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Cherry Blaster - Alt Synth Pop play Handlebar 02.24

Eerie synthpop with an alternative tinge is what I gather from Cherry Blaster. The tune “Modern Dance” kicks off with some very deep bassy synth that would rattle your brain when listened to at a loud decibel. It would be the best way to hear it. The song is composed very uniquely with interestingly different parts that flow together in somewhat unusual ways. Cherry Blaster will be performing at Handlebar on February 24th with ZOO OWL and Bad Passion. – Kris Gies

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Alt-rock trio FOXTRAX plays SXSW on 3/12 and 3/14

 FOXTRAX is waking up the alt rock scene with their tight, nuanced arrangements and excellent songwriting chops. The trio embraces their music's dark undertones but isn't afraid to make light of a rainy day- or in this case, a "Grey Morning." Churning out consistently excellent vocal performances, guitar lines and all around vibes, this band is one of the most solid and compelling that I've heard for a while in the alt-rock genre. Be sure to check them out when FOXTRAX heads to SXSW, playing showcases at the Convention Center on 3/12 and Javelina on 3/14. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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Buzz Alert: Bohan Phoenix's Chinese-Brooklynite hip hop

Bohan Phoenix raps like he’s born and raised in Brooklyn.  His style is so close to the Beast Coast vibe, that he could be a Flatbush Zombie bitten by a Chengdu werewolf.  He flexes flows between English and Mandarin with such ease, sometimes it’s hard to tell; you think he’s just flowing some fresh new slang you’re not hip to.  His beat selection is Sichuan.  His flow is sharp as a Jian.  His swag is Flatbush AF.  His Jala EP is rolling into your collection like a cloud of Kush smoke.  You’ll be rapping in Mandarin before you know it. See him live at Zone One at Elsewhere on 03.09.





Weekend Warrior, February 23 - 25

Wish You Hadn’t, the debut EP from Corey Flood, is out today via Fire Talk, and tonight, the quartet, featuring Ivy Gray-Klein (Littler), Em Boltz, Noah Jacobson-Carroll, and Juliette Rando, will be celebrating its release at Planet Phitness. An ominous exposure permeates throughout the album. An intriguing textural dynamic is created as the somewhat soft-spoken/sung, isolated internalizations are surrounded by a shadowy, pre-dawn, sonic darkness. That solemn stir of uncertainty still retains accessibility. This evening, they’ll be joined by the dichotomy of chaotic, combustible noise meets clairvoyance of Empath, and balancing the floating ascension of melody with grounded grungey aggression, the trio of Eight hovers. This local lineup is rounded out by the in-your-face, menacing punk of Preen. – Michael Colavita

More places to be this weekend…

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Corey Flood (EP Release), Empath, Eight, Preen 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Live Band Karaoke with Pat Finnerty & The Full Band, SAT Taggart (Album Release), KeN, Kevin

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Caracara, SAT Deadfellow, Stereo League, Sun Hat

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Familiar Things, Saver/DJSC/Michael The Lion, Shawn Ryan, Elvin T, SAT Mohican/Diamond Girl, Lisa/Fame Lust, SUN Allarms, Call Me Clever

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN The Drowned God

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Stereotytans, SAT Nick Rotundo Memorial/Fundraiser Show: Boysetsfire, Walleye, Railhed, All Else Failed, I Hate You

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Shizz Lo

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dan Malloy, SAT (Upstairs) A Benefit For Living Beyond Breast Cancer: The Miners, Ballard Spahr Galactica, Solar Plexus/(Downstairs) Live at the Fillmore, SUN Kids Rock Philly

The Fire (412 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Panophonic, Hidden Lights, Primitive Heart, Vicious Blossom, SAT Melancholyfox, Flamingo Chicks, Slow Reader  

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI La Capitaña, Among Criminals, Behind The Grandstand, SAT Prowler (Release Show), False Tracks, The Fantastic Imagination/Suburban Living (DJ Set), SUN Henri Tyler, Rachel Andie and the Fifth Element

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Alright Junior, St. Brendan, Teeth, SAT Siravo, Night Mission, Pravda

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Solar Circuit

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dambana, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Eddy Echo/DJ’s Jay Hill, Blueshift Gummibear, Leo, SAT Rachel Andie, Rare Spirits, Black Horse Motel, SUN Children's Books, Spumoni, Ringtail Howitzer

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Tough Guy Soda, Infinity, Barry Phillips, SAT Raw Street Cabaret Fundraiser and 2018 Season Reveal

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Killer Kind, Wax Wav, Cologne, SAT The Duke Brothers, Bonehead, Mike Weyrauch

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Zach Djanikian, Hemming, SAT Marc Brownstein, Tweed

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Remember Sports, Tall Friend, Boosegumps, Slow Ref, SAT Hurry (Record Release), Amanda X, Worriers (Solo), SUN No Thank You, Major Pursuit

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Kilamanzego, Vertex Pro, Argyle, SUN Good Luck Hornet

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Mad Conductor, Sunchoke, Merit

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Church Girls, Dylan Jane

Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Machine Gun (7” Release Show), Blank Spell, Crazy Bull, SAT Family Volleyball

The  Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Two Piece Fest: Boon, Bocce Party, Bungler, Craig & Peter, Danjo, Drums Like Machine Guns, Geb The Great Cackler, Honey Tiger, Madam Data/Mental Jewelry, Sandcastle, Scream Team, Shrill, Slenko & McKeys, Static Brothers, Suuduer, Tiffany’s House, Welcome Center

All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Snake Boy Gang, Slow Ref 





New Ada Babar LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Uncompromising in its ability to clash yet sound fabulous, Ada Babar's Leaked is an imagistic mesh of warped, labyrinthine rhythms, canned sound effects, and heady bedroom production. The intricacies and folds within any particular song on the album are plentiful; each track a tightly wound spring. However, if someone listened closely, they could locate a seat in the center of the action. There’s something peaceful about Babar’s vision, even when hurtling past at a high speed - like a tiny astrologer living inside a hard drive, placidly gazing up into a stream of luminescent data whirring off into the night sky. - Josh Kelly

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