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December 2015
The City & I
Colins “Bear’” Regisford’s musical talents can be found dispersed throughout the Philly music community in bands such as Mannequin Pussy, Kids, Ghost Gum, and Albondigas. And with the help of local musically-inclined friends, which also included members of The Spirit of the Beehive and Gunk, what originally started as Bear’s acoustic solo project in 2004 traverses a diverse landscape of genres on his debut EP Downer, recorded under the moniker The City & I.   
Available on cassette via Infinity Cat Recordings, Downer is a record that never settles into one place for too long, jumping from moment to moment at the speed of life. “Bored People” gradually dials you in: “I’ve got no time for excuses, I’ll invest in an illusion…” It lays the groundwork, projecting an intriguing introduction of shadowy, blunted haze.
“Divine Lorraine” shifts the tempo upward into rebellious slacker rock. Pat Conaboy’s fresh kick of percussion propels the song ahead, tying in the slight etchings of distorted guitar to provide a gritty texture, which is reinforced by the lead vocal and polished by the tempering back vocals. It’s a welcomed mesh of the raw and the refined. “Geordie” is encompassed by a calm, shoegazing cloud; however, what first appears clear gathers a turbulent air, sweeping one through a momentary buzzing cyclone before disintegrating into feeble animal whimpers.
Sounds from the city encircle “Tall Girls,” while a guitar-led, emotionally torn and conflicted serenade rings out subtly in the forefront. “Untitled” is a thirty-second noise jam that builds to the title-track through a warping sonic hole. “Downer” is anything but. The instant fervor of grungy instrumentation smacks the song into action, giving the record a spirited, momentous jolt. But “Are You Up” closes by transporting the album to another unique site. This one couples Eastern-sounding keys with an industrial-hammering rhythm and a late-night, burnt-as-fuck-yet-confident emcee delivery. Amid a noisy, chaotic perimeter, it spirals into a joyous exclamatory applause. And we are left wishing and hoping for a secret track, but none ever comes. - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, January 25 - 27

Weekend Warrior, January 25 - 27

Yeah, it’s effin’ cold out! That’s why this Saturday you can find a whole evening’s worth of entertainment all under one roof at Kung Fu Necktie. The night will kickoff with a solo set of panty-dropping vocals from Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus. Then prepare to be engulfed in sonic waves when Nightlands, a.k.a. The War on Drugs’ Dave Hartley, hits the stage to share some new tunes from his latest album Oak Island. (You can check out our recent interview with Hartley HERE.) And you don’t have to leave after his performance because you can either stay downstairs for Sugar Town’s 12th Anniversary and benefit show for Ladyfest Philly with Radiator Hospital, Bike Crash and Batty, or head upstairs and pretend like you are at a house show with Catnaps, Roof Doctor, Tutlie and Incorporated Village of the Ghost. See - there is no need to go anywhere else. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

Other places to hideout from the cold this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI It's a King Thing, Windsor Park Walkers, Clamfight, SAT It’s the Year 2007 w/Reef The Lost Cauze
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Leather, Heathen Reign, SAT (Downstairs - Early) Nightlands Record Release Show w/Jon Barthmus (Sun Airway), (Upstairs) Roof Doctor, Catnaps, Traffic Nightmare, Tutlie, (Downstairs - Late) Sugar Town Ladyfest Benefit w/Radiator Hospital, Bike Crash, Batty
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The A’s
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mater Mathu, Study Electricity, Problem Solving, SAT Hopscotch Injury, Makeshift Uprising, Easy Three & The Funky T, Ridden Fifths
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Uptown Tone, Mazon, ANDtheNAMELESS, Feevaleo, SAT Electric Grioland, Socin Lberation Front, Leana Song, Prophecy Music Project, DJ Femstar, SUN Mean Streets, Horse Theives and Other Villians
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Among Criminals, Kid Felix, Post Sun Times, SAT Steppin Razor
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Taggart, SUN Leana Song
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Menzingers
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Modern Colour, Jacob Kulick, Delco Pacers, SAT Stone, Alexander Lawrence and Sets, Outlander, In Nomine Patris, Aponic Blue, Dizzy Doctrine, Mirror Men
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Deep C, Speaker for the Dead
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Tommy Conwell, Jeffrey Gaines
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Sunshine Superman, SAT Keystone Mountain Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Tripod Trio, SAT KillerWhale
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Dom, Zach and Friends, SAT Aiden James
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Good Excuses, Stolen Rhodes, SAT Rowboat Casino
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Top Catz, SAT Natural Selection
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Inkstains
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Token Prospects, Midwestern Exposure, Anjuli Josephine, SAT Token Prospects, Midwestern Exposure, Anjuli Josephine
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Supreme and The New Experience, Grandlux (Kuf Knotz), Bong Hits for Jesus, Trayvon Dahmer, The Loose Lipz
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) FRI Josh Wink’s Annual Birthday Bash, SUN Daylight
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Left of Logic, The Formless Form, Barncat, SAT Montoj, Ghost of Jupiter
The Radom Tea Room (713 N. 4th St.) FRI Daniel Bachman, Paul Sukeena, SAT Daniel Ryan Belski
Beaumont Warehouse (5027 Beaumont St.) FRI Get Railed, Blindfold, The Adults, Casket
Sprinkle Kingdom (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Cold Fronts, Slutever
Michael Jordan (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Ted Nguyent
The Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Radiator Hospital, Adult Braces
The Crystal Palace (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT Kite Party, Bleeding Fractals, Marietta
The Brown House (Please contact OMGDIY@gmail.com for more details.) FRI Coffin Dust


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