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Spaceship Aloha

New Track: "Voyager" - Spaceship Aloha

The winter resuming its chilling grip could be one reason (among many) to escape to a parallel tropic-climated galaxy. Spaceship Aloha, a.k.a. Man Man's Christopher "Pow Pow" Powell, has the temporary remedy. “Voyager” transmits from an unexplored domain, gliding in the sandy, synth-ladened beach with futuristic blips and the crisp crack of beat-anchoring percussion. Those fresh, space-age tones will transport you - at least to a daydreaming interim.


Grandchildren Album Release Show at JB's Aug. 28

Energy seems ready to burst at the seams when electro-acoustic orchestral pop ensemble Grandchildren get to work on stage. Tonight, the group celebrates the release of its third LP Zuni (Ernest Jenning) with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s. Grandchildren maintain a keen ear with an attention to detail and a catalyst of movement. Overall, the compositions pull from a large spectrum of musical influences. The results are thoughtfully layered, while capturing an organic vibrancy. It’s a loose-feeling, tightly-threaded sound that’s both calm and the storm. With a new release, Tropical Information Systems, due this fall via Data Garden, Christopher Sean Powell, a.k.a. Spaceship Aloha, transports you to a futuristic island with his escapist, radiating, electronic percussive grooves. Captained by Daniel Schlett, the interstellar journey of Brooklyn’s White Bike sets the table for an intricate and refreshing evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Marshall Allen/Chris Powell Opening for Holly Herndon June 2

Cosmic adventurer Marshall Allen recently celebrated his 91st birthday. The alto saxophonist and leader of Sun Ra Arkestra continues to prove that his creative nature has no bounds tonight when he teams up Man Man drummer and experimental beat-maker Christopher Sean Powell (a.k.a. Pow Pow/Spaceship Aloha). If you are looking for a rare evening of outside-the-box music, which is brought to you by Ars Nova Workshop (so you know that it will be definitely interesting), then you need to get your ass over to Johnny Brenda's this evening. The two local heroes will be supporting blogosphere darling Holly Herndon, who just released her brilliant new album Platform. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

Buffalo Stance & Spaceship Aloha Opening for Beep! at JB's April 18

A trio of Data Garden artists is slated to perform this kinetically-concocted evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Jamey Robinson's (Man Man) experimental Moog synth trio, Buffalo Stance, crack open the door, rounded into form by bandmate Christopher Sean "Pow Pow" Powell and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man). Buffalo Stance has new LP Drive To Dark Sky Dome on the horizon so expect new songs to be on display. Surely, playful, funky grooves will reign supreme allowing you to let go, get down and embrace those delightful unconventional sonic excursions. Powell will be working double duty with his electro-dance project Spaceship Aloha dropping you in the middle of an island, painting complex yet easily digestable sonic waves that refreshingly crash against you. Beep! (featuring Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs) headlines tonight inviting you onto their futuristic spacecraft of sound with its electronic free-from jazz meets extraterrestrial output. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $12, 8pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Spaceship Aloha Shielding Your Mind From the Outdoors at JB's Jan. 8

A non-stop onslaught of exotic island-flavored electronics, beats, and percussion are certain to lively up almost any situation. While music may not technically transport your body, it will temporarily shield your mind from the outdoors, rousing you to your feet in the process. The captain steering this dance-centric vessel, otherwise known as Spaceship Aloha, is Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man). Once your onboard, it may be difficult to pry yourself away from the energy-loaded omnipresent beats, with their light, effervescent grooves that keep spinning out anew. Tonight, a fellow member of the Data Garden collective, Telequanta, the experimental EDM moniker of J. Termini, opens the dance-generating spectacle. The eclectically smooth-flowing, humorously-flared work of Tim Fite connects the situation on this evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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