The Circadian Rhythms

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<p>The Circadian Rhythms self-titled LP CD-R is certainly a throwback album to a bygone era. However, it&rsquo;s a refreshing revisit to a charming time where societal debauchery was masked by good clean fun at dances, but at times their music makes you wonder if someone might have spiked the punch with acid. It&rsquo;s a stellar debut full length and shining example of the upcoming crop of unique sounding bands bouncing through the clubs and DIYs in Philly. The album is smooth, slick, organic and learned without an ounce of pretension. The young lads are old souls as you find their tunes floating through jazz, big band, swing, blues, psych rock, sugary sweet pop and that old time rock &lsquo;n roll. Their songs can certainly bring you to a happy place, but it&rsquo;s when their vocals sound like they&rsquo;re tearing through a megaphone with such passion and soul is when my ears perk up and really take notice, but I wouldn&rsquo;t say that they necessarily outshine the compositions, which lay as beautiful experimental backdrops managing to keep your interest from beginning to end. - <i>H.M. Kauffman</i> - <a href="">Website</a></p> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div> <input type="hidden" id="gwProxy" /><!--Session data--><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div> <input type="hidden" id="gwProxy"><!--Session data--></input><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="jsCall();" /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>

Weekend Warrior, February 5 - 7


If you happen to be in West Philly and have no fear of the forecasted blizzard this weekend, be on the lookout for a smorgasbord of all sorts of mind-warping sounds. First, kicking off their New England tour which includes an opening slot with Yeasayer at Bowery Ballroom, is Bobo, whose brand of weird electro-rock, replete with tongue-in-cheek vocals and retro synths, sounds like what would happen if the Residents or Ween dedicated themselves to dance music. Then, there's Mirador, an act that produces chiming, intricate instrumentals for a more prog-oriented electronica sound. And of course, there's The Love Club, a blast of 60's inspired psychedelia and garage rock, reminiscent of all the best Nuggets compilations, but fresher and stranger. Come see all of these fellas, as well as Prince Rama, White Lodge, and Peace, Loving over at the Danger Danger Gallery's new next-door neighbors. Young Love Vintage Clothing and Vinyl, 5011 Baltimore Ave, 8pm, Donations, All Ages
What else is going on this weekend if the snow doesn’t force everything to cancel…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Asteroid #4, The Sounds of Kaleidoscope, Lux Perpetua, SAT The Armchairs (RESCHEDULED for April)

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Andrew Lipke and The Prospects

The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) SAT The Strychnine Babies, Live Not On Evil

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Steve Yutzy-Burkey (of The Swimmers)

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Kidrockers w/Jukebox the Ghost (RESCHEDULED to 4/10), Late - Mason Porter (CD Release Party)

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Cheers Elephant, Oso, Filmstar
Green Line Café (4426 Locust St.) SAT Dragonzord

Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Atomic Age and McRad, SAT The Broken Prayers
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Haiti Relief Benefit w/West Philadelphia Orchestra, The Mighty Paradocs, Big Attack, Mirador
Lickety Split (401 South St.) FRI The Lizards from Mars


Cheers Elephant Ready to Start a Riot at Blockley Pourhouse Feb. 5


Cheers Elephant are hard at work on the brand new album, and are getting ready to unveil some new tracks. But before they do both, the dynamic local psych-folk rockers are getting ready to play Blockley Pourhouse during what might just be the nicest lineup to grace the new venue. They’ll be joined by Oso, whose last album The Bellringer was one of my favorite releases of last year. This will be the bands first big outing before they headline Thursday’s portion of the Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival. Rounding out the already well-rounded lineup is Filmstar, a band whose leaping and plunging melodies, incisive lyrics, and unabashed pop hooks should rouse up the crowd. Blockley Porhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 9pm, $5, 21+ (Tyler Westnedge) - Bill McThrill

The Asteroid #4 Lands Down at JB's Feb. 5


Cosmic crusaders The Asteroid #4 are making their return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the mid-90’s these ‘genteel woodsmen’ have been making fuzzed out space jams the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lillys and 60’s pop ancestors. They mix a cocktail of shimmering harmonies, breezy, churning guitars, pounding drums and haunting atmosphere that manages to pay homage to their many influences while still maintaining a sound all their own. The band’s last released was These Flowers of Ours: A Treasury of Witchcraft & Devilry in 2008, but a new album is expected for this year. One-time cacophonous 4-track project turned full band The Sounds of Kaleidoscope and former-Extraordinaire and Punk Rock Payroll’s Lux Perpetua will be joining them on this journey. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Courtney Brooke) - Adam G.

Andrew Lipke's Prospects Look Good at North Star Bar Feb. 5


Whether it’s through original acts like Franzschubert & The Schuubs, cover bands like Get The Led Out, or through his own material, Andrew Lipke has always managed to be a strong presence in the local music community. But through the work he’s recorded on Mad Dragon Records, he has really started to come into his own as a solo artist, and Motherpearl & Dynamiteis easily his most dynamic release to date. Tonight at The North Star Bar he takes it one step further by emerging onto the scene with a strong backing band in The Prospect. Expect this one to be filled with plenty of alt-folk compositions that mirror everything from Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd to John Denver. North Star Bar. 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill