Commonwealth Choir

Weekend Warrior, January 30 - February 1

Looking for a cure to the Philly winter blues? The Yetis have just what you need to warm up with their modern take on 60’s surf-pop. Instead of the kind of wintry tunes you’d expect from a band named after the Abominable Snowman, these childhood best friends play infectious tunes served best at beach parties. (They get that it’s ironic.) Both of their latest tracks, which were released last September, were produced by Fancy Time Studio’s Kyle “Slick” Johnson. After this weekend, the Allentown boys will be taking time to record new material so this is going to be their last show for a while, and could be the only show where you can swing some baseball bats in between sets. Plus, there will Philly newcomers Locals, who are headlining the show, and Bucks County indie rockers Commonwealth Choir are all geared up and ready to hit some balls and have an eating competition or two. Bonus: It’s BYOB for those of age, and there will be tacos! What could be better? Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
Other places to escape the winter blues this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Founders, Scuzbot, SAT Honey Radar, Strawman, SUN Solus Rex, Community Center, Toy Cannons, The Black Whatever/Three Man Cannon, Ghost Gum
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls, SAT JR Wolf, Among Criminals
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, SAT No Other
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Lyrically Fit: 30 & Over League, Slaughter Rico, Squablz, Tru Earner, Young Ros, Mercy Gang, SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies, Dobbee, Kellen 303
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rootology, SAT (Upstairs) (2pm)
Gavin Becker, (8pm) Tim Hein
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wild By Law, Daughter Cells, SAT Mutomb0, Sexy Black Female, Get Up, SUN Cortana, Blakeslee
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vulcans, Arizona Lights, SAT Church Girls (Release Show), Jesse Gimbel, Marc Neibauer
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Clementine
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gene Wildest, War On Orchids, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Keystoned, Curtis Jr., Paul Hocynec
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Matthew K
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Shithawks, Hellrad, Decap Attak/Gash, SAT Under This Fire, Nytrous, Kandela /Dell P, Fate Gryndhouse, N.A.B.H., Quaa Love
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kingsnake, Black Rue, Stellarscope, SAT Sweet
Eureka, The Riverside Odds, Seoul Delhi, SUN Rev. TJ’s Blues Church
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Matt Gauss Band, SAT Hexwork, Tony Desimone & The River Mercy, Janine Toner
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Bird Watcher
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nemesisters, +HIRS+, Moor Mother Goddess, Joohyun Kim, Negative Infinity, Ex. By V.
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Water Polo, RFA, Eunoia
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Charley Few
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Armalite, Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw, The Half-Tones
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Euphoria Again
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Abi Reimold, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, Tribute
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Cynthia Schemmer, Harmony Lebel-Tividad
West Phily Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Collect Yourself, Blankbook

Free Download: XPoNential Fest 2014 (Live) - Commonwealth Choir

NYC Taper came down for the weekend of WXPN's XPoNential Fest. You can download Commonwealth Choir's entire set from July 26, 2014 for free HERE. The band will also be performing live this Friday, August 22 at Ortlieb's. (Photo by WXPN)


BITBY Summer Sounds at TLA Aug. 15

This evening, at the Theatre of Living Arts, you’ll find Doylestown’s Commonwealth Choir as the featured headliners of a stacked local area bill. The guys are still living off the buzz of their debut EP Shirtless and their energetic live performances. Shorty boy-boy has been taking a bit of hiatus while frontman Joshua Pannepacker has joined the band Cheerleader. But they have recently resurfaced with a new music video for “Crickets,” and will be back to deliver a live set where you can expect the unexpected. Since Air is Human unveiled an unreleased track from their upcoming album on Y-Not Radio, there’s a good chance that you may be treated to more new material. The rest of BITBY Summer Sounds will be rounded out by Pine Barons, Weekender, and Mark Lanky. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., 7pm, $11, All Ages - Bill McThrill


