Dark Web

Weekend Warrior, April 12 - 14

This Saturday night, Dark Web is set to headline Kung Fu Necktie. Barreling ahead in guitar-ripping, backend-blitzing fashion, the post-punk outfit captures an infectious, rough-around-the-edges, raw energy. Shedding the weight of despair, relief is temporarily achieved, transforming into full-steam-ahead shredders. Encircled by an imminent sense of instrumental danger, while maintaining cool, composed vocals, Kentucky’s Tropical Trash has the feel of control amid impending chaos. And you’ll find the sonic stylings of locals Storks (featuring former members of Clockcleaner, Strapping Fieldhands, Watery Love, Fully Glazed, and Louie Louie) kicking the evening into gear. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can get weird this weekend…

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Fame Lust, SAT Dark Web, Storks, SUN Everywhen, Brackish

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Original Sins, St. James & The Apostles, St. John's Alliance, SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz: It's The Year 2004

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Chris Kasper, SAT School Of Rock Philly presents: Arctic Monkeys vs. The Strokes/School Of Rock Philly presents: A Tribute to U2/Evan Wize

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Wunder ft. The Dead Milkmen Black Landlord, Mt. Vengeance, The Spirit World

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Baroness, SUN Rosetta, Heavy Temple, Outer Heaven

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Devil Master, SAT Function: 1-800 HAPPY HR

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Shmittee

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Minas presents:La Giara-The Water Jug by Patricia King Haddad

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Anthrophobia, Live Not On Evil, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, The Damn Dirty Apes, SAT Aberrant Light

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Valets, Uncle Dan, SAT The Stammer, Arch of Love, SUN Kill Verona, Breaking Pangaea, Crossed Keys, Gennero, Savage Dads

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Joshua Howard, Homestead Collective / Somebody Else’s Sky, Superunknown

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Rachel Andie & The V Element, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Taylor Kelly (Single Release), Sophie Coran, SAT Davey and the Chains, SUN Knightlife, Kissing The Klepto, Egocentric Plastic Men, Through Neighborhoods

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Axe Limbert, Timmy Jones, SAT Endless Taile, Gibbous Moon, Canine 10, SUN Acoustic Fest: Tim From Oz, Fonvery, Michael J.Vitale, Vassal, Niqu, Marcelyn

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN Comic Strips: A Marvel & DC Burlesque

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Sad & Boujee

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI LUNCH, Prob No

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Cthulhu Martini, Altamont Surf Party, Bats in the Wall, Girl Science, SAT Boss Hydro, Outlaw Pandas, Pink Angels,Chino

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sun Choke, Leo Moon, St. Brendan, The Sixth Year, SAT Ryan Corcoran, Cookie Rabinowitz, Tyler Sensenig

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Whiskeyhickon Boys, The Sermon, SAT Peace Drums Project fundraiser: Trevor Street Band, Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Orchestra, SUN Derrick Hodge, Killiam Shakespeare

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI SR Frost, Joshua Chase Miller, Lia Menaker, My Familiar / Blueroom, Greg Mendez, SAT Destroying Angel

Vox Populi (319 N 11th St., 3rd Floor) SAT Good Morning, Daydreamer (Record Release), Tapes & Tubes, Black Melanite 

Jerry’s on Front (2341 N. Front St.) SAT Loren Connors & Chris Forsyth

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SUN Familiar Things, Andross

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Avenue) FRI Jesse Gimbel

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI DJ Matpat, Osagie, SAT Professor Bangarang Presents: Molecular Danceology

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Breaking Pangaea, Kill Verona, Crossed Keys, Sad Actor

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Catullus, Solar Circuit, SAT Darla, House Plant, SUN Elaine Rasnake (Live EP Recording), Gender Work

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Strange Parts, Upholstery 

Gay Baby Jail (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mavis the Dog, Boon

   

New Music Video: "Robot Dreams" - Dark Web

Clone Age, the forthcoming album from Philly punk outfit Dark Web, will be released this summer via Erste Theke Tonträger, a record label based in Mannheim, Germany. “Robot Dreams” is a rippin', sci-fi fantasy that playfully tears through to the future. The accompanying video by Linda Jean quilts together classic images of space and psych strangeness that may seem more like nightmares to most. Be afraid...be very afraid!

   

Weekend Warrior, April 21 - 23

Rowdy, restless, riff-charged Dark Web tied us in with their self-titled album (The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month). This Saturday, their nonstop sewer punk sounds serve as the primer for a Record Store Day lineup at Repo Records that doesn’t quit. The stampeding, snarling, punk anthems of Posers enter the fray, while a fire-breathing, raw-rock fury explodes from the down and dirty exploits of Residuels. The murky, mystic, synth-laced, darkwave of Remote Control will dial you in, and sticky, psych grooves and sweltering exploratory guitar runs set off the closing solo set from Purling Hiss

As the day dwindles down, Eris Temple Arts will host the release show for chamber-folk ensemble On the Water’s new EP Superposition. Whether dashing forward in exuberant rock or swaying in reflective melodies, Dominic resonates. Potentially showcasing material from their forthcoming album Burn Bridges, Burn Pies, the Mad-Hattered, quirky concoctions of OhBree is on the slate, as are the adventurous-eclectic instrumentation merged with captivating songwriting of Dear Rabbit. The duo of Baby & Shylow, which features Aleks Martray (Grandchildren), kicks off the proceedings. - Michael Colavita

