Shamir

Weekend Warrior, May 10 - 12

Spring is in full bloom, and that means a day of music and BBQing is in order. This Saturday, the Haus of Yarga will be hosting its BBYQ (where vegan options will be available as well). Fourteen acts are slated to appear at the annual event that will be starting in the early afternoon. The brutal, blitzing punk of Dialer will roar and menacingly rip, integrating synth & saxophone. Trash Knife will also immediately jump into high gear, sprinting in a tenaciously catchy, shredding circumstance. Unleashing a subdued slacker vibe that can ramp up in a moment’s notice, while escalating into heavier, fuzz-forward tones, the trio of Apt A weaves between genres as internalized monologues are released to the outside world. John Galm, a.k.a. Bad Heaven LTD, will deliver some mesmerizing folk that wraps you in its spellbinding words as the instruments comfortably warp around you. And to add yet another layer of intrigue, Shamir is also listed as a special guest. – Michael Colavita

More places where you can enjoy this spring weekend…

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT BBYQ: Dialer, Das Alpaca, Gait, Zyme, Trash Knife, Apt A, Drift, Copley Woods, Chava, Huey the Cosmonaut, Eat, Bad Heaven Ltd., Shamir

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Shannen Moser, SAT Shannen Moser, SUN Girls Rock Philly: Spring 2019 ARC Showcase

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Among Criminals/Fame Lust, SAT Grimace Federation/Riot Nerd: TRL Dance Party, SUN Gibbous Moon, Brick Nova, Girl Science

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Ire

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Stephen Maglio, SAT Travel Lanes

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Strand Of Oaks 

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Last Gasp A Zombie Dance Party: DJ Dave Ghoul, DJ Kiltboy 

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Balance & Composure

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz, SAT (Upstairs) Nothing Wrong, Open Hand

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Mojo Machine, Kitty Rotten, The Tone Bandits, SAT HypeCity Presents: #511Show 

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Dry Reef, Cookie Rabinowitz, Apple Juice Jones, SAT Tom Mackell (EP Release), The Naked Sun, Ami Yares

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Lady HD, Kingsley Ibeneche, Kirby Sybert, SAT Hotbed, Joe Harkanson

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dominy/The Cheddar Boys, Dogs On Main Street/Transmission, SAT The Shakedown: Rob Paine, Willyum, SUN Worst Ones, Desert Hands

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

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

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT LUNCH, The Smoking Lightbulb, SUN Reece Ratliff, Jason Ager, Meghan Cary

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fallible Being (EP Release Show), Wormtooth, SAT BrainFest 2019: Kahlil Ali, Full Bush, Babe Grenade, Alright Junior, Vilebred, Dear Forbidden, The Good Mess, JAY SKULL IN SPADES, School of Rock Philadelphia, Andorra, Built From Chaos

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Blessed Muthas, Instant Smile, The Barren Marys, SAT Lust for Nothing, DJ Archangel Angelo

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Tile, Body Spray, Desperate Living, Hover, SAT Toxic Malt

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SUN Wepa! An All Latinx Burlesque Showcase

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Barker Brothers, Tyler Sensenig, SAT My Familiar, Jac with No K, Blackjack Rose

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Minka

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN One Step Closer

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hurry, Gladie

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI  ialive, Torito 

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI XL, Lame Brains

Gay Baby Jail (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mechanical Canine, Puppy Angst, Faucet, SAT Godcaster, Tall Child, Diaphane, Sad Sinderella

Brewerytown Living Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Holy Gifts, Elaine Rasnake

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sour Spirit

 

   

New Shamir Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Shamir recently shared a new album, Be the Yee, Here Comes the Haw. It's a multi-genre collection of tracks from the multi-talented Las Vegas transplant. These recordings churn in a perpetual motion. The vocals pull in a personal manner, while an omnipresent energy hovers in the periphery. Shamir is scheduled to perform next in Philly at Johnny Brenda's on Saturday, May 25, opening for The Dove & The Wolf.

   

New Surprise Shamir LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

While we were already expecting a new 7" single release from Shamir today, the fearless, prolific, multi-talented artist also dropped a surprise LP, Resolution, from the ether for our listening enjoyment. The album takes hold from the very start, with the powerfully empathetic "I Can't Breathe," before opening the door for a much-needed look inward, for both the artist and listener. Shamir's continued songwriting maturation is quite evident with his latest, no-hype-needed release. 

