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June 2016
Pinkwash
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Solemn resonance slides the door open to “No Real Witness,” the opening track from Pinkwash’s debut album, Collective Sigh. The much-anticipated LP from the prog-punk combination of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine is available via Don Giovanni Records, and takes little time to develop its emotively-charged release, as the unrelenting battering of percussion unites with those eerie key/synth tones, uncorking the aggression. And with a surge, “Metastatic” jumps out with a sense of controlled high-speed rhythm. The guitar riff and percussion weave in a tightly bound flow, giving way in moments to Doubek’s soaring, lingering vocal outcry. The deep stemming personal feel and weight of his lyrics are thrust forward as the instruments smash ahead.
 
The instantaneous groove of “Gumdrop” surrounds you in a steady power-exuding bounce. The kinetic energy is infectious as that locked-in guitar pattern and pummeling snap of percussion mesmerizes, and Doubek delivers a set of serious-toned yet matter-of-factly-delivered lines: “Feeling of going down, shot to the ground, you’ll have to put me down”. Keys slice through that hypnotic attack like a bright, omen-echoing light.
 
The album takes a moment to breathe as “inhale, exhale” is methodically repeated in “Sigh,” while anticipating the foreboding guitar that emerges gradually from the background, with an upper-cutting sledgehammer of sludgy instrumentation. “Walk Forward With My Eyes Closed” - much like the rest of album - appears to hit on the pain and grief of deep and profound loss. That musical push toward coping is surrounded by the encompassing walls of heavy sonics that gather momentum as Doubek musters up strength. “I’ll walk forward with my eyes closed.”
 

With a thunder-smashing yet deeply personal side, Collective Sigh etches its message at the core, transforming the power of grief into a heavy–hitting memorable display of emotion. - Michael Colavita


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Norwegian Arms

Weekend Warrior, June 19 - 21

After thirteen years and four critically-acclaimed records, accompanied by a slew of singles and covers meant to get the mind and body moving, the dynamic duo of Chris Ward on drums and Andrew Thiboldeaux on Rhodes, synth, bass and vocals, a.k.a. Pattern is Movement, will be closing out their musical partnership this Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s. However, this farewell party will certainly be filled with joy, friendship, great memories, and sets of rad music. The first backing band for Annie Clark (St. Vincent) will be joined by good pals “weirdo-folk” outfit Norwegian Arms and “jungle-pop” duo Dream Safari. Come help celebrate the music career of one of Philly’s finest indie acts! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 
More places to enjoy the summertime this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Goodbye Party
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Summer Fiction (Record Release), Paul & Beril
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Fight Amp (Record Release), Psychic Teens/Knif, Soraia, The Droogettes, SAT (5pm) The Riverside Odds/Future Primitive, Jantones, SUN Population Zero, Nightfall, FTS
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Bubonic Bear (Last Show), Heavy Medical, The Cloth, Neolibz
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Connor Barwin's Second Annual MTWB Benefit Concert: Marian Hill
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  FRI The World Takes, SAT The Whips
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Arizona Lights, Dirty Dollhouse, SAT Hello and Yes!, SUN Theodore Grams
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Downstairs) Aviance, Good Girl
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Phonies, Thought Patterns, SAT Supreem And The New Experience, Noel Scales, SUN Little Strike, The Original Crooks and Nannies, Valerie Quasar
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Nik Greeley, The Captain The Pilot The Driver. SUN Sarah Marie White, Jack Devine, Ryan Tennis, Like Crazy, Nicky P, Up The Chain, Van Wolf, Doug Holton
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Rentiers, SAT New Sound Brass, The Wayside Shakeup
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band, Boy Wonder, Kinyon Lanier, New Pony, SAT Wild North, I Am Not the Universe
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Skipmode, DJ Sat-One
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI E.B. Hawkins Band, Billy Freeze, Billy Penn Burger Band, SAT Francis Dunnery
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Keystone Mountain Boys, SAT (7pm) Wyndwood, (10pm) Phonic, Sun Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Struggle City/Duffy’s Cut, Explosive Head, SAT Dorkosaurus, Corners of Sanctuary, Cause of Affliction (CD Release), Pick Yer King, SUN (1pm) Born Lost, Hashgrinder/(4:30pm) The Way
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Seoul Delhi, Sexoffice, Flounder Warehouse, Ray Long, SAT Glass Eyed Ghost, Valentina & The Vanishing Points, Paul Saint John, SUN Cosette Gobat
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Palace Burn, SUN Superheaven
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Crypt Sermon, Deform
 
