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Littler Record Release Show at Goldy's March 24

With their debut album Of Wandering officially being released tomorrow via Birdtapes (but you can stream it now over at The Fader), Littler will be performing a celebratory record release show this evening at Goldy's. The quartet trudges through the perplexing uncertainty of transitioning into adulthood, delving into the daily dilemmas with an open-book approach to narrative lyricism. The band finds a middle ground between steady-paced melodies and agitated release of aggression. Tonight, they’ll be joined by surging power-pop duo and tourmates Slow Animal, while garage-pop quartet Marge will also be in celebratory mode, marking their latest release. NYC grunge duo Giant Peach rounds this bill into form. Goldy's, 723 Chestnut St. - 3FL, $5-$7, 7pm , All Ages – Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, January 8 - 10

Brought to you by End Result Productions & WKDU in conjunction with R5 Productions and the First Unitarian Church is Blistering Ephemera II. The all-day music showcase this Saturday features national touring acts like Xiu Xiu (who will be playing Philly for the first time in four years), Providence, RI political sax punks Downtown Boys, and PC Worship. You’ll also find a slew of local acts earlier in the day. Slow Animal is certainly playing way earlier than I’d like. I also saw what I’m hoping to be a bad joke – “Maybe our last show ever???????” – on their FB page and their lack of shows lately makes me wonder so you’ve been warned. Other Philly folks include lo-fi, freak darling Kate Ferencz, art-pop trio Banned Books, hardcore punks Disinterest, and many more. Get it while the gettin’s good! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 4pm, $12 - $20, All Ages - Alexis V.
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Harsh Vibes, Ruby the Hatchet, Hound, SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Mage Hand, Mercury Milk
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Apache Trails
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Late Greats, Welter/Duffy’s Cut, Legally F***ed, SAT Cardigan Terrace, Sangre Luna/Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Old Head, Moonstriker, Tessellations, SUN Sad Boys, The Front End
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Slingshot Dakota
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  SAT Whitewater Pass, Sacred Cube
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Light of Day Philadelphia: Rob Hyman, Ben Arnold, Mutlu/(Downstairs) Animus, SAT (Upstairs) Aiden James, SUN (Upstairs) A Fistful of Sugar, Sparkle Pony, Vinegar Creek Constituency/(Downstairs) Old Soul Revival, Fragile
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Exploding World, Vessna Scheff, Space Pizza, SAT The Sixties
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Stones Night: Brown Sugar, Dead Flowers, SAT Cold Roses, Linus The Moon, Thee Idea Men
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Belgrade, Flyermile, SATSt. James and The Apostles, Stinking Lizaveta, Workhorse III
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Jean Claude's Damn Van, SAT Matt Gauss Band, Hawk Tubley, The Fitch Brothers
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Pill Friends, Krispy Kareem, Alex Savoth, SUN Broken Arrow - A Tribute to Neil Young
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Flightschool, Bird Watcher, SAT Rugby Road
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, Matthew Law
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Blistering Ephemera II : Banned Books, Soul Glo, Disinterest, Kate Ferencz, Slow Animal, SCC
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Shed
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Frontyards, Maxamillion Raxatrillion, Only
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Seismic Thrust, Emmett Drueding, Dead
Slacka Barrel (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) Plainview, About A Million, Frontyards, Jackslap Cheer
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Pine Barons, Former Belle, Heads On Sticks, Stay At Home Dad

Socialite Help Escalate the Situation at Hong Kong Garden June 11

The four-piece of Socialite featuring Ian Dykstra (Little Big League, ex-Titus Andronicus) and Perry Shall (Dry Feet, Hound) is part of a stacked billing tonight at Hong Kong Garden. Socialite arrives with an undeniable menacing intensity. Roaring vocals, an unrelenting attacking style of backend, and those raunchy guitar licks unite creating a force of sound that comes right at you, turning up the heat and escalating the situation in a fury. The earnest pop-punk of Thin Lips catches you in a web of relatable scenarios, as polished punches of instrumentation are wielded with vocals that demonstrate the threshold of strength and vulnerability. Catchy lyrics laid over smashing percussion and searing guitar create the dynamic stuck in your head when you hear power-pop duo Slow Animal, while the noise-punk of Kerosene complete a bill that may induce you to start the weekend a day early. Hong Kong Garden, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Slow Animal Proves to Be Not So Harmless at A House Named Virtue May 28

