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The Tough Shits

New The Tough Shits LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Warmer weather is on the horizon, and not so coincidentally, The Tough Shits have come out of recording hibernation with a new record, Burning In Paradise, out via Burger Records. The album captures a joyful, slow-burning, late-night, spring/summer aesthetic. They are melodic, sweaty, nostalgic songs that demand one to sing along with a sense of community; however, the tracks also fire on all cylinders with the undeniable ability to stomp and shred. You now have time to learn some lyrics for the band's upcoming performance at Johnny Brenda's on Monday, June 24 with Daddy Long Legs.

Weekend Warrior, September 8 - 10

Toward the tail end of last month, Oh Sees released their new album Orc (Castle Face Records). Stretching into a spacey psych-garage paradigm, the band shreds through the ether, while casting strange scenarios of odd artistic visions, projecting an idiosyncratic ideal. Tonight, they’ll be supported at The Troc by the down and dirty pairing of garage-rock locals The Whips and The Tough Shits. The Whips’ slithering, slack/surf-inflected songs instantly catch one on an enthusiastic hook-driven, groove-shaking journey. Add the instantly enthusiastic, get-down energy of The Whips, and let the weekend wind down commence. – Michael Colavita

More places to rock this weekend...

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Tough Shits, The Whips

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Matthew Law, John Morrison, Jabair, Francisco Collazo, SAT Ruby The Hatchet, Heavy Temple, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, SUN Abi Reimold

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  SUN Long Hots, Mitch Esparza

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI King Bison, Distorted Sun/Body Spray, Spent Flesh/Sideswipe, DJ Deejay, SAT The Phonies, Flounder Warehouse/Breaklite, Polar Bear Lars/Fame Lust, SUN Pete Moss, Rob Paine, Francisco Collazo/Shit City, Dirt Weed Revue/Cardona, Rob Paine, Francisco Collazo

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Jakk Frost, Yikes the Zero , Mad Squablz

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Low Cut Connie, Chill Moody, Ali Wadsworth, DJ Philly Soul Syndicate

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Henri Tyler

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Moros

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI TreWay, Illective, Trap Rabbit

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Assaultica, SUN Coffin Dust, Incisor

MilkBoy (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Dreamswell, S AT Brown Sugar

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Angenue, SAT All This Huxley, SUN Three Strands, Homestead Collective, Jason McGovern

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th  St.) FRI Dylan Jane, Darlingtyn, Alexandra Key March, SAT South Philly Moonstomp, Bazmati Vice

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Violent Society, The Charley Few

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Pierson, SAT DJ Beatstreet, SUN Burnt Sienna

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) DJ Royale, SAT Ian Saint Laurent

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Twin Sister, Touron, U.S. Lawns/Worst Ones, The Flamingo Chicks, SUN SteveO & The Crippling Addictions, Cheap Pop

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Somethin’ Divine, Steve (the band), Red X

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Pete Hill (EP Release), Henry Alms, Richie Navigator, SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Conspirator, Agent Zero

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Yureka Cash, Woody

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Adventure Lost, Jolly Jane

Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SA,T Molly Rhythm, Secret Nudist Friends, Mavis the Dog

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Grayling, Junipur


On the Go w/The Tough Shits at Boot & Saddle Aug. 8

A three-pronged, locally-flavored punk billing hits Boot & Saddle tonight. Retro-fitted for that classic, catchy, brimming-with-energy vibe that spills over into the audience, The Tough Shits capture a chilled-out yet constantly-on-the-go garage sound. Their playful partying injects enough unfiltered attitude to create a raw edge, balancing things out with that bubbly surfing backdrop - crisp and yet still loose in a way that fits one’s weekend needs. Upon rolling up to Boot & Saddle this evening, they’ll be joined by the fuzzed-out, sprinting-out-of-the-blocks punk of Cheerbleeders, while the snarling, full-steam-ahead, melodically balanced tunes of The Prisoners get things started. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, July 10 - 12

