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Tunji Ige

Weekend Warrior, June 2 - 4

Sometimes in the midst of the external consuming chaos, one can tap into music as a means of temporary solace. Tonight’s show at Union Transfer provides such an outlet. In celebration of Tired Hands Brewing fifth anniversary, an evening of heady heaviness is on tap. Nothing provides soothing, cloudy melodies, while the grimy, backend rumble punishes in space-clearing fashion and the scorch of guitar engulfs one’s mind. They’ll bridge the divide between the ever-abundant, riff-laced, Arkansas quartet, known as Pallbearer, and the finely-threaded, menacing mayhem of Baroness.

This Saturday, across three stages, Festival Pier hosts the tenth annual Roots Picnic. Along with the event’s namesakes - the legendary Roots crew, the star-studded lineup includes the likes of Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Thundercat, Solange, Noname, etc., while Tunji Ige and PNB Rock reinforce the local link.

Rather than slowing down, the duo of Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano, otherwise characterized as The Writhing Squares, steps into Johnny Brenda’s for a genre-melding, space-boogieing sojourn, with psych-blues trio Fully Glazed setting the table. In support of their new record Vibe Killer (recently released via No Quarter), the snarly, boozy blues-psych of Endless Boogie brings it home. - Michael Colavita

Other places to find solace this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Levee Drivers, Tutlie, Commonwealth Choir, SUN Writhing Squares, Fully Glazed
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Magnificent Seven, Lower Wolves
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Hell To Pay/DJ Deejay, SAT Ecstatic Vision/A Black Celebration, SUN Thorazine, The LOT, The Injections/Gondola, The 1910 Chainsaw Company
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Cold Fronts
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Tweed, Mike Greenfield, The Space Cats
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Baroness, Nothing
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Adventure Lost (Album Release), The Evergreen Drive, Medusa's Disco
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Creem Circus, Mach22, SAT In The Presence of Wolves
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Vikter Duplaix
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Tioga, SAT (Upstairs) Matt Wheeler           
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Bern & The Bastards
Teef, SAT Pray To Keep, Shinobi/Moros
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Chvnce, SAT Cold Climb, Weller, The Sixties, SUN Henri Tyler, S. Taylor, Essonite
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Tinmouth (Record Release), Secret Nudist Friends, Family Volleyball, SAT Needle Points, Throbbing Chakra
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav + Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sweet FA, Duffy's Cut
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beat Street, SAT Menace Cartel
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Afro Bear, Tom’s Attic, P-Rents, The Grundles, SAT Whackbat, Somethin' Divine, Wolf Accent, Christine Irizarry
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Parameters, SAT The Newspaper Taxis, Bird Watcher, SUN Beranger For Mark Watson: The Whiskeyhickon Boys, Catullus, Tweed, Swift Technique, Circadian Rhythms, Steal Your Peach
Festival Pier (601 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT Roots Picnic: The Roots, Black Thought, PnB Rock, Tunji Ige, Anthony Somebody
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Slingshot Dakota, Petal, Grayling
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT The Orange Drop, Pube
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Joe Jack Talcum, On The Water, Bern The Bastard, Sean Patrick

New Music Video: "Bring Yo Friends" - Tunji Ige

Josh “Glassface” Goldenberg merges an interesting series of imagery in the video for “Bring Yo Friends,” found on Tunji Ige’s mixtape Missed Calls. An old-school premiere countdown opens the proceedings. Then, a mixture of black & white, low-key Brooklyn bridge performance visuals, interspersed with flashes of widespread settings and morphing animation, give the production a chill but hyperactive touch.

Weekend Warrior, September 16 - 18

I love getting to see talented artists for free! Now, nothing is ever really, truly for free with corporate-sponsored events, but I’m cool with giving up my junk email (you know you have one) for a day of performances by gifted, homegrown Philly acts. This Saturday afternoon at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey has recruited local up-and-comers Tunji Ige, GoGo Morrow, and Anthony Somebody (of Quite Hype) for a block party to celebrate our city’s neighborhoods. And though she no longer lives here in the City of Brotherly Love, I have definitely mad love for Santigold, who is (in my humble opinion) one of the most underrated contemporary artists of our time. If you’ve never experienced her live, then do yourself a favor and make sure to make it happen. Santigold effortlessly destroys (like it ain’t no thang) every time she hits the stage. Masterfully combining music, visual art and choreographed dance, in a way that would certainly impress my spirit animal, David Byrne, I always feel like the happiest/baddest motherfucker alive each time I walk/dance out her show! That’s why I make it a point to never miss her when she’s in town, and you shouldn’t either. The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St. #21, 2pm-7pm, Free +1 (w/RSVP), 21+ - Q.D. Tran
More places to enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Needle Points (Record Release)
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, Morning River Band, SAT Mutlu, Katie Barbato
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Mitch Esparza/Booklegger/Matthew Law, SUN Posers/Mt. Vengeance, Petunia, Along The Way
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Catullus, Attic Tapes
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Rated Raw, Ream Raw, SAT 56 Men, I Think Like Midnight
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Philly Gumbo/(Downstairs) Book of Love (30th Anniversary Show), DJ Robert Drake
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Marah, Ben Arnold, SAT Grand Re-Opening Festival: Mumblr, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Archawah, Levee Drivers, Dirty Dollhouse, The TC Cole Riot, Harmony Woods, Thought Patterns, RFA, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Anjuli Josephine/Amanda X, Hemming, The Obsessives, SUN The Ill Fated Natives, I Yahn I Arkestra
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Phonies, Kodiak Park, SUN Outer Heaven, Moros
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Gina Sicilia, Liz Anne Knott, Gretchen Schultz
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Tom Morris Quintet, SUN Anomie Fatale & Great Neck, Alexander Stopp, The Absinthe Drinkers, Cthulhu Martini
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) SAT Mr. Sonny James
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room / Craig Dash, DJ Sega, SAT Ed Christof
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI No Stayer, Alement
Fiume (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cast Shadows, Evan Cory Levine
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Zymotic Flow (EP Release Show), Danielle & Jennifer, SAT The Tisburys, Local Smokes, Weezer Tribute (feat. members of Post War Dream)
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Philly is the Boss (Celebrating Springsteen): Tom Hamilton’s American Babies (with special guest Aron Magner), The Once Was, SAT June Rich, Christine Havrilla
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Left & Right (Record Release), Friendship, Horsecops
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St., 3rd Floor) SAT Tremellow, Doubles, Dweller
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sports, Free Cake For Every Creature

New Music Video: "War" - Tunji Ige

Tunji Ige premiered a new music video over at NPR's First Watch for the seductive, pulsating single "War," found on his latest EP Mission Calls. Directed by longtime collaborator and visual artist Glass Face, a.k.a. Josh Goldenberg, the video becomes an extension of the album's cover art, which "was inspired by Magritte & other surrealist artists." It's easy to get lost in the dreamy landscapes that were shot in Los Angeles. 


Tunji Ige Coolly Delivers at Underground Arts April 21

As part of tonight's Red Bull Sound Select/JUMP Philly-curated billing at Underground Arts, local talent Tunji Ige is slated to hit the stage. With his recently released EP Missed Calls, Ige continues to impress. While smooth-sounding vocal augmentations and futuristic beats are front and center, dictating the energetic jams that are flex-fitting to one’s ears and body, there’s a smooth electro-dance sensation that’s backed by concise storytelling. It’s silky, tightly-compacted musicality that coolly delivers the message. Tunji Ige will also be joined by Moosh & Twist, Loaf Muzik, and Michael Christmas. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10/$3 (w/RSVP), 21+ - Michael Colavita


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