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Weekend Warrior, April 20 - 22

Last week, I Did My Taxes For Free Online, the new album from Spring Onion, a.k.a. Catherine Dwyer (of Remember Sports), was released via Sleeper Records. Tomorrow evening, All Night Diner host will be hosting its release celebration. One inherently gravitates toward the open-book, observational songwriting. There’s a delicate yet unfiltered honesty as these journal entry/stream of consciousness songs capture personality that can be applied universally. That knack to create concise, impactful imagery, accentuated by illuminating laidback touches of melodic instrumentation, gives these brief episodes a big impression. Snake Boy Gang, a.k.a. Madeline Rafter (formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies), whose album Spit was also released via Sleeper Records, endears with a candid quirkiness. 2nd Grade, a new project from Pete Gill of Friendship, and the fuzzy-pop of Mortal Combat (featuring Remember Sports’ Jack Washburn) round out a billing you won’t want to write off. – Michael Colavita

More local artists to check out this weekend…

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Spring Onion (Record Release), Snake Boy Gang, 2ndGrade 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI A.M. Mills, SUN Che (Release Party), Pulgas, Madam Data, Astro Nautico (DJ)

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

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Public Administrators/DJ Deejay, SAT Todd Fausnacht, Frankly Lost/DJ PHSH, SUN Stereo League

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI 7thVictim

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Gondola

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, SAT The Disco Biscuits

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Upstairs John Vettese/The Naked Sun, SUN Orchestra 2001: Zappa’s Radical Classical Roots

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mesmeric Haze, Jesse Gimbel, SAT Moonstriker

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jah People, Among Criminals, The Hook, SAT The Underwater Sounds, Nik Greeley & The Operators

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Don Babylon, Brother Nino, SAT Satellite Hearts, Dirty Dollhouse, SUN Supine

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI St. James & The Apostles, Canyon, Wasted Arrows, Bohemian Mule/Drones for Queens, Night Raids, SAT This Way to the Egress, Gringo Motel

Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2ndSt.) FRI Ryan Corcoran Band, Stella Ruze, SAT Moscow Girls, Tetra, The Commonwealth, SUN Lady Parts, The Jumping Juvies

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 Endless Taile, Looseleaf, OOLALA, Bong Hits For Jesus, Alright Junior, SAT Eye On Attraction, Chet Williams, Sylis P.

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Jawns: A Burlesque Tribute To Steven Spielberg

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Riverside Odds, Socko, Mr. Lisp, Egocentric Plastic Men, SAT Teeth, Presidential Top Knot, Mikey Potato

Ardmore Music Hall(23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Bazmati Vice

Long In The Tooth (2027 Sansom St.) SAT Exmaid (Record Release), Dialer

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Adam Travis & The Soul, The Side Chicks, SAT Eight, Plot/Iron Wind

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Moros, Black Urn

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rentboy, Yeenar, Blushed, SAT Elison Jackson, Queue

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Wyoming (EP Release Show)/Jawncarlo, Fred Beans, David Attias, SUN Trash Knife, Neophobe

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Friendship, Bury Your Fish

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnust St.) FRI Roger Harvey, Augusta Koch, Anika Pyle, Bobby Barnett, Jeff Riddle SUN Crossed Keys

HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mage Hand, Countdown from Ten, Impressionist, Nakama





Sam Himself debuts sophomore EP "Nobody"

With his deep and expressive voice, Swiss, New York City based indie rocker Sam Himself possesses the swagger of crooners of the '80s like Bruce Springsteen and Chris Isaak, with a deep touching at times the depths of The National's Matt Berninger's tenor on "Bad as a Smile," our favorite track among the ones streaming on his Soundcloud page. The songwriting flirts with timelesness, offering rock songs with an atmospheric and thoughtfully sophisticated angle. Today Sam Himself releases his sophomore EP titled "Nobody," you can stream it here





New Track: "Ain't Life Grand" - A.M. Mills

Flurries of delicate guitar marry a matriculating, warm bass and sandy percussion in A.M. Mills latest single, "Ain't Life Grand". There’s a worn aesthetic and a sly sense of humor on display. It feels nostalgic - a comfortable melancholy that we're all invited to join in on. You can find the former Blood Feathers co-frontman crooning his heart out this evening at Johnny Brenda's, with The Cactus Blossoms and Frankie Lee. (Photo by Serge Levin)





Meernaa releases "Wildest Eyes" videos + announces debut EP

There are few words that can describe the intimate, synth-psych sounds of Oakland’s Meernaa. Or, perhaps, too many: fresh, relevant, relaxing, soulful—maybe, at times, even solipsistic. But these only seem to scratch the surface. So, let’s just focus on their newest video, “Wildest Eyes” (streaming below), which is also the first single to be released off their forthcoming debut EP Strange Life. Both track and video alike soothe, while something stirs under the surface; there’s an anxiousness that can’t quite be pinned down. An urgency that pushes itself to the forefront of front woman Carly Bond’s jazzy vocals, and then pulls away just as quickly as it came. It’s exciting, it’s new, and it’s Oakland doing what it does best: inspiring innovative art. The rest of the EP will be out in June, which just can’t come soon enough. - Lilly Milman





New Track: "Mind Eraser" - CRUISR

The day has been dreary, but the music doesn’t need to coincide. “Mind Eraser,” the new single from CRUISR, exuberantly addresses the necessity of moving forward and leaving an individual/situation in the rearview. The pleasant, energetic approach jumps over the emotional/mental hurdles, and dares you to get down rather than wallowing in the downs. Hit that reset button, and enjoy. (Photo by Natalie Piserchio)

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