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Weekend Warrior, August 25 - 27

This Saturday evening, R5 Productions, along with WPRB, will be presenting former Deli Philly Best Emerging Artist Sheer Mag’s record release show at Union Transfer. The band’s long-awaited full-length debut, Need to Feel Your Love, (Wilsuns Recording Company) doesn’t disappoint, meshing powerfully impassioned vocals, tight late night grooves and adrenalin-laced, white-hot, rifftastic invasions. Those assertive aggressions are craftily threaded, revealing tender, candle-lit flourishes. While exhibiting a take-it-as-it-is, raw and roaring exterior, a calculated precision lies within. They’ll be supported by the fuzz-forward, sticky psych rock of Purling Hiss, the heart-pounding, quick-bursting punk of Dark Thoughts, and the instantaneous hardcore of NYC’s Haram.

Meanwhile, Home Outgrown is presenting a weekend-long fest, dubbed A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name, which will spread across three Philly DIY spaces. Three Man Cannon and Coping Skills are among those ushering tonight’s show at Broke Down Palace, while the bombarding, catchy Superweaks are lined up to headline Hole Foods this Saturday, and the diverse, personal narratives of Curtis Cooper will be setting up shop on Sunday at Little Italy. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hang this weekend…

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Sheer Mag (Record Release), Purling Hiss, Dark Thoughts

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Sylo, Josh Hey, SAT Beyond The Bars Benefit Show: Reef The Lost Cauze, Hezekiah, The Bul Bey

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Man About a Horse, Huey & The Banjo, SAT Aaron Parnell Brown

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Drums Like Machine Guns, Plastic Ivy, DJ Speaking Parts/Le Yikes Surf Club/DJ AMH/Sean Hearn, Jesse Tyler, SAT Honey Radar/City Fitness, Ben Kopp/Fame lust, SUN Loafass

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Stephon Amir (Listening/Release Party)

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Senvenire, Beneath Polaris, CJ Dunleavy/AfroBear, On Wa, The Sermon, The Sly Foxes, SUN Mason X FortuneWest

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Pound$ide Pop, Phatgeez, Lil Doe, Mally Savage, MambaCinco, JidMack

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Kur, DJ Drama

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Steal Your Face, Scott Dinolfi, SUN (Upstairs) Egocentric Plastic Men, Above the Mendoza, Amora

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Delfederate Army, Mr. Unloved, Dirty Soap Blues Band

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Hueman Garbij, SUN Timur And The Squad/Faringwell, In The Pines, Sold

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Travel Lanes, The Peace Creeps

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Roxy Rollz, Medusa's Disco, Bosom Band, SAT Suburban Living (DJ Set)

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Shaheen J. Dibai, Blaine C. Martin, Khalid Quesada, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Gross Ex Machina, Eyes of the Living, SAT Comfy, Tiny Moon

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Varials, Vicious Embrace, Mercy Blow

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Jac Carson, Karmalatta, Jonathan Veit, SAT DJ Oneson, Argonautic, The Jawn

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Gorgeous Porch, The Morelings, SAT Bazmati Vice

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Echoes, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Hoppin' Boxcars

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Kevin Kong, SUN Ear Me Now

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Dottie Riot's Music Revue

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Santi Suede, Snake Boy Gang

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Maryn Jones, The Goodbye Party

Broke Down Palace (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Coping Skills

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Superweaks, Grayling, SUN Donor

Little Italy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Curtis Cooper, Major Pursuit, James Barrett





Lily Konigsberg and Andréa Schiavelli join songwriting forces on new release

Lily Konigsberg (Palberta) and Andréa Schiavelli (Eyes of Love) have combined their respective songwriting skills on an upcoming release, Good Time Now, which is neither a conventional collaboration nor a split. Instead, Konigsberg and Schiavelli independently recorded their own songs while across the country from each other. The result is a compelling showcase of two very different songwriters' interpretations of pop music. On their first joint single release (streaming), Konigsberg's "Good Time" and Schiavelli's "New Age Old Home" offer two notably different styles of songwriting that honor pop music's golden rules of memorability and brevity. "Good Time" is a short, baroque-pop composition with elements of Frankie Cosmos and Sufjan Stevens, while "New Age Old Home" is a nod to Talking Heads and Joy Division, with its combination of the sardonic and the dull ache of quiet longing. The full album in is out on Bandcamp and available for digital pre-order via Ramp Local. - Ethan Ames





Miranda Lee Richards performing in UK, Norway, and Sweden 08.19 - 09.02

SF Bay Area songwriter Miranda Lee Richards is one week into their European tour, with upcoming shows in Scotland, Manchester, Norway, and Sweden from August 25th to September 2nd. The artist released an LP this past June, EXISTENTIAL BEAST, with dreamy and intense folk rock vibes and chamber aesthetics partly reminiscent of Nico's solo work. The band will also make a stop at New York's very own Pianos on September 13th! - Pearse Devlin





New Track: "Buy My Ashes" - Etheric Felines

Trip-hop triumvirate Etheric Felines' latest single, “Buy My Ashes,” quickly establishes a bass-quaking beat. That foreboding sense of authority gives rise to Andrea Bullard's relentless rhymes that slyly wax and wane between idealistic, personal goals and self-confidence. That desire to achieve, weighed against potential security of abandoning dreams, creates a crisis of conscience. This mindful tension is smoothed over by Katie Ross' subconscious “You don’t know me” chorus, hovering overhead.





New Track: "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas" (Quiet Slang) - Beach Slang

Beach Slang's James Alex began doing solo performances last year under the moniker Quiet Slang. Well, Alex just announced that he'll be releasing a 7" EP of rearranged Beach Slang songs, entitled We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, which is due out October 20 via Polyvinyl Records. Below is its first single, a beautiful, piano-cello-vocal rendition of "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas," off 2015's The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us.

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