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Weekend Warrior, March 23 - 25

Sundays are usually a good day to wind down and reset for the workweek, but if you are looking to squeeze in some more sweet tunes before you return to your studies or that job you should have left months ago, head on over to Johnny Brenda’s! You’ll find the beautifully melodic garage-pop of The Vernes kicking off the festivities with a new batch of tunes, helping you to forget the trials and tribulations of life. However, if you are ready to delve deep into the corners of your mind, the contemplative tunes of indie darling Abi Reimold will surely help to stir up some emotions that you just might not have known were there. All this rad local support will be leading the way to the synth-pop concoctions of Nawlins duo Video Age. (Abi Reimold Photo by Bob Sweeney) – H.M. Kauffman

Other places where you can wait for spring to arrive already…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Philly Loves Phife & ATCQ, SUN Abi Reimold, The Vernes

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Taggart, Thee Glitterbombs

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Northern Liberties/Ramona, Tiny Hueman/DJSC/Trieves, SAT Earth Telephone, Tact/Shawn Kilroy/Fame Lust/Stateschoolgirl, Leo, Phil Yeah, SUN Blank Pill, Tim Motzer

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Loverlorn

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Andrea Valle, SAT Heavens Edge

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN In the Presence of Wolves

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Deb Callahan Band, SAT (Upstairs) DJ Rahsaan, (Downstairs) Echoes, SUN (Upstairs) Sistahs Attune

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wrong Planet, SAT The Parsnip Revolt, Civil Holdup, Zupang

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI DJ HA

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Heavy Temple, High Reeper (Release Show), Hound, SAT Tioga, Vanderlyle, SUN American Trappist, Jackson Pines

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Internal Rhyme, Tiani Victoria, Kohn, The Digital Crates, Balmour, OG Juan Shinobi, SAT The Rectors, RunHideFight, SUN Voltheque, The Dull Blue Lights/Knightlife, Los Festingos, Curtis Jr.

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Dave Joyce, SAT Possum Kingdom, Lithium, SUN Reece Stacks

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

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dirty Soap Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Ty Asoudegan, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Chad Jenkins Band, Michaela DeBenedictis, SAT Primatives (Album Release), Andorra, Knightlife, At Best, The Good Mess

Century Bar (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Resilient, SAT Clamfight, Goat Wizard

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Left To Vanish, SAT DJ Mighty Mike Saga

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

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Xpresidents, SAT Jac with no K, Easily Fooled, Tyler Asay

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Control For Smilers, SAT Cabin Dogs, SUN The Whiskeyhickon Boys

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Heavensake, Midfield

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Loose Tooth, SUN Mavis The Dog

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Fred Beans, Tristan Kavanagh, SAT DJ-Sun, The GoAround/Slow Reader, Patches and Pins

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rebecca Zimmerman

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Coping Skills, Snakeboy

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Slaughter Beach, Dog, Sleepy Freak, Greg Mendez, Moto Surf

Riley Moore is Nashville's newest alt country "Wandering Man"

The trope of the wandering musician is a familiar one. We've all heard the Allman Brothers' "Ramblin' Man" or Dion's "The Wanderer" or even more recently, Chris Stapleton's "Traveller". But the longevity of this trope shows the reality of the hard life of a musician on the road. Nashville's Riley Moore took this trope and lived it out like no other however when he toured 1,600 miles from Portland to Nashville ON FOOT. Perhaps inspired by that experience, Moore is now sharing throwback country single "Wandering Man" ahead of his album Vagrant due out in June. Check out the song below. And if you missed him at The Basement this week, catch Riley Moore the next time he wanders through town! - Chris Thiessen

Magical Beasts

Folk group Magical Beasts are preparing to release an album, “Peninsula”, and an EP, “When Love’s a Stranger”, on May 1st. The group is led by its core of Nathan Paulus, Ethan Pikas, and Josh Miller, but these new releases feature contributions from several local musicians.

According the band, “Peninsula is a concept album that is dealing with characters who are "dead inside, devolving, or evolving". Below is a track, “Learning and Forgetting”, from Peninsula that was released last week.


Kellen of Troy is very alive on indie rock debut "Posthumous Release"

Formerly a fiddle player for The Apache Relay, Kellen Wenrich has struck out on his own as Kellen of Troy. His debut full-length Posthumous Release offers self-reflective lyricism through a fusion of indie pop, rock, and folk that draws strongly from the melodic influences of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and occasionally '50s rock & roll, situating Wenrich nicely beside contemporaries Lord Huron and Kurt Vile. Check out the album below and be sure to look out for the next time Kellen of Troy is in town! - Chris Thiessen

From the digital submissions: Katie Ekin's dreamy folk track "Little Moon"

It’s rare that an artist sheds new light on a phrase as overused as “less is more,” but that’s exactly the feat that Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Katie Ekin accomplishes on her newest single “Little Moon” (streaming below), which is set to be included on a forthcoming EP. This simple track gives her dreamy harmonies room to shine, while also showcasing the power of a stripped-down sound. She is currently finishing up a string of local shows, with a performance on the 23rd at the NexTies Awards and another on the 24th at Aroma Cellars. - Lilly Milman


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