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September 2016
Them Jones
"A Mountain of Nonsense

Philly rockers Them Jones craft far-out riffs and psych-drenched anthems, reviving and reinventing soundscapes reminiscent of the Age of Aquarius on their new LP A Mountain of Nonsense.


Beginning with the steady buzz of “Mended All Made Clean,” the five-piece's efforts make one take notice, as reverbed screams and gritty cymbals collide with satisfying repetition and impassioned diction. As if filling the narrative chasm between Mikal Cronin’s “Gone” and Ty Segall’s “Inside Your Heart,” Them Jones’ album opener sinks deep into the hearts of listeners without pretense or apology. “Hollow Man” captivates in a similar fashion by teaching its audience patience as atmospheric dissonance gives way to melodic guitar and harmonized vocals that paint a glaringly relatable portrait of a man with “wounds to mend.” A deliciously contemplative downer, the track is as haunting as its namesake suggests. Soon after its end, the infectious tempo and throbbing beat of “Outburst” fills the silence, switching the mood of the album from the musings of a contemplative loner to the pulsating heart of an unabashed romantic.


The bluesy growl of “One of These Days” casts a spell on its own terms, making the most of initially sparse but precise instrumentation, before blooming into an audible homage to the genre’s predecessors as well as its current greats. Furthered by “Acute Mountain Sickness Blues” and the addictive hook of “Honeytrap,” Them Jones prove that their metaphors are as memorable as their ability to shred. As the album progresses, the dreamy melody of “My Heroine Pretends” suitably precedes the delectable swagger of “Well Enough Alone,” which serves as the perfect prelude for the introspective depth of “Jennifer, My Plastic Girl” and “The Shrinking Violet Light,” which resurrects the candidness of Jay Reatard and the poetic genius of The White Stripes pre-De Stijil.


Ending with the delectably menacing “Now I Become Death” and trippy glory of “These Canyons,” A Mountain of Nonsense should be considered quintessential for any music lover. Them Jones’ official debut LP is well-deserving of heavy rotation and adoration. - Dianca London

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Man Man

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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