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Weekend Warrior, November 13 - 15

Alex G is not only a dearly cherished piece of Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene now, but also a symbol of hope to nice, normal, loner dudes everywhere who waste inordinate amounts of time recording solo jams in their bedrooms. Maybe what you’re creating isn’t completely terrible and self-indulgent; maybe what you’re pouring so many countless hours into actually has value in more than a narcissistic way; maybe it has the power to inspire a whole scene. For most of you - let’s be honest - probably not, but Alex G’s self-made, sleeper-hit success can’t help but encourage a wide body of solo bedroom artists discreetly toiling away on their masterworks. His introspective, sometimes gritty, sometimes pure approach to song making and ability to navigate a stellar pop hook have earned him comparisons to artists like Elliott Smith and Pavement, while his musical flights of fancy, experimentations with noise manipulation, and other idiosyncratic flourishes distinguish him as something unique. Catch Philadelphia’s indie sweetheart performing live at First Unitarian Church this Saturday with the drummerless yet dynamic Girlpool, who craft songs steeped in angst, uncertainty, and childhood nostalgia, the never dark-sided Eskimeaux, an atmosphere attuned troubadour from Middle Earth who will carry your ears to the heavens, and the out of step Brandon Can’t Dance, who bring off-kilter electropop ditties to the mix. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., $15 (Sold Out), All Ages - Bryce Woodcock
 
Other places to hang this fall weekend…
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Joy Again
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Son Little, SAT Ill Doots, Three Oranges, SUN Amanda X, Throbbing Chakra
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Black Horse Motel, Chelsea Sue Allen, SUN Vilebred, HighKick, The Parameters (Record Release)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI A Victim Of Good Times, Dulls/Aspect/Smarty Pants, SAT Gringo Motel, F. Woods/CaveWomen, Mercury Milk/Fame Lust, SUN Ashes to Vanity
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Sun Organ, Petal
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Gondola
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Yellow Pines, Duo, Reade McCardell, SAT Varos, Van Wolf, SUN Rootology, Chris Gennett
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  SAT Yikes The Zero, 30 and Over League, Reef the Lost Cauze
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Heavens Edge, Britny Fox, Hammerdown, Cyanide Saints, SUN Grayscale
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Quiet Jack, Whiting, Brandywine Band
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Andysocial and The Antidotes, The Slotcars, SAT Anna Ladd/E-Dubble, Teef, SUN Moto Surf
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Driftwood Soldier, SAT Post Sun Times
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Grandchildren, Baker Man, Flat Mary Road, SAT Seeing Snakes, Oldermost
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Subtronics
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Airways, AlyCat, Anam Owili-Eger, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Giovanni Vitacolonna
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI The One2s, Phantasm, Pravda, SAT The Late Saints, American Schoolyard
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI A Minor Error, Stargazer
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Little Big Things, SAT Ian Saint Laurent, Skipmode, SUN Candy Shoppe
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Wax Future, Momonita, SAT Control For Smilers, Chronicles of Sound
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Alright Junior, SAT Hezekiah Jones (Album Release), West Philadelphia Orchestra, Lauryn Peacock
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Marge, Sun Organ
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Coping Skills, I Tried to Run Away When I Was Six, Ylayali, SUN Nyxy Nyx, R. R. Perkins
 
Lava Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) FRI Eight
 
Oxford Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) Minor Setbacks, Birthday Ponies
 
Fort Kickass (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Drowse, Narcos, BURP!
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Satellite Hearts, R.R. Perkins
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SUN Backslider, Crazy Bull, BURP!
 
Lacuna (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT 185668232, Lead Pipe, Lora Bloom, Whoopsydaisy
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) FRI QQQ, Francis Kasibante, Dr. Plotkin
 
The Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) FRI Aghori Monk
 
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) FRI Drok, Irv the Villain, Baby Face Jones, Bergs & Vndl
 
   

New Video: "Soup" (Live) - Girlpool

Below is a new unreleased song from Girlpool called "Soup." It was recorded on October 24, 2015 at The Bunker in San Francisco by PressureDrop.tv. The duo is currently on tour on the West Coast, and will be stopping home on Saturday, November 14 for Alex G's record release show at the First Unitarian Church.

