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Bardo Pond

New Bardo Pond Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Take flight aboard the sonic shuttle of Philly psych-rock stalwarts Bardo Pond, whose latest mission Volume 8 was recently released via Fire Records. Unearthing mindful stillness as one’s surroundings spin further out into the ether, there’s a brooding, eye-of-the-storm circumstance. Engulfing heaviness is shot through with moments of beautiful clarity. Bardo Pond will be touching down on Johnny Brenda’s stage on February 16, where they'll be supported by Honey Radar, Major Stars, and Henry Owings.

Weekend Warrior, March 31 - April 2

Released last month via Epitaph, The Menzingers’ latest album, After The Party, finds the quartet in a reflective realm. Maintaining a melodic, polished sense of exuberance, the album stews on reminiscent tales of young adulthood, steadily driving ahead while peaking out from within those narratives to inject crowd-charging, catchy choruses. After numerous nights of travel, their destination is the inviting return home as they set up shop, intertwining Americana-punk sounds at The Fillmore, joined by Jeff Rosenstock, and Rozwell Kid.
Meanwhile, right down the road at Johnny Brenda's, the engulfing fuzz-torching psych rock of Bardo Pond blazes an invigorating sonic trail to commemorate their new release, Under The Pines, available via Fire Records. They’ll be supported by Sparrow Steeple and Eric Arn so step out of the rain and soak in some replenishing sounds. - Michael Colavita

Other places to hit this weekend…
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Menzingers

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bardo Pond (Record Release), Sparrow Steeple, SUN Upperfields
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Phantasm, The Tea Club, Something Like A Monument
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Fame Lust, SUN Geo Metro, Ryan M Todd
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Aphra
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Full Bush, Grace Vonderkuhn, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Lupe Garu/Superstar Yay, Brucey Da Rapper,  Yog JP, Reek Ivan, Stizz Gambler, Elijah Royce, O Dollaz, Burn The General, City Rominiecki
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dirty South Joe, Gianni Lee, Heaven in Stereo
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Flannel, White Limo/(Downstairs) La Giara, The Water Jug: Musical Memoir/Book Presented by Minas Ensemble, SAT (Downstairs) Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure: Sounds of Society, Runnin’ Late, RD Sting, Rightback, SUN (Upstairs) Nik Greeley & The Operators
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Bern The Bastard, Ezekiel Crow, B. Temporary, Fallible Being, Guillotine Tongue, Malcolm Culleton , SUN Kevin Ripley,  Trash Boy, Blushed
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Lightning Jones, Civil Holdup, SUN Police/Sting Tribute: Thorazine, Boy Wonder, Coco Sol, Lou Lanza, Monopop, The Quirktones
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Square Peg Round Hole, The Vernes, SAT Oolala, Grubby Little Hands, Ton-Taun, Red Queen Lilith, SUN Community Center, Dirty Purple, Burned Out, Still Glowing
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ed Christof, SAT DJ Deejay
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI I Think Like Midnight, Conversations, The Deadeyes, SAT The Orange Drop, Satellite Hearts, Dot.gov
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Legion 76, Duffy’s Cut, SAT Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Sweet Eureka, Venice Sunlight, Molly Rhythm
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Young Graves
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sixteen Jackies, Slomo Sapiens, Slophouse, The Primaries, Falang, SAT Spaghetti Vacation, Local Smokes, Stargazer Lily, Matt Gauss Band, Tony Ukes
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, SAT AM Radio, SUN The Grizz Band, Vilebred
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Agent Moosehead, Mage Hand, Blümntl
Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) FRI The Whips, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Downtrodder, Hells, Dunning Kruger, SAT Manic Pixi, Moonroof, Honeytiger, SUN Cllctyrslf, Here/Now

New Bardo Pond Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Bruising percussion and sludgy, scorching guitars, tempered by Isobel Sollenberger’s peacefully permeating vocals, Under The Pines is the newly released record from Philly psychedelic stalwarts Bardo Pond. Available via UK label Fire Records, the album creates a crushing sense of catharsis. Its brooding, reserved appeal to fuzzed-out aggression steadily murmurs in one's mind. Bardo Pond will be celebrating its arrival this Friday, March 31 at Johnny Brenda's with Sparrow Steeple and Eric Arn.


Happy 10th Anniversary Week, Johnny Brenda’s!!!

