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Weekend Warrior, February 9 - 11

This Sunday, The Sound Hole stretches the standard sonic boundaries. Taiwan Housing Project tears into noise-laced, sorcery-stemming punk angst, peppered in free-jazz notes. That chaotic hybrid churns along the rails, casting a post-apocalyptic storm, while teetering on the edge of destruction that naturally rights itself. Jason Killinger (Spacin’, Birds of Maya) locks into down and dirty riff-tastic rock, turning down strange alleys of ambiance that orchestrate an odd, endless, space boogie. Kevin Nickles (Taiwan Housing Project, Ecstatic Vision) and Daniel Provenzano (Spacin', Purling Hiss), a.k.a. The Writhing Squares, tie together this lineup. There’s a heavy, burrowing, instrumental drive that moves with an insatiable exploratory appetite into deep space, incorporating an array of instrumentation that’s progressive with a primal core. Louisville, Kentucky’s Tropical Trash fits nicely into this assembly of eclectic, experimenting music makers. – Michael Colavita 

Other places to freak out this weekend…

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Taiwan Housing Project, Writhing Squares, Jason Killinger

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Philadelphia Tom Petty Appreciation Band, SAT Rich Medina presents: JUMP N FUNK: America’s Original Fela Kuti Tribute Party

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Midnight Flyer, SAT The York Street Hustle, SUN Greg Mendez (Record Release), Shannen Moser, Queen Jesus

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Say Gwen/DJ Deejay/Sideswipe, Malevil

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Grandchildren (Music Video Release Show), Grubby Little Hands, The Retinas, SAT Haunted Homes

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI LTC, SAT Love Killed Kurt, Flannel, White Limo, Purple to the Core, Manhole

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Inlets

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention After Party: Outer Heaven, Coffin Dust, Crowhurst, SAT Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention After Party: Basilysk, SUN (5pm) Mattress Food, The Cozy, Movies Like Juno, Secret Base Life, The Death of Saul, Inner Urge, New Alone

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Max Swan, STS x Khari Mateen

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Matt Roach (CD Release), Emily Loscalzo/(Downstairs) PhillyBloco, SUN Peek-A-Boo Revue presents Sweet Dreams

The Fire (412 W. Grirard Ave.) Fri Tortuga. Cthulhu Martini, SAT The Sixth Year, Saint Wilde, Jac with No K, SUN Xilomen

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Muscle Tough, Tucker Hill Band

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Drew Sestito, SAT The 1910 Chainsaw Company, Trash Beach / Rob Grote (DJ Set)

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tiny Hueman, SAT Elison Jackson, SUN Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society, Envoûté: Magic Burlesque

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Trash Boy, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Bern and the Bastards/Fantasy Panther, UltraMantis Black, In The Presence Of Wolves, Yuckmouf

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sublaymen, Alex Stanilla, FLNG, SAT Moonwalker, Pat Finnerty

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Guests (Record Release), DJ Nightwitch, Shari Vari (DJ Set), SAT DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Jem

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN Murder's a Drag! A True Crime Drag Show

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chestnut Grove, Local Smokes, SAT Nothing Vital, Plastic Shrines, Chad Jenkins Band, Jackson Craig

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Killiam Shakespeare, DJ Aktive, SUN Winter Doldrums (Concert for Suicide Prevention: Mason Porter, Kuf Knotz, Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello Band, Christine Havrilla, John Faye, Black Horse Motel, Black Horse Motel, Lovers League, Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project, Vilebred, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Brian Flanagan, Sonja Sofya, Sweetbriar Rose

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Orion Sun, Precolumbian, SAT Planned Parenthood Benefit: Whine Moms, Lazy Eye, Hoffman & The Sickos

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI The Ok-Ok's, Stoops, Soft Idiot / Ellen Siberian Tiger, Kenny 3, SAT Shawn Kilroy & The Pretty Horses, Gringo Motel, Judex

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anti Valentine’s Day Cover Show

Darren (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Supine, Binary, Unn

JJ’s Diner  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Grayling, Overwinter





Noise rock group Kármán Voh release pulsing new EP “If Only Apart”

Boston experimental group Kármán Voh have released If Only Apart, the fuzzy, pulsing follow up to October’s Ill Loam. If Only Apart displays the cavernous nuances of post-rock and shoegaze, wherein each song envelops its listener in a haze of warm distortion, steady rhythms, and abstract, yet melodic vocal concepts. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, or even contemporaries like Deerhunter, but at their core, Kármán Voh draw from a darker, more deeply personal space than their influences. Dive into If Only Apart below. -Charley Ruddell





New The Guests Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Popular Music, the new album from The Guests, is now available for streaming and purchase. The serious presence of baritone vocals is folded into loose, progressing, new-wave grooves. Blending ominous warnings with jangly wanderings, these songs engage with pensive lyricism, while retaining an intense danceability. The Guests will holding their record release celebration this evening at Voltage Lounge, with DJs Nightwitch, Strykk-9, and Shari Vari.





BAERD release challenging new single “If All Goes As Planned”

Following the release of “Out Of The” in late 2017, Boston folk collective BAERD have returned with a sonically ambitious new single titled “If All Goes As Planned”. BAERD, fronted by singer/guitarist Isaiah Baerd, have a penchant for composing progressive, and often times challenging neo-folk music, evocative of modern new wave folk bands like Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. “If All Goes As Planned” plays out as more of a score than a song, jumping between mixed meters and instrumental swells accompanying Baerd’s whimsical growl. Both “Out Of The” and “If All Goes As Planned” are featured singles from BAERD’s forthcoming full length album Crete, due to arrive this Summer. Check out “If All Goes As Planned” below. -Charley Ruddell





Deli NYC Premiere: Alexia Bomtempo's video for "I Thought About You"

In 2016, we named Alexia Bomtempo one of NYC's top emerging artists. Late last year, Bomtempo released her third studio album, called Chasing Storms and Stars, and we are happy to premiere the first music video for the track "I Thought About You". The stripped-down song features Alexia's frank vocal delivery and Brazilian-inspired beats fused with American soul. In the video, Bomtempo's fluxing expressions -- some projected over her blank face, some shown raw -- convey the power behind her simple but beautiful music and lyrics. And to add more emphasis to the simplicity of the whole package, the video makes expert use of black and white. See it for yourself -- and take a listen to "I Thought About You" -- below. Alexia Bontempo will perform live at The 55 Bar on February 13. - Will Sisskind

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