   

Weekend Warrior, December 15 - 17

If you’re looking for soulful, pertinent, lo-fi rock that simultaneously exhibits grace and grit, Las Vegas transplant Shamir delivers the goods. Bailey’s latest record, Revelations (Father/Daughter Records), traverses a diverse sonic spectrum. Digging into one’s introspective depths in free-floating fashion or meshing those smoothly sincere vocals with grimy guitar, there’s an innate combination of accessibility and raw power at play. With elegance and ease, the multi-talented artist delivers powerful messages, striking a chord with oh so many and creating a formidable force to be reckoned with. This Saturday evening, Shamir steps into the basement of First Unitarian Church, supported by the Canadian tandem Partner, whose bright brand of riff-laced powerpop cultivates a potently fun, “not taking yourself too seriously” relatability. – Michael Colavita

Brrrrr…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Shamir

Johnny Brenda's (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Muscle Tough, Minka, SAT DJ Delish

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Something Like A Monument (Record Release), Chalk & The Beige Americans, SAT Work Drugs 7thAnnual Holiday Spectacle: The City And Horses, The Chairman Dances

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Scars Like These, The Famous & Fallen/Goddamnit, Wax Wav, I Am Not The Universe/Night Drive: DJ Paul T., Sean Hearn/Ekim Navillus, BeeTee Beats, Adam East, SAT Burnout Star, Chris Sneade, The Echogenic/Entellekt, A.Rob/Matthew Law, SUN Tulpa, Spellbinder, Heavy Harold/Louie Louie

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Al-Tarik, SAT Marah

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Hoots & Hellmouth, Johnny Showcase

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Philly Hip-Hop Awards

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Graycale

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Chynna

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN The Peek-A-Boo Revue: Peek-At-Nite, a vintage holiday burlesque show

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Step 13, Sub Sober, Felipe Pupo, SAT Bazmati Vice. Naps Past Noon

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Rad and Kell, SAT Boat House Row Band

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd  St.) FRI New Sound Brass, Mark Lanky, SAT St. James and The Apostles, SUN Graffiti Wisdom, Taylor Kelly, Orion Tango

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Kingfisher, Will Brown and the Jamboree Band, Evan Scheerer

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI DJ Ricochet, SAT Teen Dads, A.M. Mills, 56 Men, SUN Reece Stacks

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fitzwater, SAT The Prisoners, Decontrol, Missile Toads, Disoriental, SUN A Retrospective of The Artistic Works of Connie Tartaglia Fundraiser: The Spinning Leaves, Katie Barbato, Daniel Collins, Kelvin Cochrane, The Discount Heroes

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Mohican, SUN Left To Vanish (Record Release), Young Graves, Collider

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Merry Christmas Or Else: A Holiday Cabaret

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Under This Fire, The Jointer Blues, The Agoraphobix, Kalaedi, SAT Night Mission, Cowbell Superstar, P-Rents

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Beru Revue 21st Christmas Show & Benefit, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Nik Greeley & Friends

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Weekend Athlete, Bungler/Sold, SAT Auburn Row, Dot.gov, Flounder Warehouse, Menace Canvas, SUN Rentboy. Thunder Thighs

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Sunchoke

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Faringwell

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swim Camp, Busy Bee, Blushed

Crouch House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Family Volleyball, Jawncarlo

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI AllegrA, Ellen Siberian-Tiger, Corey Flood

   

New Shamir LP Available for Streaming

A lot has changed in our world since Shamir Bailey’s debut full-length, Ratchet, landed via XL Recordings in 2015. In a social climate heated by derision on high, a pervasive distrust in information, and an undesiring malaise out-sourced upon youth culture, the messaging voiced on Shamir’s latest release, Revelations, rings all the more pertinent to our present moment. The new LP (which is currently streaming over at NPR and officially drops on November 3 via Father/Daughter Records) is the product of soul-searching; the result is a collection of burgeoning, guitar-laden, lo-fi pop that sets the stage for Shamir to speak candidly of his experiences, while also conveying the desire to do so through a musical vocabulary that marks a departure from what the industry came to expect of the young artist. As a moment of reclamation for the Vegas transplant, Revelations is a call to action to empower a generation of disenfranchised kids mangled by financial burdens, grappling with existential anxieties and self-hate. Finding one’s voice is a solitary task, yet the result is often surprisingly resonant within a collective struggle. The result of Shamir’s inward journey is a collection of bedroom pop bliss that sounds stripped down and vulnerable, yet wholly confident in their prevailing over adversity. - Josh Kelly