Tonight, Underground Arts (specifically the cozy confines of the Black Box) will be abuzz as a trio of local acts revs up the audience for tonight’s headliner. That initial sky-rocketing blast will be detonated by Harsh Vibes, whose cosmic journey plays in fuzzed-out long form. They stretch sonic waves to allow those noisy particles to methodically gather momentum and fortitude, while maintaining a steady course and exploring unknown regions, only to seamlessly transition into a higher gear in the optimal setting. It’s a powerful-meets-purposeful head-trip. After just sharing a few new demos, the propulsive synth- driven, creeping wave of The Bad Doctors will rouse you to your feet, although you may want to occasionally peer over your shoulder. Meanwhile, the get-loose, surf-garage rock of The Tough Shits retain a gritty spirit, producing the type of songs that you’ll replay in your head throughout the weekend. They’ll be bridging the divide to the heavy plunge of California psych-garage outfit Meatbodies. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Swollen Fox Anniversary: The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir, Lou
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Abi Reimold, SUN Hoser, The Cats
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Posers, Sonic Screemers/The KMX Band, Assaultica, The Junior Spies /The Blurry Nights / Tommy Hogunz, SAT Captain Scurvy & The S.S. Pancake, Witch Craft/Cadaveric Spasm, Decap Attak, Black Urn, SUN Anti Suburbians, Chinga, Traitor
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Sounds Like Summer Music Showcase
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Dogs On Acid
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Love a Lunatic, The Fearless Fly, Something Like A Monument, SAT Jesse Gimbel, Those People, Stallions, Widowmaker Social Club, SUN Myrrias, The Morelings
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Alustrium, Lör, Prosper or Perish, Parius, SUN Nuevo Fest
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Peedi Crakk, Bok Nero, Joie Kathos, Pharaoh Dinero
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Modern Baseball
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Nicky Egan, SAT Aaron Parnell Brown, SUN El Malito
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT ialive, E. Grizzly, SUN (5pm) Sophie Koorhan, Sophie Shah/ (8pm) Mason
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Bill O'Meara Band (Release Show)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Tin Horses, Mark Lanky, SAT Address, Jeff Riddle & The Bella Vista Social Club
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Shy Boyz, SAT Manifested
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof, Risky Disco
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT The Clockmen
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI American Schoolyard, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Cicada Jade, The Droogettes, Roxy Rollz, Soraia, Cheerbleeders/Founders, Baby Blitz, Matchstick Men, SAT (1pm) Mesmeria, Uphevil, Slyphr, Stealing Fame/(7pm) Threatpoint, Flesh Engine, We Our War, Makhaira, Corners of Sanctuary, SUN (10 am), Commonwealth, Malphas/(4pm) Ketosis, Autoerotica
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Punx Picnic: Nightfall, Dronez, Drowse
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT DJ Case Bloom, FRI Friends With Benefits
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
El Bar (1356 N, Front St.) SAT Friendship, Bryant Vazquez
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Lukey Bird, SAT Borrowed Equipment, Cicada Jade, Dirt Dirt
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Control For Smilers, Cocktail Party Phenomenon
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI A Benefit for PAWS: Dying, Die Choking, Drones For Queens
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Bad Canoes
Nut Hut Saloon (1873 Frankford Ave.) SAT Lapses (EP Release), QQQ, Blood Sound, Skydive Dubai
FDR Skatepark (1500 Pattison Ave.) SAT (1pm) The Charley Few, Anti-Suburbans, Planet 88, Loss of Effect
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rockers: Palaceburn, Revolution, I Love You, Moor Mother Goddess & Abdul Kadir
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Marge, Run Forever, Loose Tooth
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Goodbye Party, Open Wide, Jonagold
Slacka Barrel (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI No, Incisor, Severed, Lip Service
Pariah (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN: Block Party (12pm) Spent Flesh, Coffins Across Hiroshima, Traitor, Aseptic, Disjawn/(9pm) Crescent

