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Tj Kong and the Atomic Bomb

Le Fits Record Release Show w/TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at JB's April 4

Le Fits are celebrating the arrival of their third LP Fisticuffs (recorded at Hi5 Studio) with an accompanying record release show this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Le Fits sweep one in with their suave demeanor grooves that wash over you like a cold drink after a particularly difficult day. The band develops a fleshed out vibrant pop-rock sound spiked with horns for additional zest. Ben Riesman toes that threshold of pseudo-spoken vocals, smoothly speaking and slyly roping you in as these well-rounded songs grab hold and still maintain an organic loose feel. They are tied neatly together but with plenty of room to breathe. The custom whiskey-barrel growling, foot-stomping folk-blues of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be headlining on this night, returning home after a series of southern dates that included a run at SXSW. Dan Bruskewicz’s authoritative snarly narratives cut a path through the backwoods to a modernized juke joint. The soulful folk, brother-sister-led Bernhardt Family Band kicks off the festivities. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

New Video: "Standard Human" (Purples Cover) - TJ Kong

The latest Root Down In The Shadow’s #CoverClub video finds TJ Kong performing their take of “Standard Human” by local pals Purples. This version slows down the tempo momentarily allowing that whiskey-warmed vocal to wraparound the one-two punch of bass and guitar, before pushing things a bit harder. The video was directed by Bob Sweeney and recorded at Cambridge Sounds Studios.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Providing an Intimate Sendoff at Ardmore Music Hall Jan. 30

Before their prolific frontman Alec Ounsworth does a two-month long acoustic tour of living rooms all across the country, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be throwing an intimate sendoff at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. They'll be joined by TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, who will likely kick off their first show of 2015 by playing some new songs from their upcoming album that was recently recorded with Bill Moriarty. Also slated on the bill is indie folk-rock outfit Birdwatcher. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 8:30pm, $15-$20, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Annie Rivera Scholarship Benefit Concert w/Cayetana, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb & More at Underground Arts Nov. 23

Underground Arts hosts a whole afternoon of music in honor of the Annie Rivera Scholarship Fund today. This scholarship provides financial aid to top undocumented students who achieved Deferred Action Citizen status to attend college at a major university. There will be a silent auction that will have restaurant gift cards, salon services, artwork from local artists, and more as prizes. And there will be a special concert that features three up-and-coming local acts. Despite still being relatively new to the scene, the femme fatales of Cayetana have been comfortably finding their place as another talented, buzzworthy Philly act with an old school indie grrrl band sound that channels memories of Sleater-Kinney on their bold debut full-length Nervous Like Me. For the past few years, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb have been mainstays and ambassadors to the local music scene. And whether they channel a drunk Tom Waits or deliver original songs from a powerful album like KONG, they do so with a blues-tinged folk-rock punch. Rounding out this eclectic lineup will be the New Sound Brass Band. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 3pm, $25, All Ages (Cayetana Photo by Ally Newbold) - Bill McThrill

New Music Video: "Blood in the Bathtub" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

We're honestly not exactly sure what the hell is going on in TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb's new music video for "Blood in the Bathtub," but things definitely get intense for the cast of characters. The black and white footage was shot, edited and directed by Brian Melton. The track appears on, and is the closer to the band's latest EP KONG.


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