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Weekend Warrior, May 20 - 22

Tonight at Everybody Hits is the long-awaited release show for Thin Lips’ debut LP Riff Hard, coming out via local tastemakers Lame-O Records. Thin Lips are a venerable supergroup of longstanding Philly stalwarts who have hit a sweet spot of triumphant pop rock and confessional, introspective lyrics without sentimentality. Chrissy Tashjian, formerly of Dangerous Ponies and The Bee Team, captains this ship with her commanding, casual, and versatile vocals. The hard riffs are largely courtesy of longtime bandmate Kyle Pulley (ex-Dangerous Ponies) and Chris Diehm, a punk-rock lifer who cut his teeth in Lancaster’s 1994! before coming to Philly and lending his talents to Thin Lips, as well as Year Of Glad. The band is filled out by Mikey Tashjian (The Superweaks, ex-Dangerous Ponies), who shows his ability to shift rhythms and help craft intriguing songs, while maintaining a not-too-serious rock 'n' roll sheen. Celebrating with the Lips will be Casey Magic, Lame-O labelmates Lowercase Roses, folky psych rockers Pine Barons, and Pure Pop, a “new pop-punk trio comprised of Lame-O, Superweaks, and Modern Baseball angel babies.” Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5-$10, All Ages - Adam G. 

Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Lushlife
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Son & Heir
 
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Snails, Wild Joy / Akasha, Astro 8000, SAT Shy Boyz, Dead, Redhat / DJ PHSH, SUN Hidden Lights, Stellarscope, E.Joseph and the Sparrows / Andross, Big City Noise
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Plow United (Record Release), Flag of Democracy
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Voss (Album Release), Eddie Madrid, Mason, Cain Kerner ,  Kim Jong Ill, SUN Twin Pines
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Beach Slang
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Downstairs) Bob Broudy
 
 The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI (5pm) Down With Homework, Teenage Bigfoot, Science Club / (9pm) Ocelot, Liberty Tribe, Old Scratch, Virgouts, SAT Half-Ton of Humanity, The KMX Band, Crown of Earth, SUN Fire In The Radio
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Palmas, SUN The Hoppin' Boxcars
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI My Son Bison, SAT Revolution, I Love You, Voltheque, The One2s
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo  Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Sylvia Platypus, SUN Rusty Cad
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St)  FRI dataf1ow, Golden Spiral, MH The Verb, Sexy Black Female, Mutombo,SAT & SUN Italian Market Festival: Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. The Late Saints, Alright Junior, Seoul Delhi, Those People, Sweet Eureka, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Railroad Fever,You Do You, Giada J. , OOLALA, In The Presence Of Wolves, Looseleaf , John Francis , T.c. Cole Riot , Katie Barbato & Dirty Holiday , Hannah Taylor & Rekardo Lee Trio, Momma Hankton, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Emily Mineo, Bosom Band, Vital Stats, Pravda. Rockers Galore, Ashton John, Visoon, Behind The Granstand, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Rothland, Magnificent Birds of Prey, Layers And Frames, Endless Taile, FTS, Moddzilla
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Phonies, SAT Outerheaven, Kill The Stigmatic
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Local Smokes, UJ18, SAT Tom’s Attic, P-Rents
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The End of America, Queen of Jeans, Pete Hill, SAT Ground Up, SUN Christine Havrilla, Andrea Nardello
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Electron, American Babies, SUN Darla, Swift Technique
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Azn Jake, Wassup Gina, SAT Ed Christof
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.)FRI (Side Chapel) Roger Harvey, Greg Barnett, Augusta Koch, Jeff Riddle and The Bella Vista Social Club, SUN Backslider, Congenital Death
  
LAVA (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI The Guests, S-21, N.E.G, Guts / Lip Service, Narcos
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Deambook, Horsecops, Cellarfox
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.)  FRI Only, Friendship
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Amanda X, Pouty
 
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor) FRI Elijah Jennings-Guridy, Ronnie Vega
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Population Zero, Interloper
 
Big Cakes (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI NAH, Moor Mother Goddess, Neolibz, nyxy nyx, What Nerve
 

 

 




Dangerous Ponies Calling It Quits

This is such sad news. Dangerous Ponies just announced that they’ll be calling it quits. We’ve had the honor to share such momentous occasions in Deli Philly history like anniversaries and ringing in this past New Year with these wonderful folks. We are obviously going to miss seeing their joyous performances on stage together. Below are a few words from the band.
 
dearest darlings,

we have some news to share.

its not happy news.

we will be playing our final show on May 26th in Philly.

