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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




New No Thank You Album Available for Streaming

No Thank You, the fledgling project from Kaytee Della-Monica, teeters between reflective open spaces and rambuctious, revealing powerpop on her first label release, Jump Ship. It's another gem of a discovery from Philly's own Lame-O Records. The record officially comes out this Friday, February 24, but you can now stream Jump Ship in its entirety below. Clocking in at under twenty minutes, it might end much sooner than you'd like; however, a lasting impression remains long after the music has stopped. You can also join Della-Monica and friends on the evening of her release at Everybody Hits, before she heads out on tour this weekend with The Superweaks in support of her latest.





Weekend Warrior, February 3 - 5

Celebrating new music is the encompassing motif as this week draws to its end. The Menzingers surprised fans, booking an intimate, sold-out show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. And neighboring Fishtown music venue/watering hole Johnny Brenda’s will also be playing host to a dual record release show. Dominic, a.k.a. Dominic Angelella (Lithuania, DRGN KING), uncorks Goodnight, Doggies., which is now available via Lame-O Records. The set of songs explore personal levels, retaining a lingering depth, while exhibiting the warmth of comforting, melodic instrumentation. Available via Mutual Crush, Girard Freeloader, the latest from Norwegian Arms, is textured electro-soul, finding a delicate balance between the steady, omnipresent flow of bright beats and the gentle plucks from Brendan Mulvihill’s signature mandolin work. With a new record, Jump Ship, scheduled for release via Lame-O on February 24, No Thank You, a.k.a. Kaytee Della Monica, will be opening the festivities.
 
Garage-psych rockers American Dinosaur will also be celebrating the release of their latest EP One for the Birds this Saturday at MilkBoy. They’ll be kicking the jams with Philly electro-rock outfit Man Like Machine and Harrisonburg, VA indie popsters The Dawn Drapes. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to chill this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Dominic (Record Release), Norwegian Arms (Record Release), No Thank You
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI What Nerve, SAT The End Of America, Former Belle, Dogs On Main Street
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Menzingers, Roger Harvey / DJ Deejay, SAT No Gods, Holy Smoke / Ghost Ghang, Torito, SUN The Tough Shits, Tom Lax (DJ Set)
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Destroying Angel, Mike Bruno
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Quadie Diesel, Ken Rosa
 
The Fillmore Philly (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, Swift Technique, SAT The Disco Biscuits, American Babies
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Sylo
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Biz Mighty, Milton, Tana Black, Richie Navigator, Mad Squablz, Rich Quick, SAT Don Cephas
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Baby Blue Sound Collective, SAT 5th Annual Winter Doldrums Benefit Concert
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Seeing Snakes, SAT Amora / Santi Suede, Tioga
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT American Dinosaur (EP Release), The Dawn Drapes, Man Like Machine
 
MilkBoy South Street (401 South St.) SAT Chris Wood
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Elison Jackson, SAT Hold Down The Ocean, Worst Ones, SOLD, Tiny Vices
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Ivory, Fitonia, Taylor Kelly, SAT Sonny Knockout, Popular Creeps, Scene Points
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Ben Vaughn Quintet
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Knightlife, Endless Taile, A Ship Named Beagle, SAT Apple Juice Jones, Jam Traffic
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow, AM Radio
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ursula
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Humanshapes, Bone Bats, Gladys the Gardener, SAT Secret Nudist Friends, Doggo, Along The Way. Cacciato
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Guests, Haz Lo Correcto, Cornelius The Third, Yung Nila
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Old Maybe
 




New Track: "Juicy J" - No Thank You & Signs to Lame-O Records

After recording her first EP A Nü Start on an iPhone at her home in South Philly, No Thank You, a.k.a. Kaytee Della-Monica, has teamed up with The Superweaks' Evan Bernard (recording) and Chris Baglivo (mixing) for her first full-length album. And apparently, Lame-O Records likes what its family members have been working on. The DIY Philly label has recently brought Della-Monica into the fold, signing her to its impressive, growing roster. No Thank You's forthcoming LP Jump Ship is scheduled for release on February 24. Check out the lusher-sounding, new version of her lead single, "Juicy J," below! (Photo by Pete Murray)

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