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Thom McCarthy

New Thom McCarthy LP Available for Streaming & Download

Thom McCarthy quietly released his album, 2088: The Jumbo-Cricket Landfill Incident, last year, under the moniker of his space-age rockabilly alter-ego Rocky Kaminsky. The record possessed a dark undertone, heavily influenced by fears of our decaying environment and its future effect on the world around us. And with Idiot-elect Donald Trump’s moronic views about climate change and the doubling down on such beliefs with his picks of key cabinet members, it becomes a more frightening yet ear-opening listen. Now, as the year winds down, the Philly artist has returned to share new material that still resonates his environmental concerns, returning, however, to his more traditional songwriting roots and surname on his LP Marvin the Giant, which you can now stream and download below. You can also celebrate its arrival with McCarthy this evening at Bourbon & Branch, where he’ll be supported by Joshua Park. (Photo by Andrea Poulsen)


Rocky Kaminski Record Release Show at The Fire Oct. 21

A drafty eeriness hangs in the space-age rockabilly of Rocky Kaminski, the alternative persona of Thom McCarthy. With a new record 2088: The Jumbo-Cricket Landfill Incident being released today, Kaminski will be celebrating its arrival this evening at The Fire. A creepy unknown backdrop looms in Kaminski’s mesmerizing, weary, impassioned, image-littered lyrics, as though the weight of experience and pollution has worn him down, stirring the mess in a pot with a traditional base teleported through a celestial filter. Speaking of tradition, Evan Cory Levine gets the balls rolling with his hybrid folk-jazz sound, while Ali Wadsworth & Company, inspired by Back to the Future’s return, pay homage to Huey Lewis and The News. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, June 5 - 7

Nepal was overtaken by a horrendous earthquake this past April that took nearly 9,000 lives while leaving more than 23,000 injured. This Saturday night at PhilaMOCA, R5 Productions will be holding a benefit concert with all proceeds going to Thrangu Rinpoche’s School for Himalayan Children, which offers housing, education, medical and dental care to the Nepalese mountain children. Headlining the evening will be exuberant folk rockers The Districts, who will be supported by folk crooner Thom McCarthy. Also added to the bill are the poetic pop stylings of Kississippi. The duo of Zoë Reynolds and Colin James Kupson (ex-Cyberbully Mom Club) has absolutely stolen my heart of late so definitely don’t sleep on them! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $15 (Sold Out), All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
More places to get your music fix this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI CRUISR, Tutlie, Suburban Living, SAT Ross Bellenoit (Record Release), Madalean Gauze, Morgan Pinkstone, SUN Nothing
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Silence Kit, SAT Lou
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Night Windows, Pilkington, The Deadeyes/Howlish/DJ Lil’ Dave, SAT The Great Vibration/Line Leader, Tangiers/Sean Hearn, Jesse Tyler, SUN Weekender, Dulis/Science Club, Scatterbrain, Welter
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Nothing To Hide, SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, Flightschool, Family Vacation
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tango Leopard, Fake Boyfriend, Lady Parts (EP Release), SAT Space Drugs, Clementine
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Ashes of Our Sins, Salem Outlaws, Archangel, Open Wide, The Sky
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Lil Dicky, Eddie Madrid, Squid & Schill, SAT Beanie Sigel
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Mason Porter (Album Release), Tin Bird Choir/(Downstairs) Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Hmfo: A Hall and Oates Tribute, SAT (Upstairs) An Honest Year
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mimos, Pompton Lakes, Anjuli Josephine, Baker Man, SUN Caroline Reese, Flounder Warehouse
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)FRI Thee Idea Men, Cold Roses, SAT 1FM (EP Release), Skyline The City, Danger Club
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Voltheque, The Original Crooks and Nannies, Mr. Sampson
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Those People, The Wayside Shakeup, Post War Dream, SAT Flux Capacitor, The Royal Noise, Catallus
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FR DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Hezekiah Jones
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Midwestern Exposure, Man About A Horse, Heavy Blonde, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Supreem Da Rezarekta, Supreem And The New Experience, Whitney Peyton, Big Tal & Kastilano/The Black Moons, Heavy Harold, Boy Wonder, SAT (1pm) Hellrad, Cadaveric Spasm, Doom Whore/(7:30 pm) Peace With Doubt/Skeleton Hands, Seeds of Perdition, Suicide Conspiracy, 2Fclub
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kings & Comrades, Paul Kurrey, SAT Mesa Jane, Lapses
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Ill Dill Tha Vill, Pedro Fresco, SAT Jahlil Beats
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 Philly Madison, You Do You
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Darko the Super, 185668232, Visitor 10/Freddy Pompeii, Terrell Atrophy
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Pushin’ It 2 the Limit, No, Easy Creatures, Goddamnit
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Sheep, Natalie Chapkis, SAT The Subtractive, American Dinosaur, Hopscotch Jefferson, Wolf Accent, SUN Duke Brothers
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SAT Silverton, Diane Foglizzo, Papi León
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Whoopsy Daisy, Bathassaults
Black Vulture Gallery (208 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Faking
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dying, Die Choking, SUN Scraaatch Shakai Mondai, Moor Mother Goddess with Abdul Kadir, Magus Monk
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bore War, No Other
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Socialite, The Guests, Telepathic
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mercury Milk, Friendship Horace Mann
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Free Cake For Every Creature
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shakai Mondai, Droid Daughter

Thom McCarthy Opening for Timber Timbre at MilkBoy Philly Feb. 22

If capping your weekend with some heart-warming folk-rock that has a vibrant propensity to tap into other genres all the while carrying an authentic gravitational energy sounds like fun to you, then all you have to do is head to MilkBoy Philly where Thom McCarthy will be performing as the opener for Timber Timbre. McCarthy’s classic crooning style interlocks with his decidedly open musical canvas, allowing for a wide range of sonic ideas and experiments to flourish. So, while it begins in a familiar traditional realm, where McCarthy ends up is entirely unpredictable, but it will sound good along the way. Haunting Canadian psych-folk group Timber Timbre headlines the evening. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 7:30pm, $17, 21+ (Photo by Seth Klinger) - Michael Colavita


Goodnight Lights and Monday Appreciation Society Play The Fire April 18th

A very hip and all-local lineup graces The Fire’s stage tonight to start up a busy weekend of warm weather and live music. Planning the release of their upcoming June album If You Were Here I’d Be Home Now (in homage to the 51st and Market Love Letter mural), Monday Appreciation Society has released two catchy and smart singles under their signature lo-fi filters. Drummer/Singer Mark Rybaltowski and guitarist Dan Wisniewski joined forces and have been picking up speed since the breakup of their band The Quelle Source last year, and tonight’s show will be the duo’s first-ever performance featuring their “full band” including members of The Chairman Dances, Bird Watcher, and The Quelle Source. Headlining the show is the indie quintet Goodnight Lights playing one hit after another with their smooth alternative rock sound. Also recently added to the bill are the “post-modestmousecore” Bone Bats and the innovative folk-star Thom McCarthyThe Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ -Maggie Grabmeier 


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