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The Joint Chiefs of Math

Weekend Warrior, February 5 - 7

The classic two-piece rock band: a time-tested model that, when properly executed, deserves special recognition and admiration; not only for the boldness of performing as a duo with only one other person to rely on, but also for the unique quality that such an undiluted intimacy between musicians can produce. And to better celebrate these dynamic duos, these symbols of symbiosis, First Unitarian Church is hosting the 9th annual Two Piece Fest this Saturday. Enter +HIRS+, a beloved Philly two-piece thrash band, who combines dizzying tempos, pummeling blast beats, and throat rending vocals with a Napalm Death sensibility for song length - that is, extremely short. For good reason too, because if any of these songs ran over a minute, fingers would start flying off their joints, and throats would combust. Dialing it back a notch is Blacksalt, whose emotive melodies and weaving vocals are faintly reminiscent of a gazed-out Seam. Let’s also not forget local math-rock bad boys, The Joint Chiefs Of Math, who create head-spinningly unpredictable soundscapes full of abrupt dynamic shifts and tirelessly innovative drum parts. Out-of-towners Empty Vessels will also be in attendance to claim their share of two-piece praise with their heavy brand of sludgy hardcore. A handful of parallels can be made between them and sludge-duo legends Jucifer, but Empty Vessels has a seemingly stronger inclination toward post-hardcore dissonant melody over low-end doom-style riffage. Baltimore’s Romantic States take a different approach to duo song crafting, choosing instead to celebrate the charming minimalism inherent in a two-piece. Their pop songs are uncomplicated and jangly, but don’t lose any expressive detail for lack of members. You can check out the full lineup and set times for Two Piece Fest HERE. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 2pm, $12, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock
More places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  SAT Philly Loves Dilla: DJ Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT ROZES, Lockets, Bondage & Discipline
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Good Mess, Mr. Grimstone/Boys Club, SAT GASH/The Danger O's, Readership, Welter, The One2s, The Escape/BlendMode, Get Up
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Bunny Savage
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Underwater Sounds (Farewell Show), The Snails, Rosemary Fiki Band, SAT Ben Arnold (Record Release), The Fractals
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Pig Iron Theatre’s Annual Benefit Cabaret:  La Vie Bo-Ham
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, Darla, SAT The Disco Biscuits, Swift Technique
TLA (334 South St.) SAT OCD: Moosh & Twist
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI  (Downstairs) Hezekiah Jones, SAT (Upstairs) 4th Annual Winter Doldrums Benefit Concert: Matt Duke, Mutlu, Andrea Nardello, AlyCat, John Faye, The Wallace Brothers Band, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Tin Bird Choir, Chris Grunwald & Raph Cutrufello, Sonja Sofya & Ross Bellenoit, Paige Allbritton & Elspeth Tremblay, Chipocrite, Lovers League, Vilebred, Sunshine Superman, Ben Kessler, Song Dogs, The Rent-A-Cops: The Police Tribute Band, Hurricane Hoss, Allison Polans, Angela Burns, Alex & the Beggars
Vilomah project preview with Michele Lynn & Nardo Lilly, Doc Terry’s tribute to Dante Bucci
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus' Older Brother, Lakota, SAT Howlish, SUN Freshsz, Kace, Crime Children, Miles Chancellor, Ant Beale
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Whiting, SAT Screaming Rattler, BlackHand
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sheer Mag, The Whips
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT (4pm) Blonde Melon/(9:30pm) DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Deadeyes/Hired Guns Blues Band
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Will Paynter and Jay Popky
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stereoma, Momma Hankton, Jean Claude's Damn Van, Skip Monday, SAT Pagan Babies, Shitty Friends, The Dolts
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Disgorgement
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Something Like Sound, Room For Mojo, SAT StarSkream, Pravda, Trouble in Tokyo
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Mad Splatter, Disaster Committee, Proof & Proving, SAT (3:30pm) Fishtown Beats/(9pm) Arc Divers, Heart Harbor, SUN Tiani Victoria, Jay Marie, Mew 3 Crew, R'Que, Malc Dat
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Moto Surf, Brackish, The Morelings, Thief, Steal Me A Peach
Bond Villian (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kississippi, Hanging Hills (EP release), Howlish
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Uncle/Father Oscar
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jim Strong Bathassaults, Kyle Press
Cosmos (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Acoustic Show) Rachel Browne, Jake Ewald, Jeremy Berkin
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Guests, Vanillalord, Old Maybe, Nyxy Nyx
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jenkem, Incisor

