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Weekend Warrior, October 27 - 29

We know. What to do? What to do…this Halloween weekend? We love the all hallow-est of eves! And Philly does not have a shortage of diverse things to do. If you find the idea of swanky surroundings with the echo of groove-oriented experimental beats flowing through your ears and tarot card readings blowing your mind, Final Friday’s AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball at the Philadelphia Art Museum this evening with locals Moor Mother, Sammus, and Fholston Paradigm is a no-brainer. And since things will be wrapping up relatively early, you still have plenty of time to catch Dark Thoughts at the LAVA Space benefit. On Saturday, the 8th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow will be doing debaucherous things in the below ground lair of Underground Arts. The familiar faces of Levee Drivers and Tutlie will be joined by sexified newcomers OOLALA and Shy Boyz. And if you don’t really feel like leaving the Fishtown/Kensington/NoLibs area, tomorrow will be a nice evening to take a buzzed walk to your favorite neighborhood DIY space Everybody Hits for Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular, with pals Shannen Moser, Cave People, and Anomie. All proceeds will go to The Humane League of Philadelphia. For those who really haven’t had enough this Halloween weekend, you might need to chill out at Union Transfer, where Petal will be performing a solo set, opening for the always captivating Julien Baker and Half Waif. Wherever you find yourself, enjoy that you are there - cheers! – Alexis V.

More Halloween Weekend Fun…

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Hezekiah Jones, DeadFellow, Ali Wadsworth, SAT TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow VIII: TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, OOLALA

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Minka, Thrills

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Street Stains, SAT Pink Slip Daddy, Dixy Blood, SUN Spent Flesh, Dumal, Mob Terror, Atomic Cretins

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Throbbing Chakra, Rubber/DJSC/Duffy’s Cut, SAT Black Urn/Fame Lust, SUN Deathmonger AD, Mota, Plot/Erik Kramer, Maggie Mae

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SUN Petal (Solo)

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Dead Milkmen, Green Meteor

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Tweed

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Baceface

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Grotzy Versace

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pluto Era

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FR I (Upstairs) Dirty Dozen Dance Band/(Downstairs) Greg Sover Band

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tektonic, Muscle Tough, Darla, SAT My Son Bison, Rosali, Oldermost, SUN Shon Goner

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN The Old Souls, Chalk and The Beige Americans, Gringo Motel, The Sideshow Prophets

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Apex Predator, Mesmeria, Ketosis, SAT Secret Nudist Friends, The Pretty Greens, SUN Bad Luck 13, Eaten Alive, Gloves Off/Dirty Purple, Moonroof, Vague Advice, It Makes Sounds

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Conflict Theory, War Vomit

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Suburban Living (DJ Set)

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Pravda, Endless Taile, Tantra, SAT Stinking Lizavetta, Thorazine, Workhorse III, The End AD, Thee Minks, Mojo Machine

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SUN The Roddenberries

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Slomo Sapiens, Local Smokes, SAT Duke Brothers, Bonehead

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Philly Bloco, SUN Philly Loves Petty: Low Cut Connie, Ben Arnold, Mo Lowda & The Humble (with Joe Reinhart), Smash Palace, Travel Lanes, Hinton Bower Jones, Big Jangle, No Good Sister, Nik Greeley Ross Bellenoit

Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.) FRI Afrofuturistic Affair Costume Ball: Moor Mother, Sammus, Fhloston Paradigm

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Italoween SAT Hurry, Cave People, Shannen Moser, Anomie

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Matthew W. Charles, Side Pocket Louie, Everyone Except Me, Rasan Allbritton

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Jenna and The Pups, Dialer

Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT LXV

Spank Banquet (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ceramic Animal, Attic Tapes, Sixteen Jackies, Chifa

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New Track: "John Wilkes Booth" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

It's been over three years since we've had a new album from TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. Well, this evening at Johnny Brenda's, you'll have a chance to cop his new EP Dancing Out the Door at the band's vinyl release celebration with Lightninging and Haunted Homes. The album officially drops on October 13 via Good Behavior Records, but you can take a listen to its raucous, piano-boogie lead single, "John Wilkes Booth," which is also featured on the label's Hurricane Relief compilation. All proceeds will be going to the victims of Harvey and Irma.

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Weekend Warrior, December 30 - January 1

A new year represents aesthetically a clean slate, the chance to turn the page and let the past whether, recent or not, behind. Of course, the past may also hold cherished memories that one wishes to carry into the future. Either way, Saturday night serves as an opportunity to celebrate, for some, the year that was and for others the year that one hopes 2017 will be.
 
Now, my first instinct when I enter any environment is to look and listen; if there’s music, that’s typically a solid forecaster of good fortune. With that criteria, here are a few places one should consider spending the last hours of a trying 2016. 
 
The high-octane ragged barrelhouse blues of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be headlining Boot & Saddle, paired with the earnest Americana of Levee Drivers, and the playfully bizarre, eclectic Mercury Radio Theater. If funky R&B and soul are your aspirations, Underground Arts is the destination. The brass beacon of Balkan beats, known as West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the retrograde soul-funk engine of Johnny Showcase once again come together for sweaty, good time. And channeling the silky authoritative dance-inducing vibes of Byrne & Bowie, MINKA enters the fray, which also starts with the funky instrumental slices of Muscle Tough.
 
