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Two Piece Fest

Weekend Warrior, February 24 - 26

The weather’s unseasonably warm temperatures may push one out the door in search of good musical times. Luckily the docket is full of excellent opportunities. Among the plethora of performances on the slate, First Unitarian Church plays host to a pair. Proceeds from tonight’s Indie Pop Prom will go the Pink Fund. As for the billing, the incisive, empowering songwriting of Sad13, a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), keeps things real, delivering in a contagious, free-flowing, instrumental platform. Similarly, Sports navigate personal depths through an avalanche of momentous pop rock. The blooming, experimental jangle of Mercury Girls and the nostalgic, melodic pop-punk of Swanning shape a stellar evening, which also includes headliners, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Meanwhile, Saturday’s 10th annual Two Piece Fest will be offering an all-day affair, exploring the full spectrum of dynamics among duos. You can view the full list of performers for the festival HERE.
Creeping into one’s foggy, THC-filled mind, the cosmic conquests of folk-psych outfit Shadow Band celebrate their freshly landed album, Wilderness Of Love (Mexican Summer), with a release show this Saturday at Baird Mansion Atrium. Likewise, the trio of No Thank You sets sail with their new album, Jump Ship (Lame-O Records), with a show tonight at Everybody Hits. The album exhibits an impassioned, emotive exploration with a cathartic air that makes one stay onboard. - Michael Colavita
Where to enjoy global warming this weekend…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI The Indie Pop Prom: Sad13, Sports, Swanning, Mercury Girls, SAT Two Piece Fest: The Afterglows, Brown Rainbow, HIRS, Hulk Smash, Peter & Craig, Puke Party, Righteous Aquarium & Jet Lightspeed, Sour Spirit, Stadium Armory, The Great Swamps. Ursula, Writhing Squares
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Trevor Project Benefit: Mannequin Pussy, Abi Reimold, King Azaz, Caracara
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Vita And The Woolf, SAT Chestnut Grove, Sarah Larsen
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sad Actor, Dulls/Black Urn, Moros, SAT Lito and the Shepherds, SUN Wolves Attack, Urban Resist, Fell Into Yesterday/ Here/Now, Heavensake, Pray To Keep
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Fools Reign, Alfred James Band, One and Done, AfroBear, SUN S.T.O.P., Mitch Esparza, DJ psiLOSybin
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Beats, Brews & BBQ: August John Lutz II/Philly Bloco, SUN (Upstairs) Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?/Band of Brewers: Volume 5
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adlib (Album Release), Mad Squablz, Oliver Spitts, Grateful Meds, SUN The Drowned God
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Dear Friend
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Perfeckt Touch (Record Release), Davey and the Chains, Haunted Homes, SAT Gene Wildest, Lucida, Ronald Regan? The ACTOR?
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Trickster Sister, The Yellow Pines
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Everlit, Holy Smoke, Pravda, Makhaira, SAT Bohemian Mule, Endless Taile
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Aviance, Da Rezarekt, The April Skies, Sweet Eureka, SAT Sheep, Tangeena Barren, Marley Kropp
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Carolyn Thorn (EP Release)
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Control For Smilers, The Space Cats, Bazmati Vice
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, The Charley Few, The Junkyard, SAT Jake Clarke/Spur Split LP (Release Show), Dark Mtns, Harmony Woods
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shadow Band (Record Release), Fursaxa, Snake Eats The Moon
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Janelle, Groovy Movies, Mavis The Dog
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pinkwash, Hermit Thrushes, Weather

New Two Piece Fest Compilation Available for Streaming

Twenty-two pairings will perform at the 10th annual Two Piece Fest, being held on Saturday, February 25 at First Unitarian Church. That’s quite an extensive billing, so one might not be familiar with all these duos. However, the good folks of the fest have created a compilation, providing a sampling of each band involved, which you can stream below. Explore the artists one might not be familier with while simultaneously listening to an organized but varied playlist. Give it a spin to get geared up for Two Piece Fest X!

Two Piece Fest at Girard Hall Feb. 14

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for good things to come in twos. And that's why the return of Two Piece Fest in its 8th year with a cast of 19 dynamic duos is so apt. Unfortunately, Pilam had to drop out from hosting last minute so it will be held at Girard Hall. The show may be starting early at 2pm, but arriving with a friend, significant other, or frienemy before Winnebago kicks off the festivities at 3:30pm means that both of you get in for the Duo Doorbuster Deal of $10.

After almost three years of silence, keytar-led robot rock outfit Mose Giganticus will be making a triumphant return. And for frontman Matt Garfield, it will be a reunion with his longtime Hulk Smash cohort and Red Planet Recording founder Joe Smiley. The riot grrrls of Trophy Wife should continue to preview some of the newer tracks that they've been recording while still whipping out tunes from their latest release All the Sides. Heavy Medical will explode your eardrums with their twisted noise-metal, the fuzzed-out experimental tribal trance of I IM EYE MY will surely mesmerize, and +HIRS+ will destroy all with their thrash ‘n’ grind. The lineup will also feature Lagomasino/Fishkin, This Temper, The Lopez, Slingshot Dakota, and plenty more. Girard Hall, (Please go HERE for more info.), 2pm, $10 ($10 for 2 before 3:30pm), All Ages - Bill McThrill


