Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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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


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)


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

- by Brandi Lukas 

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