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Weekend Warrior, October 28 - 30

Technically, Halloween falls on Monday. However, the autumnal celebration of dastardly deeds and debauchery will be in full flux this Saturday as Underground Arts opens its doors for the 7th Annual TJ Kong Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow. Along with a haunting stir of booze-saturated country blues perpetuated by Kong & The Atomic Bomb, the candy-coated, Andy Moholt-led daydream down the rabbit-hole, better known as Laser Background, will provide their twist on The Zombies’ catalogue. The attitude-infused rumbling reverberation of Straw Hats and the serenading psych-pop grip of Grubby Little Hands will be joined by the slinky, streamlined, funk-fueled fire of MINKA and the rippling surf-psych wave of Ceramic Animal to seal this evening. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to party this Halloween weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Purling Hiss, Honey Radar
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater (Record Release), Gringo Motel, SAT American Film Institute (Members of Restorations - A.F.I), The Danged (Members of Hound - The Damned)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Dweeb, DJ Eric Schuman/Sean Hearn, SAT Burnout Star/Wassup Gina , Jesse Tyler, SUN The Superweaks (Record Release), Thin Lips, Three Man Cannon, Sun Organ
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Hurry, Eric Slick, Cherry, Cave People, SAT Summus & Sad13, Ivy Sole, Empath
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Jawn, SAT Andrew Meoray, Slikk Mouth, SUN Elissa Janelle Velveteen
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) RUST - Neil Young Tribute, SUN (Upstairs) Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Benefit Show: Hinton, Bower, Jones
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Daddylap, Egocentric Plastic Men, School of Rock Philadelphia, Kevin McCall, SAT Members of Conversations and The Best Westerns as Third Eye Blind, Members of North Lawrence Midnight Singers as George Harrison, Josh & Rachel (The Really Cooks) as Marty & Bobbi Culp (SNL), SUN Pure Jerry
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vic Ruggiero & The Snails, Night Windows (as Weezer), Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band (as Bill Withers), Seoul Dehli (as Black Sabbath), The Preps (as Green Day), SAT Louie Louie
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Trailer Trash, The Pink Robots, Stoned Queens/Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, DJ Royale, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh, Sophie Sucre
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Looseleaf, Rogue Methods, Overcoming Gravity, SAT Audio Impulse, Stereotytans, The One2s, Custom Power Ride, Rob Clancy, SUN DUSTWUN, Cthulhu Martini, Physis, Great Neck
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI LSDXOXO, Precolumbian, SAT Lost Continent, SUN The Droogettes
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT The Haunting of Poe: A Burlesque Masquerade
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Pete Groch, Rad and Kell, SAT Makhaira, SAT Pravda
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The GTVs, The Wayside Shakeup, SAT Philly Bloco, SUN Splintered Sunlight
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.)  SUN Dear Friend, The Insides, Honeytiger, Haunted Homes
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S.18th St.) SUN Loose Tooth Friendship, most selfless cheerleader
 
Space 1026 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sinking Body, Shape Denter
 
The Cable Box (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mich Laggi, Giancarlo (EP Release), Harmony Woods
 
Black Magic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Birthday Ponies, Minor Setbacks, Tiny Rainbows (as Megadeth)
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nina Ryser, Gun TV, Mack Enemy
 
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New Tangiers/Straw Hats Split EP Available for Streaming & Download

Over the weekend, local outfits Tangiers and Straw Hats issued a split EP, Is This Split. Tangiers occupy the first half of the album the chilled-out groover "Home Invasion," the blistering "Hey Mama," and the casually intense "Marijuana USA," while Straw Hats grab the reins, weaving grunge grit with a fun twist on  "Salmon," "Neighborhood Watch," and "Drones." It’s a mesh of light and heavy that meets somewhere in the middle.

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Debut Straw Hats EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Garage-punks Straw Hats just released their debut self-titled EP, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ryan Farber. The band features The Districts's frontman Rob Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence reversing rolls and letting go of some pent up aggression. The two are also joined by pal Breshon Martzell on bass and vocals, and the album is available on cassette via Gawk Records.

