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The Love Club

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Weekend Warrior, March 17 - 19

Winter seems to be a final attempt to assert its authoritative force. Despite this recent and lingering development, there is some good news The Love Club has awoken from hibernation, and will emerge this Saturday evening at PhilaMOCA. Mitch Esparza, Kyle Press and co. stretch sonic boundaries, experimenting with raw blues-garage sensibility. A steady stream of bruising rhythms and powerfully persistent guitar riffs curate the potent, engrossing onslaught of heavy, otherwise known as Hound. This local pairing lay the groundwork for a tandem of Canadian outfits. A gravitational punk-feel compounded by a psych-prog capacity that brews and brims letting the instrumental threads to matriculate in weaving fashion, heralded low profile stalwarts Simply Saucer, headline traversing a wide terrain from a simple, sticky pop-inflected songs to adventurous expansive treks. Free-floating in an airy psych-pop abyss, Poppy Seed & the Love Explosion, set the table. (Photo by JUMP Philly) - Michael Colavita

Other places to thaw out this weekend…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Hound, The Love Club
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Octave Cat, Muscle Tough, Air is Human, SAT Philly Loves Phife & ATCQ, SUN Beth Israel
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Evan Wize (Record Release), Dizzy Valdez, Bamboo Tommy
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Sideshow Prophets, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds/Stoltz, Naked Peekaboo, SAT Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Poor Devils/The Russells, Shots Called, Tulpa, SUN Bang, Green Meteor, Laura Lawless/Downtrodder, The Bella Vista Social Club
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Asher Roth, Uncle Ron, Dirty South Joe/Apple Juice Jones, GR Stone, SUN Hello Shark
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Wes Walker, Charley Coin, Schilly,
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Boy Wonder, The Real Feel
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Oschino Vasquez, Ar-Ab
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Peace Creeps, The SB Deluxe, SAT (Upstairs) James Santangelo Trio, SUN (Upstairs) Chvnce, Blubird, Madame Jones, In Different Sounds, Delmont/(Downstairs) Solas
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cemetery Flowers, T.O.M.B., SAT Hairy Dudini, Urban Shaman Attack, SUN Chickabiddy, i try, you try, Keely Sibilia
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down (Album Release), American Dinosaur. Stephen Lorek, SAT North End, Cold Climb, Merit, Peace & The City Grease, SUN Liz de Lise, Water Temple
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Oldermost, Rosu Lup, Cave People, SUN Jesse Gimbel, Autumn Passing, Flower Lynx
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Matt Wheeler, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SUN Devon Czekaj, Old Scratch
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Kill The Stigmatic, SAT Gavin Becker
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI The Cultour, Shy Shapes. Jam Traffic
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI David Darmon, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Riverside Odds, Fauxtron, Lucid by Midnight, SAT Bohemian Mule, Adam Travis Band, Apple Juice Jones
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jellyroll, SAT Tweed, Pet Cheetah, SUN Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Mixed People
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Cllctyrslf, Rich People
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mannequin Pussy, Sun Organ
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ellen Siberian Tiger, SOLD, Gender Work
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Happy Birthday USA (& Mitch)! at PhilaMOCA July 5

Celebrate freedom for one more day as PhilaMOCA hosts an all-day barbecue in honor of the birthday and engagement of Mitch Esparza (The Love Club). It wouldn’t be a PhilaMOCA party without an eclectic lineup of music, and it will be a good time to catch Mumblr before they play the upcoming Redbull Sound Select Series with Spank Rock and Prowler. And they’ll likely be playing songs from their upcoming album Full of Snakes, including “Sober,” which they recently shared a video for (below). Some members of The Love Club will be doing double duty when they play in the relatively new project Humanshapes that also features members of Great Red Spots and Gypsy Death and You. But The Love Club will also be playing fast-paced, bluesy indie-punk songs from their latest release Pearls Dissolve in Vinegar. Filling out the celebration will be Dead Tenors, Jesus Christ Goddamnit, Impressionist, and Faceporn. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 3:30PM, $5 - $10, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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The Love Club Album Release Show at PhilaMOCA Nov. 30

If you were ever able to inflict a band with a case of multiple personality disorder, The Love Club would be the result. Hearing them play is more or less sitting down for 8 or 9 different performances, as they slide between blues, grunge, indie, psychedelic, and hard rock on a song by song basis, all with an overarching sense of wildeye’d crazy. Between hypnotizing instrumentals and David Esparza’s soulfully kinetic vocals, they’re like a cross between early Velvet Underground and the entire soundtrack of Pulp Fiction. The Love Club will be celebrating the release of their new album Pearls Dissolve In Vinegar tonight at Philamoca, and if the lineup is any indication, the whole evening should be some kind of trip. They’ll be joined on the bill by Alumbrados, featuring members of Bardo Pond, and twisted punk outfit Space Drugs, as well as stand-up by Matt MccCusker. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10/$12 (w/CD), All Ages - Daniel Ludwig

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The Love Club Set to Explode at The Fire Oct. 16

It first appears a bit grimy and ragged, unfiltered garage-rock scenario with the makings of an intense inferno that generates its initial signs of life down deep with guttural vocals and stick to your bones retro-fitted guitar licks that have a straight ahead yet fuzzed edge, comforting in its lowlight minimalist aggressive nature. The Love Club a combustible musical machine spearheaded by David Mitchell Esparza, a.k.a. (((taco))), appropriately hits The Fire tonight. It’s a controlled slow-building burner, which continually gathers strength until it reaches an apex exploding with fervor.  They’ll be joined by the grungy duo of Joe Musciano and Sean Sacks, a.k.a. Great Red Spots, weaving fuzzed out high-octane guitar lines with barricade bashing drums. The bill also includes indie-rocking quartet Dead Tenors. Mythical Minneapolis noise rock trio Is/Is and atmospheric Georgia rockers New Madrid round out the evening. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 8pm., $7, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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The Love Club Opening for Thee Mighty Fevers at PhilaMOCA April 29

The Love Club bring their raw sonic experimentation to PhilaMOCA tonight. Led by (((taco))), a.k.a. David Mitchell Esperanza, who is often accompanied by “a revolving door of fuck ups,” the electrified garage rock project is an alluring interpretation of the blues that you might not be surprised to find crawling out from the underbelly of Philly’s weirdo indie music community. The Love Club will be opening this evening for explosive Japanese garage-punks Thee Mighty Fevers (Dead Beat Records) and dirty Jerz fuzz-pop duo Slow Animal. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $7 - $10, All Ages - Alexis V.


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