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Catch Kuf Knotz’s new collaborative project with Christine Elise at Johnny Brenda’s later this month

Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise | photo via kufknotz.com

Philly native Kuf Knotz has a new project in the works. Paired with classically trained harpist Christine Elise and backed by the Trap Rabbit band, it may seem like an unlikely combination, but their music — right now all we have are some live concert videos, but there’s an album on the way — proves that the joined musical forces are onto something good. Currently on tour, they’ll play Johnny Brenda’s for the first time on August 28, opening for Liniker e os Caramelows. Continue reading →

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Strange Parts, Tact and Full Bush to play benefit show for Planned Parenthood

Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | via facebook.com/pg/strangeparts

Amid all of the usual Fourth of July festivities happening next weekend, Johnny Brenda’s will play host to a smaller event, bringing together local music for a good cause. On Saturday, July 7, a lineup of three local bands will join forces for Rock & Roll & Birth Control, a benefit show in support of Planned Parenthood. Strange Parts, the duo of Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan who just released their debut album Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, will headline the show. Also on the bill are local duo Tact and punk four-piece Full Bush. Listen to music from each artist below. Continue reading →

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever bring the mainland to Johnny Brenda’s

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever | Photo by Jack Madden for WXPN

Melbourne-based five piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever took to Johnny Brenda’s this past Thursday night for their second visit to Philadelphia. The band’s current month-long U.S. tour started with dates at both Coachella weekends, and ultimately lead the band to road trip across 30 states before closing out the U.S. leg in Philly, then flying to Europe for the second leg of the tour. Thankfully, the Aussie five piece still had plenty of energy when they stopped by JB’s to enchant the upstairs crowd.

As the clock stuck 11, the house spun George McCrae’s 1974 pre-disco hit “Rock Your Baby.” The disco ball‘s shimmering red lights cast upon the crowd as McCrae’s crooning faded, giving way for the band to take the stage. The disco ball would continue to paint the room in red, blue and green throughout the night as the band’s jangle pop infused summertime rock tunes dazzled the upstairs crowd.

The Melbourne-based quintet kicked off their set with “Clean Slate” from their 2016 debut EP, Talk Talk. In one sense, the lead track is quintessential Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: a trio of vocalists/guitarists contributing their own flavor to the mix, punchy upbeat punk drums, and a driving yet off-kilter bassline. The effervescent blend of neo-pop and sunny punk-tinged rock got the Thursday night crowd moving instantaneously. Continue reading →

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Rosali’s “Lie To Me” is a great glimpse of what’s ahead

Rosali | via NPR Music

When Philly songwriter Rosali Middleman isn’t fronting the psych-rock outfit Long Hots, she’s busy making solo tunes in a different vein as just Rosali. Next month, she’ll release her second solo album, Trouble Anyway, and the folk rock first single “Lie To Me” is a great glimpse of what’s ahead for the musician. Continue reading →

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Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but Hop Along is kicking off tour with an intimate Johnny Brenda’s show on Saturday

Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

It’s a good week in the world of Hop Along. The Philly indie rockers’ hotly anticipated fourth LP Bark Your Head Off, Dog is officially out this Friday, via Saddle Creek Records — you can even get an early taste of the album right now via NPR Music’s First Listen. (Brace yourself for repeat listens.)

Now, in addition to the band’s appearance in WXPN’s Free At Noon concert series on album release day, the band just announced a Saturday night throwdown at Johnny Brenda’s, the Fishtown music pub near and dear to the band’s hearts. Hop Along played a tremendous New Year’s Eve show there back in 2014, and frontwoman Frances Quinlan has taken the stage solo acoustic numerous times over the past few years. (She also just worked her last shift in the restaurant this past Saturday before heading out on a long run of touring.) Continue reading →

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Watch Natalie Prass perform “Short Court Style” on “Conan,” catch her at Johnny Brenda’s in June

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Over the last decade, Natalie Prass has done everything from playing keys in Jenny Lewis’ touring band to releasing two EPs and a full-length under her own solo project, gliding into instant indie acclaim. Now, the folk-turned-pop singer-songwriter can add performing on national television to the list. Continue reading →

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Listen to Three Man Cannon’s new self-titled album, catch them at Johnny Brenda’s next month

Three Man Cannon | photo by | via press release

Philly’s own Three Man Cannon have been rocking for so long that by now they sound like they’ve perfected the art of rock, if such a feat is possible. After about 10 years as a band — actually a four-piece, despite their name — Three Man Cannon have just released a new self-titled LP, their third full-length. The new record takes them far from their early days as an anarcho-folk punk high school band that played the basements of Scranton, PA, but their sonic evolution is a welcome one (plus you can still catch them at a Philly basement show from time to time). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Turn back time with The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s this April

The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum crooned their way into our hearts a couple years back at Non-COMM, and now — The Cactus Blossoms being the Southern gentleman that they are — will kindly pay Philly not one, but two return visits via Johnny Brenda’s this April.

Frequently compared to the Everly Brothers due to the uncanny likeness of their harmony-driven, vintage country rock n roll sound, Torrey and Burkham will continue supporting their 2016 debut album You’re Dreaming, which ranges from light and campy feel-good tunes such as “Stoplight Kisses” and “Clown Collector,” to more retro, relaxed tracks “Mississippi” and “Powder Blue.” Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass’ new single and music video “Short Court Style” will have you grooving

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Virginia Beach indie pop artist Natalie Prass just announced her sophomore album The Future and the Past, the follow-up to her self-titled debut from 2015. The album is scheduled to release June 1st via ATO Records, and she just released a music video for the single, “Short Court Style.” The track is a fresh piece of pop with a memorable hook, a funky groove and the odd music video — which features some dazzling merry-go-round footage — fits somewhat perfectly with it. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Kelela, Matt Cappy, Combo Chimbita, Diet Cig and more

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Combo Chimbita | photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez | courtesy of the artist

Even on a slow week, you’ve still got fourteen amazing concerts to choose from — that’s how you know you’re living in a great music city. From Kelela at the TLA tonight to Greg Sover at the Sellersville on Sunday, here’s what’s going on in and around Philly over the next seven days. Continue reading →