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Spelling Reform

Spelling Reform Record Release Show at JB's Nov. 19

Streamlining sensitive, out-in-the-open, storytelling songs that simultaneously burst and bloom with enthusiastic instrumental exuberance, Spelling Reform have a knack for detailing those caught-in-your-own-head pensions, without stagnating or slowing down. Tonight, the quartet celebrates the release of its full-length debut, No One's Ever Changed, available via Black Rd. Records. Cherry, the songwriting vehicle for Russell Edling (Cave People, ex-Kite Party), occupies the opening slot, crafting dreary, contagious bedroom pop. The disenchanted but melodic rock of trio Night Windows completes the locally flavored billing at Johnny Brenda’s this evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


New Spelling Reform Album Available for Streaming

Powerpop quartet Spelling Reform’s debut full-length, No One’s Ever Changed, produced by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along), will be released via Black Rd Records on November 18. Currently streaming via Consequence of Sound, these songs drop one into a bubbling yet contemplative conundrum of narratives. The band will be holding its record release show this Saturday, November 19 at Johnny Brenda's with support from Cherry and Night Windows.


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


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