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Happy 10th Anniversary Week, Johnny Brenda’s!!!

For those who’ve been lucky enough to live through the renaissance that Philly’s music scene has been experiencing for the last decade or so, we’d like to remind you of a time when the next big thing in music was not likely going to be discovered in your favorite local DIY space. With the exception of R5 Productions, who was only consistently booking the First Unitarian Church at the time and just starting to gain a great reputation nationally in the indie music scene, many of the music venues were known more for ripping off artists than helping to nurture the music community. However, once Johnny Brenda’s renovated its second floor into a concert space, it was a total game changer - forever raising the bar in Philly. (Thank you!) We finally had a world-class music venue that actually cared about the artists’ and concertgoers’ experience. (What local musician out there didn’t appreciate the complimentary Greek plate in the backstage when he or she first performed there?) Johnny Brenda’s became a cornerstone for the arts & culture community in Fishtown and throughout Philadelphia.
 
This week marks the beloved establishment’s 10th Anniversary as a music venue, and they’ll be celebrating it with some kick-ass events that start this evening with the soulful, powerful ache of Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, the polished indie-pop of Hurry, and the “heavenly blues” of The Goodbye Party. You also surely don’t want to miss Tuesday night’s psych explorations with Bardo Pond, Birds of Maya, and Chris Forsyth. The rest of the week’s festivities will also include evenings with Rocky Votolato, The Album Leaf, IGNITE Philly, and much more. Cheers to all the good folks at JB’s! - Q.D. Tran
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The Writhing Squares Record Release Show at KFN Aug. 11

Kevin Nickles (Ecstatic Vision, Taiwan Housing Project) and Daniel Provenzano (Purling Hiss, Spacin') rocket through space as The Writhing Squares. Tonight, the duo celebrates their latest album In The Void Above (Siltbreeze) with a performance at Kung Fu Necktie. The hard-driving record circles as components of chaotic noise emanate amid the locked-down bass and percussion, while the vocal interjections serve as captain-esque reference points. Splashed with the additional sonic colors of flute and saxophone, this noise-rock meets jazz ambiance steers toward the unexplored in a twisted futuristic groove. This evening’s festivities will also feature the local psych-punk of Igneous Eyes and the commanding psych-rock power of Birds of Maya. The genre-elusive, jazz-rock freak-out that is Massachusetts’s The Blues Dream Box completes this adventurous night of music. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Ben Leaphart) - Michael Colavita

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Birds of Maya Sighting at KFN May 17

It's about that time when the stars align, and we are treated to another Birds of Maya sighting. The PSYCH-ROCK power trio appears at a handful of shows a year, but hopeful these jam sessions will come more frequently once they release their upcoming album. Yup - a new Birds of Maya record does exist! They're co-headlining Kung Fu Necktie tonight with the Bay Area's CCR Headcleaner. You know what you need to do. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, All Ages (Photo by Dan Cohoon) - Alexis V.

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Weekend Warrior, August 8 - 10

It’s going to be beautiful weather for a picnic this weekend so luckily, Kensington Picnic II is back with a stellar lineup all-day Saturday at the Liberty Vintage Motorcycles yard. One of my favorite bands, Spacin’, is slated for an earlier set in the day so make sure not to miss them, because you never know when you’ll get a chance again. The band recently finished recording their new album, which (I was told) will be released via Richie Records. Some more rad psych rock news, Birds of Maya, who are performing later in the day, will also be returning with a new album that they recorded in the woods of New York. So excited to hear some new tunes from both crews! Filling out the jam-packed bill of local area talent will be Strapping Fieldhands, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Fursaxa, Laura Baird, Randall of Nazareth (Randy Huth of Pearls & Brass), and Hohlraum (Joe Winters of Pearls & Brass and Sean McGuiness of Pissed Jeans). Yup, it’s definitely where you want to be this weekend! Liberty Vintage Motorcycles Yard, Frankford Ave. (between Susquehanna & Dauphin), 12pm-8pm, Free, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 
More places to enjoy yourself this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Haethen, Death Orbit, Sadgiqacea, Vektor, SAT Tygerstrype, Dream Safari, Worshyper
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Bailey Hounds, Levee Drivers, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, SAT Son Little
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) SAT Philly Summer Fest: Cassilis (Record Release), Dogs on Acid, Bubonic Bear, Ape Up!, Amanda X, The Weaks, Mike Bell & the Movies, QUIT
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Mock Suns Big Tusk / 10 Million, Lapses, Nearest / Illian Village, The Outhouse, The White Cheddar Boys, SAT We Are Fauna / Mumblr, Vivre Sa Vie, Legs Like Tree Trunks (solo set), SUN Rosetta, Maniacs on Wheels
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mad Decent Block Party After Party: Swizzymack, Noah Breakfast
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, SAT Mason Porter
 
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing (601 N. Columbus Blvd.) Mad Decent Block Party
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Foxtrot & The Get Down, Ten Cent Days, SAT (Early) Girls Rock Philly Showcase (Evening) Wizard Eye, Heavy Temple, Brontide
 
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI The Snails
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Philly BLOCO, New Sound Brass Band
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Giovanna Kline SAT (Early) In Writing, Plainview
(Late) Fishtown Beats, Bleu Velvet, ialive, Sky System SUN Dizzy Santana, Lil Benji
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Joey Sweeney Sat Kuf Knotz, The Rosemary Fiki Band
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, A Brood of Vipers, Josh Jones, SAT In Place, A Day Without Love, Willow Talk, SUN  Blank Stare: Katie K|Rex
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Reed Streets, SAT DJ DEEJAY
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Lydia Rene, Lloyd Alexander
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  SAT Dave Steel Blues Band SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI McRad / Testosteroso, Stellarscope, SAT Black Sun Rising, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88, Heather Heather, Suns Of Krypton, Jay Skull In Spades
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI I Yahn I Arkestra
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Mista Heard, L.E.O, SefLuv
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dave Joyce, The Tetis, Jason Reed, Sailing Sweater, SAT No Outlet, Morningside One and a Quarter, Natalie Chapkis
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, The Flashing Thoughts, Paul Hocynec, SAT Palm Ghosts, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, On The Cooling Board
 
Ardmore Music Hall  FRI The Wallace Brothers Band, SAT Splintered Sunlight
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Matpat, SAT Pink Skull
 
The Pharmacy (1300-1302 S. 18th St.) FRI Torito, Frankie Vado, ASPCP, Rhetoric Wallace, Silly Mane
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Lantern, Laser Background
 
Duff Gardens (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Future
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cranes are Flying, Beer Breakfast Dungeness Crab
 
Mt. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Katahajime, Satyagraha
 
Whatsitsname House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Twin Pines, Robins, Brokehead
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Allison Crutchfield
 
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Limits, Blankbook
 
4074 Spring Garden St. SUN The Backyard Show Series: The Chairman Dances, Reform Spelling
 
Little Berlin Annex (2430 Coral St.) SUN Mike Bruno & the Black Magic  Family Band, Elkhorn
 
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Kensington Picnic II Announced

Fire Museum and Mild Time just announced the lineup and more info for Kensington Picnic II. The event will be held on Saturday, August 9th (12pm - 8pm) at the lot of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles (Frankford Ave. between Susquehanna & Dauphin). It features a stacked lineup of Philly/neighborhood acts such as Spacin', Mary Lattimore, Birds of Maya, The Strapping Fieldhands, Laura Baird, and Hohlraum (Joel Winter of Pearls & Brass and Sean McGuiness of Pissed Jeans. Picnic starts at noon, and music will kick off at 2pm. Cheers!

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