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Our Griffins

Our Griffins & Sean Hoots Trio Songwriter Sandwich at KFN Nov. 3

Get off that couch, and make the most of Sunday by heading to Kung Fu Necktie. A pulsating back end groove coupled with DJ Brown’s leveled yet affecting, narrative vocals provide structure to Our Griffins. That pulse serves as a catalyst helping to push each lyric forward. The entire process has a bustling movement - sometimes with a troubled undercurrent, like the bright orange glow of the sun as the sky transitions to night and a cold breeze locks in the darkness. However, this transformation is capable of working in reverse bursting through the shadows in euphoric triumph. With the addition of the Sean Hoots Trio, whose songs are full of fervor, blending elements of rootsy Americana and heavier robust rockers. Youngstown pop-rockers The Building will be sandwiched between the two. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Our Griffins Record Release Show at The Fire Sept. 5

Our Griffins celebrate the release of their first full-length album, Michael Boyd, tonight at The Fire. What began as the musical vehicle of the youthful multi-instrumentalist DJ Brown has blossomed into a full band with the addition of Travis Hobbie, Luming Hao and Alex Luquet. While the self-released LP enlists Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick on drums, John Kimock now mans the kit. Brown’s penetrating pensive lyrics are balanced with a somewhat cosmic yet smooth instrumentation. The results are dynamic. His vocals are delicate, but display an authoritative strength breathing life into his words. The music is well thought out - energetic enough to provide momentum and depth, but precise enough to not distract. They will be joined by difficult to pin down abruptly aggressive Mumblr as well as Joe Montone-fronted folk indie rockers Heat Thunder, who also includes Luming Hao of Our Griffins and William Chamuris of Commonwealth Choir. Alt-folk duo Maitland rounds out an enjoyable evening of music. The Fire 412 W. Girard Ave., $7, 9pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Nightlands Supported by Ape School & Our Griffins at JB’s May 31

This upcoming Nightlands show should require a pillow to enter. The multi-talented Dave Hartley transports listeners to the place just between dreams and sleep with free-flowing choral effects with ambient noise. In fact, that’s where he came up with most of the ideas for Nightlands’ tracks: recording inspiration that came to him in REM cycle. However, his most recent release Oak Island finds him wandering a poppier side of music, but it still feels like poppy fields are scattered throughout the landscape. (BTW: I heard that there might be some live choral arrangements this evening.) Opening for Nightlands is Ape School, a solo(ish)-project from Michael Johnson. The band gives an oft tongue-in-cheek experiment in lyricism, resulting in a truly fun musical experience. Also taking the stage is Our Griffins, fronted by Dennis Joseph “DJ” Brown, who provides a gentle and soft-spoken sound that packs an emotional punch.  Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $12, 8pm, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell

New Music Video: "Come And Wake Me Up" - Our Griffins

Below is a new song and music video from Our Griffins, a.k.a. DJ Brown, called "Come And Wake Me Up" (which is available for free download HERE) featuring Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Norwegian Arms, etc.) on drums and Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee) on organ. The video was directed by musician and gifted fine arts painter Brad Kunkle. The song is off Brown's forthcoming album Michael Boyd, which was recorded and produced by Todd Scheid. Our Griffins will be performing tomorrow night as a full band opening for Nightlands at Johnny Brenda's.


Our Griffins Opening for Port St. Willow at KFN April 9

Our Griffins, a.k.a. DJ Brown, is a young artist with a wealth of talent. The multi-instrumentalist has the ability to craft thoughtful lyrics, which are put on display by a vocal styling that finds itself somewhere between greats like Nick Drake and David Bowie. He’s currently finishing up work on his new full-length album that also features the drumming talents of Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Norwegian Arms, etc.). Our Griffins will be coming in from the Lehigh Valley tonight to open for the ethereal sounds of Deli NYC fave Port St. Willow. Be prepared for truly memorable performances this evening that will tug at your heartstrings. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


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