Indie Rock

Beach Slang Return Home at Union Transfer May 20

Punk outfit Beach Slang has hit the shores of Philly's DIY community with a vigorous punch. The group's gritty anthems, with their tenacious tones, contain a rollicking, vibrant energy, even in the darkest of places. They refer to themselves as "weird and wild," and these distinctions are certainly recognized within their music and performances. The band has started working on its second full-length album, the follow-up to The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us. To close out the end of an extensive spring tour, Beach Slang will return home to Union Transfer tonight, where they'll be joined by Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 7:30pm, $15, All Ages - Gina Rullo 

   

Psych rockers Special Guest play Shea Stadium on 6.28

The sound of Queens natives Special Guest’s is a hard one to nail down  - which is always a good sign. They blend together elements from indie rock, shoegazer, psychedelia, and post-punk to create a uniquely layered, complex musical style. Their self-titled debut album was released in the winter of 2015, and features 12 tracks, each one standing out in its own way. “Quatro” and “Bouncy” rely heavily on psychedelic flourishes and evolving synths, while “Trace” and “Ghost Rocket” feature a more straight indie rock sound. We are diggin' in particular shoegaze/noise number 'UNO' (streaming below) and mathy instrumental "Five-Four." The band recently played a Sofar Sound show and will be performing next at Shea Stadium in support of Banned Books on June 28th.

   

Weekend Warrior, May 20 - 22

Tonight at Everybody Hits is the long-awaited release show for Thin Lips’ debut LP Riff Hard, coming out via local tastemakers Lame-O Records. Thin Lips are a venerable supergroup of longstanding Philly stalwarts who have hit a sweet spot of triumphant pop rock and confessional, introspective lyrics without sentimentality. Chrissy Tashjian, formerly of Dangerous Ponies and The Bee Team, captains this ship with her commanding, casual, and versatile vocals. The hard riffs are largely courtesy of longtime bandmate Kyle Pulley (ex-Dangerous Ponies) and Chris Diehm, a punk-rock lifer who cut his teeth in Lancaster’s 1994! before coming to Philly and lending his talents to Thin Lips, as well as Year Of Glad. The band is filled out by Mikey Tashjian (The Superweaks, ex-Dangerous Ponies), who shows his ability to shift rhythms and help craft intriguing songs, while maintaining a not-too-serious rock 'n' roll sheen. Celebrating with the Lips will be Casey Magic, Lame-O labelmates Lowercase Roses, folky psych rockers Pine Barons, and Pure Pop, a “new pop-punk trio comprised of Lame-O, Superweaks, and Modern Baseball angel babies.” Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5-$10, All Ages - Adam G. 

Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Lushlife
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Son & Heir
 
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Snails, Wild Joy / Akasha, Astro 8000, SAT Shy Boyz, Dead, Redhat / DJ PHSH, SUN Hidden Lights, Stellarscope, E.Joseph and the Sparrows / Andross, Big City Noise
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Plow United (Record Release), Flag of Democracy
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Voss (Album Release), Eddie Madrid, Mason, Cain Kerner ,  Kim Jong Ill, SUN Twin Pines
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Beach Slang
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Downstairs) Bob Broudy
 
 The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI (5pm) Down With Homework, Teenage Bigfoot, Science Club / (9pm) Ocelot, Liberty Tribe, Old Scratch, Virgouts, SAT Half-Ton of Humanity, The KMX Band, Crown of Earth, SUN Fire In The Radio
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Palmas, SUN The Hoppin' Boxcars
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI My Son Bison, SAT Revolution, I Love You, Voltheque, The One2s
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo  Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Sylvia Platypus, SUN Rusty Cad
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St)  FRI dataf1ow, Golden Spiral, MH The Verb, Sexy Black Female, Mutombo,SAT & SUN Italian Market Festival: Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. The Late Saints, Alright Junior, Seoul Delhi, Those People, Sweet Eureka, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Railroad Fever,You Do You, Giada J. , OOLALA, In The Presence Of Wolves, Looseleaf , John Francis , T.c. Cole Riot , Katie Barbato & Dirty Holiday , Hannah Taylor & Rekardo Lee Trio, Momma Hankton, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Emily Mineo, Bosom Band, Vital Stats, Pravda. Rockers Galore, Ashton John, Visoon, Behind The Granstand, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Rothland, Magnificent Birds of Prey, Layers And Frames, Endless Taile, FTS, Moddzilla
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Phonies, SAT Outerheaven, Kill The Stigmatic
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Local Smokes, UJ18, SAT Tom’s Attic, P-Rents
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The End of America, Queen of Jeans, Pete Hill, SAT Ground Up, SUN Christine Havrilla, Andrea Nardello
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Electron, American Babies, SUN Darla, Swift Technique
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Azn Jake, Wassup Gina, SAT Ed Christof
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.)FRI (Side Chapel) Roger Harvey, Greg Barnett, Augusta Koch, Jeff Riddle and The Bella Vista Social Club, SUN Backslider, Congenital Death
  
LAVA (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI The Guests, S-21, N.E.G, Guts / Lip Service, Narcos
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Deambook, Horsecops, Cellarfox
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.)  FRI Only, Friendship
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Amanda X, Pouty
 
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor) FRI Elijah Jennings-Guridy, Ronnie Vega
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Population Zero, Interloper
 
Big Cakes (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI NAH, Moor Mother Goddess, Neolibz, nyxy nyx, What Nerve
 

 

 
   

New Track: "Mutual" - Clique

Written in the fallout of a short-lived yet impactful relationship, listen to “Mutual” the latest single from Clique. Steady surges of instrumentation pace the narrative, as the song quickly gains a guttural grip. It’s featured on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Burden Piece which will be released via Topshelf Records on May 27. A record release show, which also includes Stove, Self Help, and Loose Tooth , will be held at Everybody Hits on June 10. (Photo by Eric Bishop)

   

Spit tackles life's ironies head on with bellicose sound, live at Palisades on 06.01

People respond differently to tedious daily life—some wallow while others burst out. NYC slack rockers Spit definitely fall into the latter, but do make occasional forays into the former as well. The sound on their 2015 album Dead Broke For Life can be characterized as mostly hard and up-beat, but this isn't to say their instrumentation and vocals aren't carefully crafted. Profoundly passionate lyrics and interesting guitar riffs permeate the record, with an occasional twang that makes their music stand out especially. Spit are definitely a band to look out for, and you'll be able to do so when they play Cake Shop on May 23rd and Palisades on June 1st. - Henry Solotaroff Webber