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Mercury Girls

Weekend Warrior, February 24 - 26

The weather’s unseasonably warm temperatures may push one out the door in search of good musical times. Luckily the docket is full of excellent opportunities. Among the plethora of performances on the slate, First Unitarian Church plays host to a pair. Proceeds from tonight’s Indie Pop Prom will go the Pink Fund. As for the billing, the incisive, empowering songwriting of Sad13, a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), keeps things real, delivering in a contagious, free-flowing, instrumental platform. Similarly, Sports navigate personal depths through an avalanche of momentous pop rock. The blooming, experimental jangle of Mercury Girls and the nostalgic, melodic pop-punk of Swanning shape a stellar evening, which also includes headliners, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Meanwhile, Saturday’s 10th annual Two Piece Fest will be offering an all-day affair, exploring the full spectrum of dynamics among duos. You can view the full list of performers for the festival HERE.
Creeping into one’s foggy, THC-filled mind, the cosmic conquests of folk-psych outfit Shadow Band celebrate their freshly landed album, Wilderness Of Love (Mexican Summer), with a release show this Saturday at Baird Mansion Atrium. Likewise, the trio of No Thank You sets sail with their new album, Jump Ship (Lame-O Records), with a show tonight at Everybody Hits. The album exhibits an impassioned, emotive exploration with a cathartic air that makes one stay onboard. - Michael Colavita
Where to enjoy global warming this weekend…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI The Indie Pop Prom: Sad13, Sports, Swanning, Mercury Girls, SAT Two Piece Fest: The Afterglows, Brown Rainbow, HIRS, Hulk Smash, Peter & Craig, Puke Party, Righteous Aquarium & Jet Lightspeed, Sour Spirit, Stadium Armory, The Great Swamps. Ursula, Writhing Squares
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Trevor Project Benefit: Mannequin Pussy, Abi Reimold, King Azaz, Caracara
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Vita And The Woolf, SAT Chestnut Grove, Sarah Larsen
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sad Actor, Dulls/Black Urn, Moros, SAT Lito and the Shepherds, SUN Wolves Attack, Urban Resist, Fell Into Yesterday/ Here/Now, Heavensake, Pray To Keep
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Fools Reign, Alfred James Band, One and Done, AfroBear, SUN S.T.O.P., Mitch Esparza, DJ psiLOSybin
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Beats, Brews & BBQ: August John Lutz II/Philly Bloco, SUN (Upstairs) Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?/Band of Brewers: Volume 5
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adlib (Album Release), Mad Squablz, Oliver Spitts, Grateful Meds, SUN The Drowned God
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Dear Friend
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Perfeckt Touch (Record Release), Davey and the Chains, Haunted Homes, SAT Gene Wildest, Lucida, Ronald Regan? The ACTOR?
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Trickster Sister, The Yellow Pines
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Everlit, Holy Smoke, Pravda, Makhaira, SAT Bohemian Mule, Endless Taile
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Aviance, Da Rezarekt, The April Skies, Sweet Eureka, SAT Sheep, Tangeena Barren, Marley Kropp
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Carolyn Thorn (EP Release)
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Control For Smilers, The Space Cats, Bazmati Vice
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, The Charley Few, The Junkyard, SAT Jake Clarke/Spur Split LP (Release Show), Dark Mtns, Harmony Woods
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shadow Band (Record Release), Fursaxa, Snake Eats The Moon
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Janelle, Groovy Movies, Mavis The Dog
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pinkwash, Hermit Thrushes, Weather

Weekend Warrior, November 18 - 20

From the start, in this case - the opening set, Mercury Girls deliver crystalline compositions that appear ready to break loose in precise, instrumental strides as the steady, percussive spring clears a path for the fiery/jangly hybrid of guitar, which at times, forges a path with melting precision and at others, cruises along in a casual, determined pace. All the while, an intricate feathery blend of endearing, elegant vocals cascades among the crisp mountainous air. This evening, Mercury Girls will be leading the way to emotively-fueled Missouri outfit Foxing. Melding refined melody and raw expression, Balance and Composure completes this night at the former Spaghetti Warehouse. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30pm, $20, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Other things to hit this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Spelling Reform (Record Release), Night Windows, Cherry
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Field Mouse, SUN Kiska, Coronal Mass Ejection
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Congenital Death/The GTVs, SAT DJ Phish, DJ G33k, The Bul Bey, SUN Trap Rabbit, George Engel Brooks
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Void Vision, Westov Temple
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Wisdom In Chains, Nation Of Wolves
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Little Strike, SAT Stellarscope, Henri Tyler, The Cultour, Sadhound, SUN Maps and His Mothball Fleet, Timur And The Squad
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Pasión y Arte, SAT (Upstairs) Not My Dogg, SUN (Upstairs) Owl & Wolf
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Reef The Lost Cauze, 30 And Over League, SAT Adlib w/Space Kamp, J.O the Last Man, DJ Nobi, SUN Last Minute Hero, Only on Weekends, The Mad Splatter
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Darby
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Remote Control, DJs:Shari Vari, WDR, Brandon Setta, SAT Saint Brendan & The Navigators, Joshua Bright
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Dive In The Box, Beer Me
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Activate
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Ed Christof & Friends
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sweet Eureka, Knightlife, The Black Market Opera, SAT Argonautic, Groove Merchants
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Flux Capacitor, SAT Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers, SUN Skip Denenberg
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Evil Sword, Ursula
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT MS Saint
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Downtrodder, Kelsey Cork, Gravers Lane, Harmony Woods, Busy Bee, Cheyenne Bartram, Amanda Silberling, Drea Rose
Birdhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Bad Heaven, Crooked Spine
The Blink (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI To the Teeth, By Us, Universe, The Vernes

New Track: "Holly" - Mercury Girls

Below is a new tune from Mercury Girls called "Holly". It will be released on Continental Drift (Slumberland/Fortuna Pop), a four-way split that will also include material from Baltimore's Wildhoney as well as the UK's The Spook School and Tigercats. Mercury Girls are heading out on tour this fall with Balance and Composure and Foxing. They will be making a stop home on Friday, November 18 at Union Transfer.


Mercury Girls Opening for King Gizzard & The Lizard at Underground Arts May 15

Combine band members from Literature, Pet Milk, and Little Big League, and you get the chemically balanced musical element known as Mercury Girls. The assorted dream-pop group recently released its single "Ariana," which includes catchy hooks, smooth vocals, and harmonies that blend together in a near-perfect manner. Rhythmic cravings for more music from this band will soon be filled. The group is due to begin work on a full-length album with producer extraordinaire Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Nothing, just to name a few). If you're too anxious to wait for the completion of the album, then you can catch Mercury Girls opening for King Gizzard & The Lizard at Underground Arts tonight. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $14, 21+ - Gina Rullo


New Mercury Girls 7" Available for Streaming

Mercury Girls' new 7”, “Ariana,” will be released via Slumberland Records on May 20; however, both of its songs, the title-track and “All That Heaven Allows,” are currently streaming over at Brooklyn Vegan. The former is vibrant and youthfully airy, while the latter packs a more hard-driving energy, as backend provides the push giving the determined steady streaming vocals power. Mercury Girls play Underground Arts on Sunday, May 15 with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs.


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