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Weekend Warrior, April 20 - 22

Last week, I Did My Taxes For Free Online, the new album from Spring Onion, a.k.a. Catherine Dwyer (of Remember Sports), was released via Sleeper Records. Tomorrow evening, All Night Diner host will be hosting its release celebration. One inherently gravitates toward the open-book, observational songwriting. There’s a delicate yet unfiltered honesty as these journal entry/stream of consciousness songs capture personality that can be applied universally. That knack to create concise, impactful imagery, accentuated by illuminating laidback touches of melodic instrumentation, gives these brief episodes a big impression. Snake Boy Gang, a.k.a. Madeline Rafter (formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies), whose album Spit was also released via Sleeper Records, endears with a candid quirkiness. 2nd Grade, a new project from Pete Gill of Friendship, and the fuzzy-pop of Mortal Combat (featuring Remember Sports’ Jack Washburn) round out a billing you won’t want to write off. – Michael Colavita

More local artists to check out this weekend…

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Spring Onion (Record Release), Snake Boy Gang, 2ndGrade 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI A.M. Mills, SUN Che (Release Party), Pulgas, Madam Data, Astro Nautico (DJ)

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Pilkington

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Public Administrators/DJ Deejay, SAT Todd Fausnacht, Frankly Lost/DJ PHSH, SUN Stereo League

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI 7thVictim

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Gondola

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, SAT The Disco Biscuits

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Upstairs John Vettese/The Naked Sun, SUN Orchestra 2001: Zappa’s Radical Classical Roots

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mesmeric Haze, Jesse Gimbel, SAT Moonstriker

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jah People, Among Criminals, The Hook, SAT The Underwater Sounds, Nik Greeley & The Operators

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Don Babylon, Brother Nino, SAT Satellite Hearts, Dirty Dollhouse, SUN Supine

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI St. James & The Apostles, Canyon, Wasted Arrows, Bohemian Mule/Drones for Queens, Night Raids, SAT This Way to the Egress, Gringo Motel

Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2ndSt.) FRI Ryan Corcoran Band, Stella Ruze, SAT Moscow Girls, Tetra, The Commonwealth, SUN Lady Parts, The Jumping Juvies

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

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Endless Taile, Looseleaf, OOLALA, Bong Hits For Jesus, Alright Junior, SAT Eye On Attraction, Chet Williams, Sylis P.

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Jawns: A Burlesque Tribute To Steven Spielberg

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Riverside Odds, Socko, Mr. Lisp, Egocentric Plastic Men, SAT Teeth, Presidential Top Knot, Mikey Potato

Ardmore Music Hall(23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Bazmati Vice

Long In The Tooth (2027 Sansom St.) SAT Exmaid (Record Release), Dialer

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Adam Travis & The Soul, The Side Chicks, SAT Eight, Plot/Iron Wind

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Moros, Black Urn

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rentboy, Yeenar, Blushed, SAT Elison Jackson, Queue

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Wyoming (EP Release Show)/Jawncarlo, Fred Beans, David Attias, SUN Trash Knife, Neophobe

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Friendship, Bury Your Fish

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnust St.) FRI Roger Harvey, Augusta Koch, Anika Pyle, Bobby Barnett, Jeff Riddle SUN Crossed Keys

HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mage Hand, Countdown from Ten, Impressionist, Nakama





New Track: "Ain't Life Grand" - A.M. Mills

Flurries of delicate guitar marry a matriculating, warm bass and sandy percussion in A.M. Mills latest single, "Ain't Life Grand". There’s a worn aesthetic and a sly sense of humor on display. It feels nostalgic - a comfortable melancholy that we're all invited to join in on. You can find the former Blood Feathers co-frontman crooning his heart out this evening at Johnny Brenda's, with The Cactus Blossoms and Frankie Lee. (Photo by Serge Levin)





V.V. Lightbody

V.V. Lightbody aka Vivian McConnell (Santah, Grankids) has announced her debut solo album, Bathing Peach. This album is orchestral dream pop, or nap rock as McConnell has dubbed it, and is beautiful start to finish. The album was inspired by a several month trip to Spain and you feel that tropical and Brazilian influence trough out. This will be a perfect summer listen.

Bathing Peach will be released on June 15th. Below is the album’s lead single, “Gaze”.

You can catch V.V. Lightbody at Schubas on June 8th with Rose Hotel.

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New Coping Skills LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Worst New Music, the new LP from Coping Skills, is now available digitally and on cassette via Citywide Records. The duo embraces a keen self-evaluating perspective. Their ability to address the mundane nature of routine, while exploring the quandaries of daily life transform what can be viewed as bummer songs into euphoric anthems. Coping Skills are scheduled to be musical guests as part of the Darlings show on Friday, April 20 at Good Good Comedy Theatre. (Photo by Josh Stewart)





New Track: "Going To My Brother’s House" - Maxwell Stern

Perusing unfamiliar territory, “Going To My Brother’s House,” the latest single from Maxwell Stern (of Signals Midwest), glides in a roundabout, acoustic-folk stroll. Along the song’s evolution, it traveled the globe from Philly to Pittsburgh, to Australia, to Chicago, where it was augmented by Mother Evergreen to become what we hear now. There’s an unassuming nature as the tune guides you down a path. Picking up additional instrumental pieces along the way fully fleshes out its details, as the catchy, lyrical string tongue-ties. There’s a familiarity in realizing when you're out of your comfort zone and the aspects that you notice in those circumstances. You can find Stern opening things up at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, April 27, as part of a billing that also includes Shannen Moser, Port Arthur, and Friends of the Bog.

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