   

New Music Video: "Pretty" - Girlpool

Below is a new music video from Girlpool for the track "Pretty," off the duo's latest album Before The World Was Big (Wichita). It was directed by Allyssa Yohana, Harmony Tividad, and Cleo Tucker. Girlpool is about to start their European tour, and will be touring the U.S. this fall with Alex G, Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Told Slant, and Joyce Manor, which will culminate with a homecoming show on Saturday, November 14 at First Unitarian Church. (Photo by Allyssa Yohana)

   

FYF 2015 Scene Report: familiar faces mature and new voices shine

This year’s slew of local talent at FYF wasn’t as unpredictable as other years, seeing as the festival booked many familiar faces who happened to be promoting either recent or new releases. Though it left something to be desired, bringing back proven talent does provide a sense of camaraderie and loyalty to an event that is increasingly advancing into the upper echelons of Summer music festivals.

Take a look at some of our highlights from this year’s festival, some of which we’re sure will make future appearances if you’re kicking yourself for having missed them this time around.

Day 1:

The Los Angeles band JUNK opened the festival, christening the Trees Stage with a whirlwind of garage indie rock from their recently released single “Like A Cop”, the first pressing of FYF’s side-venture FYF Records. Despite slaying the night before at Non Plus Ultra with Broncho and Shitgiver, Evan Weiss & co. had lots of energy to burn even though their set was less than 30 minutes. - Words: Ryan Mo // Photo Credit: Carl Pocket for FYF Fest

On the other side of the festival grounds, classic singer-songwriter Kevin Morby also opened the festival at the Lawn Stage with a serene, methodical set that exhibits his zest for soothing, reflective folk melodies. His words were few but his presence was felt, bringing a cool vibe to a sizable amount of attendees who were ready to absorb some pleasant, sun-drenched melodies. - Words: Juan Rodríguez // Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo for FYF Fest

Mikal Cronin took the Lawn Stage with opener “Turn Around” from his newest drop MCIII, a blend of scorching fuzz chords and 1960’s pop hooks for sweating fans. Cronin’s start-stop “Apathy” and MCII’s “Weight” hearkened back to his debut performance at 2013’s FYF, right before the festival changed from the Historic Park venue to Exposition Park. - Words: Ryan Mo // Photo Credit: Carl Pocket for FYF Fest


 
South Bay’s Joyce Manor has become a staple for FYF, taking a slot every year since 2012, and no one is complaining. Performing at the Main Stage just before Dinosaur Jr., the pop punkers drew from their entire discography, from first album hits like “Leather Jacket” to songs from 2014’s release Never Hungover Again like “Christmas Card”. To top it off, Joyce Manor closed out with a cover of Weezer’s “You Gave Your Love to me Softly”. - Words: Ryan Mo // Photo Credit: Todd Seelie for FYF Fest

Slated for a late-evening set, avant grade producer Shlohmo bought back his searing, beatmaking talents to an audience that was yearning for a refresher after Goldroom’s sprightly set. Utilizing a full band, he managed to surprise the crowd with abstruse, though rhythmic dynamics that can stimulate both body and soul. A veteran to the festival, it was a revelation to see him come into his own as such a confident performer, one whose dark electronic passages always emit a chink of hopeful light. - Words: Juan Rodríguez // Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo for FYF Fest
 
Day 2:

If you weren’t keeling over from dehydration and exhaustion, you probably received an early greeting from Girlpool at the Lawn Stage. Fans matted the grass as the LA-to-Philly duo lulled onlookers with hits from their album Before the World Was Big. - Words: Ryan Mo // Photo Credit: Carl Pocket for FYF Fest

After a set cut short from New Yorks’ experimental trio Battles, HEALTH took The Trees by force with“STONEFIST”, the second-track banger of their newest album Death Magic. Jupiter Keyes pummeled the bass as the crowds violently convulsed, moshing and headbanging to the “DIE SLOW” and “GOTH STAR”. Their set was unfortunately cut short after the slow-moving “LIFE”, prompting HEALTH to finish with the half-minute dissonant freakout “GIRL ATTORNEY”. - Words: Ryan Mo  // Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo for FYF Fest

