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The Bad Doctors

Weekend Warrior, July 10 - 12

Tonight, Underground Arts (specifically the cozy confines of the Black Box) will be abuzz as a trio of local acts revs up the audience for tonight’s headliner. That initial sky-rocketing blast will be detonated by Harsh Vibes, whose cosmic journey plays in fuzzed-out long form. They stretch sonic waves to allow those noisy particles to methodically gather momentum and fortitude, while maintaining a steady course and exploring unknown regions, only to seamlessly transition into a higher gear in the optimal setting. It’s a powerful-meets-purposeful head-trip. After just sharing a few new demos, the propulsive synth- driven, creeping wave of The Bad Doctors will rouse you to your feet, although you may want to occasionally peer over your shoulder. Meanwhile, the get-loose, surf-garage rock of The Tough Shits retain a gritty spirit, producing the type of songs that you’ll replay in your head throughout the weekend. They’ll be bridging the divide to the heavy plunge of California psych-garage outfit Meatbodies. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Swollen Fox Anniversary: The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir, Lou
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Abi Reimold, SUN Hoser, The Cats
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Posers, Sonic Screemers/The KMX Band, Assaultica, The Junior Spies /The Blurry Nights / Tommy Hogunz, SAT Captain Scurvy & The S.S. Pancake, Witch Craft/Cadaveric Spasm, Decap Attak, Black Urn, SUN Anti Suburbians, Chinga, Traitor
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Sounds Like Summer Music Showcase
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Dogs On Acid
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Love a Lunatic, The Fearless Fly, Something Like A Monument, SAT Jesse Gimbel, Those People, Stallions, Widowmaker Social Club, SUN Myrrias, The Morelings
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Alustrium, Lör, Prosper or Perish, Parius, SUN Nuevo Fest
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Peedi Crakk, Bok Nero, Joie Kathos, Pharaoh Dinero
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Modern Baseball
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Nicky Egan, SAT Aaron Parnell Brown, SUN El Malito
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT ialive, E. Grizzly, SUN (5pm) Sophie Koorhan, Sophie Shah/ (8pm) Mason
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Bill O'Meara Band (Release Show)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Tin Horses, Mark Lanky, SAT Address, Jeff Riddle & The Bella Vista Social Club
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Shy Boyz, SAT Manifested
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof, Risky Disco
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT The Clockmen
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI American Schoolyard, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Cicada Jade, The Droogettes, Roxy Rollz, Soraia, Cheerbleeders/Founders, Baby Blitz, Matchstick Men, SAT (1pm) Mesmeria, Uphevil, Slyphr, Stealing Fame/(7pm) Threatpoint, Flesh Engine, We Our War, Makhaira, Corners of Sanctuary, SUN (10 am), Commonwealth, Malphas/(4pm) Ketosis, Autoerotica
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Punx Picnic: Nightfall, Dronez, Drowse
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT DJ Case Bloom, FRI Friends With Benefits
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
El Bar (1356 N, Front St.) SAT Friendship, Bryant Vazquez
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Lukey Bird, SAT Borrowed Equipment, Cicada Jade, Dirt Dirt
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Control For Smilers, Cocktail Party Phenomenon
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI A Benefit for PAWS: Dying, Die Choking, Drones For Queens
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Bad Canoes
Nut Hut Saloon (1873 Frankford Ave.) SAT Lapses (EP Release), QQQ, Blood Sound, Skydive Dubai
FDR Skatepark (1500 Pattison Ave.) SAT (1pm) The Charley Few, Anti-Suburbans, Planet 88, Loss of Effect
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rockers: Palaceburn, Revolution, I Love You, Moor Mother Goddess & Abdul Kadir
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Marge, Run Forever, Loose Tooth
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Goodbye Party, Open Wide, Jonagold
Slacka Barrel (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI No, Incisor, Severed, Lip Service
Pariah (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN: Block Party (12pm) Spent Flesh, Coffins Across Hiroshima, Traitor, Aseptic, Disjawn/(9pm) Crescent

The Bad Doctors Opening for Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts Nov. 17

Tonight’s show at Underground Arts is definitely one that I said to myself when I first saw it on the calendar: “Oh, why the fuck does this have to be on a Monday night?!” One of my favorite bands Thee Oh Sees are back in town, and though they’ll be returning as a different configuration, John Dwyer and crew will surely provide a signature amped up performance. For local support, synth-punks The Bad Doctors will be gettin’ the crowd warmed up. Armed with an arsenal of material from their latest LP Burning City (FDH Records), the energy level will be set to full throttle from the get go. Drag City’s Jack Name, a.k.a. White Fence’s touring guitarist John Webster John, will be the psych-pop filling to this rockin’ sandwich for the evening. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $18, 21+ - Alexis V.


