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Space Rock, Punk Rock, Wolves: Listen to a WXPN DJ set by Restorations’ Ben Pierce

Ben Pierce (center) of Restorations at the Howling Woods Farm Wolf Sanctuary | photo via twitter.com/benstorations
Ben Pierce (center) of Restorations at the Howling Woods Farm Wolf Sanctuary | photo via twitter.com/benstorations

Philly’s Restorations got back from a long U.S. tour this week, and guitarist / keyboardist Ben Pierce wasted no time heading right over to WXPN studios for a guest DJ set that aired on the Philly Local show last night. After several weeks driving from city to city, the band had spent a lot of time listening to music on Spotify and Pandora, and Pierce curated a playlist of some of their favorites van jams, from tourmates Hard Girls to space rockers Spiritualized, to a bit of stand up from Joe Sib – one of the founders of their label, SideOneDummy Records. Continue reading →

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Restorations’ Ben Pierce will guest DJ tonight on the XPN Philly Local Show

Pierce at Howling Woods Farm | Photo courtesy of the artist
Pierce (right) at Howling Woods Farm | Photo via instagram.com/restorations

Ben Pierce of Philly punk rock five-piece Restorations will guest DJ tonight on XPN’s Philly Local show.

The guitarist and keyboardist has prepped a playlist of what Restorations had been jamming to in the van while on their latest tour, which they’ll close out by headlining a hometown hangout at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday, April 3. Pierce has named some intriguing playlist highlights, ranging from ambient (A Winged Victory for the Sullen) and neo-psychedelic (Spiritualized) to folk-rock (Steve Gunn) and more.

Pierce will also explain why the heck he was recently hanging with wolves at Howling Woods Farm in Jackson, NJ (pictured above). Continue reading →

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TJ Kong return from tour with a show at Johnny Brenda’s

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

Bluesy folk four-piece TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb will play a welcome home show at Johnny Brenda’s after their three-week southern tour and performances at SXSW. They perform with Le Fits (who have a new album in hand) and The Bernhardt Family Band on April 4th. Continue reading →

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Noremixes: New electronic label to host artist showcase at Johnny Brenda’s

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Spacey Philadelphia electronic artist Starkey recently formed his own label, Noremixes, featuring some of the city’s boundary-pushing electronic artists. This Thursday, March 19, Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown plays host to a label showcase highlighting seven of Noremixes’ artists. The evening will feature sets from the man behind the label, as well as chamber-pop act Oh! Pears, techno minimalist Mikronesia, as well as RVLVR, Beck-Fields, Winter Sleep, and ghostinthehills. Continue reading →

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Alt-rockers Divers to play Johnny Brenda’s for album release show

Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Local indie garage rock group Divers made a splash with their debut single in 2012, and just wrapped production on Holding Bodies, the debut LP they will celebrate at Johnny Brenda’s on April 11. The band features Emily Ana Zeitlyn (formerly from the soul-rock group The Weeds) on vocals while scene regulars Ross Bellenoit, Todd Erk and Tom Bender join as her backing band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Fort Lean at Ortlieb’s and more…

Of Montreal
Of Montreal | photo via Facebook

Of Montreal perform at Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Aureate Gloom LP. It’s the thirteenth studio record from the Athens, Georgia band, showing a continued focus on evolving their sound and keeping up an element of surprise. Aureate Gloom streamed on NPR Music’s First Listen ahead of its release last week and has already received praise from publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Listen to “Empyrean Abattoir” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

Chill Moody
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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How a lake in Hungary and a cabin in the Poconos inspired Laser Background’s new EP

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via facebook.com/laserbackground

In the summer of 2013, Andy Molholt of Laser Background traveled to Hungary on vacation. He soaked up the scenery around his family’s ancestral home, visited Lake Balaton – the largest freshwater lake in central Europe – and drew sketches of his traveling companion.

A year later, he returned to Lake Balaton and began writing what would be his band’s latest release. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Janis Ian
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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