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Shark Tape

Goodnight Lights/Spelling Reform EP Release Show at JB's July 18

A pair of local outfits celebrates their new EPs with performances this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Goodnight Lights welcomes their latest release Say What You Want. The EP is pushed by the constant backend that steadily surges, paving the way to thick guitar lines that serve as punctuation marks as melodically layered, ironed-out vocals provide clear expanses. It’s decidedly clean, with accelerated rushes sprinkled in as pedal-to-the-floor showcases of strength. With their own freshly released EP Diving Bell, the power pop of Spelling Reform (which includes Dan Wisniewski and Mark Rybaltowski previously of The Quelle Source) build a feel-good vibe as Wisniewski’s contemplative narrative vocal style ties into strolling-through-the-neighborhood instrumentation, reflecting on a series of emotions in a purposely loose yet personal way. Openers Shark Tape will catch you on their robust blend of hook-filled rock. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Shark Tape Co-headlines w/Future Thieves at Boot & Saddle March 24

In honor of Record Store Day, happening on April 18, indie-rock trio Shark Tape will be selling a random color copy of their full-length release Marathon on the band’s website and at select Philly stores. But tonight's show at Boot & Saddle will be your first opportunity to pick up this rarity. It will also be a good warm up for the group before Shark Tape opens for the iconic house band from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Polaris, on May 16 at Underground Arts. They'll be joined this evening by Nashville's Future Thieves, who are wrapping up the East Coast portion of their Horizon Line Tour. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Shark Tape Album Release Show at MilkBoy Philly Nov. 22

The last few days have frozen the surroundings. However, Shark Tape’s new LP Marathon, produced by local aficionado Jeff Zeigler as well as Phil Nicolo (The Police), provides the type of sonic heat required to get listeners locked in a deep freeze up and out. Now that you’re ready to move, head to Milkboy to catch the band's record release this evening. The trio of Stephen Lorek, Dylan Mulcahy & Niles Weiss generates a refined, powerful rock sound that covers a lot of musical terrain, with no shortage of catchy hooks. Their constant moving aesthetic gets you on your feet, and has the hard-churning instrumentation to keep you there. So step outside and let Shark Tape’s Marathon thaw you out, because these songs could transform into anthems. Tonight, they'll be joined by youthful, folk-rock crew Pine Barons. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Low Cut Connie w/St. James & The Apostles and Shark Tape at Underground Arts Aug. 3

Rockabilly soul rebels Low Cut Connie have a triumphant return from tour to play a jam-packed lineup at Underground Arts tonight. And they’ll be fully prepared to showcase why their latest album Call Me Sylvia has been earning them so much buzz. Low Cut Connie will be joined by the cousins of St. James & The Apostles who will be playing their last Philly show as a power trio before they test out the waters performing with an extended lineup that features Ang Bocca of Ang & the Damn Band and Jeff White of Arctic Splash at Johnny Brenda’s on August 17. Rounding out the lineup will be the effervescent indie rock tunes of Shark Tape. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, 5pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

The Swollen Fox 3-year Anniversary Show w/TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Swift Technique & Shark Tape at PhilaMOCA July 11

Our concert-going buddy Kevin Kennedy and his music blog The Swollen Fox are celebrating 3 years in operation tonight with an eclectic anniversary showcase at PhilaMOCA. Headliner TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will surely serve up plenty of their rollicking whiskey-infused tunes, and this evening’s performance will also double up as the kickoff to their summer tour. They’ll be joined by seven-piece funk ensemble Swift Technique, who should be previewing jams from their latest EP You Boys Be Aight that they just sent to press. And rounding out the lineup will be the relative newcomers Shark Tape, who have quickly been making a name for themselves. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $8 - $10, All Ages - Bill McThrill


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