lord's Delight, SUN Beaucoup Blue
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Grandchildren, SAT Lizdelise, SUN Eaten Alive, Sweet FA
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI The GTVs, Sarah M. /Coronal Mass Ejection, Acolytes/DJ Deejay, SAT Sour Kid, Gender Work/Fame Lust
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI American Dinosaur, SAT The Tough Shits, Taiwan Housing Project
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Chestnut Grove, Whiskeyhickon Boys, The Hoppin' Boxcars, Christine Irizarry & The Foolhardy, SUN The Evergreen Drive, Bodies Under Siege, Kevin Cox
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI  30 and Over League, Warchyld, SAT Jealousy Curve, Pawnshop Roses
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Upstairs) Matt Duke
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Karl K BMA, Funklord,, SAT E. Grizzly, Teef, Yorito
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Among Criminals (Release Show), Alright Junior
 
MilkBoy South Street (401 South St.) SAT A Day Without Love
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Thom McCarthy, Katie Jo Knaub, Cult Class, SAT The Binary Sea, Secret Nudist Friends
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Virus, SAT Joe Jack Talcum, Dandrew, Bunny Savage, Whiskey Effect, The Founders, Dirty Soap Blues Band
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Mass Folk Commons
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Palaceburn, Sucker, SAT The Space Cats, The Electives, Vanderlyle, Jac Carson, George Obrien
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SUN Steal Your Peach
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Brandon Can’t Dance, Shannen Moser, Russel the Leaf
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Joy Again, Heavy Harold, Buster/Sonic Screemers, Action Party
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Busy Bee, Blushed, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, xo alice
 
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