Hop Along announces New Year’s Eve bash at Johnny Brenda’s

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Hop Along | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

On Sunday we shared news of Hop Along lead singer Frances Quinlan making a surprise appearance during Weezer’s sold-out show at The Trocadero. The Philly singer hopped on stage midway through the second set to share the mic with Rivers Cuomo on Weezer’s song “Go Away.” Following the exciting cameo, the band announced today that they will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash at Johnny Brenda’s, even mentioning that there may be new tunage in store for the crowd as they are “fresh out of the studio.” What a way to kick off 2015! Continue reading →


Just Announced: An amped-up New Year’s Eve at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females, Swearin’ and Batty

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich |
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich |

If you’ve ever seen a set from North Jersey-based power-trio Screaming Females, you know there aren’t many better live bands out there right now. A lot of that has to do with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, whose vocal pipes and guitar shreddery are unparalleled. But it’s also the trio as a whole that makes them so impressive – bassist Jarrett Dougherty, drummer King Mike – their locked-in interplay and high energy and slammin’ songs that just blast out the speakers. If you haven’t gathered, I’m a little bit excited about the Screamales, and today I’m even further excited to hear that they’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve. Talk about getting 2014 off to an explosive start, amiright?

Also on the bill are Swearin’ – who, per this interview, are sadly not based in West Philly anymore, but that’s okay, we dug ‘em before they moved to town and we dig ‘em still. Rounding it out is local three-piece Batty. This show will be insane and getting advance tickets is highly recommended; they go on sale at high noon this Wednesday the 13th of November via Ticketfly. Below, check out some highlights from each of the artists on the bill.

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What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

Photo by G. Widman | GPTMC

With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →


The War on Drugs ringing in the new year at Johnny Brenda’s with two shows (12/30 and 12/31)

Photo by Rachel Barrish

How far they’ve come in five years. When The War on Drugs played Johnny Brenda’s in 2007, there was enough room for frontman Adam Granduciel to hop offstage and play an acoustic number in the floor with room to spare (see the video from Philebrity‘s archives below). It’s safe to say that space will be at a much greater premium when the band rings in 2013 with a two-night stand at JBs on December 30 and December 31, just announced today. Tickets to both shows go on sale at noon this Thursday, October 18, and will be $18.


The Key’s picks for New Year’s Eve 2011

There’s no shortage of New Year’s Eve events to be found in Philadelphia this Friday night. Whether you’re looking for a live musical performance to ring in the new year, a place to get so drunk you forget your resolutions before 2011 even hits, or simply a well-behaved night of responsible alcohol consumption (because you’re saving yourself for an all-day drunkfest at Two Street), you’ve got plenty of options. Still feeling a little indecisive? Here are a few of our picks for this New Year’s Eve:

The Making Time New Year’s Eve Freakout at 90 Degrees (9 p.m., $40): “Dear Philadelphia…..if you’ve been to Making Time / R5 New Year’s Eve Freakouts of years past you know that the most epically rad New Year’s Eve of your life awaits on Friday December 31st, 2010(11) and if you have yet to experience the epic radness of the Making Time / R5 New Year’s Eve Freakout be prepared to make some of the most magical New Year’s Eve memories of your life. I’ve never been more excited for New Year’s Eve than I am for New Year’s Eve 2011 because the 7th Annual Making Time / R5 New Year’s Eve Freakout at 90 Degrees (formerly Transit) with it’s ALL NIGHT OPEN BAR, midnight champagne toast, massive soundsystem, balloon drop on each floor, wild light show, and most magical midnight countdown you’ll ever experience hosted by a very special guest has all the ingredients to be the very best New Year’s Eve of our entire lives.”

The NYE Snowflake Ball at JB’s Party Mansion (8 p.m., $5): “Spend New Year’s with some of our favorite DJ couples: Stanton & Carroll, Blofson & Dickey, Ward & Good, Kennedy & Kennedy, plus our host Sweeney. Fine festive libations including Jameson Winter Warmer punch and hot toddies. See your friends in fancy attire! Dance like wild fools in an atmosphere of conviviality!”

Dada + The Energy at North Star Bar (9 p.m., $40-$45): “Few bands endure over a decade of work together. Fewer, still, are delivering their strongest performances and material almost twenty years down the road. With fan websites and the band’s official website buzzing about their legendary 2 ½ to 3-hour performances, the anticipation of the band’s forthcoming sixth studio release and the slated release for a 2nd Live: Official Bootleg, early indications are that dada’s brand of music is about to be embraced anew by fans who’ve followed their career over the years. It’s an auspicious return for a band that knows how to play and is ready to rock.”

WXPN welcomes New Years Eve with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (10 p.m., $50-$115): “Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike. With such an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock!”

The Blockley’s New Year’s Eve With DJ Jazzy Jeff (8 p.m., $85)