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Groupie's "Visceral" is 21st Century Revolution Rock - live at Zone One 6.17

It’s hard not to be bitter in this right wing, late capitalist hellscape that we call waking life. Folks with what is deemed “nonessential employment” (including this beleaguered writer) worry about automation, and the crushing weight of political inertia makes it difficult to take action against the seemingly insurmountable challenges of our time. No one understands that better than Brooklyn garage duo Groupie, who, on their newest EP Validated find a way to contextualize our malaise-ridden zeitgeist over the course of four, fast and loose, fuzzed out tracks. From screaming into the void about an uncertain future on the sinister “5 Year Plan,” to embracing a devil-may-care, burn-it-all-down perspective on closer “Cannibal Wave,” Groupie’s punk-tinged rock is very much of the times, expressing anger not just at the powers that be, but at a society-wide fatigue of resisting a political machine that has rigged the game in its favor. Regardless of the frustration, Validated remains as an authentic discordant representation of a post-2016 mindset, reminding the listener that there is power in anger, that you are not alone in your nihilism, and that rage can be a unifying force in questioning (and hopefully changing) the world we live in.

Groupie will deliver their subversive sound to Elsewhere’s Zone One on Jun 17th, alongside Miss June and THICK. In the meanwhile, you can stream Validated from the comfort of you own home. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Jeanette D. Moses





Weekend Warrior, May 24 - 26

Conversations (Tone Tree Music), the new album from The Dove & The Wolf, is something worth talking about, and this Saturday, the band, led by Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat, are slated to celebrate its arrival at Johnny Brenda’s. Hypnotic harmonies and subtly layered instrumentation induce an intimate, daydreaming state. The gentle, jangly vulnerability of the songs endears with an empathetic, heart-aching honesty. They'll be joined by multi-instrumentalist and tourmate Michelle Blades, who creates graceful, compelling, genre-experimenting pop. Shamir will also be on hand with their latest, Be the Yee, Here Comes the Haw, in tow. – Michael Colavita

More shows to hit this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Carroll, SAT The Dove & The Wolf, Shamir

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Crozet, Arch of Love

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bring Da Ruckus: Hip Hip 90s to Now (with special guest DJ Dame Luz), SAT Cardinal Arms/Fame Lust, SUN DRAMA!, Babe Grenade, lylyly

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Mazie, Zack Krall Band, Cold Soul, J Solomon

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dj Baby Berlin

TLA (334 South St.) FRI A Benefit Concert for Michael Leavy: Jealousy Curve, Jeff Campbell, SAT Blac Papi, Yung K

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Jesse Gimbel, Erin Fox, SAT (Upstairs) Native Harrow 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Green Cathedral, Blackjack Rose, SAT The 1940s, Glass Leaf, SUN Haxon, Perennial

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Dean & Company presents: The Spectrum Series Vol. 3, The Quixote Project

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Nematode, Goodnight/Goodluck, Talk Louder!, SAT Longspells, False Tracks, SUN Effusion 35, Mr. Lisp, Secret Drawer

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Saver, Midfield, SAT The Magnificent ShitHawks Of The Greater Northern Americas, Space Caravan

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Silk City & Eric Wortham II Present: Feast of Art Part 7

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI John Gilbride, Emily Drinker, SAT Patrick Feliciano, Dizzy Valdez, SUN Katie Bird

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Tim Leslie, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI  Katie Barbato, AfroBear, Calla Bere

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Black Cat Habitat, One Hundred Men on Mars, Baffle the Cat, SAT The Barren Marys (Tape Release), Teenage Bigfoot, The P’ids, Under 95

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SUN DJ Drootrax

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT DJ Kevin Kong, Fisher, Menace Cartel, SUN Ear Me Now, DJ Lean Wit It

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Colin Lenox, SAGES, Masila Muli (w/Pet Lizard ), Goodthief, Elaine Rasnake, SAT Tubey Frank, Dweller, Andrew Huston & Friends

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI In Memorium: A Celebration of the life of Brendan Browning Lafferty: The Quelle Source, Seamus Browning, Cardillo

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Lifecycle: Aime, Max Swan, Eric Boss

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Polychromatics, Double Suede, Yeet





New Son Step LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Son Step's new LP, Fossilillies, recently dropped via Grind Select. A dichotomy of calculated and free-flow, synth-soaked instrumentation converges, allowing the well-honed vocals to flourish. Within a psych-pop vessel, one is engaged on a journey of personal discovery, which retains a bright, backend buoyancy, while exploring place & purpose. Supported by Great Time and Data, you can also join Son Step at their album release show on Thursday, June 6 at Johnny Brenda's, performing a rare four-piece set.





New Cocordion LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Tv.Ant.Race, the new album from the trio Cocordion, is out now via Tigarita Tapes. A tranquil sea of sound is injected with snippets of noise. The album hovers between a peaceful, pensive state and points of friction. The majority of the LP flows in a smooth cruising nature; however, moments of discord shakeup the system.





VanJess “Honeywheat” Remix

Last week R&B Duo VanJess dropped a new remix of their 2018 track “Honeywheat" from their debut LP, Silk Canvas. The remix prominently features one of the hottest emcee in the City right now, Saba.

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