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Great Weights

Weekend Warrior, August 17 - 19

Hardcore and noise converge in the music of Great Weights. The band’s self-titled EP is jarring - a raw release of inhibited emotion. There’s a heaviness that pushes back in agitated expression. That ability to expose personal vulnerability and make it work as a source of strength creates a powerful universal dynamic. The stakes are high as unimpeded observations and analysis are on full display, as the music stews in calm yet formidable swells, or blitzes ahead with an uncontainable tenacity.  This Saturday, the band represents part of the slate, which also includes Soul GloDemodex , and Rainbow Crimes [a new project from Leah Basarab (Ex. By. V.), Alex Smith (Solarized), Katy Otto (Callowhill, Trophy Wife)] at Children’s Community School of West Philadelphia, which will be host The Trans Equity Project Fund-rager. The Trans Equity Project offers peer-based support for trans individuals, sexual health and HIV prevention counseling, mentorship with transitioning, legal advocacy, and much more. It’s a rager for a good cause so come join! – Michael Colavita

More spots to hit this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Bardo Pond, Mt. Vengeance, Concentration Moon

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Looseleaf, Kyle Sparkman

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Burnout Star, Hey Mark, Let's Riot!, Holy Gifts/DJ Dame Luz, SUN Adventure Lost, Beach Bod, Mattress Food

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Ivy Sole, Lojii 

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI DJ Wassup Gina, DJ Haram, SAT KuKui Glow Your Mind Fest

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Enemy Soil, Secret Cutter, Congenital Death, SAT Renaissance Blvd., The Willies, Karmalatta, Rob Levy, Eleven/Youthfool 

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Chill Moody, Shawn Smith, SAT Martha Graham Cracker

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Fame Lust, SAT Dayne Jordan, ill Fated Natives, Miles Chancellor, Filson, Kid The Great, Goody Gunz, DJ Lean Wit It

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) John Vettese/Taylor Kelly, SAT The Hype presents: Love Fest

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI '90s Alternative/Grunge Sing Along: In The Presence Of Wolves, SAT Curtis Jr., 46 Reasons, The Quixote Project

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Holy Gifts, Santi Suede, SAT HiSoft, Jo Kusy/Bad Heaven Limited, Vivian K, SUN Erin Fox, Overwinter, Vessna Schef 

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT L.M.I., Those Troublemakers/Body Spray, Faking, SUN Tessellations, Badnew, Fairy Godmother, Ready Now, Slugqueen/Rally, Screamcloud, Mesa Glow

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Those Troublemakers (Tape Release), Kahlil Ali, The City & I, SAT Roadkiller, Grey CELL, None But Equals

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The HYPE! Presents Love Fest, SAT Pete Hill (EP Release), Haunted Continents, Flat Ernie, Nuna & The Wayward Spirit

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Dotgov, Urban Shaman Attack

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Insignificant Others, The Pogos, Chino, Suffacox Mach2, SAT Anomie

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI  Prince and MJ Experience: DJ Marco, SAT 30 And Over League

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI  The Peek-A-Boo Revue/Ben Aire, SAT  The Peek-A-Boo Revue/Brian Toll, SUN Shattered: A Burlesque Tribute to Black Mirror

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sitting In Cars, Psychoskunk, SAT Cowboy Bohemian, Rock Bottoms, Knightlife

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Lady Alma, King Britt 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Roxy Rollz, Mr. Unloved, Endless Taile, SUN Aether Eater

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI In Different Sounds

The Music Ward (5101 Grays Ave.) SAT Secret Nudist Friends, Trash Boy

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sieve

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Shadow Band, SAT Lovelorn

Truck (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Who Loves You, Susie Derkins

Philly Folk Fest (Old Pool Farm) Bethlehem and Sad Patrick, Black Horse Motel, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, Charlie Miller & Bob Beach, Christopher Davis-Shannon, The Cornerstones, David C. Perry, David Dye, Deb Callahan, Dukes of Destiny, Earth Radio, Gene Shay, The Gene Smith Band, Glengesh, J Solomon, Jason Ager & The Golden Eagles, Reed Brothers Band, The Jayplayers, The Jersey Corn Pickers, John Beacher & Matt Kresge, John Byrne band, Johnny Shortcake, Kicking Down Doors, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, Lolly & YoYo, Trickster Sister, Matt Santry, Meghan Cary,Michael Braunfeld, Midwestern Exposure, The Naked Sun, Orion Freeman, Poor Man's Gambit, Rachel Eve, Rare Spirits, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Texas Rose Band, Tin Bird Choir, Todd Fausnacht, Vanessa Collier, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Whirled


New Track: "After the Drive-In" - Great Weights

Great Weights' self-titled EP drops on April 13 via Bunny Cat Records. “After the Drive-In” instantly accelerates as the instrumentation blitzes and then broods, meeting the emotional intensity displayed in the self-aware lyricism.  The song acknowledges the necessity of change, and it unapologetically takes back ownership of one’s actions. You can find Great Weight performing next at their record release show on Friday, April 13 at West Philly's The Mothership, where they'll be supported by Tact, Ronnie Vega, and Cage Flight.


New Track: "Morning Sickness" - Great Weights

The quartet of Great Weights will be releasing a self-titled EP on April 13 via Bunny Cat Records. Spinning tumultuous instrumentation, the band sets the table on “Morning Sickness”. Meredith Haines vents in a powerfully personal, vocal display, affectively weaving between a relaxed and roaring approach. On Sunday, March 18, No Face Studios will be hosting Great Weights, alongside Ursula, Florry, Susie Derkins, and Spandrels.


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