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Weekend Warrior, December 21 - 23

Composed, personal narratives with crisp instrumentation filling in the details, the songs of Truth In Comedy (Lame-O Records) from Steady Hands travel down the road in a revealing confidently cathartic manner. Blending emotive honesty with an enthusiastic and, at times, humorous, anthem-generating quality, it balances waves of good-natured punk that everyone at the bar can join in on. Yet, those themes/stories will resonate as you make your way home. This Saturday evening, Steady Hands will be headlining a Home Outgrown showcase at Everybody Hits. They’ll also be joined by the vulnerable, raw rock of Earth Telephone, the sincere songwriting of Major Pursuit, and the powerful, affecting folk of Julia Rainer to complete the billing. (Photo by Chelsea Christer) – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can let loose this holiday season…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Caracara, SAT Steady Hands, Earth Telephone, Major Pursuit, Julia Rainer

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Work Drugs 8th Annual Holiday Spectacle, The Yetis, Pilkington, SUN Good Old War

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Attic Tapes, SUN Miles Chancellor, Ish Williams, Sudan, DJ Shad , DJ Tati Mia, BRNDN Forever

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Mars Parker, Lucas Wolf, Cain Kerner, baby.com, Moses Mosima, Nogoodstepson, Mike Burns, Ash Shakur, KaneGang, Cousin Carl , Liv Means, DJ Muddy Taylor

TLA (334 South St.) FRI OT The Real, SAT HipHopSince1987 10 year Anniversary Holiday Festival

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI DJ Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz, SUN State Property

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Brothers J.A., SAT (Upstairs) Ali Awan/(Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI TreyDay, CpTime, Roi Lush , Axe Limbert, Jesse Bertuco, Nazeer Art’aud, Timmy Jones, SAT Disoriental, World Breaker, Mr. Unloved

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Aaron Parnell Brown

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Party Muscles, SAT Ten Ton Hammer, Bandit, Drowse, World Below, Raw Force, SUN Korine, Haunted Homes, Sad Actor

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Stella Ruze, Black Horse Motel, Rob Tait, SUN Alec Stewart (Record Release), Alison Hoban, Lovers League 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Triage, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Paul Green Rock and Roll Holiday Extravaganza, SAT The Paul Green Rock and Roll Holiday Extravaganza/Reverend TJ McGlinchey

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Year of the Knife, Kaonashi

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT DJ Brian Toll

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hawk Tubley's Holiday Hullaballoo

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT King Ani Mal, E.Grizzly, The Magnificent Shithawks of the Greater Northern Americas, The Hands Resist, The PLIBmen

The Tower Theater (S. 69th St. & Ludlow St.) FRI The War on Drugs

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Bitchfork, Vitamin F, Peace & The City Grease, Jason McGovern, SAT Apple Juice Jones

The Locks at Sona (4417 Main St.) SAT Mutlu

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Beru Revue, No Good Sister, SAT Let's Danza, Double D, SUN Stolen Rhodes

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New Flanafi EP Available for Streaming & Download

Flanafi is a project of Simon Martinez, one half of the Philly-based band Pulgas. While Pulgas’ songs often consist of large and dynamic rock arrangements, Flanafi leans toward a more mellow, neo-soul vibe. Martinez’s musical partner, Zane Shields, makes an appearance on drums for title track and EP opener, "You live here?", and his sister Eva Martinez provides vocals on "cheese plate". Consistent throughout Martinez’s projects is an impressive ability to synthesize exciting songwriting with skillful sonic engineering. You live here? is a brief collection of songs, but packs in plenty of moments to appreciate and zone to. A welcome companion to cozy up with as we enter a collective winter hibernation. - Josh Kelly

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Bay Faction celebrates release of debut LP at Elsewhere on 12.21

If you are stuck with the notion that emo has become the unbearably whiny expression of spoiled suburban kids, enter Boston's Bay Faction (who recently relocated to the NYC area) and  think again. Their 2015 three-track debut EP clearly carries the genre's DNA, but slows down its BPM by a lot, makes a discreet if not spare use of distorted guitars, and puts a lot of sincere heart in it. Those early tracks resonated with a lot of kids and gathered over a million plays on Spotify, and so did following single Pendulum, dropped in 2017. After a dragged out recording process, the band is now ready to release their debut LP Florida Guilt, a record that expands the group's sonic palette with a more varied production, without betraying the core qualities of their music. The first single It's Perfect, streaming below, is to date their fastest and most driven track, but still stylistically hybrid, with the inwardly tortured voice of singer James McDermott adding oozes of character to vague lyrics related to the struggles of dating. The record is already available on Spotify, and fans of Pingrove and Forth Wanderers (two other bands that are taking emo in new directions) should definitely check it out.
Don't miss the band's release show at Elsewhere on December 21st. Photo by Sam Colby

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"Best of Nashville" winners Sad Baxter play Drkmttr Collective on 01.13

It's the holidays, which means the release calendar has wound down and any shows you might want to see have something to do with either Christmas cheer or the bombastic observation of another passing year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't start filling your calendar with shows to see in 2019, though. Sludge pop masters Deezy and Alex of Sad Baxter will play Drkmttr Collective on January 13th, bringing their grunge-tinged sound to the all-ages DIY venue. Their latest EP So Happy showed up on Bandcamp's Best Albums of 2018 list, along releases by The Beths, Car Seat Headrest, Camp Cope, and Let's Eat Grandma. Plus, Nashville Scene handed Sad Baxter the Best Band of 2018 Award. Regardless of their winnings, Sad Baxter will play you their heavy tracks with the usual angst live at Drkmttr Collective on January 13th, so head down there and ring in -- belatedly -- a new year with them. Take a listen to So Happy below. - Will Sisskind

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New Greg Mendez Album Available for Streaming & Download

Greg Mendez just released an impressive collection of demos, entitled Home Videos (2006 - 2018). The gifted Philly artist is able to put a spotlight on the power of writing simple, well-crafted songs with his latest, bare-bones release. The (mostly) home-recordings immediately captivate without the need of studio magic. Mendez humbly posted, "they are far from perfect but I like them and they deserve to be out there. It took me a long time to feel comfortable really sharing my music with ppl I didn't know so thank you for making me feel so welcome." Thank you for sharing. Do yourself a favor; get into this. (Photo by Veronica Isley)

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