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The Whips

Scantron Opening for Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds at KFN May 13

In the past three decades, Kid Congo Powers has been active in some of the most iconic, genre-defining bands in garage rock. Previously involved with The Cramps, The Gun Club, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, it’s safe to say he’s got his garage rock chops. These days, the project that serves as his main creative outlet is dubbed The Pink Monkey Birds, and they stay faithful to the Kid’s celebrated noise-laden, macabre, dirty garage roots. This Friday, the group is coming to Kung Fu Necktie with openers Scantron, a band appropriately committed to gritty garage rompers and who have pledged fealty to the tradition pioneered by Kid Congo’s efforts. The guitar buzz and the energy feel distinctly punk influenced, but Scantron reintroduces a 50's style twist and swing motif to their back-looking method. The result gives the band more of a party energy, with soulful hooks and a persistent pace that are designed to get your feet moving. Also, catch The Whips for more slap-back 50's style hooks and bad boy greaser vibes. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $12, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock

The Whips Tape Release Show at Boot & Saddle Feb. 21

Suicide Bong Tapes celebrates the release of The Whips's Roots Rock Element tonight at Boot & Saddle. The Whips exude a loose (not lax) surf-garage tone - one set off by authentic, harmony-peppered, slick, subtly swerving-guitar runs and the omnipresent current of backend rhythm rumbling. It could be considered a trip back to golden-era simplicity, echoing the early rebellious edge that morphed into punk.  With semi-refined, raw materials, the sound is finished to a pronounced sheen, without masking the natural grain. Louie Louie welds the soulful, vocal-anchored pop that has a penchant toward taking a psych-rockin' avenue. The infectious jangle of Wild Jim Banfill & His Rolling Rocks (Mark Banfill of The Tough Shits) sets sail on its inaugural journey, opening things up. Get there early as attendees will receive a free tape with admission, while supplies last. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, January 15 - 17

Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a night of premier Philadelphia garage-punk bands that will (despite the high ceilings) make you feel like you’re at an L.A. basement show circa 1979. Starting the night off is Straw Hats, a noisy band that shares members with the more mild and understated group The Districts, showing just how far their members’ musical breadth reaches. After Straw Hats is The Whips, who apply a layer of rouge to their garage-rock foundation, landing them somewhere in between Dictators-style glam punk and Replacements power pop. Daddy Long Legs is a strangely terrestrial name for an avant space-pop group with a sound and imagination that spans galaxies - and genre. There are some songs that have a whiff of Dirty Projectors style melodic complexity about them, while others thrust straight forward with thick fuzz and a bluesy, Black Keys simplicity. Headlining the event is Residuels, a band with a remarkable resume supporting bands such as The Buzzcocks, The Spits, and The Sonics. Led by Justin Pittney (ex-Moon Women), Residuels harness the disheveled sound of proto-punk inspired garage pioneers of the early 80s like Gun Club and The Cramps, successfully channeling the uninhibited energy of that era’s basement scene and transplanting it into the present day. Keep a watch out for them! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock
Other places to get out to this weekend before the chill returns…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  FRI Frances Doefeen, DELCO, Brandon Cant Dance Hemming, SAT Weekender, Vanillalord, SUN Residuels, The Whips, Straw Hats
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Venice Sunlight, Nicklas Hughes, John Faye
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Slaughter Beach, Dog, Black Beauties, In Bruges, Cranes Are Flying/Motherwhore, Husky Bundles
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Hivelords
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Mr. Sampson
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Naked Sun, SAT DRGN King, Mumblr, SUN Voltheque, Minor Setbacks
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT Ed Christof
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.)  SUN Questlove
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Bill O'Meara, Caleb Spaulding, SAT (Upstairs) Weird Hot, Cliff Hillis/(Downstairs) The Music of Jymie Merritt and The Forerunners, SUN (Upstairs) Man Illuminated, Morse Coda,Tracy Chamberlain, Dana K Fiero,  Melissa Clampffer/(Downstairs) An Evening with Glenn Bryan and Friends
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, Readership, SAT (5pm) Diff'rent Folks, Minor Setbacks, Larry Nodder/(8:30pm) Beards & Whiskey, Kingsnake, Bourbon & Steel, Double Planet
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kiska, La Capitaña, SAT The Paper Shakers
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Spill
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.) FRI Chickabiddy, The Nimble Cats, Keely Sibilia, SAT Amy Faden, SUN CubiZm
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sweet Eureka, Pravda, Zymotic Flow, Magnificent Birds of Prey, SAT Duke Maroon, Cthulhu Martini, The Cultour, SUN Witch Fist, Sovereign
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Black Friday Death Count, Aniqatia, Knightlife, SAT Rob Swift Band, The Heavy Weather, Kevin McCove band
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT High Kick, The Griz Band, Droppin’ Deuce, The TC Cole Riot, SUN Broken Arrow, Tonebenders
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Old Maybe, Whoopsydaisy, Neolibz, SAT Blank Spell, Wild At Heart
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Shelf Life, R.R. Perkins, Open Wide
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Palm, Psychic Teens, Girl Dog
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Prince of Yeti Mantra, DETLOFF, Brandon Can’t Dance, Untan
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SUN Sarah M., Spot Collins, Curtis Cooper
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Witch Fist, Cheerbleeders, Kat Hamilton
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mike Pays Heat, Water Polo, Twin Pines

The Whips Opening for The Mystery Lights at Ortlieb's Dec. 1

Fitting nicely on the Burger Records roster, garage rockers The Whips recently dropped their new full-length album Roots Rock Element, whose title holds true as a descriptor. The band features Far-Out Fangtooth's Joe Kusy and The Tough Shits's James Horn. The group already has plans to release another album this January via Philly indie label Suicide Bong Tapes. They'll be rockin' 'n' a rollin' this evening at Ortlieb's alongside like-minded brethren Brooklyn's The Mystery Lights and locals Los Calzones. It's a Tuesday night bill for the kids who too cool to show up school and work tomorrow. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.


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