Indie Rock

Weekend Warrior, March 18 - 20

Tonight is the Planned Parenthood fundraiser at First Unitarian Church, featuring some of the most rippin’ female-fronted bands the Northeast has to offer. Screaming Females, a band who is impossible to describe without some variation of the word “shred,” is headlining the event along with Cayetana, the indie punk trio whose sincerity will mend your soul, Amanda X, the post-something power-gaze band with a flair for fuzzy melody, Dark Thoughts, who play so fast they make pacemakers combust, and Littler, who will open the night with a healthy dosage of grunge-twee feels. If you have secured a ticket to the sold-out event, you should know that the screaming deal you got on it was in order to promote inclusivity; if you want to support PP further, then there will be an area in the venue to donate those extra bills. All money raised at the event will go to Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and all the rockin’ tunes and memories are yours to keep. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7pm, Sold Out, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock
 
Other places to escape March Madness this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Mock Suns, Laser Background, Sun Hat, SUN Rosu Lup, Levee Drivers, Hemming
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Teenage Bigfoot, Science Club/Rubbish, Narcos, Destruct Device / The Scovilles, SAT Thorazine, Define Redefine, The Dolts, Menace to Sobriety, SUN The Russells
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Chris Forsyth w/Nick Millevoi, SAT Ecstatic Vision
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Matt Santry, SAT Smash Palace, Cliff Hillis and The Forward Thinkers/(Downstairs) Argonautic, OhBree, Skinny Dip, Uncle/Father Oscar, Wild Orphan, Alyssa Joseph, SUN (Upstairs) Nicky Egan
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dirty Soap Blues Band, Looseleag, SAT DJ Ghetto, DJ Jay Ski
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Wayside Shakeup, SAT Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, The Paper Shakers, SUN The Quixote Project, Katie Frank and The Pheromones, Patrick Donovan
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Needle Points
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN City Rominiecki, Gang Muzik Kir, Ra Matthews, Mook Nyce
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Cabin Dogs, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI De Tierra Caliente, SAT The Fearless Fly, Cricket Joe, OS, The Plums, SUN Legion 76, Dive In The Box
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Krooked Youth, Hot Guts
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Wade in the Water, Ten Cent Days, SAT A Better Class Of Criminal
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Philly Slick, iAlive, DJ Skipmode, SAT Revolution, I Love You, Mesa Jane, Lapses, SUN Darius Coleman, Tiani Victoria, Normal Gene, Hy Deff
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.)  FRI DJ Carl Michaels, Willyum, SAT Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret/Ed Christof
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Questlove
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Tom Hamilton’s American Babies (Release Show), Cocktail Party Phenomenon, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Butchy & Friends
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Cayetana, Amanda X, Dark Thoughts, Littler
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Marge, Hot Tears
 
Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Hermit Thrushes, Palberta, Rachel Adler
 
Slime Time Live (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Minka, Rasan Allbritton, Trash Boy
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swarm, King Azaz, Kilamanzegi
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Dridge
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Life Uniform , Bore War, Grace Vonderkuhn, Eight
 
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Doubles, So Totally
 
Lower Level (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Disinterest, Ten Ton Hammer
 
   

New Music Video: "Energy Waster" - Cold Fronts

Jamming in the van, cruising playfully on "hoverboards," and hitting city after city with their infectious power pop, Cold Fronts's “Energy Waster” video by CJ Harvey captures a glimpse of it all. The footage embraces a silly, fun side of the band, while chronicling a bit of tour life. Speaking of touring, the band is currently at SXSW (their fateful location of a few years back where they were discovered by Sire Records's Seymour Stein), before heading out on separate runs with DMA’s and later Har Mar Superstar. (Photo by CJ Harvey)

   

Hungry Skinny The Lower 48 and Mars and the Massacre Play BOTH - 3/19

The San Francisco based garage rock band, Hungry Skinny will be playing Bottom of the Hill with The Lower 48 and Mars and the Massacre. You're not going to want to miss this show! Hungry Skinny was formed in San Francisco's tenderloin district in 2011. They have recorded and released 3 EP's with Light Rail Studios; "Ain't Walkin' You Home", "Nobody Cares", and "Birth & A Murder".

“If the Beatles and Jack White gave birth to a musical baby, it would sound something like The Lower 48 – and yes, the band is just as ferocious as one would imagine, as we discovered in our interview. The trio’s multi-instrumental thick wall of sound is marvelous because the lead singer isn’t just a lead singer, the bassist doesn’t only play bass, and the drummer doesn’t only drum; they all carry the weight of at least two players effortlessly…”

Mars and The Massacre is an LA-based Psychedelic/Garage Rock band originally hailing from Indianapolis, IN. Formed in early 2013, the group of martians has already gained a strong following in Los Angeles, being known particularly for their entrancing and unpredictable live shows.

   

In the Cut: Jo Kusy

For over a decade, Jo Kusy has been crafting dreamy, lo-fi recordings. Since 2009 his output has only increased, but his focus on refining his bedroom sound is fully apparent. While earlier material sounds, at times, like sketches and demos of ideas, on You Break Me, Kusy’s newest effort, he has polished his songs just enough, while still maintaining his homespun charm. And while continually writing for his own project, he has also been part of a pack. Most recently, Kusy has been performing with garage-rock outfit The Whips. Previous to that, he played guitar in the much darker psych-goth group Far-Out Fangtooth; however, when Nicky Kulp left the group to join Creepoid, this gave Kusy more time to focus on his own music, and You Break Me shows off his dexterity - both as a musician and vocalist. It is a fun album evoking Ariel Pink and hazy 80’s new wave, while exploring all the corners of Kusy’s mind. We had a chance to chat with the multi-talented artist about the recording of You Break Me (The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month), his past and current bands, and a whole bunch more HERE.

 
   

Hop Along & Dr. Dog Return Home at The Fillmore March 17

Touring compatriots, Hop Along and Dr. Dog, return home tonight for the evening to perform at The Fillmore. The Psychedelic Swamp continues with Dr. Dog’s psych-pop rock trek, lacing infectious harmonies with reinforced surf-textured tunes to ease you into an undeniable groove. This crew peppers its songs with elements of oddity, in an accessible rejoicing art-pop manner. Further fueling the home cooking for the evening, the quartet of Hop Along balance memorable storytelling with raw yet refined instrumentation that sinks into the cut, breaking loose when the moment is just right ,as the gut-shorn ferocity of Frances Quinlan’s vocals catapult forward. They’re constantly on the move, so let'ss welcome them home. The Fillmore Philadelphia, 1000 Frankford Ave., $32, All Ages (Hop Along Photo by Ryan Muir) - Michael Colavita