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Goodnight Lights

Goodnight Lights/Spelling Reform EP Release Show at JB's July 18

A pair of local outfits celebrates their new EPs with performances this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Goodnight Lights welcomes their latest release Say What You Want. The EP is pushed by the constant backend that steadily surges, paving the way to thick guitar lines that serve as punctuation marks as melodically layered, ironed-out vocals provide clear expanses. It’s decidedly clean, with accelerated rushes sprinkled in as pedal-to-the-floor showcases of strength. With their own freshly released EP Diving Bell, the power pop of Spelling Reform (which includes Dan Wisniewski and Mark Rybaltowski previously of The Quelle Source) build a feel-good vibe as Wisniewski’s contemplative narrative vocal style ties into strolling-through-the-neighborhood instrumentation, reflecting on a series of emotions in a purposely loose yet personal way. Openers Shark Tape will catch you on their robust blend of hook-filled rock. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Goodnight Lights and Monday Appreciation Society Play The Fire April 18th

A very hip and all-local lineup graces The Fire’s stage tonight to start up a busy weekend of warm weather and live music. Planning the release of their upcoming June album If You Were Here I’d Be Home Now (in homage to the 51st and Market Love Letter mural), Monday Appreciation Society has released two catchy and smart singles under their signature lo-fi filters. Drummer/Singer Mark Rybaltowski and guitarist Dan Wisniewski joined forces and have been picking up speed since the breakup of their band The Quelle Source last year, and tonight’s show will be the duo’s first-ever performance featuring their “full band” including members of The Chairman Dances, Bird Watcher, and The Quelle Source. Headlining the show is the indie quintet Goodnight Lights playing one hit after another with their smooth alternative rock sound. Also recently added to the bill are the “post-modestmousecore” Bone Bats and the innovative folk-star Thom McCarthyThe Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ -Maggie Grabmeier 

Goodnight Lights CD Release Party at JB’s June 16

Goodnight Lights are having the CD release party for their latest LP, As Far As The Moon, tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The Philly by way of Collingswood, NJ five-piece has been creating songs with pretty harmonies and fuzzy guitars since their self-titled debut in 2009. The band is comprised of a brother-sister combo, the sister’s boyfriend, old neighbors and a college roommate, leading to an intimate bond which shows in their music. Also on the local’s only bill are indie rockers The Quelle Source and dark folk-rockers The Bailey Hounds. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Dan Brightcliffe


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