More places to enjoy your weekend…
 
Repo Records (538 South St.) SAT Record Store Day: Purling Hiss (Solo), Remote Control, Residuels, Posers, Dark Web
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT On the Water (Record Release), Dominic, OhBree, Dear Rabbit, Bay Shylow
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Philly Loves Prince
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Archawah, SAT No Good Sister (Record Release), Andrea Nardello
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Mr. Falcon, SarahCuda, SAT Monie & Meeks, Rye-Li/Behind Deadlines/Fame Lust, SUN Knightlife, Future Dinosaurs, In Different Sounds/Congenital Death
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI PRINCE: The Man and His Music: Oolala, David Fantasy & Adult Content, Monopop, Genesis Z & The Black Mambas, Mars Parker, The Ardvark Felon, Amari Rebel, Vessna Scheff
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Federation Sound
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Krieg, Crypt Sermon
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Ron Gallo, SUN (Upstairs) Hurricane Hoss
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Rasan Allbritton, SAT Teef , David Lyve, Chalk & The Beige Americans
 
MilkBoy (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band, SAT Rockers Galore (Release Show), Joe Jordan Experiment
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Vita & The Woolf, Deadfellow, SAT Jake Bernard, John Gilbride, SUN The Morelings, Sun Hat
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Rootology, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Raw Honey, Ali Wadsworth, Carolyn Thorn, Cicada Jade, Morgan Pinkstone, Dwight Remmington, Eve Sheldon, Sara B Simpson, Lauren Scott, Valentina & Sunshine Superman, Sweetbriar Rose, Emily Mineo, SAT Kenty Love
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Naps Past Noon, Elephant Odyssey, Mata Hari, SAT The Sly Foxes, Montoj, Somethin' Divine
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Pet Cheetah, Bazmati Vice, The Bad Larrys
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN NAH, Madam Data
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Palberta, Drums Like Machine Guns
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI The Last Barbarians, Janelle, Lightninging/Worst Ones, SAT Manbeast, Disappearances
 
The Maas Building (1325 N. Randolph St.) FRI Dirty Dollhouse (Record Release), Former Belle, Caroline Reese
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Heavy Harold, Dwight Remington, Julia Rainer, Shadow Band, Jacob In The Floorboards, Joy Riding, Wax Wav, Dark Web, The Whips
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Bahdeavn
 
   

The Deli Philly's April Record of the Month: Dark Web - Dark Web

Self-proclaimed "sewer punks" Dark Web’s debut self-titled EP (now available on cassette via Suicide Bong Tapes) is the perfect remedy for a politically apocalyptic landscape. Their latest slew of anthems is unabashedly aggro (but in a good way), rooted in anxiety, angst, and audaciously messy emotions like paranoia and fear. Thematically grim yet cathartic, Dark Web’s mosh-ready riffs and punk-as-fuck swagger make heartbreak, alien invasion, and atomic bombs palatable.
 
Starting off with the fast-paced, sci-fi escapism of “Alien Vacation,” Dark Web upcycle a narrative, horror-punk trope by coupling it with searing humor and growling guitar that turn a tentatively terrifying scenario into a catchy dramedy laced with subtle sci-fi B-flick meets surf vibes. “Party’s Over” is a brief but persistent post-rager plea that announces frankly to listeners – fictive stand-ins for party-goers – that “it’s time for you to cruise.” Like Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” but less coy, “Party’s Over” is a tenacious reminder that all things – even the sickest parties – are temporal and meant to end.
 
Perhaps the most provocative cut on the album, “Toxic America” sums up the current state of the Land of the Free via buzzing chords and hissing cymbals. An inarguably political commentary reminiscent of The Misfits’ “Bullet” and The Spits’ Kill the Kool, the urgency and perceptiveness of “Toxic America” isn’t just subversive; it’s radical. “No Hope” is indulgently gloomy in a satisfying way, a ready-made dirge for nihilists and pessimists alike. Despite its overtly melancholy message, Dark Web’s “Iron Man II,” delves into the tortured psyche of a plausibly jilted lover, whose lamentations highlight the limitations that technology can impose on intimacy and human closeness: “This is not the way that things were supposed to be/and now I am more a man than a machine.”
 
In “A-Bomb,” an even more cataclysmic form of technological doom is explored, tapping into one of post-modernity’s most primal fears: nuclear annihilation. Whether interpreted as an allusion-laden metaphor or pure camp, the track forces listeners to contemplate the fragility of their mortality or at least humanity’s capacity for destruction, a theme that oozes into the eerie onset of “Pig Blood,” the album’s closer. Part psych, part haunt, the band’s final song makes Charles Manson’s Lie sound like a lullaby.

Slightly sinister, morbid, and relentlessly rock ‘n’ roll, Dark Web’s grime-y ballads will ensnare you at an instant and worm their way into your heart. “Resistance is futile.” You’ve been warned. – Dianca London
   

   

New Music Video: "Toxic America" - Dark Web

Post-punk badasses Dark Web get hilariously freaky with the help of some Philly music community pals in their rad, new video for "Toxic America". The single can be found on the band's self-titled album, which is being released on cassette via Suicide Bong Tapes. They'll be celebrating its arrival this evening at Century with Blowdryer, Remote Control, and Illuminati Sequence, where the first 100 attendees will receive a free tape and download code with admission.