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December 2015
The City & I
Colins “Bear’” Regisford’s musical talents can be found dispersed throughout the Philly music community in bands such as Mannequin Pussy, Kids, Ghost Gum, and Albondigas. And with the help of local musically-inclined friends, which also included members of The Spirit of the Beehive and Gunk, what originally started as Bear’s acoustic solo project in 2004 traverses a diverse landscape of genres on his debut EP Downer, recorded under the moniker The City & I.   
Available on cassette via Infinity Cat Recordings, Downer is a record that never settles into one place for too long, jumping from moment to moment at the speed of life. “Bored People” gradually dials you in: “I’ve got no time for excuses, I’ll invest in an illusion…” It lays the groundwork, projecting an intriguing introduction of shadowy, blunted haze.
“Divine Lorraine” shifts the tempo upward into rebellious slacker rock. Pat Conaboy’s fresh kick of percussion propels the song ahead, tying in the slight etchings of distorted guitar to provide a gritty texture, which is reinforced by the lead vocal and polished by the tempering back vocals. It’s a welcomed mesh of the raw and the refined. “Geordie” is encompassed by a calm, shoegazing cloud; however, what first appears clear gathers a turbulent air, sweeping one through a momentary buzzing cyclone before disintegrating into feeble animal whimpers.
Sounds from the city encircle “Tall Girls,” while a guitar-led, emotionally torn and conflicted serenade rings out subtly in the forefront. “Untitled” is a thirty-second noise jam that builds to the title-track through a warping sonic hole. “Downer” is anything but. The instant fervor of grungy instrumentation smacks the song into action, giving the record a spirited, momentous jolt. But “Are You Up” closes by transporting the album to another unique site. This one couples Eastern-sounding keys with an industrial-hammering rhythm and a late-night, burnt-as-fuck-yet-confident emcee delivery. Amid a noisy, chaotic perimeter, it spirals into a joyous exclamatory applause. And we are left wishing and hoping for a secret track, but none ever comes. - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, October 16 - 18

More than halfway done with their world tour, The Brooklyn Brewery Mash will be stopping in Philadelphia for a week starting this Saturday. “The Mash” brings together music, visual arts, movie screenings, comedy, supper clubs and even debates into a raucous week of parties influenced and aggrandized by local city culture and of course, a whole lot of beer. The first night in the City of Brotherly Love, hosted at the TLA, will showcase local indie-rock stalwarts Man Man. Lead by enigmatic frontman Honus Honus, a.k.a. Ryan Kattner, Man Man are Philly’s very own funky, carnival-esque experimental rock jesters, who are ready to test our varying dance/mosh skills and levels of inebriation, with Brooklyn psych-pop duo Prince Rama opening things up to get the juices flowing. This freebie will be extremely fun, slightly bizarre and completely memorable. TLA, 334 South St., 7pm, FREE (RSVP HERE), All Ages - Blake Oetting
Other places to enjoy the fall chill this weekend…
TLA (334 South St.) SUN DR3W
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJs Junior & Lil' Dave, SAT Mohican, SUN Amanda X
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Market East, Long Spells
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Clap, Posers, Olde Tigers/Levee Drivers, Howlish /The York Street Hustle, SAT Fad Nauseam, Hidden Lights, Stellarscope/DJ PHSH, Suga Shay, The Bull Bey, SUN OhBree/Honey Radar, The Cats
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Petal
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket (Record Release), Minka, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Miss Martha Graham Cracker, SAT Marah (Reunion/“Kids In Philly” Vinyl Release Show), SUN Ruby The Hatchet, The Company Corvette
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Honor, Stone, Stygian, The Lost Season, Extractus, Old Scratch, SUN Resilience, Uprise Shadow
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Stu and the Gurus, Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers/(Downstairs) Alo Brasil
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bob Dylan Tribute Night: American School Yard, John Beacher, Nick Greeley, The Quixote Project, Ross Bellenoit, Jeffrey Weathers, SUN Emily Mineo, The Members Club, Travis McDaniel, Chris Gennett
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI 13:1, King Slugger, QT & the Quirktones, SAT Northern Liberties Fall Festival:  DJ Sylo, Rosemary Fiki, MH The Verb, St. James & The Apostles, The ill Fated Natives, Dahi Divine, City Love, Alright Junior, Lost in the Woods/Chalk & The Beige Americans, Joie Kathos
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT Acres of Diamonds (Record Release), Wild Orphan, SUN Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SUN Wesley Stace
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, Mr. Sonny James, SAT Ed Christof, SUN The Extraordinaires, High Vibes DJs
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Burnt Sienna, DJ Montone
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Sharkbullet, Explosive Head, SAT (2pm) Image of Issues, Julia Zane, Samantha Sullivan, Kyla Kandee/Matthew Schuler, Donald Shuler, Grace Otley, Bria Noel/Mercury Retrograde, Needlefish, Chino
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Tom Curtis, Jr.,  Uptight Dynamite, SAT Pynk Pigs Fly: Vanida Gail,Iona Lake/Kingsnake, Workhorse III
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Wolf Accent, SAT K-Floor
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Pissed Jeans, M Ax Noi Mach, SAT Transistor Rodeo, Crosstown Traffic Trio, SUN Dukes of Destiny
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Friendship (Album Release), Abi Reimold, Kississippi, Old Maybe
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, The Dolts
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Chondria, Marge, Fake Boyfriend, Blue Smiley
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Latishia's Skull Drawing, Soul Glo, Disinterest
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tutlie, Hello Shark (Solo)
The Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Strange Nights, Surgeon
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Invasive Species (Tape Release) Westboro Baptist Choir

