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Post Punk

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Bush Tetras
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Elsewhere Zone One
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Weekend Warrior, January 4 - 6

Cool, composed, cultural commentary, approached at an energetic yet cruising speed, The Guests create music that balances a dynamic of deep thought, whilst in a casual, intimate mobility. Mysterious, mercurial synthpop engages describing the bleakness of the world in which we currently live, with a compact bright open air instrumentation. Acknowledging the disturbing dreariness, it's as though a grey cloud perpetually hangs over our heads and the compact precision of the music gracefully attempts to out race it in search of hope. This Saturday evening at Boot & Saddle, The Guests will be headlining a benefit for the Philadelphia Tenants Union, supported by art-punk quartet JUICE, whose enchanting, chaotic, contagiously kinetic EP 100% was our December Record of the Month, as well as the beguiling psych-punk of Madalean Gauze. (Photo by Sam Pellegringo) - Michael Colavita

Other places that you can hang at for the first weekend of 2019…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mothers, Empath, Corey Flood, SAT Philly Loves Philly: DJ Mike Nyce, Rich Medina, SUN Eric Slick

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Guests, Madalean Gauze, Juice

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Queen Jesus, Sandcastle, Weekend Athlete/DJ Deejay, SAT DJ Lean Wit It, SUN BLK MGC

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Candy Volcano presents: Bowie Birthday Bash! Ziggy vs. The Thin White Duke

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI A Night of Stardust - Celebrating Bowie

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs)  Conjunto Philadelphia/(Downstairs) Kuf Knotz, SAT (Upstairs) School Of Rock/(Downstairs) Breakwater

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Haxon, Earth 7, SAT Allarms, SUN SEB, Ascension Drive, Enigmyst, Cardinal Sin, Infinity

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Mixed People, My Funky Brethren, SAT Baby Berlin, Elijvh Vrms

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Elison Jackson, Pouring Silver, Shadow Band (Solo), SAT VoirVoir, Morgan Pinkstone

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT A Scent Like Wolves, Last Minute Hero, Zombie Shark, SUN Mage Hand, Dean

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Jawn, Mercury Retrograde

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Rock Academy Punk Rock Brunch, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Adventure Lost, Jesse Gimbel, SAT Melt With You, 7@7

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Limm, ShawnWeTrust, Ignant Yuth

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Samantha Rise, Brother Martin, The People, SAT Cubbage, Emily Drinker

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Fairfield Project, New Alone

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Cabaret Sauvignon/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI All-star Graceland Tribute Band: Ryan Tennis, Stella Ruze, Looseleaf, Emily Drinker, SAT Steal Your Peach, The Newspaper Taxis

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Floor Space, Socko, Andross, Menace of the Canvas

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SUN So Totally, Knifeplay, Yung Sham

Hubris House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Puppy Angst, Feel Something

Lizard Lounge 215 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blubird, Americanadian, Swim Camp

The Glass Onion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lazy Eye (Album Release), Gorpho, Bona To Vada

The Sankofa House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Masie Blu, Interminable

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Bethlehem Steel brings powerful live performance to Bowery Ballroom 01.18

Bethlehem Steel is a force. Yes, they’re punk, and yes, they’re loud but the members of Bethlehem Steel perform with purpose and propulsion. Listen to “Fake Sweater,” a cut from the group’s split with Porky near the end of 2018, for reference. The classic alt-rock loud-soft dynamic establishes the song but it’s the howling bridge section in which the members yell at the seeming brink of desperation “will I be alright?” that earns a need for repeated listens. You can see Bethlehem Steel next at Bowery Ballroom when the band opens for Big Ups’ final show. – Cameron Carr

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New BANDIT Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Warsaw, the latest album from grindcore trio BANDIT, was recently released via Cricket Cemetery. Brutal instrumentation tears ahead as raw, rapid-fire lyricism cuts to the core.The songs diffuse the pressure in cathartic bursts. The album eventually closes with the blunt force of grief and the calming beauty of a Polish folk song.

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Nashville's local acts go Nirvana at The Basement East on 01.10

At the start of a new year, you may find yourself thinking about the music that you listened to in the past, and realizing that many of your favorite albums came out decades ago, making you feel quite old. However, "old" is just a state of mind, and at a concert celebrating thirty years since the release of Nirvana's Bleach, you'll throw yourself into the pit with the reckless abandon of a riled-up fourteen-year-old. 

Join some of Nashville's most rollicking acts on January 10th at The Basement East as they cover Nirvana's discography -- Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero, along with some well-known B-sides -- in honor of three decades since the band put out their first record. Acts include HER, Taco Mouth, Step Sisters, and many more, all of whom will share the stage and channel Kurt, Krist, and Dave through their voices and instruments. Among the bands on the bill are The Dead Deads, who just released a live album on Christmas Day. Take a listen to it below and imagine the Deads pounding out their version of "In Bloom", then get down to The Basement East on the 10th and hear it for yourself. - Will Sisskind


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