Indie Rock

Brion Starr reimagines New York on upcoming LP "Global Identity, 03.21

New York City is a paradoxical place. With familiar landmarks vanishing on the daily, many of the things we conjure when we think about the city are in fact no longer there. This is the city that native Brion Starr inhabits, and his music reflects the disaffected feeling of watching the place you love become unrecognizable before your very eyes. What’s particularly fascinating about Starr’s music is that it draws a lot of influence from one particular New York legend: the underground glam rock scene of the 1970s. The sparkling cacophony of his experimental brand of vintage rock leans more toward Brian Eno than David Bowie, and while watching him perform in sequin jumpsuits its hard not to imagine what those who shaped New York’s past might think of the city today. Perhaps that’s the very question Starr wants us to answer. Wrapping up a tour with The Chills, Starr plans to release his LP Global Identity on March 21st - while you wait, check out “Oh Please”, the first single off the album, below. - Sunny Betz

   

Weekend Warrior, March 8 - 10

A residue of fuzz hangs in the air as one listens to Loose Tooth; the band toys with tempo, creating a low-key tone with the ability to flip the switch and race downhill at any moment, demolishing whatever lies in its way. There’s a reflective, emotive element, merged with an uncompromising, smashing grunge approach. It retains the heaviness of walking out into a storm, and then finds the temporary reprieve of shelter, taking another surprising turn into crisp, melodic, almost gentle-swaying rock. Then surges forward yet again. The group keeps you on their toes as the musical forecast continuously shifts, exhibiting a fun ferocity. Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, they’ll be joined by the heady haze of So Totally, the exuberant, infectious, pop-punk pairing of Mike Bell & The Lame-O’s, and the anthemic emo of Ohio’s Maybe Later to round out the lineup into full form. – Michael Colavita

Other places to feel warm & fuzzy at this weekend…

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Loose Tooth, Mike Bell and the Lame-O’s, So Totally/DJ Cousin Mike, SAT Fame Lust

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Church Girls, Field Mouse, Blushed

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Daeva

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Friendship, Shannen Moser, Earthboy, SUN Alka

TLA (334 South St.) SUN Grayscale

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Function: DJ Tay Banga, Hashland

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Carroll/(Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SUN The End of America

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Summer Scouts, Blueroom, SAT Kenny Price, SUN Ascension Drive, Cardinal Sin 

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI CaveWomen, Hauntress, Wild Dust, SAT Gnarbot, Trap Rabbit, SUN Grace Vonderkuhn

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI The Binary Sea, Canyon, Chalk & The Beige American

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN Nudey Tunes: Sports

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Torn & Ironic, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT South Street Burlesque Revue presents Necrophilia Haiku Day, SAT M.A.D.E , 3T3N, Big Chooch, Quin Jaye, Fitted Kub

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Vortex: DJ Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT lylyly, Kelsey Cork & The Swigs

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Atomic Cretins, Downtrodder, L.M.I., SAT Dear Forbidden, Worst Ones

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Greg Sover Band, James Pace, SAT The Barker Brothers, Jac w/no K, Pleasant Avenue

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Star Kitchen

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Amanda X

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Jesse Gimbel, Frankly Lost, PsychoTropic Candy, Breakfast for Turtles, SUN Mondays, Cold Soul, Dipking

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Onett, Spumoni

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI 5AM, Shapesift, SAT Buddie, Weller

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Stinking Lizaveta, Shardik

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Elison Jackson, Sixteen Jackies, Smokin' In The House 

   

Beastii "Nothing To Me"

Beastii has released a new single called “Nothing To Me”. This is the trio’s third single since the released of their 2017 LP, Can’t Wait.

You can catch Beastii on March 23rd at The Store with ChinaRose and Push to Shove.

   

Dreamboats "Apple Tree"

Dreamboats released their debut single, “Apple Tree”, this week. This is the Dream Pop group fronted by Maddy Marsan, and she is accompanied by Jeremy Marsan, David Hubbell, and John Duray.

You can catch Dreamboats at Schubas on April 27th with Town Criers, The Edwards, and In The Pines.

   

Debut Desperate Living EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Brian Medlin (The Minor Times), Timothy Leo (The Minor Times, Ladder Devils), Scott Signorino (SOLD), and Jonathan Van Dine (CRUISR) combine forces as Desperate Living. Their debut EP New Concrete was engineered and mixed by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler, and is out now via Brutal Panda Records. It's a release of controlled aggression over frustrations both past and present. The band unites as a battering ram of musicality ready to tear it all down.