Weekend Warrior, August 22 - 24

Tonight, fittingly The Bad Doctors kick off a run of tour dates at The Pharmacy. In support of their latest LP Burning City (FDH Records), The Bad Doctors perform dance-inspiring electro-synth foundational tunes, pulled from the poorly lit shadowy corners of the mind, giving the racing-through-the-side-streets vibe an added heart-thumping appeal to urgency. While you’re prone to cautiously look over your shoulder, post-punk trio Psychic Teens is hard at work on their next full-length LP, the follow-up to COME, and will be playing some new tunes this evening. Psychic Teens ooze an authoritative, agitated, buzz-saw sound that demands one’s full attention. The duo of Wes Russell and Shari Vari (Void Vision) team up as Hot Guts, comfortably fitting on this bill with their menacing brand of post industrial-wave and a new record Wilds set for release this fall via Avant! Records. The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.), 7pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the eventual end of summer this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Tinmouth
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Grand Nationals, SAT Myrrias, Sheer Mag
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI It’s A King Thing, Joy Riding, SAT Air is Human, Nick Millevoi & Brandon Lopez/Radiator Hospital, QUIT SUN Science Club. Corporate Hearts
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Son Little
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014:Problem Solving, RFA/ (Downstairs) Levee Drivers, SAT (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014: Allie Carroll, The Mellowells, Static Mountain, Crucial/The Better Half, Zymotic Flow, Red Rising, 46 Reasons
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT TWOB Fest: Marietta, Leaky Soups, Eureka Driver, SUN TWOB Fest: Kite Party, Broken Beak, Address, Carved Up
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Trevor Felix (Release Show), The Inconsiderate Bastards, Get ‘Em Wet, SAT Carl Kavorkian, ialive, Zah Garner, Cornelius the Third, SUN Tribute, Hyper Inc., The Basement Boys/(Late) Jonas Oesterle
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Screaming Rattler
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Commonwealth Choir
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, The Silence Kit, Dressed LikeStolen Cars, SAT Wilbur, La Overtoner, Tiny Cities, SUN Major Van Winkle
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) Sun DEL, Lee Jones
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Richard Bush & The Peace Creeps
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI  Ross Bellenoit, SAT Silvia Platypus, Upholstery, SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Wooden Hez, The Madeleine Haze, Andrew & The Rhythm Hounds/StarSkream, SAT  Woofstock 2014: Sinners Saints, Syrrah, Robbing Noll, Scars of Bourbon/Aniqatia, Big Stall, Lightning Arms
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT GASH, Sparklefight
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Field Mouse
The Station (1550 McKean St.) SAT Line Leader, Time Hitler and the Assholes From Space
Greys Ferry Skatepark (3600 Greys Ferry Ave.) FRI Ma Jolie, Mumblr, Community Service, Ted Ngyuent, Sic Bacchus, Blankbook, Starving The Tsunami
City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) SAT Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Illinois, Mo Lowda & The Humble
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dry Reef, Matt Gauss, SAT The Aponic Blue, Charles Noo
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Pure Jerry, The Happy Dog
1427 Frankford Ave. SUN Up the Chain
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI John Galm, Good Crime, The City and I, SAT Kids
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI TWOB Fest: Grower, Disinterest, Limits
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bad Braids, Kerosene, HELP, Raw kale
Rogue’s Tavern (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Stone Furs, Vita and the Woolf, The Yetis, Twosies
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Andorra, Krispy Kareem, Forever Lesbians, Shrink

New Bad Doctors LP Available for Streaming

The Bad Doctors have always had their synth-leanings to 80’s new wave. However, on the group’s latest LP Burning City, available via FDH Records, they have fully embraced the more danceable side of the genre, while still maintaining the edginess that had made them local basement favorites. You can stream the record in its entirety below.


The Bad Doctors Record Release Show at The Boot & Saddle May 16

The new-wave punk-injected West Philly trio known as The Bad Doctors celebrates the release of their first full-length entitled Burning City (FDH Records) tonight at The Boot and Saddle. The group performs synth-laden, danceable music embedded with a more serious closer to the surface attitude concentrated in the heavy deep tones found in Matt McDermott’s vocals. The Bad Doctors work that tug of war push-pull found between joy and darkness and release and reality. They will be joined on the bill this evening by recent Deli Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners future/primitive whose self-titled 12’’ is a steady churning blend of jagged, stabbing guitars, steady thumping back-end and assertive, serious/raw-coated vocals. Synth-punk hybrid and fellow FDH Records labelmates SGNLS round out the night’s lineup. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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