The spellbinding folk-psych of Kurt Vile brings his mellow/mercury-spiking spectrum to The Fillmore, where he’ll be joined by psych-folk outfit Woods and Nathan Bowles. Ortlieb’s will host the mobile-layered, grooving, melodic sojourn of Mo Lowda & The Humble, as well as the atmosphere-altering, future-traversing experimentation of Air is Human, and a DJ set from Suburban Living, who will be pulling double duty that evening performing at Franklin Hall with Vacationer and CRUISR. BTW: Speaking of DJ sets, Lushlife will also be occupying the decks at Johnny Brenda’s.
 
Wherever you’re headed, embrace the joy and stay safe. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to spend this last weekend of 2016…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Grubby Little Hands, Tutlie, SAT Kevin Manning/Lushlife (DJ Set)
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Oh, Are They? (Record Release), Belgrade, Honeytiger, SAT TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb, Mercury Radio Theater, Levee Drivers
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Riverside Odds/Momma Hankton, Rexedog, Erik Kramer, SAT Eaten Alive/Fame Lust
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase, Minka, Muscle Tough
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Making Time
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Cabinet
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Louis Futon, SAT Kurt Vile
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Philadelphia Jug Band, The Theologicals, SAT (Upstairs) Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Destruction, Darla / (Downstairs) Marc Silver
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Loud Company, Commonwealth Choir, The Last Brontosaurus
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kingsound, GhettoSongBird
 
Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) SAT Vacationer, CRUISR, Suburban Living
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Mo Lowda and the Humble, Air is Human, Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Brown Sugar
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Laura Cheadle Family Blues Band
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Solar Circuit, Naps Past Noon, Max Seidman Band, Los Festingos, SAT Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello, Quixote Project
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Chalk & the Beige Americans, Shy Boyz, Dirty Soap Blues Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, SAT Start Making Sense, Band From Mars
 
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New Track: "She Don’t Keep Time" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb offer a dose of country-blues with their new track “She Don’t Keep Time”. Those subtle swaying keys invite you into the saloon before ramping up to a stomp, then simmering into a boogie, and whistling like there’s not a worry in the world. Loosen up, listen up, and get down!

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Weekend Warrior, October 30 - November 1

Without a doubt, Halloween is our favorite holiday. And we know that you can’t wait to get into a little mischief this weekend. Where would we suggest for you to do that at? It’s tough to say with so many options. You can kick it old school tonight with legendary Philly punks The Dead Milkmen at The Troc and psych rockers Bardo Pond at JB’s, or go way back to the 8-bit sounds of your childhood with Cheap Dinosaurs and Chipocrite at MilkBoy Philly. There is a plethora of cover band bills to choose from so take your pick. Do you want to rock out with your genitals out (so PC, right?) with Ween (featuring members of On The Water, Post Sun Times & Sandcastle) at South Philly DIY (garage) space Cha-Cha’Razzi? Or is watching Vita and the Woolf’s Jen Pague throwing down with her best Sasha Fierce impersonation at MilkBoy Philly your bag? And of course, our old pal TJ Kong will be playing host to his 6th annual Halloween Murder Show at Underground Arts. There’s a lot to consume in costume this weekend; however, we conveniently list the local activities for you below. - The Deli Staff
 
More places for mischief this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bardo Pond, Kohoutek, SAT An Evening with Sun Ra Arkestra
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Sonnder, Awaking Mercury, Last Full Measure
 
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Into the Void, SAT Line Leader/Fame Lust, Elijvh Vrms, Jesse Tyler
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI M AX NOI MACH, Haldol, SAT Cover Show: Laser Background, Lithuania
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI PhillyBloco, SAT TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show VI: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Satellite Hearts, Pine Barons, Mercury Radio Theater (Ali Wadsworth + friends doing Aerosmith covers)
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Tunji Ige, Dayo
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Dead Milkmen
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Osler Circle Benefit For Children’s Hospital, SUN (Upstairs) (12pm) PROJECT Trio & Jacob Winterstein/(Upstairs) (8pm) Casey Alvarez/(Downstairs) (12pm) Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Jawn, The Royal Noise, Aquatic Ape Theory, SAT Pink Slip Daddy, The Greg Phoenix Experience
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Truant Minds, Rosabelle Believes, Wild By Law, SAT Halloween Cover Show: Adam Rivera (They Might Be Giants), Conversations (Tom Petty & Sheryl Crow), Brian Fitzy (Hall & Oates), SUN Mahatma X, André Altrez, Zaya
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, Chipocrite, Chronicles of Sound, SAT Halloween: Vita and The Woolf (as Beyonce), The Captain The Pilot The Driver (as The Traveling Wilburys), Pilkington (as Joan Jett), The Orange Drop (as Pink Floyd)
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Air is Human, Rexedog
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Royale, Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI American Schoolyard, SAT Brown Sugar
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) SAT DJ Sean Smoove
 
Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Illvibe Collective, SAT Lowbudget, Ed Christof,  Ben Aire, SUN Pot Luck Cabaret
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Song Dogs, SAT The Funky T, Groove Merchants, Rick & MC, Bohka
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Catullus (Rocky Horror Picture Show), SAT Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Swift Technique (PRINCE VS. MORRIS DAY")
 
W/N W/N Coffee Bar (931 Spring Garden St.) SUN Abi Reimold, Shakai Mondai
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Cheerbleeders, Molly Rhythm
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Dead, Old Scratch, Bohemian Mule
 
@714 (714 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Making Time: Pure Halloween
 
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ween Tribute (Featuring members of On The Water, Post Sun Times & Sandcastle), The Who (Impressionist), Cake (OhBree), Country Classics (Point Breeze Country Club)
 
Tie Factory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blood Sound
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Legs Like Tree Trunks, Vanillalord, Laser Background, Arthur Shea
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Plainview (Weezer), Mike Pays Heat (Counting Crows), Darla
 
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