Weekend Warrior, July 25 - 27

XPN hosts its 10th Annual XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park along the Camden Waterfront (and the neighboring Susquehanna Bank Center for some of the larger headliners). And as usual, its set to feature the widespread mix of bigger name alt-indie bands, roots-rock/Americana artists, and up-and-coming local artists. The big players for this year include Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, and Dawes. But the event will be rounded out by a ton of local heroes, including The Districts, who will be saying farewell to their friend and guitarist Mark Larson as he gets ready to start his collegiate life. Larson will passing the reins to Pat Cassidy (of Keepers). Philly favorites Man Man will bring their quirky theatrics and high-energy percussion with synth-laden melodies to the Marina Stage on Sunday. Timothy Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, will captivate the audience with his melodic folk tunes that resonate from his latest LP, HEAL, on Saturday. Doylestown-based indie heartthrobs Commonwealth Choir will get the crowd moving with tracks from their self-produced debut EP Shirtless, and The Lawsuits will be making their American Diamond Recordings family proud on Sunday with the rest of this annual 3-day festival will featuring acts like Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Hold Steady, Ingrid Michaelson, Lucius, and more. XPoNential Music Festival, Mickle Blvd., 8pm, $30 - $125, 21+ - Bill McThrill
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Johnny Popcorn, Iron, SUN A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pattern is Movement, Myrrias
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel, I IM EYE MY SAT Harsh Vibes, The Love Club, SUN (Early/Late) Marietta
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Circadian Rhythms, Laser Background SAT Somewhere South, Man Illuminated SUN Cassavetes, Callowhill
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Mitch Esparza, Widow Maker Social Club, SAT The Dirty Cut/This is Hardcore & A389 Recordings present: Full of Hell, Castle Freak, SUN My Son Bison/ Cannons, Left & Right, Drugstore
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Noah Breakfast
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Striptease Orchestra SAT William Way’s INDIGOGO: Queer Funhouse & Dance Extravaganza
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) SugeMasaya (Ceilingfans, Mixtape Release), SAT (Balcony) Voletta, Kali Ma
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Kur, Deek, Young Chris, Quilly Mills, SAT Romeo Delight (Van Hale Tribute), The Ozzman Cometh (Ozzy Tribute)
Electric Factory  FRI This Is Hardcore: Turmoil, All  Else Failed, Timebomb This is Hardcore: Title Fight, Blacklisted/(Revel Ovation Hall) Christina Perri, SAT This is Hardcore: Wisdom in Chains, Full of Hell, SUN This is Hardcore: Bad Luck 13, Riot Extravaganza
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Soulidified Presents: LVRGRL: Paying Homage to Teena Marie Kriss Mincey, SAT (Upstairs) Carfax Abbey, Torsion SUN (Upstairs) Barakka
The Mann Center (5201 Parkside Ave.) FRI Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Satellite Hearts
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Ruder Than You, Trouble in Tokyo, Lovecartel, SAT YDi, Decontrol, Spectrum Disorder, Thee Nosebleeds, SUN Vilebred, Mat Burke
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Welters, NARK, Jantones
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass, SAT Toy Cannons
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Explosive Head
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  SUN Chris Vance, Voss, Selina Carrera, I Know Brasco, Jeide Prince
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Tanya Limosnero, John Swana, Craig Ebner
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  SAT Hambone Relay
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, The Riverside Odds/BlackRue, Scars of Bourbon, SAT Cyanide Saints, Spur Gang/Mesmeria, Rebels Been Rebels Sun Smacking Madison
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bosom Band, Sucker/Eric Madman
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI This Is Hardcore: Thunder & Glory, SAT This Is Hardcore Fest: Latex, Mischief Brew
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SAT Amanda X (Record Release)
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) SAT Ma Jolie, Awkward Talking
Teri’s (1126 S. 9th St.) SUN Cute Girl From English
Half Moon Lounge (4228 Lancaster Ave.) SUN Future Primitive, Toska
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI American Dinosaur, Hopscotch Jefferson, Overcoming Gravity, Young Pilgrims, Saver, SAT Science the Rat, the Lift & the Drag: A Tribute to Stagazer Lily w/Mia Johnson
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA) FRI West Philly Orchestra, SAT Splintered Sunlight
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Luke Goodman, SAT Dave Tidey, SUN Polido Social Club, Dave Tidey
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Mighty Paradocs, Upholstery, Mermaid Parade, Revolution, I Love You
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Japanese Breakfast, SAT Christopher Walking
Dagger House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) This Is Hardcore After-show: Congenital Death, Constraint
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Hound, Bad Energy
Mount Misery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Last Show at Venue) Mumblr, Snoozer

Weekend Warrior, April 25 - 27

Tonight, we’ll be presenting the final show of Night Panther’s residency at Bourbon & Branch, and we might have saved the best for last! If you caught any of the run so far, then you know that our favorite sex-pop group are at the top of their game so panties will be dropping. They’ll be bringing along West Philly’s favorite sons Grandchildren and Doylestown pals Commonwealth Choir for the ride. And if that wasn’t badass enough, experimental-pop duo Pattern is Movement has been announced as the  very special guest for this evening. Yeah, there is a lot going on in Philly this evening, but trust me when I say, “Nothing else happening tonight matters.” BTW: If you don’t have your tix already, then you better get there early! Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran
Other places to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Low Cut Connie, Shark Week, Satellite Hearts
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Tin Horses, SUN You Do You
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Gliss, Taylor Dunn, Kylledge, SAT (Early) Clamfight, (Upstairs) Tungsten, Tea Club, SUN Marc Neibauer, Edison
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Plastic Little, Swaetheart, Needle Points, SUN Red 40 and the last Groovement, Galvanize
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Man on a Mountain
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Memphis Hat, Jesus' Older Brother, ialive, SAT Sunshine Riot, Soundwavves, The People, SUN The Wondershop Showdown, StoopSide
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Brotherly Arms: A Live Music Tribute to Todd Marrone w/Astronuats Really Fly, McRad, Bev Haven
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Southwork
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Desoto Jones
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Chase Allen, Pooda Dappa, STS
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Paige Allbritton, SAT Paige Allbritton, SUN Lily Mae
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, Somewhere South, SAT Dr. Ketchup
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Limecell, St. James & the Apostles
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Goddamnit
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Village, Deathmonger A.D., House of Geary
JR’s (1554 McKean St.) FRI Reef'd, SAT Twin Pines
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Vibe Deta, Montoj, SAT Rowboat Casino, The Beta Phase, Caalypso
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Up the Chain
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI +HIRS+, SUN Lattimore/Zeigler Duo
Pageant Soloveev Gallery (607 Bainbridge St.) SUN Kate Ferencz
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI War Emblem
Safety Safety (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Zach Fay, Laura Szklarski