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West Philly’s punk frat house Pi Lam has announced the line-up for its 36th annual Human BBQ, taking place Saturday, April 5th. The 18-band, day-long festival will feature performers from across the genre spectrum, including Haverford fan favorites Alex G, psych-Americana outfit Heat Thunder and “rotten fuzz punk” four-piece Mumblr. Heading up the meat and music event are upbeat pop punkers Slingshot Dakota, post-hardcore emo outfit Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and indie rockers Cold Fronts. The mostly-local bill is filled out by Laser Background, Roof Doctor, ScooterJinx, Told Slant, Is and of The, No Stranger, Memorial Gore, The Interest Group, David Phosphor Walrus and Teenage Bigfoot. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Check out music from some of the acts below.
Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight. The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut. Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello. Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.
AltarTV has premiered a new video with Cold Fronts, filmed in Pittsburgh last week during the Philadelphia band’s recent tour. ”Primetime” comes from the rock outfit’s Pretty American EP, which was released in 2012. With a recent signing to Warner Brothers / Sire Records, we can expect big things in the coming year from the four-piece. Watch the video below and then download their Key Studio Session take of the song.
Experimental rock outfit Man Man will take the stage at Underground Arts tonight. The band released its most recent album On Oni Pond back in September, mixing quirky yet intelligent lyricism with huge hooks and a wide range of instrumentation. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show here. Watch the video for “Born Tight” below.
Philly local garage rockers Cold Fronts are gearing up for a short tour to ring in the new year. This recently announced string of dates includes a show on 12/29 at Hard Rock Cafe with The Guru and SHMNS. Cold Front have seen many Philly basements, but their catchy and raw sound (think The Strokes) is starting to propel them out of the underground. Check out their newest song “Know It All” below. Get tickets to the gig here.
The fourth annual TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb Halloween Spectacular will be raging at Underground Arts tonight. Referred to as a “Costume Ball Rock n’ Roll Murdershow” on the Facebook event page, this is sure to be an interesting event. With TJ Kong’s folk garage rock as the headliner, its going to get raucous and fun. They will be joined by Philadelphia up and comers Cold Fronts, so get there early!
Philly-based rock band Cold Fronts are bringing their raw sound to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s the kickoff of their fall tour with DRGN King, and we can expect some new music in the mix; including “Sum Grls,” the single they premiered on WXPN Tuesday night. Watch the four-piece perform the new song live below. Find tickets and more information about the 21+ show here.
Magic Death Sounds, local purveyors of cassettes and vinyl for bands like Cold Fronts, Banned Books and Rexedog, are throwing the first Magic Death Sounds Block Party this Saturday, August 10th. The celebration of music, food and art will feature two stages showcasing the MDS roster with performances by the bands just mentioned as well as Meghan’s TV, Phonographiq, Dream Safari and more. Admission gets you free BBQ and beer, and local craft vendors will be set up on Randolph St. between Cecil B. Moore Ave and Montgomery Ave behind The Sewing Factory in Kensington – visit the Facebook event page for more information. Stream the block party mixtape below.
To my knowledge, last night was the first time a wacky waving inflatable arm-flaling tube man was set off on the World Cafe Live. Leave it to Jersey dudes The Front Bottoms to take showmanship to a whole other level of goofy fun. One minute the crowd was bopping around the floor as the band kicked off their raucous tune “The Beers,” a second later a button onstage was hit and the tube man was raising the roof.
The Front Bottoms’ hour and fifteen minute set tore across selections from their awesome new Talon of the Hawk LP – “Au Revoir (Adios)” sounded fantastic, as did “I Swear to God The Devil Made Me Do It” and the single “Twin Sized Mattress” – and they dug nicely into their self-titled debut. Meanwhile, a sweaty, sold-out all ages crowd slam-danced around the World Cafe Live floor, and threw beach balls and glow bracelets around the room. It’s a rare that a show this amped up hits World Cafe Live, and it’s a treat every time.
Opening the night was Pogues-y Atlanta band The Wild, whose set was entertaining, if a tad bit samey. Singers Dianna Settles and Witt Wisebram put their priority on energy over vocals, meaning they were off-key a lot. But the band was loud enough that it covered it up most of the time.
Philly’s Cold Fronts kicked off the show, and had some technical difficulties to contend with – singer / guitarist Craig Almquist’s amp cut out repeatedly at the beginning of the set – but the tight crew of drummer Al Smith, guitarist Chris Baglivo and DRGN King’s Dominic Angelella sitting in on bass soldiered through some Neu 75-style jams while Almquist fixed his gear, keeping everyone engaged and entertained. And when stuff was back in working order and the band launched into a jam like “Sum Girls” or “Strange Architecture,” the crowd roared with approval. Check out photos from the show below.