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Straw Hats & Spill Opening for Kississippi at PhilaMOCA Feb. 18

Garage-punk trio Straw Hats, featuring members of The Districts, and indie-rock outfit Spill, which houses former members of Placeholders and We Were Skeletons, set out on the road together earlier this month for what was dubbed their "Valentine's Tour." After tearing up DIY spots in the South and Midwest, the gang will be coming home tonight to a talent-filled, polarizing bill at PhilaMOCA. Headlining this evening will be Kississippi, who has enchanted the blogosphere with their latest EP We Have No Future, We're All Doomed (Softspeak Records). You'll also find Maine transplants Friendship warming things up with their simmering folk tunes. Come enjoy the peaks and valleys that will be traveled throughout the evening! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7:30pm, $7-$10, All Ages (Straw Hats Photo by Gilbo Gabbins) - Alexis V.

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Weekend Warrior, January 15 - 17

Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a night of premier Philadelphia garage-punk bands that will (despite the high ceilings) make you feel like you’re at an L.A. basement show circa 1979. Starting the night off is Straw Hats, a noisy band that shares members with the more mild and understated group The Districts, showing just how far their members’ musical breadth reaches. After Straw Hats is The Whips, who apply a layer of rouge to their garage-rock foundation, landing them somewhere in between Dictators-style glam punk and Replacements power pop. Daddy Long Legs is a strangely terrestrial name for an avant space-pop group with a sound and imagination that spans galaxies - and genre. There are some songs that have a whiff of Dirty Projectors style melodic complexity about them, while others thrust straight forward with thick fuzz and a bluesy, Black Keys simplicity. Headlining the event is Residuels, a band with a remarkable resume supporting bands such as The Buzzcocks, The Spits, and The Sonics. Led by Justin Pittney (ex-Moon Women), Residuels harness the disheveled sound of proto-punk inspired garage pioneers of the early 80s like Gun Club and The Cramps, successfully channeling the uninhibited energy of that era’s basement scene and transplanting it into the present day. Keep a watch out for them! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock
 
Other places to get out to this weekend before the chill returns…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  FRI Frances Doefeen, DELCO, Brandon Cant Dance Hemming, SAT Weekender, Vanillalord, SUN Residuels, The Whips, Straw Hats
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Venice Sunlight, Nicklas Hughes, John Faye
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Slaughter Beach, Dog, Black Beauties, In Bruges, Cranes Are Flying/Motherwhore, Husky Bundles
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Hivelords
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Mr. Sampson
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Naked Sun, SAT DRGN King, Mumblr, SUN Voltheque, Minor Setbacks
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT Ed Christof
 
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.)  SUN Questlove
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Bill O'Meara, Caleb Spaulding, SAT (Upstairs) Weird Hot, Cliff Hillis/(Downstairs) The Music of Jymie Merritt and The Forerunners, SUN (Upstairs) Man Illuminated, Morse Coda,Tracy Chamberlain, Dana K Fiero,  Melissa Clampffer/(Downstairs) An Evening with Glenn Bryan and Friends
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, Readership, SAT (5pm) Diff'rent Folks, Minor Setbacks, Larry Nodder/(8:30pm) Beards & Whiskey, Kingsnake, Bourbon & Steel, Double Planet
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kiska, La Capitaña, SAT The Paper Shakers
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Spill
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Chickabiddy, The Nimble Cats, Keely Sibilia, SAT Amy Faden, SUN CubiZm
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sweet Eureka, Pravda, Zymotic Flow, Magnificent Birds of Prey, SAT Duke Maroon, Cthulhu Martini, The Cultour, SUN Witch Fist, Sovereign
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Black Friday Death Count, Aniqatia, Knightlife, SAT Rob Swift Band, The Heavy Weather, Kevin McCove band
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT High Kick, The Griz Band, Droppin’ Deuce, The TC Cole Riot, SUN Broken Arrow, Tonebenders
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Old Maybe, Whoopsydaisy, Neolibz, SAT Blank Spell, Wild At Heart
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Shelf Life, R.R. Perkins, Open Wide
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Palm, Psychic Teens, Girl Dog
 
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Prince of Yeti Mantra, DETLOFF, Brandon Can’t Dance, Untan
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SUN Sarah M., Spot Collins, Curtis Cooper
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Witch Fist, Cheerbleeders, Kat Hamilton
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mike Pays Heat, Water Polo, Twin Pines
 
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