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Thin Lips

Left & Right Crank the Gas at A House Named Virtue June 21

Left & Right have a sound that etches into one’s system. With songs that provide unaltered snapshots, developed at varying tempos, the band can ride a slow-burner that gradually gathers musical steam in a subdued yet emotionally poignant place or crank the gas to full blast and accelerate the process, cooking up pummeling backend. As we await the release of their forthcoming album, Dogs on Acid is set to perform as is the roaring, riff-tastic pop-punk trio Thin Lips, whose EP Divorce Year is in constant rotation. Austin psych-pop quintet The Sour Notes fills out this evening's lineup. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Left and Right - Five Year Plan from Robin Comisar on Vimeo.

Night Market w/Needle Points, Thin Lips, The Bul Bey & More in the Eraserhood June 18

The Foodtrust's Night Market comes to the Eraserhood this evening, and our friends at PhilaMOCA will be helping to provide the entertainment while you stuff your faces and wait in ridiculous lines. The Moz's Director, Eric Bresler, has put together a diverse lineup that consists of the psych-garage boogie of Needles Points, the riff-heavy pop-punk of Thin Lips, hustlin' Philly emcee The Bul Bey, Puerto Rican Bomba/Plena outfit Los Bomberos De la Calle, and synth-driven alt rockers Wild By Law. You'll also find Mitch Esparza (The Love Club) roaming the streets as a one-man mariachi band, 12-year-old Mayor of the Eraserhood, Lil Sean, providing a few laughs, and other short performances by the PhilaMOCA family of freaks. Protip: Come to the Night Market before it officially starts to scope it out and get your food. Even Better Protip: If you can only get there in the middle of the event, head on over to Jose's (469 N. 10th St.), and grab yourself a delicious burrito because those long lines aren't worth it. Eraserhood, 12th & 13th Sts. between Spring Garden & Callowhill Sts., 6pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

Socialite Help Escalate the Situation at Hong Kong Garden June 11

The four-piece of Socialite featuring Ian Dykstra (Little Big League, ex-Titus Andronicus) and Perry Shall (Dry Feet, Hound) is part of a stacked billing tonight at Hong Kong Garden. Socialite arrives with an undeniable menacing intensity. Roaring vocals, an unrelenting attacking style of backend, and those raunchy guitar licks unite creating a force of sound that comes right at you, turning up the heat and escalating the situation in a fury. The earnest pop-punk of Thin Lips catches you in a web of relatable scenarios, as polished punches of instrumentation are wielded with vocals that demonstrate the threshold of strength and vulnerability. Catchy lyrics laid over smashing percussion and searing guitar create the dynamic stuck in your head when you hear power-pop duo Slow Animal, while the noise-punk of Kerosene complete a bill that may induce you to start the weekend a day early. Hong Kong Garden, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Slow Animal Proves to Be Not So Harmless at A House Named Virtue May 28

Simply because an animal appears harmless doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep an eye out as it roams in the periphery. The duo of Slow Animal proves it by executing power-pop that shakes the status quo with emotive crashing waves of guitar and percussion smacking down in a reality-oriented awakening technique, establishing a setting for those personal contemplative lyrics to roam. After a recent run of dates with Hop Along, the trio of Thin Lips has returned home, and its latest EP Divorce Year finds Chrissy Tashijan delivering strong-willed, heartfelt vocals, reinforced by consistently catchy pop-punk instrumentation that steadily rolls clean, while hinting at a raw base. Former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners Twiin continue to impress with their garage-punk aesthetic and their latest single “Anxiety.” The lineup at A House Named Virtue also includes emotive Baltimore rockers Phantom Lanterns, whom instrumentally embrace a well-oiled math-rock precision and the psych-pop combo of Toronto’s Blonde Elvis. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages – Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, May 8 - 10