Lucky 13 Pub (1820 S. 13th St.) SUN The Whips, Travis J And The Rhinestones
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dorkosaurus, The Heavy Weather, Teresa Gero, SAT Mike Weyrauch, Study Electricity, The Bigness, SUN The Jayplayers, The Captain_The Pilot The Driver, The Late Saints
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT June Rich, Christine Havrilla
 
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave.) SAT The Burgeoning, Howlish, The Cultour
 
Second Empire  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Anxiety Hammer, Human Achievement, Incisor
 
3rd& Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT T.O.M.B., Night Raids
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Skinny Dip, Krispy Kareem, A Day Without Love
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dogs On Acid, Thin Lips, Left & Right
 
Clark Park (43rd & Baltimore Ave.) SAT Summer Solstice Fest: Cheap Dinosaurs, Darla, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy, The Deadeyes, Sidewalk Atlas, Viva La Pluto, Big Neon Spoon, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, A Day Without Love, Annachristie Sadler

Spaceship Aloha & Norwegian Arms Opening for Oumar Konate at JB’s May 27

Multi-faceted worldly musician from Mali, Oumar Konate, makes his Philly live performance debut tonight. And he’ll also be joined by a lineup of multi-faceted worldly locals to complement this occasion. When he’s not banging away at the drums for Man Man, Christopher Sean “Pow Pow” Powell is the savvy producer behind Spaceship Aloha. The artist manages to construct a lush blend of vibrant electronic melodies amid a space-age Hawaiian musical landscape. And the end result may have you dancing in a fervor. Whether it’s the ukulele-fueled minimalist approach of Trimming of Hides or the whimsical, melodic use of electronics to round out the sounds on Wolf Like A Stray Dog, Norwegian Arms consistently proves to be an effervescent chameleon of a band. And the fact that they’ll be performing 100% all new material this evening is all the more reason to attend. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Dream Safari Opening for Norwegian Arms & Snowmine at JB’s Feb. 7

Philly’s own Dream Safari plays an expansive sound that seems to reach to the corners of the earth. The stage name of Chris Coulton, the project specializes in a danceable electro world beat that pulls inspiration from multiple genres. In the past few months, Coulton has called upon various deejays in the area to release a remixed version of his EP, Night Howl, helping to demonstrate the flexibility in his sound. It doesn’t feel calculated, but rather the various disco, jungle-pop layers flow easily into one another, making for a versatility that allowed the “remixes” album to hold up against the original. They’ll be opening for Philly/Brooklyn trio Norwegian Arms, who will be headlining this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The weirdo-folk outfit allows its surroundings to seep into the music, taking their listeners on a journey with them, from the woods of Siberia to the streets of New York City. Also performing on the bill is Brooklyn-based Snowmine. The group toes the line between dance-worthy and extremely chill ambiance, depending on the listener’s mood. The night promises to be full of spacious and layered sounds, ones that invoke music from various world corners, and will be sure to expand to every corner of the venue. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell

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Photo Recap: Pattern is Movement 12" Release Show w/The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper & WYLDSTYLE DJs at Union Transfer

This past Thursday, Pattern is Movement celebrated the release of their 12" "Suckling" b/w "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" at Union Transfer, while continuing to pique our interest in regards to their long-awaited LP that is scheduled to drop in January 2014 via Hometapes. Stacking the bill with talented pals The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper and the WYLDSTYLE DJs (who brought the 90's dance-pop jams), all were encouraged to shake what their mamas gave them. (BTW: Keep your eyes and ears on Worshyper - sexy, cerebral R&B grooves from the Great Northeast. We sure will.) Check out our photos from the evening HERE! (Photo by Brandi Lukas)


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Photo Recap: Pattern is Movement 12" Release Show w/The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper & WYLDSTYLE DJs at Union Transfer

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