Marshall Allen/Chris Powell Opening for Holly Herndon June 2

Cosmic adventurer Marshall Allen recently celebrated his 91st birthday. The alto saxophonist and leader of Sun Ra Arkestra continues to prove that his creative nature has no bounds tonight when he teams up Man Man drummer and experimental beat-maker Christopher Sean Powell (a.k.a. Pow Pow/Spaceship Aloha). If you are looking for a rare evening of outside-the-box music, which is brought to you by Ars Nova Workshop (so you know that it will be definitely interesting), then you need to get your ass over to Johnny Brenda's this evening. The two local heroes will be supporting blogosphere darling Holly Herndon, who just released her brilliant new album Platform. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

New Track: "Hanging On The Telephone" (The Nerves Cover) - Eel Bros

A special, limited edition seven-inch box set was released to commemorate the third annual Thirty Three and a Third art show held at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. The collection, which was curated by Dana Lechtenberg, had artists reimagine and reinterpret classic album covers so it was fitting to have some musicians do the same, sharing renditions of some of their favorite songs. Below is a cover by Eel Bros (consisting of Man Man's Honus Honus and Hot Karate's King Cyrus) of "Hanging On The Telephone," a song by The Nerves, which was made popular by Blondie. For the B-side of the 7-inch, the duo also took on Danzig's "Blood and Tears." Other artists such as No Age, Rozwell Kid, and Andrew Jackson Jihad's Sean Bonnette took on bands like Black Flag, Misfits and Wheatus for the box set as well.


The Deli Philly’s New Year’s Eve Show Roundup

There is too much great local music happening tonight that you can’t possibly cover and see it all. Here’s a roundup of some shows that you should be at to ring in the New Year this evening. A hot one will be newly signed to Saddle Creek, Hop Along, at Johnny Brenda’s for a sold-out show with Thin Lips and roses. The group recently wrapped up its stint in the studio where they’ve been working on their next label album with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) so there should be plenty of new material. Philly indie-rock mainstays Man Man, opening for Gogol Bordello at the E Factory, should be a fantastic show. Our friends at PhilaMOCA will be hosting Mannequin Pussy and the Jawbreaker reunion. A Sunny Day in Glasgow are capping off their holiday run at Boot & Saddle. Shaky Jake and his Killer Bangs crew are taking over Kung Fu Necktie with psych outfit Drone Ranger and stoner metalheads Ruby the Hatchet. And take some swings at batting cages/DIY music space Everybody Hits with The Spirit of the Beehive and Mike Bell & The Movies. And the list goes on and on… Share how you’re spending your NYE?

Free 40th Street Summer Series Showcase w/Man Man at 40th & Walnut Sts. Sept. 27

This weekend, University City is sending off their 40th Street Summer Series with one hell of a high note: Man Man will be playing a free outdoor concert this afternoon! The prodigal local outfit is known for their insane mashup of styles, grandiose over-the-top lyrics, frantic keyboardsmanship, and one of the most impressive mustaches in modern music. Their music could be described as a head on collision between heyday surf-rock and soulful indie, with just enough pseudo-hip hop to make things interesting. They’ll be joined by opener Needle Driver, an NYC avante-garde rock outfit, who will certainly add to the weirdest, most exhilarating way to say goodbye to summer. Behind the Walnut Street Free Library, 40th & Walnut Sts., 6pm, Free, All Ages - Daniel Ludwig




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