Hurray For The Riff Raff plays World Cafe Live on Friday. (Sarrah Danziger)
Angelica Garcia @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, April 19
Keep an eye on Angelica Garcia. She’s a new kid on the block, but she’s got some vocal swagger and a big, bad blues guitar. Check it:
Hurray for the Riff Raff @ World Café Live | Friday, April 21
Alynda Segarra returns with Navigator, a gorgeously idiosyncratic album that pushes her Americana sound into new territory. This time she mines her Nuyorican roots and comes up with something theatrical and engaging in new ways. I’ve seen Hurray for the Riff Raff a few times and they always bring it. Read more »
Sondre Lerche plays Fillmore Philly on Friday. BYO 3D glasses. (Paradigm Agency)
Pile @ First Unitarian Church | Wednesday, April 12
Beloved Boston punks Pile return with A Hairshirt of Purpose, the latest testament to frontman Rick Maguire’s sonic restlessness. “Worms” feels like some lost Temple of the Dog track but dreamier. “Hissing for Peace” is more of a messy, righteous rocker. “Rope’s Length” starts clangy and builds to a roar. And so on. Also on the bill: +Hirs+, Gnarwahl and Palberta.
Sallie Ford @ Johnny Brenda’s | Thursday, April 13
With rockabilly/retro grooves, sharp guitars and those powerhouse vocals, Portland rocker Sallie Ford returns with a new record, Soul Sick. Get there in time for another dynamite singer, Austin’s Molly Burch. Read more »
Russian experimentalists Asian Women on the Telephone make a rare appearance this week. (pic via ZaraPaz696/Youtube)
Asian Women on the Telephone @ Philadelphia Record Exchange | Wednesday, March 22
This Russian avant-garde/experimental band is known back home for its bizarre performances and freaky costumes. Their rock sound is moved by odd currents of feedback, throbbing noise, animal vocalizations and a general feeling of asymmetry. A rare treat you may never see again.
Stef Chura @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, March 22
Detroit rocker Stef Chura makes catchy, loopy “light grunge” that Lucy Dacus fans might appreciate. A little retro, a little thrift-store chic. Lots to sing along to. It’s a good time. Read more »
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons | Photo by Ted Nghiem
So this is it.
After months of research, weeks of debate and a whole year of waiting, we finally have this year’s ranked list of the 50 Best Bars In Philadelphia.
Because Philly is one of the greatest drinking cities on Earth, it’s also home to an unusually high concentration of experts in the elbow-bending arts. This year we’ve again turned to the best of them–writers and editors, rummies and winos, industry pros and enthusiastic amateurs–and asked them where they go when there’s drinking to be done. We tallied their votes and cast our own and all to bring you this: our always controversial, always surprising (and absolutely accurate) ranking of the 50 best bars in the region.
So let’s get drinking, shall we? And we can start at …
Photographed by Chris Sikich
Monday night at Johnny Brenda’s presented a true musical triple threat. I went to see one of my favorite artists to emerge in quite a while, Adia Victoria. As the second performer of three, I also caught two other formidable performers — opener Julia Rainer and headliner Margaret Glaspy. On this day of the summer solstice, originality and great promise revealed themselves in all. Read more »
Photographed by Chris Sikich
Brooklyn-based rockers Beverly played on Tuesday, June 14th, at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new LP, The Blue Swell. Led by Drew Citron on lead vocals and guitar, they were a blast to behold. Energetic and swaying between punk and pop, they engaged a small but devoted Philly crowd. With orange sherbet and laser lighting as parallel and contrast to their eclectic sound, Beverly should be on everybody’s playlist. Read more »
Justin Bieber at Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday night. (Photo: Mike Donovan)
When Noah Suzuki got the text, he knew he and his friends needed to get to Johnny Brenda’s immediately.
Suzuki, 24, was with his co-workers from the West Philly Han Dynasty. They had been doing karaoke at Bob & Barbara’s on Sunday night, and Suzuki got a text from his younger sister. She’d been a Justin Bieber fan since he was just a kid singing covers on YouTube.
“When he was a YouTube pop star sensation, my sister was in middle school,” Suzuki says. “And she was going to see him at tennis matches and mall shows. Indie Justin Bieber. She saw him, like, 35 times.”
And she’d texted Suzuki on Sunday night to tell him that Justin Bieber was at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown. He recounts the text: “Fucking call me, you need to go to Johnny Brenda’s and coax Justin Bieber to our house. This is not a drill.” Read more »
Most relationships have a breaking point.
In a healthy relationship, you see it coming far enough in advance to prepare a short list of grievances before going your separate ways.
Volatile relationships are harder to predict, but when the time comes, it’s nothing special — simply business-as-usual-chaos, a last straw waiting to happen.
It’s the neglected relationships you have to watch out for, those fragile unions running on the fumes of nostalgia and commitment, of long-dead in-jokes and stale scripts. Those are the ones that take a grand gesture to end, something big enough to shock all parties back into the reality they’ve been ignoring.
Something like Justin Bieber hanging out at Johnny Brenda’s. Read more »
Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC
Speaking of Fishtown and Will Reed, he’s picked up a fun event idea during his tenure as owner of Johnny Brenda’s. This Saturday, he hosts the 7th annual Wet Hop Rodeo and Ranchero Brunch, an homage to freshly harvested hops and foods presumably eaten by Texas cowboys and Mexicans. Because, you know, the first thing we all think about when harvesting hops is cowboys and Mexicans. Kind of sounds like the menu over at El Camino Real. Wonder if Will and Owen are friends…
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The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
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