   

Weekend Warrior August 14-16

Tonight’s lineup at Everybody Hits presented by the Guild packs some heavy lumber. Girlpool’s blend of simple crisp instrumentation and naturally interwoven are magnetizing. Incorporating a youthful innocence, while addressing the personal struggles that many endure while adjusting into adulthood. They retain a joyful exuberance while delving into the dark corners. The uninhabited songwriting of Hello Shark aka Lincoln Halloran holds one’s ear with his engaging personal narratives. Grunge-laced pop punk quartet Loose Tooth, The direct, quirky, and captivating songwriting New York’s Frankie Cosmos completes a strong and unfortunately sold out bill. Everybody Hits! 529 West Girard Ave., 8:30pm, All Ages –Michael Colavita 

Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, Josh Jones, SAT Hezekiah ft. Stroke Trio
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Acton Bell, Madalean Gauze, SAT Ron Gallo, Busses, SUN Krieg
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Wizard Eye, Shitty Wizard / (11pm) Dumal, I Am the Trireme, SAT Black Urn, Seer, SUN Oppressive Fest: Total F*cking Destruction, Heavy Temple, Decap Attak
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Treat Y'rself Fest: Mercury Girls, Pretty Greens (Featuring Mike Writes), Littler, Ghost Gum, Kississippi, Myrrias
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Bardus
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Buried in the Walls, We Are Them, Baby Blitz, Second Stage, Wild By Law, Read The Program, SUN (Balcony) Our Waking Deception, KP Major
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN 1FM
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Nothing
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Jason Ager, SUN (Upstairs) Sebastian Janoski (Downstairs) Gavin Becker
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Last Emperor, Da Buze Bruvaz, The Wurxs, SAT Souleater, Chris Paterno, The Good Mess, Jesus' Older Brother, SUN The Mellowells, Old Head
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI MilkBoy 4th Anniversary: Nick Greeley, New Sound Brass Band, Shorty Boy Boy, The Crooks, SAT MilkBoy 4th Anniversary: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Dirty Dollhouse, Levee Drivers, Emmett Drueding
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI (6pm) Minka / (9pm) Clique, SAT Shorty Boy-Boy, White Lighters
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mock Suns, SAT Stinking Lizaveta, Dridge
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Skipmode
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Spiritual Thunder, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI (2nd Floor) Cellarfox, The Division, SAT (2nd Floor) Hyper Inc., Fell Into Yesterday, Danger Club / (1st Floor) Holy Smoke, Certain Flightless Birds, SUN (2nd Floor) Cortana, Uphevil, The Second Phase
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Witch Fist, Moonstriker, Carved Up, SAT Polar Bear Lars, Shy Boyz, Slave Dog
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Beno Ridez
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Los Festingos, SAT Native Harrow, Valerie Quasar, Momonita, Local Smokes, Minor Setbacks
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Josh Miller, John Gilbride, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SAT RFA
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
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
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Little Big Things, SAT Broadzilla
 
Everybody Hits  (529 West Girard Ave.) FRI Girlpool, Loose Tooth, Hello Shark
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT ROCKERS: Slapdash Soundsystem, DJ Haram, Yung Nila, SUN (2pm) War Emblem/ Free Cake for Every Creature, Cynthia Schemmer
 
The Art Church (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Moor Mother Goddess
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Uncle/Father Oscar, Sister City, Frontyards, Liz de Lise
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, Medusa's Disco, Line Leader, SAT Sour Spirit, Chicken Grease
 
XO Lounge (1430 South Street) SAT The Honey Oil Experiment, Jesus’ Older Brother
 
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Combine, White Crayon, Arthur Shea
 
Bobby’s (2301 Frankford Ave.) SAT Prowler, Bikini Spiders, Mr. Unloved, Dulls, Canyon Ride
 
Grays Ferry Skate Park (3600 Grays Ferry Ave) SAT The Drip
 
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Abi Reimold, Blankbook, In Writing