Songwriters

Weekend Warrior - May 17 - 19

Having hosted innumerable historic evenings, a legendary landmark, The Troc, commemorates with its Last Local Band Blowout Sunday. The billing is loaded with the venue’s Philly favorites, which include Pissed Jeans, Stinking Lizaveta, Dandelion, and The Three 4 Tens among others. It’s difficult to imagine how the Center City building may change, but hopefully our musical memories will last forever. You will be missed (well, maybe not the hard-ass security;-).

And speaking of missing, Kyle Gilbride’s Missing Earth is part of a stacked show tomorrow evening at Planet Phitness. There’s a mellow, meandering-through-one's-thoughts lyricism, with a celestial backdrop that propels ahead, found in the project’s compositions. A meditative, synth-centric sound saturates. The blissful blitz of contagious energy-elevating, emotive-channeling, power-pop, known as Psychic Flowers, will also be on display. Bookended by a pair of Boston outfits in Fucko and Sundog, the lineup is reinforced by the lush, dreamy melodies and tenacious riff combination of Field Mouse. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can rock this weekend…

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN The Three 4 Tens, Dandelion, Stinking Lizaveta, Alright Junior, Pissed Jeans, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Workhorse III, Pagan Babies, Violent Society

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Missing Earth, Psychic Flowers

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Devil Master, Grave Turner

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hartline, Cassettes, Midfield, Andross/DJ Deejay, SAT A Victim of Good Times, Ringleader, Cardinal Arms/DJSC, SUN Plague Dogs, Atomic Cretins

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Hotel Neon (Record Release Show), SAT Psalmships, Dan the Movie, SUN Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods and The Fellow Humans, STARWOOD

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Function: Zach!, 1-800-HAPPY HR, Magglezzz

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) SAT RunHideFight, Control Top

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Birdie Busch/(Downstairs) Rock The Cause: Shane Henderson, Hurry, June Divided, Joshua Chase Miller 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Viking's Valhalla Rising

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Float Collective

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Flat Mary Road (Record Release), 2nd Grade, Distant Voices, SAT Sunburster, Dreamswell, SUN Last Full Measure, Dear Forbidden, Fake Nudes

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI This Kills Me, Comfy, SAT Mage Hand, Countdown from Ten

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN SUN OG Juan Shinobi, Internal Rhyme, The Hailstones, Teddy Meanface, Sami Rahman

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Paper Shakers, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT-SUN The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival: Black Dirty, BRAT, Calla Bere, Cheddar Boys, Kelvin Cochrane Delmont, Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman, Barry Dwier, Endless Taile, Hannah Taylor , Jacopo Di Nicola & The Late Saints, Looseleaf, Zach Lopresti, Lovers League, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, My Familiar, Ocean Avenue Stompers, Dave Patten & The First Cut, Pravda (acoustic),Primitive Heart, Alec Stewart, Max Swan, RFA, Rover Rover, TC Cole Riot , Vilebred, Whiskey Effect, You Do You, Zavetis

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Sad & Boujee, SUN Maydaze

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time,” SAT Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time”/Ed Christof, SUN The Enterprise Strips Back: A Star Wars vs. Star Trek Burlesque

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Noid, Shewolf Dana Kain & the Mighty Incisors, Voodoo Death Cult, Kill The Dead, SAT Yuckmouf, Hotflakes

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Primaries, Riverby (EP Release), Bitchfork, Dawson Street, The Describers, SAT  Duke Brothers, Monsters Eat People

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Brown Sugar, SUN Ernest Stuart Trio

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Dealer Plates, Bungler

Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Dark Web

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.)  FRI Redlight 20: UPENN Class of 99 Reunion Party: Cosmo Baker, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

The Root Cellar (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Black Dirty, Kinda Alright, Glass Leaf

 

   

Jen Starsinic plays The Cobra on 05.20 with touring artists

Local indie rock artist Jen Starsinic will perform at The Cobra on May 20th, as part of a bill with visiting artists. Starsinic has played around the city over the last few years, evolving her sound from a sparse indie folk to a more full-band oriented alternative rock. Catch her performing alongside Texas troubadour Hill Country Devil, Detroit-based roots rocker Libby DeCamp, and local butcher and musician The Singing Butcher. Starsinic will perform eletric arrangements of her tracks; take a listen to "It's A Foreign Thing", from her 2014 LP The Flood And The Fire, below. - Will Sisskind

   

New Track: "Breathe Out" - Curtis Cooper

Philly's own Curtis Cooper has a new album coming out on June 3, titled Graceful, and you can now listen to its lead single, "Breathe Out," below. The song lyrically depicts how tension and anxiety tend to build and weigh us down. That compounding effect is countered by the bright, jangly guitar and percussive patterns. Then, the warm, vocal harmony relieves in an airy, uplifting manner as the recording opens up. That ability to create complex, vivid imagery and sound, while retaining a personal connection easily grabs one's attention and makes Cooper's next release something to look forward to.

   

New Music Video: "Body Says" - Void Vision

A new video for Void Vision's "Body Says" has arrived. The lead single, featured on Shari Vari's forthcoming album The Other, is due out later this year via Mannequin Records. Directed by Hanna Hamilton & Floor Eleven, a quartet of white-coated, vampire-esque individuals are onlookers to a bit of tantalizing entertainment. A hypnotic, danceable darkness consumes as a whole lotta freakiness falls under the spell of the music.

"A claustrophobic ode to physical and mental confines. Dark voguing, undulating bodies, DIY surgery and the increasing sensory stimulation compels the demonic watchers to become ravenous and bloodthirsty."

   

A Deli Premiere: Red Steppes’ “Madera” & June 7th Show

Noise Pop nailed another solid show next month at Cafe du Nord. A power trio of a line up: Red Steppes, Sis, and Range of Light Wilderness. Red Steppes presents a surreal folk with vocal stylings like a less high-pitched Joni Mitchell infused with just the right touch of gentle keys and synths (god bless you, Native Cat, another gem). To be quite frank, it’s beautiful. We’re proud to premier the video for “Madera” here. Stay tuned for much more on Sis and Range of Light Wilderness. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor