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Weekend Warrior, August 24 - 26

At Work,  (Stupid Bag Records/ Drunken Sailor Records) the latest album from Dark Thoughts unleash a blistering, melodic-punk euphoria on their latest album, At Work (Stupid Bag Records/Drunken Sailor Records). The trio forges a forthright, raucous atmosphere – one that  speaks to listeners in a direct, immediate way. It’s a let-loose, launch-into-a-song, hard & fast, sweaty kind of record. It’s a heartfelt, hook-rich release. Tonight at First Unitarian Church, the band will be opening for supercharged shredding of Impalers, the steely snarl of riff-riding locals Grave Turner, and Sedation (who are performing live for only their second time).

BTW: There are numerous landing spots on the musical map in Philly this weekend. Fresh off a run of dates with Hop Along, Thin Lips (and Slaughter Beach, Dog) are making a quick home visit for a sold-out show this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. New release from American Trappist (at Boot & Saddle), Jesus Piece (at Ortlieb’s), and Nothing (Dance on the Blacktop Block Party) will also be echoing through the city’s streets. And of course, freak-folksters Espers triumphantly return to Philly at Union Transfer. So get out, and find your place to be. – Michael Colavita

A shitload of places to hit this weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dark Thoughts (LP Release Show), Grave Turner, Sedation

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Point Breeze Country Club, SAT Cosmo Baker, Mike Nyce 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Shane Henderson, June Divided, Saver, SAT American Trappist, The Vernes, Carroll

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ali Awan, Love? Said the Commander/DJSC, SAT Grimace Federation / Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Cabana Wear, SAT Slaughter Beach, Dog, Thin Lips, SUN Goodnight/Goodluck, The Bad Larrys, AllegrA

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Troi Lauren, Noel Scales, Devin Farrell, SAT Straw Hats, Lester, Gender Work

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Espers

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Reco Havoc, Ronny Alright, WALLO267

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Midlife Crisis, Hotbed, Mattress Food, Rabbit Heart

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI My Funky Brethren, SAT Afterimage, All Good People

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cult Objects/Taggart, Sick Panda, Honey Radar, SAT Mohican, SUN Horror Show, Jesus Piece (Record Release), Raw Force

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Midfield, Gainstrive, Dead Robins/Rover Rover, Keely Sibilia

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Knightlife, Vanderlyle, SUN Full Bush

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Hank McCoy

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern and the Bastards, Little War, The Red Hand, SAT Primatives, Pravda

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Generation Empty

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Downtrodder, Disappearances, Binary, SAT Lasciaté

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Outlaw Pandas

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Slainte

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Steal Your Peach, SAT Denelle Anderson, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy, Muscle Tough

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SUN Nothing Vital

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Andrew Milicia, SAT Camp Candle, A Day Without Love, Weekend Athlete

The Ukie Club (847 N. Franklin St.) SAT Sensorium Music & Arts Festival: Tweed, Worldtown Soundsystem, Minka, Darla, Agent Zero, Patrick Richards

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Droopies, Petunia

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Eel Tank, Yureka Cash

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slow Reader, Elaine Rasnake

Dance on the Blacktop Block Party (Livingston & E. Lehigh) SAT Nothing

New Seldom Family EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duo of Chris Caulder & Patrick Norris, a.k.a. Seldom Family, recently shared a new EP Society (Vol. 1). A lush, dreamy sensibility creates an intimate, soothing, lullaby ambiance. The gentle sway of the instrumentation and the the echo of the vocals brings you back to those summer evening walks by the lake shore. The natural melodies ripple with a gentle breeze, creating an ideal isolation.

New Track: "Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead" - The Vernes

Produced by Joe Michelini (American Trappist), Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead, the forthcoming album from The Vernes, is marked for release on September 28. A wistful nostalgia disperses on the record’s title track and lead single. There’s a certain rainy day sadness, as one sifts through memories. Places are the same; the person isn’t. That cathartic, melody-driven walk, even when your stuck in a rut, can be rewarding. You can find The Vernes supporting American Trappist this Saturday, August 25 at Boot & Saddle, along with Carroll.

Navy Gangs celebrates debut LP release at Baby's All Right tonight (08.22)

Brooklyn's via Omaha quartet Navy Gang is one of the best acts from the crop of NYC bands infatuated with the alt-pop sound of the '90s, when bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement were developing a musical vocabulary that shared Nirvana's power trio sound, but replaced the tortured angst with a more thoughtful and fatalistic attitude - which earned them the "slacker rock" label. The 14 songs in their newly released debut album "Poach" are a reinterpretation of that sound that's definitely worthy more than one listen, in particular when the band follows more personal sonic and songwriting paths, linke in single "Awkward Exchange" (streaming), featuring a wall of sound of pitch shifted distorted guitar and 8-bit synths. Navy Gang will be celebrating the release of Poach tonight (08.22) at Baby's All Right.

New Trash Knife LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Suicide Bong Tapes recently issued So Far…, the new release from punk outfit Trash Knife. An unrelenting energy races ahead in an ongoing stream of consciousness commentary. Bursts of unfiltered honesty rumble past and sweep you up in their contagious, rambunctious fits and starts. Before heading out on a European tour, you can catch the band’s sendoff on Sunday, September 9 at The Buffalo, supported by Kids, Los Gueys, and Episode.


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