Stacked local bill thrashes out with Lantern, Dong Johnson, Amanda X (photos, review)

Johnny Brenda’s hosted an all local show Thursday featuring Lantern, Dong Johnson and Amanda X. Musically it ranged from proto-punk to dirty blues rock to hardcore and post-punk. But the energy was consistent throughout.

Lantern opened with “Out of Our Heads” from last year’s Dream Mine. Lead singer and guitarist Zachary Devereux Fairbrother asked “Is anybody out there?” with a throaty rebel yell and got an increasingly affirmative answer back from the crowd as their set continued. His and bassist Emily Robb joked mid-set how “Thursday is boss night.” (Apparently that’s who was out there in the crowd.) Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Prairie at MilkBoy, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes David Johansen of New York Dolls to World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Rhett Miller to The Abbey Bar

Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012’s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother.  Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN welcomes Mike Doughty w/ Griz, Alberta Cross, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and Lantern

Mike Doughty recently released his new album The Question Jar Show, a two disc collection of 28 live recordings from his Question Jar tour in 2009. Also, earlier this spring he began releasing a song a week for 32 weeks to his fans from his subscription based album, Lo-Fi Lodge. Doughty plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park in Camden with special guest, Griz. The show begins at 7:30 PM and is totally FREE!

R5 Productions presents Alberta Cross tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new album, Songs of Patience; an album title with literal meaning to the process of its creation. Opening acts include Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Mach 22. Tickets to this 21+ show are $12, show begins at 9PM.

The five-piece group, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister play tonight at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) at 8PM. This band is full of country rock intuition with a surge of fixated pop melodies. Check out their single “Escape Tonight” and download it for free below. Get your tickets to the all ages show here.

Last but not least, Philadelphia rock ‘n rollers, Lantern play tonight with fellow city friends, Dong Johnson and Streetwalkers at Kung Fu Necktie. This 21+ show is $8 and starts at 8PM, you can snag your tickets here.


Download some post-hurricane punk rock from Dong Johnson (playing Tuesday, Aug. 30th, at The Barbary)

Dong Johnson is a punk rock band that recently released its four-song Happy Birthday EP. The band includes Opal Rock (5 Points Of Logic), bassist Tracy Stanton (The Bloodfeathers), drummer Chris Wilson (Ted Leo And The Pharmacists), and guitarist Joshua K. Cicetti (Gildon Works, The Midnight Sounds); the EP was recorded and mixed by Jeff Zeigler at his Uniform Recording studio. The band plays next Tuesday, August 30th, at The Barbary at 10 p.m. with DJs Ian St. Laurent and Dan Kishbaugh.

The EP swings with convincing full force rock glory with some very tight rhythm section work and fierce guitar playing. Download the entire EP for free here or grab the two songs below.