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Tj Kong and the Atomic Bomb

Weekend Warrior, October 31 - November 2

Grand masters of Halloween ceremonies TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb return to Underground Arts to host their fifth annual Rock and Roll Murdershow tonight. But unlike The Revenge of Michael Myers or the Dream Child, this ghoulish sequel is set to deliver thrills and chills for all the right reasons. This edition will feature 8 great bands taking over 2 stages. With an opening murdershow performance that consists of the only orchestra to be fronted by a theremin virtuoso, The Divine Hand Ensemble will be conjuring up a set of horror movie classics. Mumblr will be making a triumphant return from tour, which was in support of their debut full-length album Full of Snakes, and Tutlie will be revitalized with its latest incarnation. Lantern's amped-up, guitar-fueled performance will likely reveal some new tracks from the recording session that they had over the summer. And Mo Lowda & the Humble are set to throwdown what is slated to be their last Philly show of the year. Rounding out this phantasmagorical lineup will be Northern Arms and the Bernhardt Family Band. BTW: We caught up with TJ Kong, a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz, to ask him some festive questions that we had on our mind, which you can check out HERE. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill
It’s Halloween weekend! You should have plenty of parties to go to, but in case you don’t…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Chris Kasper, Maitland, SUN Split/Red (Record Release), The Bad Doctors, Blowdryer
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pink Slip Daddy, Explosive Head SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, Mercury Radio Theater, Liberty Rose
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Callowhill, The Feverfew/St. James & The Apostles, A Brood of Vipers
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Thrill: A Tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller, SAT (Upstairs) Alex Tatunchak, Shy Boyz/(Downstair) August John Lutz II, SUN (Upstairs) Sympathy & The Lion
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Nobody Yet, SUN A Scent Like Wolves, Colour & Codeine, Resilience
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Migraine Boy (Trackjackets and Psychic Teens) (as REM), W.C. Lindsay (as Early 2000's Pop-Punk All Stars), The Best Westerns (as Creedence Clearwater Revival), Hit it Sideways (as The Velvet Underground),Pitter Patter (as Stone Temple Pilots),The Really Cooks (as The Blues Clues Experience), SAT The Bul Rey, Verbatum Jones, ¡alive
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)FRI Black Stars (as The Rolling Stones), The Better Half (as Pearl Jam), Kate Frank & The Pheromones (as Tom Petty), Wild North (as Neil Young)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Air is Human, SAT New Sound Brass
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Among Criminals, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Blue Hippopotamus, Halfro, The Ill Fated Natives
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Adam Travis, Kenny Ferrier
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Generation Empty, Murdersmile, Steve Haley Scars Of Bourbon/Pravda, Palaceburn, Dead: Stop, SAT Dick & The Deer Gutters, Headstone Oneeighteen/Native Maze, Suburban Sensi, SUN Christopher Davis-Shannon
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Josh Hey
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Underwater Sounds, Swift Technique, Montoj, SUN Ley Joans
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Moonstriker, Brokehead, The Formless Form, Thick, A Day Without Love, SAT Reef’d, Rowboat Casino, Overcoming Gravity/(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Modern Colour, We Are Fauna
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Bare Knuckle Boxers
The Red Barn (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Creedence Clearwater Revival – (Members of Sheer Mag, Bad Side, Low Charge, and Gunk), Chumbawamba 8-piece! (Members of Kill The Man Who Questions, Policy of 3, R.A.M.B.O, Atom & His Package, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists), Pantera  (Members of Congenital Death, Armalite, Roughed Up),
Crass Records (Members of Bad Energy, Fuck SS, The Stasi, and Dark Thoughts),
The Distillers (Members of Congenital Death, Backslider, Crybaby, and Past Tense)
Toby’s Purgatory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mumblr, Cool Points, Disinterest, Cold Foamers, Cousin Brian
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kralizeec
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Ordinary Lives, Soul Glo, Dinner Break
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Community Service, Blankbook, Scuzbot, Hoser
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Stasi, Low Charge, Blankspell, Sheer Mag, Anxiety Hammer, The Holidays, Latex, Aseptic, F**k SS, New Crime

RiverCity Festival Rain or Shine at Penn Treaty Park Oct. 11

Penn Treaty Park has one last dose of exciting outdoor action when it hosts its 7th Annual RiverCity Festival today to benefit the Fishtown Neighbors Association. And it will feature over 100 local art and food vendors selling their goods within the park, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities like Tangle Arts Movement and the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels. There will be libations from the likes of Saint Benjamin Brewing and Philly Homebrew Outlet. However, the main attraction is the huge helping of local music happening throughout the day that includes a special headlining performance by Matt Pond. American Diamond Recordings will be well-represented when The Lawsuits perform songs from their latest Tumbled, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb deliver tracks from their most recent EP KONG, and Levee Drivers preview what they've been working on in the studio for their upcoming album. The rest of the festival lineup will be rounded out by Pine Barons, Ginger Coyle, and Katie Barbato. In case you were wondering if the weather will prevent the event from happening, here’s a message from the festival’s Facebook page: “This jawn is rain or shine, yo, the bands’ll rock, beer will flow.” Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., 12pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Communion w/TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb (EP Release), Levee Drivers, Ron Gallo & More at Underground Arts Sept. 4

TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will be officially dropping a special digital edition of their EP KONG with bonus tracks on September 9 via American Diamond Recordings. They’ll be celebrating the release at Underground Arts tonight during the monthly edition of Communion, and will be joined by New Orleans’ Crash, Portland/Brooklyn’s Diane Birch, and some members of their American Diamond family. With Ron Gallo still riding high from the release of his LP RONNY and Levee Drivers recording material for their American Diamond debut, the crowd should be filled with plenty of familiar faces. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill

New Music Video: "Don't Come Home Pretty Woman" - TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb give us a taste of how a wedding in their world might turn out in their new music video for "Don't Come Home Pretty Woman." The track is off their latest EP KONG, which will be re-released digitally in an extended version on September 9 via local record label collective American Diamonds Recordings. The video was directed by Caitlin McCann (Dog Days Films) and TJ Kong (a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz), and features Pig Iron Theater Company's Dito Van Reigersberg (a.k.a. Martha Graham Cracker) and Bryan Bierman. The band will be celebrating the return of KONG tomorrow night at Underground Arts as part of Communion night.


New Music Video: "Snakeskin" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb premiered a new music video, which was produced by the group and Talk Design, earlier this week over at Philebrity. It was for their track, "Snakeskin," off the band's latest EP KONG. They also shared that all five songs from the record will get their own music video and that the album will be re-issued on September 9 via local music collective American Diamond Recordings. You can catch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb in the flesh this Sunday at 2nd St. Fest.


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