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The Asteroid No. 4 Crash Down at JB’s Jan. 28

Spacey psych-rock outfit The Asteroid No. 4 are performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. These Philly music vets have been churning out sun-kissed pop morsels since the 90’s and are nearing the release of their 6th studio album Hail To The Clear Figurines due out on February 8 via The Committee To Keep Music Evil, the label run by the infamous Anton Newcombe of psychedelic peers Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their dreamy nostalgia makes you long for those warm summer days where all you had to do was to hang with some good friends listening to your favorite tunes on whatever hallucinogen was on the menu for the day as your minds and conversations wandered. (Good times, good times.) Also on the bill is most enjoyable spazzy electro group Snakes Say Hisss who sound like Dan Deacon arrangements with Nick Thorburn on vocals. Both acts are opening for Deli NYC favorite Bear Hands so don’t let the weather put you into a funk (not the good kind) and sled on down to the show this evening! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, 21+ (Photo by Courtney Brooke) - Adam G.
 
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Trophy Wife Open for the Dismemberment Plan and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Starlight Ballroom Jan. 27

Dismantling the patriarchy by way of riffs and beats, Philly’s lyrically conscious two-piece Trophy Wife intertwines intentional instrumentation with a feminist paradigm, fashioning tracks like “Risk Big” and “Sister Outsider” as ideological anthems that sound out as an invite to reconsider, rock out, and react. Originally hailing from D.C., Trophy Wife’s Katy Otto and Diane Foglizzo’s full-length Patience Fury is far from soft-spoken or shy. In the tradition of Riot Grrls like Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and pro-fem punks like X-Ray Spex, Otto and Foglizzo’s pedagogical stance aims to audibly entice while challenging intolerances like the societal limitations of sexism and the harm of homophobia. Trophy Wife’s aesthetic is a closely personal one, resulting in a sound that inhabits a theoretical space between Itty Bitty Titty Committee and Betty Friedan. Opening tonight for the Dismemberment Plan and Cymbals Eat Guitars, Trophy Wife’s performance will reconfigure the feminine mystique. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. 9th St., 7:30pm, $20, All Ages - Dianca Potts
 
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Rare Performance by The Lowlands at WCL Jan. 27

Tonight will be a rare performance by folkie, “urbangrass” outfit The Lowlands so expect a nice turnout from the local folk/singer-songwriter community and fans. That is if everyone can dig themselves out from the aftermath of the THUNDERSNOW/SNOWPOCALYPSE. The band is led by the soulful, working-man vocals of Chris Kasper and angelic down-home welcomings of Adrien Reju combined with mastermind Todd Barenson’s mandolin work and bassist/producer Jeff Hiatt keeping things anchored. Veteran players Tom Bendel, Kiley Ryan and Carl Cheeseman will also be helping to fill out their sound for the evening after The Lowlands perform an acoustic set, the first of two that will include old favorites and special guests Keystone Mountain Boys, Liz Fullerton, Brad Hinton, Johnny Miles and Dawn Iulg. It seems like a lot of love and warmth will be radiating from the stage downstairs tonight at World Café Live to keep you nice and cozy from the bitter cold outdoors. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $16 adv/$19 door, All Ages (Photo by Lisa Schaffer) - H.M. Kauffman
 
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Video of Amos Lee’s Performance Last Night on The Tonight Show

Yes, we know that it’s been a long time since Amos Lee has been an independent artist so he certainly doesn’t need any exposure from us, but we couldn’t help giving a little hometown love to a guy who has been repping Philly hard on the national/international singer-songwriter scene. (And full disclosure - Lee and members of his band have crashed for a period of time at our Associate Editor’s pad earlier off in their careers so it’s hard not to wish good things for them.) His latest release Mission Bell dropped this past Tuesday, and has already topped the charts on iTunes and Amazon. Below is his performance last night of “Windows Are Rolled Down” from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Special thanks to The Audio Perv for sharing! - The Deli Staff
 

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SunCrusher Creating a Storm of Their Own at KFN Jan. 27

Ugh - it’s shite out! I’m guessing if you were planning to go to the show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, then you probably believe staying home because of the weather instead of going out kickin’ back a few and rockin’ balls is for pussies. I concur. Post-rock-meets-metal trio SunCrusher have an ominously patient sound creating a sonic calm before the storm. Thinking these guys and the metal version of Grimace Federation should get together soon and share a bill or just point their amps at each other and battle it out for all to see. Until one of those things happen, you can give the middle finger to Mother Nature and trek over to KFN tonight. SunCrusher will be opening for the down-tempo grime of Ominous Black climbing up from the basements of dirty South Philly. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
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