These last four years together have been a beautiful and wild rollercoaster and we are all the better for having met all of you. Thank you for the couches, floors, and porches you shared with us, for eating endless breakfast burritos with us, for showing us the coolest parts of your towns and the secret swimming holes that only you know about, for thrift shopping with us, for getting on stage and playing with us, for telling your friends about us, but most importantly thank you for constantly supporting our music. It’s a dream to be able to travel the country with a group of your friends and play shows to keep the van moving. so seriously..thankyou.
 
It’s currently unclear as to what will happen next. You can find Evan playing with Holy Death and Kyle is always over Headroom Philadelphia recording bands. and Chrissy I’m sure will start a new project soon. So stay tuned. and hopefully you can make it on the 26th.
 
so much love forever.
dp.
 
You can catch Dangerous Ponies’ final performance on Sunday, May 26 at The Barbary with Lemuria and Omar. Much love for DP!
 
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Tigerbeats w/Dangerous Ponies at The Barbary May 6

Dangerous Ponies have certainly put a serious amount of miles on their tour van this spring spreading the goodness that is their latest EP Tenderheart, which was The Deli Philly’s April Album of the Month. With new bassist Andy Black (formerly of Nicos Gun) solidified as part of their happy music family, the band is ready to lay down more of their new material with Headroom’s Joe Reinhart for another release. Well, all that takes time, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their infectious tunes tonight at The Barbary for Tigerbeats. Feel young foreva, and dance your Monday night away! The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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The Deli Philly’s April Album of the Month: Tenderheart - Dangerous Ponies

Dangerous Ponies’ latest release, a four-song EP entitled Tenderheart, emphatically meets the expectations of their fans. Tenderheart is a systematic combination of fresh rocking, dance-inspiring, indie pop led by the supreme vocals of Chrissy Tashjian and the band’s innate ability to construct and balance complex musical compositions, stacking tight layers of sound, with the help of producer Joe Reinhart, while retaining a clean crispness.

The EP’s title track sets the standard. A guitar riff assisted by some light smacking percussion and a subtly twinkling keyboard anchors the stage before the song kicks into high gear. As the powerful fuzzed-out combination of drums, bass and volatile guitar pushes forward, Tashjian finds a natural place for her voice and lyrics - “You got a lot of ghost/You got to let them all out.” While the percussion and vocals are aligned in the center, the guitar work weaves from side to side, stretching out on a little run before briefly falling back to the original vocal/drum/keyboard combination, reemerging in a blistering fuzzed-out explosion that’s completed by warning micro chant “Watch Out!”

Seamlessly leading into “Sparks,” rumbling drums and claps form a base, but the song takes an unexpected route when a bright choir-esque vocal teams up with Tashjian’s lead, developing an airiness before yet another transition - one from keys into guitar. A chunky bass/guitar groove thrusts into a dual laser beam guitar riff.

“California” is a microcosm of the band’s ability to blend an array of styles into a dense rich package. What begins as a poppy vocal song using a twangy guitar and a snap/pop driving percussive backdrop quickly changes shape morphing into a fuzzed-out guitar lick; then turning into a pulsing bass/key scenario nod to The Clash. Finally, the two-worlds meet as a twangy/fuzz guitars rip through, and the song comes full circle closing out with a polished choral/lead vocal marriage.

Tenderheart rounds itself out with anthemic “Dogfite.” Similar to its predecessors, the closing track shape-shifts as it moves. Beginning at a precise jogging pace that puts emphasis on the groove, but after coasting down the road, it speeds up merging into a raunchy fuzz-guitar explosion, and then steps back with as a slick lick and drum beat creating a path for Tashjian to lament, “Everything in you, is in me too/the nature of us we are so free.” And as the full instrumental artillery reemerges, the rest of the band’s wails of “Are we strong enough?” go head to head with the lead vocals, providing the song and Tenderheart, as a whole, with a dynamic and powerful ending.

Dangerous Ponies have found a way to craft music that streamlines genres, proving that if the individual pieces know how to come together, the final product, even in just four songs, can truly stretch the boundaries. - Michael Colavita 

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Photo Recap: Dangerous Ponies EP Release Show w/Starlight Girls, Desert Noises & Slutever

Dangerous Ponies celebrated the release of their new EP Tenderheart this past Friday at MilkBoy Philly with a killer set and a packed house of adoring fans. Also along for the ride were Slutever, Desert Noises and Starlight Girls. You can check out our pics from the evening HERE.

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