For those who’ve been lucky enough to live through the renaissance that Philly’s music scene has been experiencing for the last decade or so, we’d like to remind you of a time when the next big thing in music was not likely going to be discovered in your favorite local DIY space. With the exception of R5 Productions, who was only consistently booking the First Unitarian Church at the time and just starting to gain a great reputation nationally in the indie music scene, many of the music venues were known more for ripping off artists than helping to nurture the music community. However, once Johnny Brenda’s renovated its second floor into a concert space, it was a total game changer - forever raising the bar in Philly. (Thank you!) We finally had a world-class music venue that actually cared about the artists’ and concertgoers’ experience. (What local musician out there didn’t appreciate the complimentary Greek plate in the backstage when he or she first performed there?) Johnny Brenda’s became a cornerstone for the arts & culture community in Fishtown and throughout Philadelphia.
This week marks the beloved establishment’s 10th Anniversary as a music venue, and they’ll be celebrating it with some kick-ass events that start this evening with the soulful, powerful ache of Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, the polished indie-pop of Hurry, and the “heavenly blues” of The Goodbye Party. You also surely don’t want to miss Tuesday night’s psych explorations with Bardo Pond, Birds of Maya, and Chris Forsyth. The rest of the week’s festivities will also include evenings with Rocky Votolato, The Album Leaf, IGNITE Philly, and much more. Cheers to all the good folks at JB’s! - Q.D. Tran

Weekend Warrior, October 30 - November 1

Without a doubt, Halloween is our favorite holiday. And we know that you can’t wait to get into a little mischief this weekend. Where would we suggest for you to do that at? It’s tough to say with so many options. You can kick it old school tonight with legendary Philly punks The Dead Milkmen at The Troc and psych rockers Bardo Pond at JB’s, or go way back to the 8-bit sounds of your childhood with Cheap Dinosaurs and Chipocrite at MilkBoy Philly. There is a plethora of cover band bills to choose from so take your pick. Do you want to rock out with your genitals out (so PC, right?) with Ween (featuring members of On The Water, Post Sun Times & Sandcastle) at South Philly DIY (garage) space Cha-Cha’Razzi? Or is watching Vita and the Woolf’s Jen Pague throwing down with her best Sasha Fierce impersonation at MilkBoy Philly your bag? And of course, our old pal TJ Kong will be playing host to his 6th annual Halloween Murder Show at Underground Arts. There’s a lot to consume in costume this weekend; however, we conveniently list the local activities for you below. - The Deli Staff
More places for mischief this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bardo Pond, Kohoutek, SAT An Evening with Sun Ra Arkestra
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Sonnder, Awaking Mercury, Last Full Measure
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Into the Void, SAT Line Leader/Fame Lust, Elijvh Vrms, Jesse Tyler
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI M AX NOI MACH, Haldol, SAT Cover Show: Laser Background, Lithuania
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI PhillyBloco, SAT TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show VI: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Satellite Hearts, Pine Barons, Mercury Radio Theater (Ali Wadsworth + friends doing Aerosmith covers)
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Tunji Ige, Dayo
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Dead Milkmen
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Osler Circle Benefit For Children’s Hospital, SUN (Upstairs) (12pm) PROJECT Trio & Jacob Winterstein/(Upstairs) (8pm) Casey Alvarez/(Downstairs) (12pm) Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Jawn, The Royal Noise, Aquatic Ape Theory, SAT Pink Slip Daddy, The Greg Phoenix Experience
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Truant Minds, Rosabelle Believes, Wild By Law, SAT Halloween Cover Show: Adam Rivera (They Might Be Giants), Conversations (Tom Petty & Sheryl Crow), Brian Fitzy (Hall & Oates), SUN Mahatma X, André Altrez, Zaya
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, Chipocrite, Chronicles of Sound, SAT Halloween: Vita and The Woolf (as Beyonce), The Captain The Pilot The Driver (as The Traveling Wilburys), Pilkington (as Joan Jett), The Orange Drop (as Pink Floyd)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Air is Human, Rexedog
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Royale, Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI American Schoolyard, SAT Brown Sugar
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) SAT DJ Sean Smoove
Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Illvibe Collective, SAT Lowbudget, Ed Christof,  Ben Aire, SUN Pot Luck Cabaret
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Song Dogs, SAT The Funky T, Groove Merchants, Rick & MC, Bohka
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Catullus (Rocky Horror Picture Show), SAT Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Swift Technique (PRINCE VS. MORRIS DAY")
W/N W/N Coffee Bar (931 Spring Garden St.) SUN Abi Reimold, Shakai Mondai
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Cheerbleeders, Molly Rhythm
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Dead, Old Scratch, Bohemian Mule
@714 (714 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Making Time: Pure Halloween
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ween Tribute (Featuring members of On The Water, Post Sun Times & Sandcastle), The Who (Impressionist), Cake (OhBree), Country Classics (Point Breeze Country Club)
Tie Factory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blood Sound
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Legs Like Tree Trunks, Vanillalord, Laser Background, Arthur Shea
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Plainview (Weezer), Mike Pays Heat (Counting Crows), Darla

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