Weekend Warrior, February 14 - 16

Two Piece Fest 7 crash lands upon Pi Lam this Saturday, and whether they’re math rock or metal, electronic or acoustic, musically sound or quirky and action-packed, this year’s festival will feature an eclectic mix of duos that rock. The fest will showcase plenty of out-of-towners like headliners Shellshag, Empty Vessels, and These Branches, but there will also be plenty of locals representing the Philly music community. Co-headliners +HIRS+ may invoke thrills and chills with their slash-and-destroy grindcore, and Driftwood Soldier will stomp a hole in the stage with mandolin-and-bass-infused gutter folk. Weirdo avant-pop outfit Banned Books will show that they haven’t missed a beat since they went from power trio to dynamic duo, and sludge-pop duo Holy Death may preview tunes from their freshly tracked upcoming EP. The fest will also feature the alt-rock sounds of Rasputin’s Secret Police, the fast-paced experimental math-punk of The Joint Chiefs of Math, another sighting of Omar, and a shit ton more! Pi Lam, 3914 Spruce St., 2PM, $5 (before 2pm) - $10 (after 2pm), All Ages - Bill McThrill

Other places to go now that you aren’t trapped this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Stinking Lizaveta, Gondola, The Company Corvette,
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Southwork, Killer Bangs
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Tender Vision, Ghost Gum, SAT Duffy's Cut
Voyeur (1221 St. James St.) Making Time Valentime
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI American Babies, SAT American Babies
TLA (334 South St.) SAT G. Love & Special Sauce, SUN G. Love & Special Sauce
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Bong Hits for Jesus,  SAT Take the Hint!, An Honest Year, Something Started
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Kwesi K, SAT Long Miles, Reef’d, SUN Tri State Indie Awards
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest w/Anjuli Josephine, Folly Fields, Acton Bell, Paige Allbritton, SAT The Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest w/Jason Fracticelli and The Wet Dreams, Black Stars, SUN The Northern Liberties Winter Music Fes w/Dirk Quinn Band, Cold Roses, The Wallace Brothers Band
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Modern Suits, Desoto Jones, SAT Halfro, Bey, Verbatum Jones
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Ang & The Damn Band, St. James & the Apostles, SAT The Pretty Greens
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Commonwealth, The Sixties, SAT Morning River Band, The People
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Lo Power Plane, Beyonder
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mike Slo-Mo Brenner, Matt McAndrew Band, SAT Get Involved!, The Future Race, Adalie, Swarms
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Hoots & Hellmouth
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Bosom Band, Inconsiderate Bastards, The Late Greats
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT The A's
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Die Choking, Brontide, Wet Fetish, SAT Hound, Low Charge, SUN Brightside, Ephraim Huit, Vveed Vvolf, Danger O's
Mt. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Girl Brains, Bleach Bath, Blank Book
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Bad Canoes, RSO, Great Western Plain, Wet Food
West Kensington Ministry (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Scott Churchman, Hermit Thrushes
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI No Other, Amanda X, Fake Goals
502 House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Sixties, Honah Lee, Welter, Circadian Frequency
Freedom 35 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ma Jolie, Sic Bacchus, Bleeding Fractals, Good Graces
Trinity House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Jack Wright/Jim Strong Duo, Zell Row, SM-R, Chalk Teeth

Weekend Warrior, February 1 - 3

Two Piece Fest is back this Saturday, and it will be making plenty of noise on Penn’s campus at the legendary Pilam. Starting at 2pm, 20+ dynamic duos will be showing off why less is sometimes more. Now, the event and venue have a storied past so keep your fingers crossed that you’ll be able to catch headliners Pattern is Movement as well as +HIRS+, Slutever, The Joint Chiefs of Math, and a whole slew of others before you see any coppers. Just a heads up that it’s supposed to be a “dry” show. Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 2pm, $8 ($5 if you get there before 2pm), All Ages - Alexis V.
Other things to keep you entertained this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Norwegian Arms, SAT The Great Unknown, KC Jones, Ali Wadsworth
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Downtown Club, SAT Exploding World, Combine, Carved Up, Pete Brangs, Village, SUN St. James and The Apostles, L.U.N.A.R. Revolt
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Grunge Rock Academy, SAT Bite Size Giants
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Automoton, Banged Up!, Withered Old Beast, Sinking Ocean Gods, SAT Treehouse, Family Vacation, Maitland, No Stranger; Roof Beams, Jake Lewis, Willy Green
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Marc Silver, Mesa Jane, Manatawny Creek Ramblers, SAT The Fleeting Ends
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Twister Baby, SAT Ran Tan Toon
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Shark Tape, SAT Kat Botak, David Grauel Fusion Project, Dinner - The Band
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Disco Sucks, SAT Control for Smilers, The 9's
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Conjunto Philadelphia
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Bunny Savage, Sparklefight, A Clever Con, Joe Jordan Experiment, White Limo. The Jawns, Mesina, Matt Lancaster, SAT Ghost of Jupiter, Burn Switch, The Wayside Shakeup, Devil's Triangle, The Lost Will Follow, Party The Hut
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT DRGN King, Dangerous Ponies, Idle Idols
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT The Real Feel
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Texas in July
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Justin Phillippi, Joe Nicastro Trio, Viv and the Rivival, Amy Fadden, SAT March Lye
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., #3) SAT Spacin', L.U.N.A.R. Revolt
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SUN Hermit Thrushes, Evil Sword
Golden Tea Haus (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Woe, Plague Dogs, Sadgiqacea, Cape of Bats, SAT The Greek Favourites, Captain, We're Sinking, The Holy Mess, Glocca Morra, Kite Party

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