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Amanda X Opening for Protomartyr at JB's Oct. 18

After releasing their two-song EP Hundreds and Thousands via Self Aware Records, Amanda X are set to hit the road with Detroit's Protomartyr. The tour started last night in Baltimore at the Metro Gallery, and will be rolling into town this evening at Johnny Brenda's. It also seems that the increased touring demands for the trio and a move to NYC in May for a new job may have lead to the recent exodus of Tiffany Yoon as a permanent member on drums. However, I'm sure Kat Park and Kat Bean are more than ready to rock for us tonight! Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.


Friendship Album Release Show at Everybody Hits Oct. 17

The quartet of Friendship celebrates the same-day release of You’re Going to Have to Trust Me via Burst & Bloom Records, tonight at Everybody Hits. The group produces a crackling fire of affecting folk/alt-country. With a twangy endearing instrumental base that slices through the outdoors, Friendship embraces the power of lyrical narratives, comfortly building a tunnel from one’s heart to the outside world. However, while these moments tend to simmer, they are prone to volatile flare ups were that even keel is traded in for sincere raw turbulence. Tourmate Abi Reimold brings her own brand of torrentially soothing folk. The calming, melodically rich, lyrically poetic, bedroom sounds of Kississippi, whose next release We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed will be available November 20 via Soft Speak Records, will also be on hand as well as the ailing-pop treatment Old Maybe. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5-$7, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Acres of Diamonds Record Release Show at Ortlieb's Oct. 17

Local indie dream-pop quartet Acre of Diamonds will be releasing a new album this upcoming weekend. Over the past year, the band recorded the EP at Minor Street Studios, Uniform Recording and at home in its analog studio. Acres of Diamonds will be debuting their new material this evening at Ortlieb’s, which will provide an intimate setting for the band's expansive sound. It will also mark the end of the group's live performance hiatus. They'll be joined by the Americana-rooted sonic palate of Wild Orphan, which is lead by Kristen Sylvester (ex-Spirit and Dust) and also features Sean Hoots (of Hoots & Hellmouth). Ortlieb’s, 847 N 3rd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Blake Oetting


Weekend Warrior, October 16 - 18

More than halfway done with their world tour, The Brooklyn Brewery Mash will be stopping in Philadelphia for a week starting this Saturday. “The Mash” brings together music, visual arts, movie screenings, comedy, supper clubs and even debates into a raucous week of parties influenced and aggrandized by local city culture and of course, a whole lot of beer. The first night in the City of Brotherly Love, hosted at the TLA, will showcase local indie-rock stalwarts Man Man. Lead by enigmatic frontman Honus Honus, a.k.a. Ryan Kattner, Man Man are Philly’s very own funky, carnival-esque experimental rock jesters, who are ready to test our varying dance/mosh skills and levels of inebriation, with Brooklyn psych-pop duo Prince Rama opening things up to get the juices flowing. This freebie will be extremely fun, slightly bizarre and completely memorable. TLA, 334 South St., 7pm, FREE (RSVP HERE), All Ages - Blake Oetting
Other places to enjoy the fall chill this weekend…
TLA (334 South St.) SUN DR3W
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJs Junior & Lil' Dave, SAT Mohican, SUN Amanda X
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Market East, Long Spells
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Clap, Posers, Olde Tigers/Levee Drivers, Howlish /The York Street Hustle, SAT Fad Nauseam, Hidden Lights, Stellarscope/DJ PHSH, Suga Shay, The Bull Bey, SUN OhBree/Honey Radar, The Cats
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Petal
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket (Record Release), Minka, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Miss Martha Graham Cracker, SAT Marah (Reunion/“Kids In Philly” Vinyl Release Show), SUN Ruby The Hatchet, The Company Corvette
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Honor, Stone, Stygian, The Lost Season, Extractus, Old Scratch, SUN Resilience, Uprise Shadow
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Stu and the Gurus, Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers/(Downstairs) Alo Brasil
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bob Dylan Tribute Night: American School Yard, John Beacher, Nick Greeley, The Quixote Project, Ross Bellenoit, Jeffrey Weathers, SUN Emily Mineo, The Members Club, Travis McDaniel, Chris Gennett
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI 13:1, King Slugger, QT & the Quirktones, SAT Northern Liberties Fall Festival:  DJ Sylo, Rosemary Fiki, MH The Verb, St. James & The Apostles, The ill Fated Natives, Dahi Divine, City Love, Alright Junior, Lost in the Woods/Chalk & The Beige Americans, Joie Kathos
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT Acres of Diamonds (Record Release), Wild Orphan, SUN Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SUN Wesley Stace
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, Mr. Sonny James, SAT Ed Christof, SUN The Extraordinaires, High Vibes DJs
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Burnt Sienna, DJ Montone
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Sharkbullet, Explosive Head, SAT (2pm) Image of Issues, Julia Zane, Samantha Sullivan, Kyla Kandee/Matthew Schuler, Donald Shuler, Grace Otley, Bria Noel/Mercury Retrograde, Needlefish, Chino
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Tom Curtis, Jr.,  Uptight Dynamite, SAT Pynk Pigs Fly: Vanida Gail,Iona Lake/Kingsnake, Workhorse III
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Wolf Accent, SAT K-Floor
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Pissed Jeans, M Ax Noi Mach, SAT Transistor Rodeo, Crosstown Traffic Trio, SUN Dukes of Destiny
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Friendship (Album Release), Abi Reimold, Kississippi, Old Maybe
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, The Dolts
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Chondria, Marge, Fake Boyfriend, Blue Smiley
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Latishia's Skull Drawing, Soul Glo, Disinterest
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tutlie, Hello Shark (Solo)
The Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Strange Nights, Surgeon
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Invasive Species (Tape Release) Westboro Baptist Choir

Zach's CMJ Day 3: Second Child, Ezra Furman, The Grasping Straws, and French Horn Rebellion

Wednesday night at The Bitter End in the West Village started with the understated majesty of New York/Philadelphia quartet Second Child (pictured). Playing warm, folk-inflected songs that found notable beauty with the harmonizing of lead singer Alex DeSimine and bassist Alex Tremitiere, the band subtly moved the listener but didn't forget to straight-up thrill; their funked-up cover of David Bowie's "Fame" enlivened the previously focused crowd, several hoots and shouts flying out. While Dirty Projectors are probably more similar to them, it's exciting to see that Second Child can get loose like The Thin White Duke did on some of his earlier tracks. At Le Poisson Rouge, Oakland/Chicago rocker Ezra Furman finished his set with a gloriously riotous rendition of Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love," the gradual nature of that 'Funeral' standout reverting into sax-backed wildness and the green-haired Furman's lightning-quick guitar picks. Back at the End, New York four-piece The Grasping Straws drifted into slow, drum-marched songs that, particularly with frontwoman Mallory Feuer's drawn-out and bluesy vocals, recalled the lo-fi glory of early Cat Power. Taking their time rather than rushing towards easy shock, these tracks intrigued with their very patience and calm and, perhaps most importantly, were ultimately moving, their tumbling quality enabling the audience to both engage and reflect. Down on the Lower East Side, Brooklyn's French Horn Rebellion sent the evening out with feel-good dance tracks full of both jittering electronics and rubbery horns. Brothers Robert Perlick-Molinari and David Perlick-Molinari wore matching Glasslands T-shirts and, with their hip sways and head bobs, they seemed to throw a party not just for that lost venue but for the institution of live music itself. - Zach Weg  



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