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Weekend Warrior, January 11 - 13

Seagulls first capture our attention with the graceful melodies and textured soundscapes found on the group’s debut Great Pines, The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month 2014. The LP was later picked up by Yellow K Records and re-issued. Today, it’s long-awaited follow-up is out now via Evergreen Prefecture/Honest Face Records (and is available on a thumb drive, packaged like Sega Genesis cartridge). “Thrown Voice​ is an album about communication - interpersonally, with the environment, within one’s self - and the way that technology can facilitate or get in the way of those interactions. It’s a follow-up about the importance of following up.” Once again, Matt Whittle and friends demonstrate their musical talents, masterfully crafting a timeless sound for the modern age. Feel free to come and experience plenty of feels tomorrow night at PhilaMOCA, where Seagulls will be holding their album release show, supported by friends Spirit Haus, Queue, and URBVN. – H.M. Kauffman

Other places where you can chill this weekend…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Seagulls (Album Release), Spirit Haus

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, SAT Frog Holler, Joshua Park, And You, Brutus?

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Mohican, Dreamswell

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Ripped Away, Freeze, SUN Rubbish, Shy Boyz, Bunny Savage and The PLIBmen, Endless Taile

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Philly Loves Bowie: A Night of Stardust Celebrating Bowie

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Alright Junior, Andorra

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) The Naked Sun

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Erik Kramer, Valentina Janie, Big Boy Brass, SAT (Early) Only on Weekends, Hollow Harbor, Hey Mark, Let’s Riot, (Late) Legion 76, Please Die!

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Air is Human, Grimace Federation, SAT The Retinas

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The People, The Ardvark Felon, Interminable, SAT La Capitana, Behind The Grandstand

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dead Robins

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Clamfight, Thunderbird Divine (Record Release), Sheena & The Nosebleeds, Human Shield

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Ian St. Laurent

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Tone Bandits, The Blessed Muthas, Gibbous Moon, The Pink Angels

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Easily Fooled

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Hezekiah, Dell P, Mic Stew

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Violet Waves, Blueroom, Arch of Love

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Moment To Capitalize

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Coping Skills, SAT Null, Kenny 3

The Glass Onion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI SAT Carly Cosgrove, Nowadays 

   

Rainbow James @ Emporium Chicago (1/13)

Rainbow James released their debut album, Songs About James, last month. This is the Alt Rock of Mike Cangemi (Bass Guitar), Griff Johnson (Vocals, Guitar), and Colin Mohr (Drums).

You can catch Rainbow James at Emporium Chicago with Rookie and Aberdine on January 13th.

   

Weeknight unveil video from upcoming LP + tour the US

In the four years since their brooding and aptly titled debut Post-Everything, the members of the no-wave inspired outfit Weeknight have had time to consider where to take their music next. Last month the band released the first video from their upcoming album Dead Beat Creep, titled "Outside the Pale", proving that the last few years were well worth the wait. The track is just as darkly beautiful as their previous work, but with a more refined pop sensibility - here they manage to achieve an austere atmosphere with enveloping synths, reverberating guitar and a cathartic chorus. Weeknight’s sophomore work is due February 1st, and the band will be bringing their new tunes to an upcoming Brooklyn show at Alphaville on February 20th, after a three week US tour. In the meantime, check out the video below, and play it on the train while pretending you’re in your own movie. - Sunny Betz

   

Mock Nine Releases a New Single & Plays Martyrs' on 1/12

Mock Nine has released a new single called “Mach 9”. This is the young band’s first single of 2019 and third overall, following-up “Work Out” and “Fair”.

This basement rock and a little raw, but has a really catchy chorus that has been echoing through my head all morning. This is the work of Tommy Langford (Lead Vocals), Franklin Brady (Rhythm Guitar-Harmonies), Mac Campbell (Bass), James Bruce (Lead guitar) and Sam Grosman (Drums)

You can catch Mock Nine at Martyrs’ on January 12th with The Powers Project and Monarchy Over Monday for a 5:30pm all ages show.

   

Greg Ward releases Stomping Off From Greenwood

Saxophonist Greg Ward has played with such diverse artists as Tortoise, Lupe Fiasco, and Makaya McCraven, but is striking out on his own again with Stomping Off From Greenwood. This new album drops today, January 11th, via Greenleaf Music and finds Ward teaming up with Matt Gold (guitar & effects), Dave Miller (guitar & effects), Matt Ulery (acoustic & electric bass), and Quin Kirchner (drums).

The album is the follow-up to his 2016 Greenleaf debut, Touch My Beloved’s Thought, as was recorded after the group spent a month together in residency. The album features 8 original jazz compositions and a fresh take on the standard “Stardust”.