Weekend Warrior, May 1 - 3

Reinvigorated, The Tough Shits setup shop this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. The band doesn’t follow a tight to the vest script. Rather, they play a loose easily embraceable brand of garage-punk - the kind that rolls out like a wave and draws you in with its party atmosphere, while combining steady, slapping percussion and those bass-backed jangly guitar riffs that spiral out and run free at just the right moment. Throw in lyrics that resonate in a youthfully immediate manner, and you have a recipe for an energizing yet chilled-out show - the type that draws sweat, incites crowd participation without having to ask for it - a perfectly imperfect rousing scenario.  Slated to join them on the bill are DC garage surf-pop four-piece Shark Week, whose full-length debut Beach Fuzz, will available May 19 via PaperCup Music. San Diego’s Crocodiles, whose latest record Boys is due out May 12, headline cutting through polished, melodic rock with a garage core. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to enjoy the spring weather this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Black Dirty, Maitland, Family Vacation, SAT Action Man/Smoke, Wade in the Water, SUN Dewey Decibel, OHM X Please, Yikes the Zero
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) John Mallinen (Album Release), OOLALA, Jake Lewis & The Clergy
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT What Nerve, SUN Kiska, Ordinary Lives
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Spacin’ Chillinger, Sinking Body, Igneous Eyes
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Hamilton Leithauser, SAT The Secret Cinema Presents Selected Short Subjects
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Needle Points
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Nik Greeley, Amy Fadden, Lou, Matt Gauss Band, Cold Roses, SAT Jessica Graae, Badd Kitti, Prima Donna, Sylvia Platypus, SUN The Whips
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.)  FRI Philadelphia Slick (Album Release), Chalk & The Beige Americans, Dj Trak Metropolis, SAT DJ Juanderful, DJ Gregzinho
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue presents The Six Degrees of Tease, SAT No Reserve, Red Letter Life, Seeking Valor, Justin DePaola,
 Spoken Life, Atley Moon & The Say Something Sound Machine, Maddie Hogan
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Philly Bloco, SUN The Weekend Riot
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Aiden James
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI I Yahn I Arkestra, Moses Livingston & The Raggamuffins, SAT Our Fair City (CD Release), Coral Teeth, Father Figure, Northern Lakes, SUN (5pm) Overfield, The Cultour, Laela/(9pm) Dirty Soap Blues Band
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Beating
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Silence Kit, Glitter, SAT The Downtown Club
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI PHLGood, Wetbrain, Frozensmoke, SAT Aaron David & The Wise Owls, The Binary Sea, Petite Sketches
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Jesse Gimbel, The Valkyrians, Wade in the Water
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Chuck Thomas, Dorkosaurus, Medusa’s Disco, Beautiful Madness, Slo
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Katie Barbato & Dirty Holiday, Daniel Collins, American Schoolyard, Paul Edelman & The Jangling Sparrow
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN An Honest Year/Born Leader
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ridge Summit, Lightning Jones, The Parameters
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Worldtown Sound System, Solomonic Sound, SAT Crosstown Traffic
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave,) SAT Mercury Girls, Cousin Brian
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) FRI Moor Mother Goddess, SAT ArtCon: Timbers, Little Strike
Mantua Yacht Club Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mantua Fest: OhBree, Nark, No Stranger, Plainview, Twiin
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Starwood, Janelle, Music For Movement, SUN Flag of Democracy, +HIRS+, Soul Glo
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mantua Fest: Hurry, Loose Tooth, Pocket, Cool Points, The Danger O’s
Squirrel Hole Eclectic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Mantua Fest: Steady Hands, Brendan Lukens, Broken Beak, VVeed VVolf, Shannen Moser
Michael Jordan House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Mantua Fest: Grower, Disinterest, Soul Glo, Blankbook
Drexel Park (3940 Chestnut St.) SAT Kalob Griffin Band, Damn Right, Ill Doots, Mr. Sampson, Darla Poster Child, Minor Setbacks
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Stayer, Traitor, The Company Corvette
Cabbage Patch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Hallowed Bells, Accretionist, Nearest
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Joe Jack Talcum, Cynthia Schemmer
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Idiot Forever/What Nerve (Split Cassette Release), The Guests

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