Weekend Warrior, May 9 - 11

When Marcus Denke and Kevin Keenan combine forces forming The Joint Chiefs of Math, the results are truly dynamic. To be more specific, The Joint Chiefs of Math seem to lock-in and sync up, communicating complex musical ideas which are played at a frenetic yet calculated pace. The pairing weaves through a labyrinth of sonic styles, taking unexpected turns and steering clear of convention - in essence, purposely driving off the grid to find their own warp-speed way. The emotionally volatile, noisy alt-rockers Mumblr occupy the other opening position this evening at Johnny Brenda’s, gearing up for the fret-shredding work of Marnie Stern. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm., $13, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to hideout this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Joint Chiefs of Math, Mumblr
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Lefty’s Deceiver, No Other
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Rosie Bondz
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bacio, SAT Glitter, The Danger O’s, SUN (Downstairs) Lawrence Arnell, Fel Sweetenberg, Nex Millen, King Size, (Upstairs) Loose Tooth, Brown Rainbow, Cowardice
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Phillybloco
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Catching Wasps
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Walter Martin
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Folly Fields (Record Release), Bells, Tyler Burkhart, SUN Moonstriker, The Stonewall Vessels
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Big Tusk, Younger Me, SAT The Royal Noise (Release Show), Flux Capacitor, SUN Terrible Things, Modern Suits
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI A.M. Mills, Mark Lanky, Dressed Like Stolen Cars, SAT Queen Jesus, Tippy and the Shy Guys
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Ruby the Hatchet Sunday The Retinas
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Dead:Stop, Making-Out With Medusa, Varroa
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Babin Brothers
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT (Main Floor) Black Sun Rising, Release (Upstairs) The Mahlors, The Substance, Overfield, The Phonies
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The GTVs
JR’ s Bar (2337 S. Croskey St.)FRI No RiSK, Community Service, assemble! SUN Wayward Ones
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Warhead
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Heyyo, Trouble in Tokyo, Swim., Andalusia, Tasty Face, SAT Mike Weyrauch, Matt Gauss Band, Pete Groch, Rob Tait Kyle Campbell
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Cattulus, SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers,
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Radiator Hospital, Todd Killings, Dark Thoughts, SAT Dridge, War Emblem
Toby’s Purgatory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ted Nguyent, Olive Drab Slow Animal, Blue Smiley
Mt. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Disinterest, Christopher Walking

Amanda X Tears Apart Kung Fu Necktie March 30th

Local trio Amanda X is more or less what would happen if you collided Plumtree and Cat Power; the bands self-described “cuddle punk” is made up of endearingly sweet vocals draped over downright furious instrumentals. The resulting sound is tender, vicious and a bit nostalgic. The show was supposed to be Co-headlined by Smoother, but apparently they are no longer playing. Openers will be The Caution Children, Tigerscout, and the fantastic Joint Chiefs of Math. They’ll all be coming together at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 8PM, $5 21+ – Daniel Ludwig

The Joint Chiefs of Math & Pill Friends Pop the Cherry at New Unnamed Space March 23

New Years 2009: dressed in my Sunday’s finest, I exited my friend Mike’s vehicle somewhere in the streets of North Philadelphia. Fumbling with a case of Miller High Life, I tried checking my iPhone for the address of what was only described to me as a “kick-ass party.” The faint sound of live music led me to the nondescript warehouse door. Kids were paying their admissions and piling in. It was at the Ox that I arrived to see a now defunct Algernon Cadwallader, but this was also the first time that I was ever exposed to The Joint Chiefs of Math. Since then, the duo has further established themselves as deeply rooted members of the Philly DIY scene. Guitarist Kevin Keenan’s use of multi-layered noise blends a brand of beautifully atmospheric ambience with most righteous shredding while drummer Marcus Denke provides the driving precision of epileptic, time-changing rhythms. Their debut full-length, Wires, has become a staple in my musical diet. Due for a summer EP release via their own label, Associated Sounds, Ltd., The Joint Chiefs will be heading on a two-week tour in April, and then a second waves of dates will occur in June. In tow this evening at a yet-to-be-named DIY space will be macabre lo-fi act Pill Friends. This past January, the band released their sophomore demo titled Murder Me for My Sins, and is currently juggling performances while writing more new material. New Unnamed Space, (Please contact one of the acts for more info.), 9pm, $5, All Ages - Ed Newton


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