Hop Along’s lead singer/songwriter Frances Quinlan is not a fan of musical comparisons to her work. Rather, she, along with the rest of band - Mark Quinlan, Tyler Long, and Joe Reinhart, just usually don’t get them. That makes sense when you’re a group that is hard to narrow down into one genre. There’s punk there, but there’s emo, and folk, and even hardcore too. But what’s most memorable of all about Hop Along, as any fan could tell you, is Quinlan’s voice - a rasp of power and vulnerability. On their new album, Painted Shut, released earlier this week via Saddle Creek, she tells twisted tale after twisted tale with vocals that are raw, genuine and shatteringly beautiful. She has the strength to add depth to those sort of awkward encounters like running into an old friend while working at a restaurant. (Quinlan has worked as a server and house painter on and off between tours.) Hop Along has relayed a bit of nervousness about their latest creation with producer John Agnello, but Painted Shut is so pure that it’s sure to be loved by their growing fan base. They'll be joined this Saturday at Union Transfer by local pals Thin Lips, whom are currently on tour with them, and CliqueUnion Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $14, All Ages (Photo by Ally Newbold) - Emily DiCicco
Other places to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend…
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Tigers Jaw
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Pissed Jeans, GG Lohan, SAT Love Handle
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Lovers League (Record Release), Levee Drivers, Vilebred, SAT Prowler
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Booze Radly, Blakeslee/Catullus, Tweed, Fishtown Beats, SAT Deathmonger AD, Crux, SUN Andrew Jude
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Mr. Sonny James, SAT Brother JT, The Company Corvette
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth, The Yetis, Bison’s Big Bang, Ode to Omni, ill Delta, SUN Nicklas Hughes
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT The Roddenberries (Album Release)
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Cayetana
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) John Vanore & Abstract Truth, SAT (Upstairs) Aaron Parnell Brown
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Bethmon, Joy Ike, Lly, SAT (5pm) Shy Shape, Liberty Tribe, Nobody Yet, Fourth Line, Final Showcase, (9pm) TC Cole, The Last Frontier
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Nik Greeley (Release Show), The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, Jennifer Pague, Lou
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI My Son Bison, Son Step, SAT St. James & The Apostles, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, Jackie Paper
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Los Festingos, SAT Wonder & Fury, Adrastea, Sweet Eureka
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Philadelphia Folk Song Society Showcase: Paper Hearts, Hawk Tubley, Jason McCue, Rootology, SAT Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Arcati Crisis, SAT Dave Steel Blue Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Real (CD Release)/Blowhole, SAT Burnout Star, Pool of Thorns, Risen Resilient, Kandela/Sharkbullet, Kamakaze
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI DJ Champe, Dubsmith, SAT Audio Impulse, The Phoenix Bridge, A.D.D.
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Kids W/Out Faces, SGFMG
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT In Place, Allora Mis
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Tony DeSimone & The River Mercy, SAT Amari Rebel, Route 611, Cicada Jade
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Swift Technique, SAT The Underwater Sounds
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI In Place
The Boom Room (1300 N. Front St.) FRI The Once Was, Something Like A Monument, Fishtown Beats
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SUN The Downtown Club, Taiwan Housing Project
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (139 N. 2nd St.) Art Star Craft Bazaar: SAT Acton Bell, You Do You, Fox Bay, Northern Arms, SUN Frontyards, Cheap Dates, Spinning Leaves, OOLALA
Franklin Paine Skatepark (N. 24th St.) SAT Love on the Streets Fest: Radiator Hospital, Dogs on Acid, W.C Lindsay, Clique, Moon Bunce, Jack Deezl, Mr. Sampson
Opal Street Block Party (1500 Block of South Opal) SUN Janelle, The Guests, Ruby Buff, Thylacine, Mestizo, Blank Spell
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Arthur Shea, Ranu Kim
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mumblr, Brown Rainbow, Old Charades
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Infernal Stronghold, Westboro Baptist Choir, Teenage Chainsaw, Posers
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Yaw Prana (EP Release), Nonidiot

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