Simply because an animal appears harmless doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep an eye out as it roams in the periphery. The duo of Slow Animal proves it by executing power-pop that shakes the status quo with emotive crashing waves of guitar and percussion smacking down in a reality-oriented awakening technique, establishing a setting for those personal contemplative lyrics to roam. After a recent run of dates with Hop Along, the trio of Thin Lips has returned home, and its latest EP Divorce Year finds Chrissy Tashijan delivering strong-willed, heartfelt vocals, reinforced by consistently catchy pop-punk instrumentation that steadily rolls clean, while hinting at a raw base. Former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners Twiin continue to impress with their garage-punk aesthetic and their latest single “Anxiety.” The lineup at A House Named Virtue also includes emotive Baltimore rockers Phantom Lanterns, whom instrumentally embrace a well-oiled math-rock precision and the psych-pop combo of Toronto’s Blonde Elvis. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages – Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, November 21 - 23

Some lineups are solid but have weaker spots; others are strong with talent from top to bottom. Remember when the Phillies were strong, and now, well…before I digress, the bill this Saturday night is a can’t miss one, and conveniently it’s at Everybody Hits! The power-trio of Amanda X delivers sincere songs with a pop-punk melded tone and varying tempos that provide a tug and pull of energy that draws you close and then bursts through with the force of a crashing wave. Speaking of power trios, Hurry combines instrumental force and memorable, fuzzed-out guitar licks that lead into infectious rockers with lyrics incorporate a universal touch. Then, there’s the Dominic Angelella and Eric Slick pairing known as Lithuania. Their sound is simultaneously tight and twisted, hitting hard and fast in a lively garage-punk spectrum or delving off the beaten path and seeing where the synth and percussion leads them. The show will be led off by the distorted pop-rock of duo Slow Animal. Everybody Hits!, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Vulcans
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Done Ranger, Dirt Queen, SUN Residuels
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Modern Suits (Record Release), The Moxy/ The Stone Furs, Los Festingos, SAT No Good Sister, The Donuts, Nixon’s Head/ Cheerbleeders, Westboro Baptist Choir/Vitamin Cheese, Manterial Girl, TJ Kong, SUN Cadaveric Spasm, Dark Water End, Seraph in Travail/Seoul Delhi, Risky Biscuit, The Formless Form
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  SAT Killer Bangs, SUN Annie Rivera Scholarship Benefit Concert + Silent Auction: New Sound Brass Band, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Cayetana
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Dobbee, Kellen 303, SUN Danielle & Jennifer
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Jacqueline Constance
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Downspelle, Milhaus, SAT (Early) Daniel Collins, (Late) Heat Thunder, Delco Pacers, Anjuli Josephine, Nathan Earl & Rachel Joy, SUN The Stolen, Fourth Line, Final Showcase,
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Red Martina, Dewey Decibel, SAT Shark Tape (Record Release), Pine Barons
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Air is Human, SAT Fo A Cha, SUN Dani Mari Presents "Lady Day" A Tribute to Billie Holiday & Ladies of the 1930's & 1940's
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Kate Faust, SAT GASH, Thorazine
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  SAT Smash Fantastic, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Circadian Rhythms, The Blurry Nights/Eye of Attraction, Ashes of Our Sins, SAT Fate 88, Agents of Aggression/Jack Skull in Spades, Gutter Royal, Stealing Fame, AutoErotica
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Decontrol, The Prisoners, SAT Frank Napoli, Frankie & RonBomb, Emily Drinker, The Funky T, Cicada Jade, SUN Awaking Mercury, The Justin DePaola Band
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Coin Purse, Jeremiah Tall, SAT Younger Me, The Yetis, SUN Live Not On Evil, Fad  Nauseam
Half Moon Lounge (4228 Lancaster Ave.) SUN Repellers, Cop Problem, Spent Flesh
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Marc Lancaster, Sacred Cube, Siamese Sundown, Audio Kings of the 3rd World, Alchemy SAT John Shields, Andrew Jude, Dylan Jane
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Hezekiah Jones, Mutlu, Sean Hoots, SUN Jim Boggia, Ben Arnold, The Fractals, Huffamoose
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Humanshapes, Window Liquor
West Philadelphia Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Clique, Soul Glo, Blankbook
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Boroughs, Grower



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