Philly Beer Week is almost here and local faves TJ Kong will join in the festivities by playing 4 shows from Thursday to Sunday. The band has been involved in the event since it began in 2008, and they say they love seeing crowds come out to enjoy the libations and listen to good music. Check out the Kong Beer Week shows after the jump. Admission to each show is entirely free! Continue reading →
Awesome news! The guys at American Diamond, the new label featuring prominent Philly musicians such as Ron Gallo from Toy Soldiers, have gotten together to launch a new video series, entitled Porta Sessions. The first video features Dan Bruskewicz of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb playing a new acoustic song called “I Hate My Truck,” and it’s filmed by none other than Brian Strouse, frontman of another American Diamond band, The Lawsuits. The song is folksy, bluesy, rough and instantly gets stuck in your head with it’s raw sound. We’re psyched to premiere the Porta Session for you below, but brace yourself, because this video is the first of many. Also, be sure to check out TJ Kong at Boot & Saddle tomorrow night, opening for Ladybird and the Modern Inventors. Ticket information is right here.
Whiskey swiggin’ folk-blues rockers TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb announced a brand new 5-track EP last week, Kong, and today we bring you the premiere of a raw new track called “Don’t Come Home Pretty Woman.”
Reminiscent of a darker version of The Animals, the song’s brooding vocals pick up and wail into full on chaos. The Tom Waits comparison is undeniable, but Kong lead singer Dan Bruskewicz has a tenacity and vigor in his voice that is all his own. The melody is so contagious, you’ll be playing this one on repeat.
Listen to “Don’t Come Home Pretty Woman” below, check out the entire EP on Bandcamp and watch a video of the band performing on the road. TJ Kong have kicked of a 20 show tour leading down to SXSW before returning to Philly for an EP release party for the new Kong at Johnny Brenda’s on April 18. Find tickets for the tour here.
The husband-wife duo that is Rabbit Rabbit have played with so many musicians in so many different styles it will make your head spin. On their own, However; they’ve been creating a unique style of music that mixes rock, electronic and folk, releasing songs one-by-one on their website each month. Tonight, you can catch them in the side chapel at First Unitarian Church along with the Lattimore/Zeigler Duo. Click here for ticket info and check out their most recent Rabbit Rabbit Radio video below.
Philly’s Dan Bruscewicz, often known by his onstage persona TJ Kong (of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb), will be kicking it solo (a rare occurrence!) this weekend for a show at Ortlieb’s on Saturday, July 6th. He will be supported by a slew of fellow local groups, including Morning River Band, Psalmships, and Ton-Taun. There’s a 5 dollar cover charge at the door, and the show gets started around 7. Find more info here, and listen to the TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb track “Rock and Roll Club Bathroom Cocaine Blues” below.
Philly Beer Week runs through June the 9th, and it’s an event where you can find great local beer, food and free music at Headhouse on Second Street. Every day from 5 – 8 p.m., artists like Cold Fronts, Swift Technique, Ali Wadsworth, New Sweden and The Lawsuits will perform. It’s all curated by Phillies’ own eclectic rock band TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb (who have their own show Thursday at 10). It all culminates with a giant party Saturday at the City Tap House featuring a few other bands like The Fleeting Ends, Thee Idea Men and Ang and the Damn Band. It’s a week of fantastic music, fun and free admission. Go here for more information, stop by this week to see some great local music, and watch TJ Kong’s “Aincent Road Blues” video below.
Ahead of their Free at Noon appearance tomorrow, The James Hunter Six play an XPN Welcomes show at World Cafe Live tonight. The British R&B musician released his full-length Minute By Minute earlier this week, his first studio album in five years. Hunter got his start playing in the clubs of Central London and eventually caught the ear of Van Morrison, who took the soul singer on tour with him and sang on some of Hunter’s early records. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Stream “Minute By Minute” below and download the new single here.