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TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb EP Release Show & SXSW Tour Kickoff at KFN March 6

SXSW season is big business for TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb as they set out on their yearly twenty-show tour to Austin and back. Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie will not only be an opportune moment to wish TJ, a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz, and the gang bon voyage, but also a chance to celebrate the liquored up indie folksters latest 5-song EP Kong, which will be officially released tomorrow and features the first recordings of old favorites like “Dynamite” and “Blood in the Bathtub.” They’ll be joined by melodic indie rockers Purples (ex-Teeth), who are getting ready to drop their debut album Nancy. Rounding out the lineup will be vivacious Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Good Times w/TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb at KFN July 12

This evening the good times will be had when TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb take the stage at Kung Fu Necktie. Their down-home concoction of Americana, rock and a handle of whiskey will get fans on their feet and dancing like the world is going to end tomorrow and all that matters is tonight. And that’s the type of party you want to be at. I know that they have an album’s worth of new material to share, since their last album Idiots, which was a Deli Album of the Month. I just don’t understand why they haven’t officially released one yet. It’s been a while, fellas! But I’ll keep on patiently waiting for now listening to “Maximilian” (which can also download for free below). TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb will be joined on the bill by blues rock lovin’ brethren Penrose and NYC’s Izzy & the Catastrophics. You’ll also get a chance to hear all of these bands and more if you make the long road trip to Belgrade Lakes, Maine later this month for the 4th Annual Caravan Music Festival. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

Kongo de Mayo at Underground Arts May 5

With several special occasion shows under their wing (like their Halloween Rock and Roll Murdershows and New Year’s and Thanksgiving Eve shows), TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb is no stranger to hosting the perfect holiday freakout party—and tonight, they claim another holiday by hosting the First Annual Kongo de Mayo Party at Underground Arts. Along with the booze-tinged blues rock of Kong and his incendiary band of minstrels, the event will feature an all-night DJ session by DJ Honky Tron, New York’s Lily & the Parlor Tricks, a special mystery headliner, and music from two local acts. Since they performed at last year’s Halloween Murdershow, the Brothers Murphy is no stranger to rocking out with TJ Kong on a holiday. But this time around, Penrose will be ready to play more of the tunes that they’ve been recording with Bill Moriarty. Ever since debuting during a Dangerous Ponies show last December, outlandish sextet Ecce Shnak have delivered a blend of female-male duo vocals, keyboard flourishes, boisterous trumpets, theatrical interactions and then some. And tonight’s set is bound to be a symphonic explosion. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $7, All Ages - Bill McThrill


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