Johnny Brenda’s hosted the glories of R. Ring on Monday night for a small, eager Philadelphia crowd. Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline rocked their way through a brisk 40-plus minute set, with the occasional drumming help of Leo DeLuca for good measure. With songs coming from various EPs, some released, some unreleased, as well as cuts by The Kelley Deal 6000 (“Trixie Delicious”) and Shellac (“Ghosts”), R. Ring engaged with tightknit arrangements. Deal had 10 pedals at her disposal and even played a few songs free of guitars. It was quick, furious and enthralling ear candy.
Two Philly locals opened. Cynthia Schemmer, guitarist in Radiator Hospital, played a grungey set that was satisfying and full of promise. Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum then played a solo set with guitar and harmonica that enthralled with his own work and some of Milkmen classics including “Punk Rock Girl.”